The Siren Hotel: A unique urban retreat in Detroit

ByAndrea Thompson

June 3, 2024
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The Siren Hotel, nestled in the heart of downtown Detroit, offers a captivating blend of history, design, and modern comfort.

Housed in the iconic Wurlitzer building that was designed in 1926 by architect and Detroit native, Robert Finn, The Siren Hotel is a uniquely distinctive property featuring food & beverage spaces, retail shops, and 106 guest rooms.  Commissioned by Rudolph Wurlitzer, known for trading musical instruments in Europe, the property has become synonymous with music and sound throughout the years.

Many of the building’s original elements have been preserved, such as the travertine flooring, the authentic terra-cotta signage, and the intricate plasterwork on the historic ceilings, which elegantly complement the display of Italian antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries in the lobby.

The Siren Hotel boasts a warm and pristine ambiance with a palette of soft whites, delicate pale pinks, deep oxblood, and sharp navy. It embraces an Art Deco style, with meticulous attention to detail evident from the lobby to the guest rooms. The hotel offers 106 unique rooms and suites, each featuring its own distinct character and designed to be allergy-free.

All rooms feature private bathrooms adorned with colourful terrazzo tiles and a vanity unit, a blend of vintage and custom-made furniture and lighting, flat-screen TVs, hand-loomed blankets, and custom-made Italian linens. Gourmet snacks and toiletries are made exclusively for The Siren.

  • The Parlour Suite: Spacious and elegant, perfect for a special occasion.
  • The Penthouse: A luxurious retreat with stunning city views.
  • The Hideout: Cosy and intimate, ideal for solo travellers.
  • The Studio: Compact yet stylish and great for a short stay.

With a variety of restaurants and bars:

  • Albena: An eight-seat tasting counter by James Beard nominee chef, Garrett Lipar, known for his acclaimed new- American
  • Restaurant Torino: The restaurant, hidden in plain sight in the building’s rear alley, offers a tasting menu inspired by the Great Lakes—advanced booking is required.
  • The Siren Café: The lobby’s coffee bar features a wide selection of Michigan-roasted coffees and locally baked pastries.
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  • Candy Bar: The hotel’s intimate cocktail lounge takes cues from French modern, Motown and the disco era. The menu features classic cocktails alongside proprietary creations, hatched under its candy pink ceiling.
  • Ash-Bar: Designed to embody the spirit of the quintessential European café seen through an Americana lens. Echoing the spirit of Detroit’s boom era, the design is meant to evoke a bustling machine-age cafeteria, featuring its own hand-painted mural crowning the room inspired by W.P.A murals—with an ode to the glory days of the motor city and stylized scenes of industrial might.
  • Social Club Grooming Company Barbershop by Sebastian Jackson: A place for locals and hotel guests alike, Sebastian Jackson’s two-chair barbershop is a downtown, mid-century jewel box, perfect for a cut, shave or simply a chat with one of Detroit’s cultural emcees.
  • The Siren Shop: A retail space located off the lobby that features numerous products from a variety of retailers, alongside The Siren’s own exclusive collection of keepsakes.
  • Paramita Sound: Prominent Detroit-based record label Paramita Sound is a small record store with an in-house bar and space for roving performances.
  • Sid Gold’s Request Room: For the bold at heart, Sid Gold’s is the Wurlitzer Building’s very own piano karaoke bar.
  • Yoga Room: For the wellness enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in the building’s rich history. Central Location to explore Detroit’s attractions with ease. The Siren Hotel offers a memorable stay in Detroit, where history meets modernity. Whether you’re here for business or leisure, this boutique gem promises an unforgettable experience.