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Introducing Curbed Detroit's 18 Essential Hotels for 2014

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Visiting Detroit but at a loss for where to stay? Look no further. We bring you Curbed Detroit's inaugural Hotel 18, an annual round-up of the city's 18 most essential hotels. The city's hotel industry is still rebuilding, and the local lodging selection much more meat-and-potatoes than the boutique establishments found on, say, Chicago's enviable Hotel 18. But with several confirmed hotel projects and renovations in the pipeline right now, expect newer, more diverse hotels to dominate 2014's development news. Here's where to stay right now.

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1. The Inn on Ferry Street

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84 East Ferry Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 871-6000
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Combining four victorian homes and two carriage houses into a 40-room hotel, The Inn is a trendy choice for visitors looking for something authentic and walkable. The Detroit Institute of Arts is just a few blocks away.

2. MGM Grand Detroit Casino & Hotel

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1777 3rd St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 465-1777
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Opened in 2008, MGM Grand reigns supreme atop Detroit's casino resort scene. Expect Vegas-style luxury and be prepared to spend accordingly.

3. The Westin Book Cadillac

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1114 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 442-1600
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In case the architecture didn't give it away, this luxurious goliath dates back to the roaring twenties. It was nearly demolished after closing in 1984, when vandals and scrappers ravaged the interior. After a $200M restoration in 2008, the Book Cadillac has a sleek, modern interior and serves as an anchor for downtown's resurgence.

4. Marriott - Renaissance Center

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400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 568-8000
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This Marriott rises 73 stories and claims to be the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the western hemisphere. Marriott recently began some much-needed renovations, spending $30M to upgrade its 1,000+ rooms. Be sure you're in one of them when making reservations.

5. The Crowne Plaza Ponchartrain

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2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-0200
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Closed in 2009 amidst declining business and mismanagement, the Pontch finally reopened in 2013 after millions in renovations. A beacon to 60s-era architecture, the Pontch's angular windows make for extra-bright rooms and expansive views. There isn't a hotel closer to Cobo Center than this one.

6. Honor & Folly

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2131 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216
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Honor and Folly was created in the tradition of old-style inns, which typically featured a restaurant/bar downstairs and a few rooms providing lodging upstairs. Just above Slows BBQ, this one has a perfect location in Corktown. Be sure to reserve in advance--only two rooms are available.

7. Atheneum Suite Hotel

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1000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2323
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The Antheneum is an all-suite hotel, meaning every room has a distinct living room area with seating and a TV. It's a favorite pick for larger groups looking to enjoy Greektown's nightlife and casino.

8. MotorCity Casino Hotel

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2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(866) 782-9622
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Lined with blinking neon lights, MotorCity is visible for miles and leans heavily on auto-themed decor. The hotel is one of Detroit's most luxurious, but its location outside of downtown might feel a bit isolated.

9. Roberts Riverwalk Hotel

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1000 River Place Dr
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-9500
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Mere feet from the Detroit RIver, Roberts is a solid choice during the summer, when guests can enjoy the RIverWalk without losing fingers.

10. Greektown Casino-Hotel

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555 E Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(888) 771-4386
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Greektown Casino's hotel is a (long) half-star behind Detroit's other two gambling resorts, but that's okay. The glassy tower's prime location in bustling Greektown offers excitement outside the front doors--something the other casinos can't offer.

11. DoubleTree Suites Fort Shelby

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525 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-5600
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Originally opened in 1916, the Fort Shelby's strength is in its room size. The all-suite hotel averages 650 square feet per room. The downtown location or first-floor restaurant, Finn & Porter, are also perks.

12. Hotel St. Regis

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3071 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 873-3000
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New Center's only hotel offers mid-range accommodations. The beauty however, is in the rates, which can be half of what is charged downtown. Look for rooms to appear on deep discounting services like Priceline or Hotel Tonight, the last-minute booking app.

13. Hostel Detroit

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2700 Vermont St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 451-0333
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Want to experience Detroit beyond the normal tourist trappings? The city's only hostel will gladly link guests up with a volunteer "ambassador" to the local favorites.

14. Inn at 97 Winder

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97 Winder St
Detroit, MI 48201

Revel in the luxurious glamour of 1870s Detroit at 97 Winder, which was restored from a near-ruined state. The location in Brush Park is a short walk from Ford Field, Comerica Park, or the Fox Theater.

15. 234 Winder Street Inn

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234 Winder St
Detroit, MI 48201

This tiny inn usually rents just single rooms, but the entire house is actually available if booked in advance. Built in the late-1800s, the house is a block from Comerica Park, Ford Field, or the Fox Theater.

16. Hilton Garden Inn

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351 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 967-0900
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The Hilton Garden Inn might be one of the more boring hotels downtown, but its location is walkable to just about everything. The Chrome Bar offers on-site refreshments.

17. Courtyard Detroit Downtown

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333 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 222-7700
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The Courtyard is the cheaper alternative to the RenCen Marriott, since guests are able to access the Renaissance via heated skywalk. It's also one of the few hotels directly connected to the People Mover and has a pretty decent indoor pool.

18. Holiday Inn Express and Suites

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1020 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226

The Holiday Inn has long relied on a good location to bring in customers, even if its rooms were past due for a remod. With new owners and increasing competition downtown, the hotel is finally getting around to freshening up. Ask for an updated room and enjoy the indoor pool on the top floor.

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1. The Inn on Ferry Street

84 East Ferry Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Combining four victorian homes and two carriage houses into a 40-room hotel, The Inn is a trendy choice for visitors looking for something authentic and walkable. The Detroit Institute of Arts is just a few blocks away.

84 East Ferry Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202

2. MGM Grand Detroit Casino & Hotel

1777 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48226

Opened in 2008, MGM Grand reigns supreme atop Detroit's casino resort scene. Expect Vegas-style luxury and be prepared to spend accordingly.

1777 3rd St
Detroit, MI 48226

3. The Westin Book Cadillac

1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

In case the architecture didn't give it away, this luxurious goliath dates back to the roaring twenties. It was nearly demolished after closing in 1984, when vandals and scrappers ravaged the interior. After a $200M restoration in 2008, the Book Cadillac has a sleek, modern interior and serves as an anchor for downtown's resurgence.

1114 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

4. Marriott - Renaissance Center

400 Renaissance Ctr, Detroit, MI 48243

This Marriott rises 73 stories and claims to be the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the western hemisphere. Marriott recently began some much-needed renovations, spending $30M to upgrade its 1,000+ rooms. Be sure you're in one of them when making reservations.

400 Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, MI 48243

5. The Crowne Plaza Ponchartrain

2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Closed in 2009 amidst declining business and mismanagement, the Pontch finally reopened in 2013 after millions in renovations. A beacon to 60s-era architecture, the Pontch's angular windows make for extra-bright rooms and expansive views. There isn't a hotel closer to Cobo Center than this one.

2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Honor & Folly

2131 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI 48216

Honor and Folly was created in the tradition of old-style inns, which typically featured a restaurant/bar downstairs and a few rooms providing lodging upstairs. Just above Slows BBQ, this one has a perfect location in Corktown. Be sure to reserve in advance--only two rooms are available.

2131 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

7. Atheneum Suite Hotel

1000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

The Antheneum is an all-suite hotel, meaning every room has a distinct living room area with seating and a TV. It's a favorite pick for larger groups looking to enjoy Greektown's nightlife and casino.

1000 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48226

8. MotorCity Casino Hotel

2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Lined with blinking neon lights, MotorCity is visible for miles and leans heavily on auto-themed decor. The hotel is one of Detroit's most luxurious, but its location outside of downtown might feel a bit isolated.

2901 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

9. Roberts Riverwalk Hotel

1000 River Place Dr, Detroit, MI 48207

Mere feet from the Detroit RIver, Roberts is a solid choice during the summer, when guests can enjoy the RIverWalk without losing fingers.

1000 River Place Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

10. Greektown Casino-Hotel

555 E Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Greektown Casino's hotel is a (long) half-star behind Detroit's other two gambling resorts, but that's okay. The glassy tower's prime location in bustling Greektown offers excitement outside the front doors--something the other casinos can't offer.

555 E Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

11. DoubleTree Suites Fort Shelby

525 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Originally opened in 1916, the Fort Shelby's strength is in its room size. The all-suite hotel averages 650 square feet per room. The downtown location or first-floor restaurant, Finn & Porter, are also perks.

525 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

12. Hotel St. Regis

3071 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

New Center's only hotel offers mid-range accommodations. The beauty however, is in the rates, which can be half of what is charged downtown. Look for rooms to appear on deep discounting services like Priceline or Hotel Tonight, the last-minute booking app.

3071 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

13. Hostel Detroit

2700 Vermont St, Detroit, MI 48216

Want to experience Detroit beyond the normal tourist trappings? The city's only hostel will gladly link guests up with a volunteer "ambassador" to the local favorites.

2700 Vermont St
Detroit, MI 48216

14. Inn at 97 Winder

97 Winder St, Detroit, MI 48201

Revel in the luxurious glamour of 1870s Detroit at 97 Winder, which was restored from a near-ruined state. The location in Brush Park is a short walk from Ford Field, Comerica Park, or the Fox Theater.

97 Winder St
Detroit, MI 48201

15. 234 Winder Street Inn

234 Winder St, Detroit, MI 48201

This tiny inn usually rents just single rooms, but the entire house is actually available if booked in advance. Built in the late-1800s, the house is a block from Comerica Park, Ford Field, or the Fox Theater.

234 Winder St
Detroit, MI 48201

16. Hilton Garden Inn

351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The Hilton Garden Inn might be one of the more boring hotels downtown, but its location is walkable to just about everything. The Chrome Bar offers on-site refreshments.

351 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

17. Courtyard Detroit Downtown

333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The Courtyard is the cheaper alternative to the RenCen Marriott, since guests are able to access the Renaissance via heated skywalk. It's also one of the few hotels directly connected to the People Mover and has a pretty decent indoor pool.

333 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

18. Holiday Inn Express and Suites

1020 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226

The Holiday Inn has long relied on a good location to bring in customers, even if its rooms were past due for a remod. With new owners and increasing competition downtown, the hotel is finally getting around to freshening up. Ask for an updated room and enjoy the indoor pool on the top floor.

1020 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226