Everyone loves a good comeback. Perhaps it’s because, as HazratInayat Khan wrote, “There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul.” There is great comfort in the idea that after your darkest days, you will rise like a phoenix to experience your greatest joy and fulfill your highest potential. When you travel to Detroit, Michigan, you will experience a city that has embodied this tale of rebirth so recently that it is still shaking the ashes from its brilliant feathers. If you’re wondering where to stay in Detroit, rest assured that a full range of exciting options awaits. From modern hotels in Detroit to renovated historic buildings, from cheap hotels in Detroit to the height of luxury, from the buzz of downtown to quiet suburbs, there is truly something for everyone. Entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and artists contribute fresh energy to stately architectural masterpieces, and the dynamism that can be felt here will inspire you to reflect on the lessons imparted by the tenacity of this great American city.
Arts and Culture
If your image of Motor City is one of economic and social hard times, you may be surprised by its raw, vibrant energy and luxury hotels in Detroit. Your list of things to do in Detroit begins with discovering both its underground and more traditional cultural treasures. The arts scene here is brimming with life, as the city has evolved into a veritable haven for artists, drawn to its urban beauty and poetic rebirth narrative, all with an affordable price tag. Cheap rooms in Detroit’s Midtown/ New Center area are the perfect starting point for exploring dozens galleries that make their home here.
Time seems not to exist as you wander through the galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts, pausing to lose yourself in the intricate details of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco, which exudes the spirit of the city in its previous incarnation. Van Gogh’s haunted eyes seem to speak to you across time and distance via his Self Portrait, and Rodin’s The Thinker invites you to pause for a little introspection of your own.
Motown has long been synonymous with music, and this is one area where the soul of the city has been in continual renewal. From classical to blues to pop to techno, the Detroit music scene has reinvented itself time and time again. At the Motown Museum, you stand in Studio A of Motown Records, where The Supremes once belted out “Stop in the Name of Love” and so many other famous recordings were made. The microphones still seem to hold the echoes of famous voices long gone, and the inscrutable walls tease the imagination with their innumerable stories.
Music history is not the only way in which the past has been reimagined here. Historic buildings are the very skeleton into which today’s innovators have breathed new life. As you walk the streets of Detroit, you are surrounded by towering masterpieces: the imposing marble Fischer building, brightly reflective contemporary skyscrapers, and ornate 19th-century churches whisper tales of the ambition which has driven Detroit to glory again and again. For historic homes, wander the tree-lined streets West Side neighborhoods such as Palmer Woods and Sherwood Forest, whose unique homes include masterpieces by well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert Khan.
Eating and Drinking
If you are just in the city for a short while and have booked one of its many hotels near the Detroit Airport, you must take the time to enjoy a breathtaking culinary experience. With over 100 new restaurants and some tenacious classics, foodies will get a thrill from the rebirth of Detroit’s culinary scene, all in close proximity to Detroit hotels. Arrive with an appetite and prepare to devour a smorgasbord of gustatory delights. The city is known for the Coney Island — the name refers to both a chili dog and the restaurants that sell them — so head downtown to where the two oldest Coney Islands sit side by side in comfortable rivalry and discover the savory flavors of this simple treat.
For more international flavors, sink your teeth into a juicy souvlaki in Greektown for lunch, and indulge in mouthwatering kielbasa and stuffed cabbage in Hamtramck for dinner. If you feel drawn to sample the creations of well-known master chefs, the revitalized downtown area has several options to choose from. In the Eastern Market, striking brick storefronts house a restaurant for every palate. As you stroll by, enticing scents waft from their doors: barbecue, fresh bread, chocolate, Thai basil, and the sweet aroma of ice cream. There is no question in your mind that today’s Detroit is as vibrant as ever.
No account of Detroit would be complete without tales of the auto industry, such a pillar of Motor City’s previous incarnation, and for this you head to Dearborn. At The Henry Ford Museum, take the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, where a display of historic Ford vehicles brings the accomplishments of local industry to life before your eyes. Reflect on the sheer number of minds and hands that worked together to bring them to you as you walk through the assembly plant floor. Next door, marvel at the transformation of the automobile and of the city of Detroit itself at the Automotive Hall of Fame.
After all this urban exploration, a little fresh air will soothe your soul. Sink your toes into the sand at Lake St. Clair as the sounds of children’s laughter drift up from the water’s edge, or indulge the sportsman in you with bass fishing. Follow it all with a relaxing sunset cruise; as the sky turns orange over the blue waters, and the surrounding hills fade to dark silhouettes, serenity overtakes your heart.
The Great American Comeback City
Detroit has risen to legendary greatness, not once but several times. Although recently it may be known more for its great fall, your visit will show without a doubt that the famous innovative spirit of Motown is alive and well. Whether you are drawn to the buzz of downtown, Midtown’s raw creative energy, or the sights of Dearborn, trust Travelocity to find you hotel rooms in Detroit. Find inspiration in the formerly deserted historic buildings now teeming with life and uncover this great American comeback story.