Have you ever slept inside a fire house? Unless you’re a fireman, chances are you haven’t. That is, unless of course, you have stayed at the Foundation Hotel in Detroit. Right downtown and across from Cobo Hall you can not only dine in the original Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, but you can pull up a chair and dine inside as well.
The Foundation Hotel actually extends above the original fire station and into the connecting building. You can see the connection between the who buildings in a rough cut through of the walls. You can see remnants of the buildings original life with the red painted doors, the hose hanging area and other small details throughout.
The first floor of the building is actually the Apparatus Room, a trendy restaurant that serves locally sourced food and updated traditional dishes. Like the hotel above it, the Apparatus room is decorated with artwork and items made by local artists. The result is a brightly lit space.
The building that is now home to the Foundation Hotel and Apparatus room has quite the story to tell, and the building lets that story be told. Besides being the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, fans may remember the location from it’s appearance in Real Steel back in 2011.
It’s this deep history that is rooted throughout the hotel’s location now and you can see the love for the city and how it is woven throughout every design detail in the rooms and your stay. From car materials used in lighting, wall paper modeled after Michigan Central Station and other Detroit landmarks, and even car fuses to use to redeem your morning coffee, the motor city runs deep in the Foundation Hotel.
You can find so much inside this updated and trendy hotel, and we love the local history that is put into every element of your stay. Book your stay at the Foundation Hotel or make reservations for a meal you wont forget at the Apparatus Room