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If you still think all you’ll see in Detroit are boarded up buildings and abandoned factories, think again. The city is in the middle of a renaissance, spending millions of dollars rehabilitating neighborhoods and greenspaces. Meanwhile, quite a few of the city’s historic downtown buildings are getting new lives as luxury hotels. Here are six new or recently opened downtown hotels that we’ve paired with itineraries for every traveler type. No matter what you call this phoenix of a city—Motown, the D, or Motor City—there’s no disputing Detroit is on its way back up.

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The Siren Hotel Detroit

The Renaissance Man/Woman

Stay: Siren Hotel

Inside a handsome neoclassical building this classy boutique hotel’s amenities are over the top; Italian linens, hand-loomed blankets, and flat screen TV’s.

Play Steps from the hotel’s front door are Comerica Park, Ford Field and Little Caesar’s Arena for sports fans plus the Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre and the Fillmore Detroit for theater and concert goers.

Dine District Market, a cafeteria style café, is a good bet for a pre-game meal.

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

The Family Folks

Stay: Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

This place has all the bells and whistles, complimentary breakfast and WiFi, and spacious rooms that include sofa beds and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Bring the kids and the dog.

Play Within walking distance is GM World, a massive building containing the latest GM models. Check out the Chevrolet race cars dating to 1987. Parents will appreciate Belle Isle Aquarium’s 1904 Beaux Art building while the kids study the exotic marine life.

Dine Townhouse, in the Central Business District, offers humongous burgers and filet mignon frites. At Green Dot Stables, tuck into truffle herb fries while deciding which of their 25 different kinds of sliders to order.

Shinola Hotel, Detroit

Shinola Hotel, Detroit

The Greenheart

Stay: Shinola Hotel

Yes, this hotel is from the Detroit-based company Shinola, which makes luxury watches and leather goods. Rooms are decorated with soothing palettes of camel, caramel and gray and decked out with Amish-made furniture.

Play Campus Martius Park offers 2.5 acres of gardens and lawns. A few blocks south is the Riverwalk with views across the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario. Admire the flora and fauna at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, set upon its 13 acres are formal gardens and lily ponds and a glass conservatory.

Dine James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini’s San Morello offers southern Italian style dishes. Or try the Nordic carrot steak with hollandaise and pistachios at Lady of the House in Corktown.

Detroit Foundation Hotel

Detroit Foundation Hotel

The Culture Vulture

Stay: Detroit Foundation Hotel

Conde Nast named it “One of the world’s best new hotels.” This hip and happening boutique hotel is the place to see and be seen. Walls are hung with original art by local artists.

Play The Detroit Institute of Arts is world renowned for its stunning Diego Rivera murals depicting Detroit’s automobile manufacturing. Rock to the Motown sound at the Motown Museum where Berry Gordy, Jr. launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Little Stevie Wonder. It’s slated for a major expansion this year, so keep an eye on that.

Dine The hotel’s Chef’s Table Experience is like a medieval feast with course after course of exquisitely prepared foods.

Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney

Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney

The Motorhead

Stay: Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney

Aloft Hotels are known as much for their affordable prices as their minimalist, sleek designs. This one follows that mantra. There’s no restaurant, just a grab-and-go convenience nook.

Play In 1908 the first Model T was designed at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Inside this historic building are restored vintage Model T’s. For a glimpse of how the automobile moguls lived, tour the 60-room estate and gardens of Edsel & Eleanor Ford.

Dine Nothing beats comfort food for breakfast and that’s what Dime Store dishes up. Plates are piled high with pecan pie French toast, eggs benedict or veggie hash. Selden Standard is known for their dishes of walleye in mushroom broth with spinach and grilled trout dishes.

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Trumbull & Porter_Detroit

The Gambler

Stay: Trumbull & Porter

A recent multi-million-dollar renovation spiffed up all the rooms in this mid-century modern building. Perks include complimentary breakfast and WiFi, and a reasonable onsite parking fee that won’t put you in a coma. Fido is welcome, too!

Play A short walk gets you to the sports venues. Try your luck at neighboring Motor City Casino and the MGM Grand.

Dine At Wright & Company, you can dine on seared bay scallops smothered in dates, sautéed pork medallions with Jerusalem artichokes or beef tenderloin with trumpet mushrooms.

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Frances Folsom

Frances Folsom

Fran is a journalist based in Cambridge. MA. She has written for the Boston Globe, USA Today GO Escape, German Life, Fiber Art Now, several AAA magazines and other publications.

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