For years, many have talked about how Detroit needs more hotel rooms in the city in order to get bigger events. We'll see how we're doing this spring, as Detroit hosts the NFL Draft in April. A lot happened this year with hotels in the city, with big openings, construction starting, and announcements. Here's where we are and where we're going with hotels in the city.


Roost Hotel at Book Tower: The restoration of Book Tower has brought a new destination for visitors and residents of downtown Detroit. In addition to the stunning architectural details, the food and beverage options, and event spaces, the Roost Hotel has opened in the historic building. This extended-stay hotel adds 117 rooms to Washington Boulevard downtown. 

Godfrey Hotel: In Corktown, the Godfrey Hotel opened this summer, adding 217 hotel rooms right along Michigan Avenue. Its rooftop bar, the I|O Lounge, has already become a popular destination for visitors and locals.

Cambria Hotel Detroit: The new Cambria Hotel Detroit fully opened this fall, bringing 154 hotel rooms to the west side of downtown. The hotel was part new build, part restoration of the old WWJ building. The owners had its past in mind, as the public spaces in the hotel have a beautiful Art Deco design.


Apartments by Marriott: A few years ago, the Plaza, the 12-story tower by Whole Foods was renovated from offices to apartments. In December, Marriott announced that this building would be the first Apartments by Marriott extended-stay concept in the U.S. This will add 92 apartments along Woodward Avenue in Midtown.

Under Construction

AC Hotel at the Bonstelle: The Roxbury Group is leading the development of a new hotel in Brush Park, which includes a tower currently rising and the restoration of the Bonstelle Theatre. The 10-story hotel will have 154 hotel rooms and the theatre will have an event and performance space. This is expected to open in 2024.

The Hudson's site: The new tower at the Hudson's site will include an Edition Hotel, which is expected to have 210 rooms, possibly opening in late 2024.

Merchants Building: Method Development is leading the renovation of the Merchants Building, which will house a new hotel with over 100 rooms. Construction has started on this project. 

Temple Detroit: This renovation of the former Standard Accident Insurance Building next to the Masonic Temple started years ago, with no news lately. A lot of work has been done at this point, and when completed, it will bring 100 hotel rooms to Cass Corridor.

Michigan Central: The highly-anticipated opening of Michigan Central is expected in 2024. Along with offices, retail, and community space, a hotel could be a component.


A number of established hotels have undergone renovations in the past year, including the Downtown Detroit Marriott, the Westin Book Cadillac, the Atheneum Hotel in Greektown, and the David Whitney Building, which is rebranding as an Autograph Collection Hotel

On the horizon

Hotel Water Square: The new hotel at the old Joe Louis Arena site will start the Community Benefits process in the new year, and is expected to break ground in Q2. This hotel right next to the convention center will have 600 rooms. 

District Detroit: This 10-building development should have broken ground in 2023, but is currently stalled. The development would include adapting the Fox Theatre building into a hotel, and building a new hotel next to LCA.