Foundation Hotel, Detroit

250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA (show on map)

Expert reviews

Lonely Planet review:

“In 2017, this 1929 fire station in the heart of the city was transformed into a boutique hotel that blends modern convenience and style with original architectural features and a strong sense of history. Rooms are spacious and comfortable.”

CN Traveler review:

“This is a rare hotel for Detroit, with an authentic scene and a top restaurant (for the city, period). The Foundation Hotel could be a game-changer. Blessed by Martha Stewart and professional athletes, with a lobby scene even locals enjoy.”

Featured in CN Traveler’s 2018 Hot List.

Telegraph review:

“This former 1920s fire station has been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel filled with excellent design, sumptuous eats and just the right amount of gritty hipster edge. It truly is a symbol of the remarkable resurgence of downtown Detroit.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of Foundation Hotel, Detroit. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.6 out of 5.0

Ranked 2nd in Detroit


What guests liked

All you need to know

The Foundation Hotel, Detroit offers a four-star level of comfort, hospitality, and amenities to ensure a perfect stay for visitors in the city. Situated in the Michigan region of the city, the hotel offers a nearness to some of the city’s most beautiful buildings and landmark areas. The hotel is located at a distance of 1-minute walk away from the hotel while the Gem Theatre is located at a distance of 1 km away from the hotel. Various attractions such as the famous Music Hall Centre, Saint Andrews Hall, and Cobo Convention Centre are all located within a short distance from the hotel.

The hotel’s proximity to some of the city’s most famous centers makes it a favorite for tourists and travelers in Detroit. The hotel also provides stylish and luxury rooms that are well-equipped to give maximum satisfaction to guests.

The rooms are well furnished with beautiful modern decors and the finest furniture while the modern amenities provide quality services in the room. The rooms feature amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with several cable channels and a private bathroom. Each room has a private bathroom that features thoughtful touches such as bathroom slippers and free toiletries.

Guests can make use of the well-equipped fitness center. Here they can find professionals provided by the hotel to help keep them fit throughout their stay in the hotel and even help you develop a regimen to continue after leaving the hotel. Guests in the hotel can enjoy a local or continental breakfast.


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Recent guest reviews


7 September 2021

A higher than moderate price for a generally delightful one night treat in downtown Detroit.

The hotel is in an easily accessible location in downtown Detroit. The building is fantastic, but it's from an earlier era. The redo is attractive, but it is somewhat industrial. The beds and bathrooms were glorious. The deepest sleep I have had in months... Air-con/ventilation was superb -- ran on the cool side, which we liked. Nice arm chair and chaise. In and out valet, which we didn't use, but helpful. Very nice double window shades -- blackout and transparent shade screen, on pullers. The shower was delicious with various toiletries (wash, cream, shampoo, conditioner) -- fragrant soap.

Lighting in the rooms is a bit weird. No light at the desk, yet bright lights at the entrance and in various corners. One small desk and small chair -- not the best for those needing to do work. The windows are not entirely soundproof. Though we generally had quiet, there was a 5 am garbage collection that was quite noisy -- and we were in the back on an alley! The hotel restaurant is spacious with unique furnishings, but breakfast was semi-take-out, with limited menu, with some items failing. Service was great. We did not eat dinner there, but we noted a good crowd on a weeknight the evening we arrived. We didn't fully realize that the one night reservation we had was fully pre-pay, but that's our bad.


30 August 2021

Lovely historic Detroit hotel

I love a good historic hotel, and this one definitely fits the bill! They've left a lot of the old fire station character, but have updated it into a really comfortable hotel. It's in a good location in downtown Detroit, and the rooms are large and comfortable. We also loved the Apparatus Room for dinner and drinks!

If you're like us and don't live in a city, you might want to bring some earplugs to drown out the nighttime street noise (mostly loud engines and the occasional siren).


8 August 2021


Beautiful hotel

It was not the closest to where we wanted to hangout.


12 July 2021

Unique fire station turn into hotel

The lounge is spectacular, it kept the original tiles of the former fire station as well as the doors for the trucks to go in and out. The bedroom was pretty and very well equipped, decent size but the furniture and outlets makes it a very comfortable room.

The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday (due to covid) which is not properly informed. At this price range not having a restaurant on site makes it hard to recommend for those days.


8 June 2021


Would love electric car charging in on-site parking.


29 May 2021

Gorgeous hotel!

We love this beautiful hotel in the middle of Detroit. So thankful to get away after Covid 2020-21. So happy that Detroit seems to be coming back to life and will continue to recover. We will stay again and again!


5 April 2021

I enjoyed my stay the staff Mike was exceptional.

The staff and the service was exceptional, the in room amenities were over the top in quality. I enjoyed the location which was right downtown within walking distance of the waterfront. They were very accomodating to me as I was an out of town traveler.

I wish they would have had valet parking, and maybe more carpet in the rooms as the concrete floor was interesting. Also, my view was to a parking lot so that was a waste of money.


4 April 2021

10/10 Would Stay Again

It was beautiful! The rooms were very nice and the dining/bar area was beautifully decorated (and the food was amazing too). Loved that I could log in to my Netflix account on the TV! The staff were also very accommodating to us with our dogs. (Yay Pet Friendly!)

This is me being nit-picky: The breakfast could have been better, and the coffee was alright (I expected better from such a nice place). The hallways were a little plain, but still clean.


12 December 2023

Cool concept for a boutique hotel.

We like the whole boutique hotel and restaurant.

Broken mirror in bathroom. Loose toilet paper roll holder. Elevator handle broken and not fixed. After party outside Apparatus room after closing.


21 August 2023



Our room was dirty and smelled like weed


15 August 2023


Beautiful building and the Apparatus Room, size of the rooms, and equipment were all good. A very nice style.

Unfortunately, the fridge in the room was very loud and bright (perhaps my perception), and also the noises from the outside nightlife (perhaps sound isolations could be better) made it difficult to fall asleep for me. Also, I think some bigger people (weight) can have difficulties getting into the shower due to the way the door opens inside, however, I do not know if this is the case for all rooms.


19 June 2023


we couldn’t sleep at night, a lot of noises!!


25 March 2023

cool hotel; disorganized and understaffed

clean, stylish rooms in central location

they seriously need to work on their customer service. I ordered a cookie from room service, and after 2 hours it had not shown up. no communication from the hotel. I went to bed. next thing I know, my cookie ($14) is being delivered to me, complete with multiple knocks on the door and a telephone call to my room. I was exhausted from a multi-state business trip and just wanted to sleep, and could barely find clothes in which to answer the door. person delivering cookie just stood there awkwardly. do you still want the cookie? I had no idea a cookie would take hours to appear, in which case I would not have ordered. one of the most bizarre and confounding experiences I’ve had in a hotel ever.


31 October 2022

Apparatus room closed, no food or drink available. Very disappointed

stayed here once before and loved the room and bar.

we were not told there would be zero access to the dining and bar because it was closed for a private party from 11am-midnight.


18 July 2022


Website showed a pool table and then when we got there it turned out it was in a private room.


8 July 2022

Great building, poor staff.

Great location in a historic building downtown Detroit.

The staff was not supportive, waiting time in restaurant for breakfast over 30 mins. Then for the check another 30 mins.


13 February 2022

Great stay, but I would choose another hotel the next time

Location, staff was helpful and friendly.

Trendy but not luxurious. Would have appreciated in room coffee maker, ice bucket, complimentary water, robes for the price.


16 April 2021


Very nice location. Easy parking. Room service was quick.

Shower was dirty.


2 May 2023


the architecture, old character as well as the memoirs from the previous fire department. really made this place stand out. staff was so very kind, best experience I’ve had in a hotel.


3 April 2023


convenient location. Good restaurant bar open from 6am - Midnight


3 March 2024



19 January 2024

Very good


26 December 2023

Very good


14 December 2023



30 November 2023


Hotel facilities

Food & Drink

  • - Restaurant
  • - Bar


  • - Room service
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Lift
  • - Safety deposit box
  • - Heating
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Air conditioning
  • - Shared lounge/TV area

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)
  • - Fax/photocopying (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Express check-in/check-out
  • - Luggage storage
  • - Concierge service


  • - Fitness centre

Cleaning services

  • - Dry cleaning (additional charge)
  • - Trouser press (additional charge)
  • - Daily housekeeping
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