The eco-friendly, extended-stay hotel has 110 guest rooms, including studios, one-bedrooms, and suites. The rooms have microwaves, sinks, and mini-fridges; a filtered water system; and shampoos and soaps from vegan and cruelty-free brand Pharmacopia. The decor and artwork includes recycled and repurposed items, low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint, and LED light bulbs.
The hotel also has a fitness center, fresh and healthy foods for breakfast, and bikes for rent. The hotel includes meeting rooms and fantastic views from the mezzanine. The building will be home to a rooftop patio and bar called the Monarch Club.
The Element Detroit is a Marriott Hotel, and the redevelopment was led by the Means Group and the Roxbury Group. This is the third hotel to open in this section of downtown in the last year. The neighboring Siren Hotel opened in the Wurlitzer Building last spring, while the Shinola Hotel opened up across the street earlier this month. It’s practically a new hotel district in Detroit (a commenter noted in the Shinola article: “Maybe this is the District Detroit that we’ve been promised.”)
The Metropolitan Building was built in 1925 and designed for jewelers by Weston & Ellington. It closed in 1979 and faced possible demolition in 2013.
Here’s a look inside the new hotel.