home to the Detroit Red Wings hockey
team as well as a venue for concerts and
other events. In addition, plans were
announced for more than 200,000 square
feet of retail and office development to be
added throughout The District by 2020.
With Detroit already known as a great
sports town, the addition of the Little
Caesars Arena will further boost the city’s
appeal not only to visitors, but also for
sports-related meetings, Beachnau said.
“The sports market is a key niche area for
us,” he said. “We also do a lot of promotion
for youth tournaments, including soccer,
softball and bowling, which are very big for
our suburban properties.”
Also significant is Detroit’s continually
expanding hotel and restaurant scene,
according to Beachnau, who noted that
several boutique properties are set to open
within the next 18 months, boosting down-
town hotel room inventory by over 500.
In May, the stylish 100-room Detroit
Foundation Hotel opened across from
Cobo Convention Center in a former
firehouse. Other choices near the center
include the recently renovated Westin
Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit Marriott at the
Renaissance Center and the Aloft Detroit,
which opened in the historic David Whitney Building in 2014.
“We’ve also seen over 100 restaurants
open in the city in the last three years, with
another 15 coming on-line soon,” he said.
“There’s been a resurgence of people moving back into the downtown area, which
has been a catalyst for new dining, entertainment and shopping. That, of course, is
a benefit for meeting attendees as well.”
Another significant development is new
transportation service linking key points in
midtown and downtown Detroit, including
Cobo Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Comerica Park, Fox Theatre and the upcoming Little Caesars Arena. Making its debut
in May, the QLINE streetcar runs north
and south along Woodward Avenue, with
expanded service during sports events,
concerts and festivals.
Among new residents moving into the city
are young artists drawn to affordable housing options and newly created studio space
in former manufacturing buildings such
as the Russell Industrial Center. This influx
of creativity builds upon Detroit’s already
strong artistic legacy that includes some of
the country’s top galleries and museums,
Murals and other art installations
abound throughout Detroit, most notably
the Z Garage, a downtown parking structure
where the cement walls are a kaleidoscope
of colorful mural art. Located on the ground
floor of the garage is Punch Bowl Social,
a restaurant and private event space that
includes a table games room, bowling alley,
arcade, karaoke bar and other features.
Z Garage is affiliated with the Library Street
Collective, an arts organization dedicated
to sponsoring public art that has a gallery
devoted to changing exhibitions around the
corner from the garage. Behind the gallery is
The Belt, an alleyway between Broadway and
Library Street, a space for rotating outdoor art
installations and large-scale paintings.
Also showcasing local art is the Dequin-
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dre Cut Greenway, a former railway line
converted several years ago into a public
pathway that runs for a mile and a half along
the Detroit River near the Eastern Market.
Along the way are giant murals and other
art installations sponsored by the Detroit
Institute of Arts and other organizations.
Available for outdoor receptions with live
entertainment, the new City Sculpture Park
is a green expanse adorned with large-scale
works by Detroit-born artist Robert Sestok
as well as changing exhibitions. Sestok,
who created the park, is part of Detroit’s
➜ The Detroit Foundation Hotel (http://
across from Cobo Convention Center
in May. The 100-room property is
located in a 1929 building that was
once headquarters for the Detroit Fire
Department and retains such architectural features as red arched firehouse
doors. It includes conference space and
a chef-driven restaurant on the first floor
where the firetrucks were garaged.
➜ Starwood Hotels and Resorts plans to
debut the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan Building ( www.starwood.com) in
2018. The 110-room hotel will be part
of a mixed-use development located
in the historic Metropolitan Building,
which opened in 1925 as a jewelry center and is undergoing a top-to-bottom
conversion that will preserve its ornate
lobby and Neo-Gothic architectural
details. The hotel will include 2,000
square feet of meeting space with city
views, a fitness center and indoor pool.
➜ The Shinola Hotel ( www.shinola.com/
shinola-hotel) is set to open in fall
2018 in a prime downtown location on
Woodward Avenue near Campus Martius
Park and the sports stadiums. The 133-
room hotel in a repurposed industrial
building will include a full-service
restaurant and meeting space.
➜ The Trumbull and Porter Hotel (https://
the Corktown Inn, opened last year following a major renovation that included
the installation of mural art. The downtown boutique property offers 144 guest
rooms, indoor and outdoor meeting space
for up to 50 people, a beer garden,
fine-dining restaurant and fitness center.
➜ The Double Tree by Hilton Detroit
Bloomfield Hills (http://doubletree3.
hilton.com), formerly the Kingston Inn,
is set to open this fall after a renovation. The 147-room hotel will feature
11,396 square feet of meeting space
and a full-service restaurant.
➜ The 272-room Radisson Hotel Detroit
Metro Airport ( www.radisson.com) reopened after a complete renovation that
includes the guest rooms, lobby, pool,
fitness center and 15,000 square feet
of meeting space.
➜ The 114-room Hilton Garden Inn Detroit
Troy ( www.hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com)
recently opened. The suburban property,
which offers five meeting rooms accommodating events for up to 300 people,
includes a full-service restaurant, business center and indoor heated pool.