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An Old Detroit Fire Department Turned Hot—and Inspiring—Hotel

Ever strolled past a classic building and daydreamed about how cool it would be to make a home there? Well, that’s exactly what the founders of The Detroit Foundation Hotel first thought when they bought their city’s former Fire Department headquarters, a 1929 structure, in 2013. After a total gut renovation that pays homage to the building’s (and city’s!) industrial past, the hotel opened in 2017 and has quickly become a hub for American design lovers who appreciate rough brick walls and vintage rugs paired with bit of a modern gloss. Pick up some decorating tips for your own house—they work even if you don’t have those epic fire-house doors.

What to Know If You Go

Vibe: The group that owns the hotel, Aparium, partnered up with Detroit designers McIntosh Poris Associates and Simeone Deary Design Group to create the moody, brass-accented interior. The result pays homage to the building’s long Motor City history with glossy white subway tiles, local reclaimed wood, and art of classic cars made by area artists.  

Fun Fact: Thanks to a collaboration with 1701 Bespoke, guests can get custom suits tailored in their room. Head down to the hotel lobby, and you’ll also find a podcast studio and a whole plethora of events—no matter when you go, there’s always something going on.

Notable Neighbors: Hart Plaza, Roast Steakhouse, Campus Martius Park, Batch Brewing Company, The Dime Store, and Fox Theater.

How to Recreate the Feel at Home

Wood-paneled walls and leather accents give this spot a dramatic, lived-in aesthetic. Rich blues and pops of red are mixed with textures like beadboard, velvet curtains, and filament bulbs for a combination that’s all about keeping things cozy, but still dressed-up and chic.