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Detroit is known for its architecture, industrialization and the arts. As creative entrepreneurs reclaim downtown, a new urban culture is rising next to the old.

While Detroit may have suffered a fall, when in 2013 its council filed for bankruptcy, the city is quick to be back on its feet. The revitalization of Downtown Detroit is where you can see the city rapidly transforming. Fashion and art are revived, historic buildings are being restored, and green spaces, restaurants, cafés and new urban areas are being created.

Detroit became one of the world’s wealthiest cities after the post-World War I auto industry boom. There is no better way to see this than in a walking, cycling or personalized guided tour of the city. See stunning art deco buildings including the Guardian Building, the Detroit Opera House and the Detroit Public Library. Admire the Fisher Building, a 441-foot (134-meter) tall building known as the Eiffel Tower of Detroit because of its stunning art deco architectural designs.

Art and history enthusiasts will find enough museums to fill several days’ worth of exploring. Admire old cars and model trains in the Detroit Historical Museum. At the Motown Museum, see where The Supremes and other famous Motown artists recorded their music. Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to see memorabilia, films and photographs celebrating the African-American legacy of freedom and justice. Watch an IMAX movie or learn about space at the Michigan Science Center. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts to see Vincent van Gogh’s important painting, Self Portrait, and Mexican artist Diego Rivera's most successful work, Detroit Industry, among others.

Dance the night away or see a live band in bars and nightclubs throughout the district. Have a cocktail and listen to some jazz at Cliff Bell’s, one of the oldest jazz clubs in Detroit.

Explore downtown’s river walks and gardens. See outdoor entertainment at Campus Martius Park or cross the MacArthur Bridge to enjoy natural parklands on Belle Island in the Detroit River.

While Detroit is best seen with a car, you can rent a bike or taxi or use the Detroit People Mover, an automated transit system. The Detroit Metro Airport is a 30-minute drive southwest of downtown.

Top hotels in Downtown Detroit

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Greektown Casino Hotel
Greektown Casino Hotel
4 out of 5
1200 Saint Antoine St, Detroit, MI
£126
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is steps away from Old St. Mary's Church and Greektown Casino. Ford Field and Campus Martius Park are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,731 reviews)

"Great place to stay! The property has plenty to do & so does the surrounding area without moving or using a car. Valet is a little confusing as to where to pick up . Check in line was long but staff came out to offer water"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Greektown Casino Hotel
MGM Grand Detroit
MGM Grand Detroit
4.5 out of 5
1777 3rd Street, Detroit, MI
£140
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

Located in Downtown Detroit, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Fillmore Detroit, Detroit Opera House and Fox Theatre. Little Caesars Arena and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,675 reviews)

"It was nice, elevators out during busy time causing a long line to get back to room. Almost slip and fell because of Water on floor. Employee act like they didn’t see me when it happened."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

MGM Grand Detroit
Atheneum Suite Hotel
Atheneum Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, MI
£116
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Greektown Historic District, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greektown Casino, Ford Field, and Campus Martius Park. GM Renaissance ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,171 reviews)

"Great hotel, great location. the room was huge and way nicer than I expected"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Atheneum Suite Hotel
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
3.5 out of 5
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£159
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is steps away from Mariners' Church, Detroit Riverwalk and GM Renaissance Center. Greektown Casino and Campus Martius ...

4/5Very Good! (1,768 reviews)

"There is construction going on now it should be beautiful by summer"…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit Foundation Hotel
Detroit Foundation Hotel
4 out of 5
250 West Larned Street, Detroit, MI
£189
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center, Campus Martius Park and GM Renaissance Center. Greektown Casino and Detroit ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (687 reviews)

"I liked the history of the building, memorabilia and art work"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Detroit Foundation Hotel
The Siren Hotel
The Siren Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI
£129
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House and Fillmore Detroit. Ford Field and Fox Theatre are also within 10 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (891 reviews)

"The property has so many facets - a great 50's restaurant, Karl's, on the second floor came as a big surprise, along with a cute lobby bar and coffee shop. There's even a karaoke-themed bar, which we never made it to. My first impression walking into the lobby was that it would be a small boutique ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

The Siren Hotel

Popular things to do in Downtown Detroit

Cobo Center
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Cobo Center

Cobo Center is just one of the places to see in Detroit, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Discover the acclaimed theatre scene and casinos in this vibrant area.

Greektown Casino
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Greektown Casino

3.5/5(2 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Greektown Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Detroit? Experience the acclaimed theatre scene and great live music in this vibrant area.

Fox Theatre
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Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre is a popular theatre with a rich history in Detroit. Discover the great live music and casinos in this vibrant area.

MGM Grand Detroit Casino
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MGM Grand Detroit Casino

4/5(1 review)

Why not try your luck with a visit to MGM Grand Detroit Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Detroit? Experience the entertainment choices and renowned opera houses in this vibrant area.

Detroit Opera House
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Detroit Opera House

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Host to enchanting operas, dance shows and Broadway productions, this is one of the city’s most prestigious venues.

GM Renaissance Center
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GM Renaissance Center

3/5(3 reviews)

A distinctive point on the Detroit skyline, this collection of skyscrapers is the global headquarters of General Motors and a popular entertainment destination.

Top activities in Downtown Detroit

Operation city Quest of Michigan
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Operation city Quest of Michigan

£8
Per adult
Mission Impossibly Escape Room
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Mission Impossibly Escape Room

£22
Per adult
One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Detroit, MI
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Detroit, MI

£2
Per adult
Detroit Puzzling Adventure
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Detroit Puzzling Adventure

£5
Per adult
Grand Rapids Puzzling Adventure
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Grand Rapids Puzzling Adventure

£5
Per adult
Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit
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Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit

£1
Per adult

Other areas in Detroit

Capitol City, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Capitol City

When in Capitol City, you can plan a visit to Fox Theatre and Cobo Center, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Capitol City
Washington, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Washington

When in Washington and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Fox Theatre or Cobo Center and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Times Square Station or Grand Circus Park Station.

Washington
Greektown Historic District

Greektown Historic District

Visitors to Greektown Historic District love its first-class casinos, and you can check out Greektown Casino and Old St. Mary's Church. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Greektown Station.

Greektown Historic District
Lafayette Park, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Lafayette Park

When in Lafayette Park, you can plan a visit to Greektown Casino and Ford Field, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Lafayette Park
Brush Park, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Brush Park

Brush Park might not have many top sights, but Ford Field and Fox Theatre are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Brush Park
Corktown, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Corktown

The live music and historical sites are just a few features travellers like about Corktown. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, MotorCity Casino and Little Caesars Arena are a few top places to visit.

Corktown