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Where to Stay in Detroit: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018

Detroit is a city reborn, thanks to a dramatic and rapid transformation that's seen it vault onto the list of the hottest places to stay in the US. No longer a bankrupt town down on its luck, the Motor City has become a vibrant hub with plenty of accommodation options, from stylish boutique inns to large brand-name hotels. Sports fans, foodies, shoppers, and art lovers will find plenty of reasons to stay downtown. The 50-block District Detroit is the new entertainment heart, linking downtown and Midtown. Home to restaurants and retail, it includes the new sports-and-concert venue Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. The Tigers' Comerica Park and the Lions' Ford Field are nearby. Midtown is the place to stay for universities and the Sugar Hill Arts District, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Getting around is easy thanks to the Detroit People Mover, which costs just 75 cents and circuits around 13 stations. You'll need a car to visit the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village open-air museum in neighboring Dearborn.

Where to Stay for Luxury

A park in downtown Detroit
A park in downtown Detroit
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A 1920s office building transformed into a chic hotel in the heart of downtown, the Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney is an Art Deco gem with a People Mover stop at the front door. The soaring, white, terra-cotta-tiled atrium lobby is gorgeous, and the rooms are spacious and stylish, with thoughtful touches like small refrigerators. Pick up breakfast or a snack at the grab-and-go in the lobby. The hotel has a kids' club, Camp Aloft, and a pet-friendly program for dogs under 40 pounds.

Part of Detroit's ongoing downtown renewal, the 100-room Detroit Foundation Hotel is a new arrival on the scene, located in the historic former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters. Located across from Cobo Center, the hotel offers rooms and suites, some adjoining, and all featuring design and décor from Detroit makers. Dine in The Apparatus Room or join other guests at the Chef's Table for a communal multi-course meal, then work it off in the 24-hour fitness center with complimentary workout classes.

You'll be greeted with a welcome cookie at historic The Inn on Ferry Street, made up of four restored, linked Victorian mansions and two carriage houses. This boutique hotel has 40 rooms and suites, each with unique décor, soaker tubs, and upscale amenities. There's a fitness center, and the generous breakfast is included. Hop on the free shuttle, which takes guests anywhere within a five-mile radius of the hotel, although it's an easy walk to the Detroit Institute of Arts, Wayne State University, and the QLine tram that goes along Woodward Avenue to Midtown, downtown, and the Detroit River.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Monorail in downtown Detroit
Monorail in downtown Detroit
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For something a little different, check out the mid-century modern vibe of the renovated Trumbull & Porter Hotel in the cool and historic Corktown neighbourhood. The 144 rooms and suites reflect the hotel's hip sensibilities with the work of local artists and craftspeople showcased everywhere. There's an on-site restaurant, gift shop, and bike rentals, although you'll need a car or ride service to get to District Detroit attractions or the Motown Museum.

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown is ideally located to see a Detroit team in action at the Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, or Ford Field, or for business travelers who want to be close to the city center. There's an in-house restaurant and a handy 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market to pick up late-night snacks or a quick breakfast to go. The on-site coin laundry is a plus for families, and the downtown location between two People Mover stations is handy to restaurants, shopping, and attractions. There's an indoor pool, and the hotel has some package stay offers.

The large MGM Grand Detroit is a bit more upscale with an on-site spa, entertainment options, and a fitness center with pool. The upper floors offer great views of downtown, the Detroit River, and the Ambassador Bridge. The concierge can help make suggestions about must-see activities and attractions or help plan the perfect night on the town. Choose upscale dining in-house at Wolfgang Puck Steak, one of five restaurants on-site, which range from elegant to casual eats. Or try an indoor round of golf at the immersive Topgolf Swing Suite.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Evening view of Detroit
Evening view of Detroit
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The Red Roof Inn Detroit Dearborn/Greenfield Village is close to the Henry Ford Museum and about 11 miles from downtown, offering free parking and Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and the renovated rooms have new hardwood floors and handy desks. Pick up a complimentary Grab & Go Breakfast bag and a free coffee in the lobby to start your day. Some rooms have microwaves and mini-fridges.

Picking a Dearborn hotel saves you money while putting you close to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn is a wallet-friendly, clean, and convenient stay, also located near Ford World Headquarters. Arriving guests are greeted with a chocolate chip cookie, and cribs and high chairs are available for families. Choose from rooms or suites. The hotel has a pool, and the on-site restaurant is open from 6am to 10pm.

A hot breakfast is included at the renovated Comfort Inn Downtown Detroit, which has free parking, free Wi-Fi, and attentive staff members anxious to help make the most of your stay. The hotel's complimentary shuttle brings guest to Greektown or Ford Field within about five minutes, or head to the newly expanded Detroit RiverWalk for a 3.5-mile stroll to admire river and skyline views.

Where to Stay for Families

Detroit waterfront
Detroit waterfront
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The Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village offers excellent value for families looking for a clean and modest stay with attentive staff members. There's an indoor pool and a free shuttle within a five-mile radius, so guests can take advantage of free parking and leave the car to get to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. There's a complimentary hot breakfast and pay-as-you-go guest laundry facilities. Some suites have sofa beds for families. Ask about packages that include discount tickets for the Ford Rouge Factory Tour assembly plant and the Henry Ford Museum.

The Courtyard Detroit Downtown has a range of family friendly amenities, including an on-site coin laundry, indoor pool, and complimentary use of a portable crib/play yard. The 242 rooms and 18 suites have mini-fridges and microwaves, as well as pull-out couches. Rollaway beds are also available. The People Mover stop is nearby to get to the Michigan Science Center, or hop in a cab for indoor family fun at the Outdoor Adventure Center.

Where to Stay for Romance

Fountain at Belle Isle, Detroit
Fountain at Belle Isle, Detroit
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The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is a circa-1924 hotel that is handy to District Detroit attractions as well as the Detroit Opera House and historic Fox Theater. There are four restaurants on-site, including celebrity chef Michael Symon's steakhouse ROAST and the Detroit RiverWalk promenade is just 10 minutes away for a romantic after-dinner stroll before snuggling into one of Westin's signature Heavenly Beds.

Located within walking distance of Little Caesars Arena for concerts or sports events, The Inn at 97 Winder is situated in a huge, lovingly restored Victorian mansion in Brush Park, a historic downtown neighbourhood undergoing a renaissance. Each room has unique décor, some with fireplaces, and breakfast is included. Romantics will love the suite with a spiral staircase to the loft bedroom.

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