Hotel at a Glance: Hotel St. Regis
With its ornate stone façade set with engraved bronze plaques and old-fashioned gas lamps, the Hotel St. Regis retains a stately elegance. The landmark hotel sits in the midst of New Center, a neighborhood that became known as Detroit’s “second downtown” in the early 1920s. A series of weatherproof skywalks connects the Hotel St. Regis with other historical buildings in the area, including Cadillac Place and the Fisher Building.
- Most famous guests: Martin Luther King and Mick Jagger
- Southern cuisine onsite: La Musique serves shrimp and grits and fried Cornish hen with collard greens.
- Live jazz: You can see local jazz performances at La Musique every Thursday night.
- See a Broadway show at the historic Fisher Theatre, which is connected by skywalk to the hotel.
- Stay caffeinated with cups of complimentary, in-room Starbucks coffee.
Detroit: World-Class Museums and Revitalization Projects in the Motor City
The Motor City has certainly seen better days, but if you’re willing to look, you can still find a lot of worthwhile things to do and see. The downtown area has many top-flight cultural institutions and museums, and an influx of young people and artists are working to revitalize the city.
The 658,000-square-foot Detroit Institute of Arts, located downtown, comprises 100 galleries, an auditorium, a lecture hall, and a reference library. Among its vast collection: a dragon-tile relief from the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and a self-portrait of Vincent van Gogh. One of the city’s most fascinating art displays can't be found at a museum or gallery. Tyree Guyton’s The Heidelberg Project is two blocks of once-decrepit houses that have been transformed into an open-air art installation, with colorful sculptures made out of discarded items including stuffed animals, vinyl records, old shoes, and scrap metal.
For a taste of Detroit’s glory days, head to the Motown Museum, located in the same two-story house where Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Jackson 5, and other music legends recorded some of their most enduring work. In one of the studios, you can see a giant divot in the wooden floor where producers and sound technicians tapped their feet to the music as it was recorded.
Greektown—located northeast of downtown—is a quirky neighborhood that has stuck to its immigrant roots. Along Monroe Street, you’ll find buildings that pay tribute to the Parthenon and mythical figures, and Greek music plays outdoors next to themed eateries.