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In the spring of 2011, a 25-year-old couch surfer, recognizing the city’s need for budget accommodation, opened Detroit’s first hostel in 15 years. Located in North Corktown, Hostel Detroit (2700 Vermont St., map) is a nonprofit venture interested in not only accommodating but also educating visitors about Detroit, with volunteer “ambassadors” assigned to guests. Prices range from $30 for a dorm single to $56 for a private double. Note: Reservations are accepted online only.
We don’t often recommend chain hotels, but the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (from $239; 400 Renaissance DR, map) is just so well located—inside one of the towers that define the city’s skyline (and adjacent to GM’s global headquarters), it’s right on the new RiverWalk, connected to downtown via the People Mover train, and walking distance to Greektown and some great downtown bars, like Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub (see also: Local craft beer). Rooms are spacious and offer views of either the city or the Detroit River (and Canada beyond).
Around the corner from the excellent Detroit Institute of Arts, The Inn on Ferry Street (84 E. Ferry St., map) comprises 40 rooms in six historic buildings—four restored Victorian homes and two carriage houses. Rooms with queen-size beds start around $179 per night, including a breakfast buffet.
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