Carlos Quirarte

Shinola Hotel

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  • Why:The new Shinola Hotel is so great who could resist a visit to Detroit in February?
  • When:February 2019
  • Who:Me, my wife and daughter.
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Shinola Hotel I walked in and was met with an exquisite custom-woven, four-wall, floor-to-ceiling tapestry by Detroit artist, Margo Wolowiec and welcomed by a friendly front desk team. 

Enough said. This speaks to Shinola Hotel’s pride in its city.

I walked in and was met with an exquisite custom-woven, four-wall, floor-to-ceiling tapestry by Detroit artist, Margo Wolowiec and welcomed by a friendly front desk team.

Enough said. This speaks to Shinola Hotel’s pride in its city.

Shinola Hotel Eating at San Morello is a definite highlight to staying at the Shinola Hotel. For breakfast, I enjoyed a heavenly serving of rustic potatoes and a cold-pressed juice from Drought, a local Detroit juicemaker.

Eating at San Morello is a definite highlight to staying at the Shinola Hotel. For breakfast, I enjoyed a heavenly serving of rustic potatoes and a cold-pressed juice from Drought, a local Detroit juicemaker.

Shinola Hotel Nothing beats a view of downtown Detroit while soaking in a hot bath.  The bathroom wallpaper is inspired by the caseback details of Shinola’s timepieces, and is a reminder that every detail is important at this hotel. 
Simplistic and elegant in its design.

Nothing beats a view of downtown Detroit while soaking in a hot bath. The bathroom wallpaper is inspired by the caseback details of Shinola’s timepieces, and is a reminder that every detail is important at this hotel.
Simplistic and elegant in its design.

Shinola Hotel It’s in the amenities the hotel offers, such as plush bathrobes made specifically for Shinola, that add to the luxurious experience.

It’s in the amenities the hotel offers, such as plush bathrobes made specifically for Shinola, that add to the luxurious experience.

Shinola Hotel The bathrobes are indigo-dyed navy terrycloth with a hood and ‘Detroit’ written on the back. I feel like a boxer when I wear it. And yes - they are for sale!

The bathrobes are indigo-dyed navy terrycloth with a hood and ‘Detroit’ written on the back. I feel like a boxer when I wear it. And yes - they are for sale!

Shinola Hotel After a day of exploring the city, I returned to a bed dressed in 100 percent cotton, 300-thread-count, Italian Frette linens found in the most luxurious, European hotels -- resulting in the best sleep ever!

After a day of exploring the city, I returned to a bed dressed in 100 percent cotton, 300-thread-count, Italian Frette linens found in the most luxurious, European hotels -- resulting in the best sleep ever!

Shinola Hotel The views of downtown Detroit can be found on either side of the room.

The views of downtown Detroit can be found on either side of the room.

Highs & Lows

  • Location - right in the heart of downtown Detroit, the hotel is perfectly situated to encourage you to explore the city’s rich history. Ask the staff for suggestions - I found them to be very welcoming!

  • Art - upon entering, you will find a collection of art on the walls of the Living Room of the hotel. Whether you choose to pass through or sit and grab a drink in the space, the art will leave you energized and inspired.

  • Design - Shinola Hotel offers a unique experience - it feels residential, yet luxurious and it all takes place in two historical buildings. Shinola Hotel is a uniquely Detroit experience, so if you’ve never been to the Motor City, this is to the place to stay!

The Barometer

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    A mid-century modern paradise that combines a legacy of craftsmanship and timeless design with the true spirit of Detroit and hospitable service all curated in a luxury, boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Cozy and modern chic meets timeless elegance.

  • Location

    The location is central, nestled in the heart of historic downtown Detroit. By walking a few feet outside, I am met with specially-curated shopping options at Parker’s Alley, a retail alley introducing a mix of global and homegrown businesses.

  • Rooms

    129, with 50 different room configurations providing a unique sense of place with loft-style windows for views of the city and natural light accompanied by thoughtful modern design.

  • Year Opened

    2019

  • Designed By

    Shinola Hotel is the result of a partnership between Shinola and Bedrock, designed by Gachot Studios and Kraemer Design Group. Bedrock, is a local real estate firm specializing in the development of urban cores. The group has a strong presence in downtown Detroit with work that varies from residential to retail spaces to revitalize the city.

  • Health & Wellness

    Gym

  • Restaurant

    Visit San Morello for savory, southern Italian dishes. Treat yourself with a divine Osso Bucco or legendary lamb meatballs. Chef Andrew Carmellini outdid himself here!

  • Bar

    Choose between the Evening Bar, a cozy cocktail lounge or the Living Room for a classic cocktail surrounded by modern art.

  • Minibar

    Yes! Shinola Cola, Great Lakes Chips, Vernor’s Ginger Ale (a Detroit classic), and local craft beers.

  • Children

    Bring the whole family, including the dog!

  • Price

    Luxury, but the experience is well worth it!

  • Website

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