Detroit Foundation Hotel

Date Night in Detroit at the Foundation Hotel

Escape back in time at the Detroit Foundation Hotel.

By Keia McLean
Photos by Alora Rachelle

Everywhere you look, there is talk about Detroit being the comeback city. The vibrant emerging social scene is creating an energy very similar to a smaller Chicago, yet still very reminiscent of the city’s roots. 

Driving down Larned Street past The Joe, you’ll find a beautiful building with red bright doors that just beg you to step inside. Detroit’s old Fire Department Headquarters is now home to the Detroit Foundation Hotel. It carries a unique vibe and makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to the 1920s, except with a modern spin. If you’re on the hunt for an escape for the night, this is it. 

Step through the hotel’s massive archway and be transported back in time. Photo by Alora Rachelle.

The feeling of being transported to the Golden Age — or, should we say, the current Golden Age of Detroit — is the best way to describe the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Warm, luxe and sophisticated are the three terms that come to mind. From the inviting lobby, with its local brands such as 1701 Bespoke and Detroit Bikes, to being entranced by the comforting woods and marble flooring that pave the way to your room. 

A sidestep from the lobby, you’ll be entranced by the lights that dance above the bar of The Apparatus Room, the bar and restaurant of the hotel. It is the perfect night-out place to sit back and relax. Every table is its own world of coziness, with plush pillows, worn leather benches and natural wood-carved tables. 

The Apparatus Room inside the hotel bridges the old and the new, offering iconic New American cuisine rooted in Midwestern ingredients. Photo by Alora Rachelle.

You’ll be just as hooked on the decor as you will be the incredible food. The open kitchen is also a sight to see. Michelin-star chef Thomas Lents is the man behind the food and, let’s just say, he knows what he’s doing. From enticing cocktails to delicious small plates and more, you’ll want to try everything. It’s the perfect intimate setting to experience the revived Motor City. 

Photo by Alora Rachelle.

After a nightcap at the bar, step into the beautiful gold elevators and head upstairs. Once you enter your room, you’ll feel the warm vibes of the rest of the property. Plush fabrics, custom wallpaper, and Gatsby-themed lighting surround you in a throwback era. 

The amenities of the hotel are also different from your typical in-room goodies. Handpicked companies and Detroit-based products fill every part of the room, especially your bar selection. From local sweets from Bon Bon Bon to Le Labo toiletries, you’ll be happy you decided to stay a night or two. 

The 100 guestrooms each feature a headboard wall constructed by Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit.

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A deluxe king room at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Photo by Alora Rachelle 

The Commissioner’s Suite at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Photo by Alora Rachelle.

Your stay doesn’t have to end once you wake up. Keep that feeling of calm by indulging a little bit. Order room service or head downstairs for a breakfast just as comforting as the rest of the hotel. 

The amenities continue with unique experiences literally tailored to you. 

If you’re in the market for a suit, say no more as transportation and a whiskey cocktail accompany you to your personalized suit fitting from 1701 Bespoke. Or, if you’re wanting a new pair of denim, enjoy a trip to Detroit Denim for a uniquely designed and tailored pair of jeans. These experiences will leave you with a piece of Detroit to take home with you. 

The hotel has done a marvelous job of creating a space that demands your attention with all its charm. Just picture yourself sitting in the bar cozied up by the fireplace, boozy drink in hand and snow falling outside … It sounds perfect, don’t you think? 

Follow Keia McLean and her adventures with her partner Jimmy, as they explore the world at @jpluskgetaway or jpluskgetaway.com. Alora Rachelle can be reached at @alora.rachelle or alorarachelle.com.

Detroit Foundation Hotel
250 W Larned Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

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