The Siren Hotel
What We Love
- Great Lakes-themed cuisine at the eight-seat restaurant, Albena
- Limited edition photographs by the “dean of Detroit photography” Bill Rauhauser in the hotel gift shop
- Custom blankets by Maine Heritage Weavers (the oldest loom in America) in each of the guest rooms
- The sparkling disco ball, sourced from a Parisian nightclub, at the hotel’s cocktail lounge
What To Know
- The property’s original contractor’s grandson was enlisted to refurbish the travertine floors
- On a clear day, the rooftop bar sports views as far as Canada
- The hotel’s narrow shape led designers to incorporate a mix of room types, from smaller bunk bed rooms to sprawling penthouse suites
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Reinterpreted Italian Renaissance-style building steeped in local history, emblematic of downtown Detroit’s recent revival
Thanks to a newly added streetcar line, a splashy sports arena, and a proposed skyscraper that’s poised to overshadow the Renaissance Center (currently the city’s tallest building), Detroit’s downtown is in the throes of a much-needed overhaul. The latest to join that wave of inventive redevelopment is The Siren, a 106-room hotel inside the abandoned Wurlitzer—a 1920s-era musical instrument warehouse turned office building that was in desperate need of resuscitating. The hotly anticipated makeover helmed by the Brooklyn-based ASH NYC does not disappoint. While the building’s vintage razzle-dazzle remains in the form of travertine floors, terra cotta signs and original plaster detailing, rooms (there are nine categories to choose from, such as the diminutive Hideout, which sport bunk-beds, and an all-out penthouse) splashed in pistachio green automotive paint are stylish contrasts. Decidedly of-the-moment features include a mural on the south façade—British mixed-media artist Quentin Jones gets first dibs, though a rotating door of other painters will follow—and locally-sourced vintage furniture in the lobby. To that, add an opulent cocktail lounge and a piano karaoke bar, and its not surprising to see that like its Greek mythology namesake, this seductive boutique hotel is calling people back to Motor City.
In the Area
Detroit’s trademark underdog spirit is most detectable downtown. Points of interest around The Siren include the Fox Theater, once a derelict performing arts center that was resplendently restored to include a six-storied reception and a vibrant LED light display (recently featured acts here include the Rockettes and Sesame Street Live). Street art fanatics should head to the maze of murals that line Eastern Market, which hosts an array of cheese, spice and produce vendors every Saturday; there’s a paired-down version of the market on weekdays. Save one evening for soul food at Baker’s, Detroit’s oldest operating jazz club, where the bar is styled to resemble piano keys.
How to Get There
Fantastically cute, quirky, glam, retro stylish boutique hotel with great service and modern amenities. Love that you can text questions and requests and get an immediate response. Friendly staff and comfortable, stylish rooms. Love the “ambience” of the shower. Be sure to visit the live piano karaoke bar in back, Sid Gold’s Request Room for a super fun time!
This is a great hotel. The rooms are small but darling. The rooms are very well appointed. And staff is very friendly and helpful. I loved that you can text questions to the front desk and text the valet when you want to pick up your car. Also really loved the bunk beds for our kids' separate room.
In general it’s a cute little hotel. They turned the quirks of an old building into positives. But, I stayed from Sunday through Thursday. A package was delivered for me on Tuesday, but they never mentioned it, even when I was at the counter checking out. That’s just unacceptable. They didn’t leave a note on my account, no message on the phone, no attempt to do anything. I heard about the package after I checked out and called. Immediately, “Yes, we have it...” No apology, though they did offer to ship it. I have to wonder how they expected it to play out. Do the employees get to keep the unclaimed packages? If it was too hard to contact the guest when they were staying at the property, I can’t imagine they’d reach out after the guest left. Shame, because the hotel does a lot of things right. It’s like fumbling on the one yard line.