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The Updated List of Detroit's 18 Most Essential Hotels

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Visiting the Motor City? Unsure where to book a room? We've got your back. Behold, the latest edition of Curbed's Hotel 18, in which we seek to answer the perennial question, "Where do I stay in Detroit?" Our list includes a mashup of lodging options, from century-old flagship hotels to memorable boutiques of character. This time, we even spiced up the mix with a few highlights from the suburbs. Keep in mind, hotels are listed in no particular order.

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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. Aloft Detroit

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1 Park Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

The chic Aloft brand opens its doors in the restored David Whitney building in December. The hotel will include 136 rooms, a bar, and its own stop on the People Mover. (NOTE: Aloft Detroit officially opens its doors on December 11, though it won't accept reservations for dates earlier than Jan. 22)

3. MGM Grand Detroit

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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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 bright rooms and expansive views. There isn't a hotel closer to Cobo Center than this one.

7. 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.

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 and easy access to downtown Detroit.

10. The Townsend Hotel

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100 Townsend St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 642-7900
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A favorite of visiting celebrities, the Townsend Hotel is the king of formal, old money luxury. It's the ideal place to make extravagant demands of the concierge and attend high tea, which is served everyday between noon and 5pm.

11. 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.

12. Greektown Casino Hotel

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555 E Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
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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.

13. Royal Park Hotel

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600 E University Dr
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 652-2600
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Think of the Royal Park Hotel as the country getaway of metro Detroit lodging. Located along Paint Creek next to downtown Rochester, the hotel offers 5 different room layouts and 8 different luxurious suites.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. The Dearborn Inn

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20301 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 271-2700
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Opened in 1931, the Dearborn Inn was commissioned by Henry Ford and designed by Albert Kahn. It's historic without being stuffy, and luxurious without going over the top.

18. The Henry

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300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 441-2000
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The Henry is known for its sleek decor and abundance of artwork. If you can overlook its not-so-interesting location outside a Dearborn shopping mall, the Henry is consistently voted one of Metro Detroit's best hotel experiences.

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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. Aloft Detroit

1 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

The chic Aloft brand opens its doors in the restored David Whitney building in December. The hotel will include 136 rooms, a bar, and its own stop on the People Mover. (NOTE: Aloft Detroit officially opens its doors on December 11, though it won't accept reservations for dates earlier than Jan. 22)

1 Park Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

3. MGM Grand Detroit

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 bright rooms and expansive views. There isn't a hotel closer to Cobo Center than this one.

2 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

7. 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

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 and easy access to downtown Detroit.

1000 River Place Dr
Detroit, MI 48207

10. The Townsend Hotel

100 Townsend St, Birmingham, MI 48009

A favorite of visiting celebrities, the Townsend Hotel is the king of formal, old money luxury. It's the ideal place to make extravagant demands of the concierge and attend high tea, which is served everyday between noon and 5pm.

100 Townsend St
Birmingham, MI 48009

11. 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

12. 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

13. Royal Park Hotel

600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307

Think of the Royal Park Hotel as the country getaway of metro Detroit lodging. Located along Paint Creek next to downtown Rochester, the hotel offers 5 different room layouts and 8 different luxurious suites.

600 E University Dr
Rochester, MI 48307

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. The Dearborn Inn

20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

Opened in 1931, the Dearborn Inn was commissioned by Henry Ford and designed by Albert Kahn. It's historic without being stuffy, and luxurious without going over the top.

20301 Oakwood Blvd
Dearborn, MI 48124

18. The Henry

300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI 48126

The Henry is known for its sleek decor and abundance of artwork. If you can overlook its not-so-interesting location outside a Dearborn shopping mall, the Henry is consistently voted one of Metro Detroit's best hotel experiences.

300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126