New Development in Detroit – Summer 2019

Modified: December 09, 2019 | Photos by Hayes Davidson

More New Hotels coming to Downtown Detroit

A 154-room Cambria Hotel at 600 W. Lafayette Blvd. as part of a $47 million project that includes restaurants, a rooftop lounge and retail tenants is slated to open in 2020. The hotel will feature upscale amenities that appeal to modern travelers, including: Immersive, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors; Contemporary and sophisticated guestrooms, complete with modern fixtures, abundant lighting, and plush bedding; Rooftop bars; Rooftop pool and spa-like services; Celebrity chef curated dining, featuring freshly made food, local craft beer on tap, wine, and specialty cocktails; Multi-function meeting space; Formal ballroom; State-of-the-art fitness centers; and locally inspired designs.

A Thompson Hotel is also coming to Detroit. Located in Detroit’s Midtown, it will be a 25-story building with 228-rooms across 16 floors with luxury condos making up the top nine floors. The hotel is expected to be complete in December 2020.

A 12-floor West Elm hotel project on Woodward Avenue is expected to begin construction in 2020. The $50 million project involves leasing the adjacent Bonstelle Theatre from Wayne State University in a 45-year agreement. In the current plans, a glass-covered conservatory will connect the hotel to the theatre, which will also receive significant updates.

These upcoming hotel properties add to the already impressive list of new hotels that have opened in Detroit recently:

The Shinola Hotel

  • The world’s first Shinola hotel opened along Woodward Avenue in January 2019 with 129 guest rooms
  • Features specially-curated onsite shopping options- Madewell, Le Labo, Drought, Good Neighbor and Shinola
  • Dining concepts from award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini – San Morello, Evening Bar, The Brakeman and Penny Red’s
  • Offers meeting and event spaces for groups from 12 to 200

For more information, go to shinolahotel.com.

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building

  • Located in the historic Metropolitan Building, the 110-room hotel opened in December 2018 and is the only extended stay property in the heart of downtown Detroit
  • Offers complimentary breakfast seven days a week and weekday evening receptions
  • The Monarch Club, a beautiful indoor roof top bar and outdoor patio provides guests breathtaking city views
  • Indoor and outdoor event spaces available

For more information, go here.

The Siren Hotel

  • Located in the iconic Wurlitzer Building, the 106-room hotel opened in Spring 2018
  • Features an 8-seat restaurant, Albena that is helmed by James Beard nominee Chef, Garrett Lipar, the popular cocktail lounge Candy Bar, run by James Beard nominee Chef Kate Williams and in-house coffee roaster Populace Coffee

For more information, go to thesirenhotel.com.

 Detroit Foundation Hotel

  • The 100-room hotel opened in May 2017 in the historic Detroit Fire Department Headquarters
  • It was recently included on the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places 2018 and was also named one of the best new hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler
  • The first-floor restaurant, The Apparatus Room, is run by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents

For more information, go to detroitfoundationhotel.com

For a complete list of metro Detroit hotels go here.

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What’s New at The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. The District’s main feature, Little Caesars Arena, debuted in fall 2017, and is the new home to the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, as well as host to a range of sports and entertainment events, concerts, family shows and community functions. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit.

Tin Roof, a highly-successful restaurant chain born near Nashville’s famed Music Row will bring live entertainment and delicious Southern-inspired food to The District Detroit this fall. The restaurant will be conveniently located next to Comerica Park (formerly Cheli’s Chili Bar) and boasts a rooftop deck and two floors. Menu highlights include Dixie Biscuits—sliders packed with smoked brisket, bacon, peach jam and cheddar cheese; the Voodoo Shrimp Grinder, a Creole-style sandwich, and Candy Pig Mac & Cheese. This summer visitors can enjoy a Tin Roof Pop Up on the restaurant’s patio with entertainment, patio games and a full bar.

A Union Joints restaurant will also be coming to The District Detroit, anchoring the new Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Columbia Street. Union Joints is an independent restaurant group that was born in 1995 and has grown to own and operate nine unique locations throughout Michigan. This new venture will be a 14,000 square-foot space with a second-floor patio that faces Comerica Park. For more on Union Joints, go to unionjoints.com.

Also coming soon to The District Detroit are Cuban-inspired Frita Batidos; Middle Eastern Sahara Restaurant & Grill and University of Michigan apparel retailer, The M Den. Google also opened its 30,000 square foot location last fall. Stay up to date on what’s happening at The District Detroit at districtdetroit.com.

Michigan Central Train Station Update

Last summer Ford Motor Company announced the acquisition of the iconic Michigan Central Station. Over the next three to four years the company plans to transform the building into the centerpiece of a vibrant new campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that will serve as an innovation hub for Ford’s vision for the future of transportation.  The blueprint of Michigan Central Station presented at a recent community meeting designated the famous ground floor and its imposing vaults for “amenities and community space,” which could mean a food hall, retail, open space for public meetings, or all the above. The middle floors will be offices for Ford and partners. The top floors will be for “hospitality”—either lofts, rentals, or hotel rooms. At the nearby book depository, also being redeveloped by Ford, the ground floor was designated as a “maker space” and the top floors for “workspace.” Ford also recently decided that all energy used to power its Corktown developments (approximately 500,000 square feet) will be from renewable sources.

Hudson’s Site Development

Construction is underway on the Hudson’s site development, a landmark mixed-use development on Woodward Avenue in the heart of downtown Detroit. Situated on the site of the iconic J.L. Hudson’s flagship store, the succeeding structure is designed to suit the significant legacy of its footprint. Designed by SHoP Architects out of New York, plans for the Hudson’s site include 1 million square feet of retail, office, residential and public space. Detroit’s first observation deck crowns the 800-foot residential tower, while a market anchors the ground floor retail space. Construction began in December 2017 and is expected to take three years to complete.

Atwater Beach on Schedule to Open this Summer

Atwater Beach will open along the Detroit Riverfront this summer. It will feature a large, sandy beach; an imaginative children’s play scape inspired by a West Coast lifeguard station; a musical garden that will offer children the opportunity to learn about musical sounds; a large shed structure for programs and retail, and a colorful and unique floating barge for food and drink. For more information, go to detroitriverfront.org.

New Restaurants Continue to Open in Detroit

It seems as though a new restaurant pops up in Detroit every few days. In the past year or so, The D has gained pizzerias, sports bars, coffee shops, shipping container food halls, bakeries, James Beard-nominated chefs and everything in between. For a complete list of all of the openings, check out our new restaurant guide.

Wine being Made and Served Right Here in Detroit

Detroit Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room is now open in the historic Stroh’s ice cream factory. Detroit Vineyards grows, processes and bottles their high-quality wines right here in Detroit. They serve crisp whites, medium- to full-bodied reds, surprising meads and scrumptious hard ciders. For more information, go to detroitvineyards.com.


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    Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building
    33 John R St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-306-2400
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    The Siren Hotel
    1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-277-4736
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    Detroit Foundation Hotel
    250 W. Larned St., Detroit, MI 48226
    313-800-5500