Detroit, MI

Motor City gets a truly one-of-a-kind hotel signaling a true renaissance.

Services provided: Planning, Programming, Positioning, Management


Acting as owner, co-developer, and manager, Aparium—working hand-in-hand with developer Walter Cohen—is in the midst of transforming the historic Detroit Fire Department Headquarters into the Foundation Hotel. The 100 room independent hotel adds another piece to the ongoing Detroit renaissance puzzle. The $28 million project draws on the Motor-City’s unparalleled past while proactively moving the city to its next incarnation as a national cultural, business, and artistic touch-point.

Featuring an inviting ground-floor restaurant Detroit Foundation Hotel partners with Detroit’s many local distillers, brewers, farmers, and other edible sundry purveyors to deliver an authentic Detroit experience. The hotel also works with local manufacturers to add truly Detroit moments throughout the hotel, leaving every guest with a taste of the best Detroit has to offer.

Additionally, Detroit Foundation Hotel is home to a “Chef’s Table” that delivers a destination prix fixe experience and also serves as an incubator for Detroit’s newest chefs and a home-coming platform for the city’s chefs who have set-up shop elsewhere.