Detroit’s Metropolitan Building is home to a new eco hotel

A new hotel has been unveiled inside the iconic Metropolitan Building in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district. Called Element Detroit at the Metropolitan, the hotel saw the unique building being revamped for a new generation.

The exterior of The Metropolitan Building in Detroit.
The exterior of The Metropolitan Building in Detroit. Image by Element Hotels

The hotel has been seamlessly incorporated into the renovated 92-year-old neo-Gothic building and aims to support a balanced life for travelers. Designed for health-conscious, active guests, the hotel follows a nature-inspired philosophy that is clean and modern. Visitors are provided with eco-friendly amenities such as a filtered water system in each bedroom, while in the bathroom, guests will find low-flow faucets and toilets, as well as environmentally conscious body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap, containing certified organic ingredients by an all-natural vegan and cruelty-free brand. A complimentary breakfast is included every morning featuring a yogurt station and fresh fruits, and the hotel has an 830 sq ft fitness center that is open 24 hours. Guests can even make use of complimentary bikes to explore the nearby areas.

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The bedrooms have designed to be modern and sleek. Image by Element Hotels

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan also boasts 110 studio and one-bedroom guest rooms, and will be home to a rooftop bar and patio, The Monarch Club at The Metropolitan, with private event spaces and views of downtown Detroit and Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. It will be the first of three food and beverage venues to open in the building.

Originally opened in 1925, The Metropolitan Building was previously a destination for shoppers, as well as housing jewellery manufacturers and wholesalers. Care was taken throughout the renovation process to preserve as many of the original features of the building as possible, including the exterior façade, an ornate vaulted ceiling in the interior lobby, interior decorative staircases, and original terrazzo flooring on the guest corridors. The original storefronts of the jewellery stores have also been preserved on the second floor and repurposed as meeting rooms.

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Guests can avail of a healthy breakfast that includes a yoghurt bar and fresh fruit. Image by Element Hotels

“We are thrilled to be bringing Element Hotels to Michigan for the first time with the opening of this property that is steeped in so much history,” said Toni Stoeckl, Vice President, Distinctive Select Service Brands, Marriott International. “The Metropolitan has sat vacant for nearly 40 years and was destined for demolition, making the opening particularly special for us – we’re so excited to have played a role in bringing this iconic building back to life for the city of Detroit.”

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The one bedroom suite at Element Detroit at the Metropolitan. Image by Element Hotels

The restoration and reuse of well-known buildings seems to be a growing trend for the city, as recently, watchmaker Shinola unveiled a luxury new hotel on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue, built inside a former sewing machine factory.

Nightly rates begin at $189. More information is available at the official Detroit Element website.