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Inn on Ferry Street
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   84 E. Ferry St., Detroit, MI 48202   |  
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Ranked #1 of 34 Hotels in Detroit
Tampa, Florida
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9 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

A charming bed and breakfast near downtown Detroit. It consists of a few old, but restored, Victorian houses. The rooms were cozy and clean. Breakfast was great. It's perfect for anything you have to do in that area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Southfield, Michigan
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309 reviews 309 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 105 cities Reviews in 105 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

There are more expensive hotels in Detroit, but nothing as consistently wonderful as the Inn on Ferry Street. This place has become an annual must-visit for us! The Inn is easy to find in Detroit's cultural center. Parking is secure and off the street. Check in with Greg was a snap.
Our Queen Exec room in the Roehm House was the best yet. It included a beautiful sleeping room, large full bath with tub and a corner salon with a fireplace, library of books, CD player with Detroit musical selections, coffee and complementary local bakery cookie. The thermostat worked well though if that hadn't been adequate, there was an electric space heater in the small closet for use! Other extras included more bedding, iron and board, hair dryer and plenty of toiletries. The Detroit Institute of Arts is less than five minutes away and the Historical Museum in across the street.
Morning continental breakfast was varied and plentiful. Beverages included several juice selections, Great Lakes coffees and Starbucks hot cocoa. Scrambled eggs, a fresh waffle maker, fresh bakery scones and pies, yogurts and fruits were also available as well as hot and cold cereals. There was even a 'to go' bag with a breakfast bar and fruit for those guests on the run. Sit at small tables or by the fireplace. Read one of the newspapers while munching, relaxing and enjoying your stay!

Room Tip: Do not miss the morning food offerings. There is something for everyone.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Inn on Ferry Street is a unique place situated in Midtown Detroit adjacent to the campus of Wayne State University and near the museums. The Inn is actually four very large retored Victorian homes and two carriage houses, 40 rooms total. I rarely venture away from major hotel brands but I had business to conduct at WSU so the location was ideal and WSU staff recommended it. The Inn was terrific. The buildings and rooms are beautifully restored all the way down to the smallest furnishings. Check in was in the main building and was fast and friendly. They had snacks and beverages (both soft and alcoholic) available in a very nice and relaxing lobby/lounge area. I wanted to have dinner in Greek Town and their personable shuttle driver took me straight there. Without getting in to too much detail, they have a very handy free shuttle service to take guests to local destinations. Breakfast was included and it was excellent. Wifi was included and worked fine. The bathroom was somewhat small but that's to be expected in this type of accommodation. My only suggestion would be a bigger TV. I think it was about a 24" flat screen which was fairly small to view from across the (very spacious) room. All in all, a great place to stay and I'll definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here on New Year's Eve for the Zak Brown concert at Joe Louis arena.

The Inn was just as pictured on their website. Our room was #2102 in the Roehm House and was very spacious and tastefully decorated. The room had a coffee maker with complimentary tea and coffee, delicious cookies and bottled water. There was also a CD player with some CDs in the room as well as a huge selection of CDs and books in the library just outside our room. The bathroom had nice toiletries, a hair dryer, cotton balls and Qtips. There were plenty of towels. The only complaint about the bathroom was the shower - it was a hand-held plastic shower that didn't match up to the quality of the rest of our room, but it worked well. There was also a fold down seat in the shower for those unable to stand during a shower.

The view out of the window was of the carriage house and with the huge snowflakes coming down New Year's Day morning, it was beautiful.

From the time of check-in to our check-out, all the staff we encountered were friendly and professional. The shuttle service (free with your room) was efficient, even after the concert when there was crazy traffic. We did wait about half an hour, but couldn't expect any different considering the situation.

There were some beverages and snacks available in the dining room on check-in, but we didn't partake, so not sure what was offered.

The breakfast included with the room rate was a nice surprise. Usually continental breakfasts don't offer much variety, but this one offered fruit, yogourt, bread & bagels, waffles, eggs, fresh berries, oatmeal, a variety of cereals and organic coffee and tea as well as 2 choices of dessert.

We would stay here without any hesitation on a future visit to Detroit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I wish everyone could have this experience in Detroit! Located just a couple of blocks away from the Detroit Institute of Arts, this Inn delivers the sophistication it promises. Comprised of four restored architectural homes and two carriage houses, visitors can time-travel back to the glory days of a city that would change the industrial world.

We ( two couples) checked into the Inn after taking in the treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts - and the stunning fresco cycle of Diego Rivera - his homage to the city's manufacturing and workforce. We had two rooms in the Roehm House with its inspired Queen Anne style gable-roof, brick and sandstone details and wrap around porch. The grand staircase and impressive glass windows made a lasting first impression. Our rooms were tastefully decorated with high ceilings, soothing colours and a comfy four poster bed.

This is not the fussy overkill of many bed and breakfast hotels, but rather more akin to a boutique hotel. Staff were pleasant and accommodating and we were delighted with the shuttle service that took us to our downtown restaurant, or for that matter, anywhere within a 5 mile radius. The breakfast room in the next-door Scott House was ample and delicious.

I highly recommend this Detroit experience on Ferry Street.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We stayed here for a long week-end, and we loved the place: the victorian houses have been very well renovated, the decoration is tastefully, our room was really confortable, and there are some small details which make the difference: fresh cookies in your room to welcome you, a good breakfast (fresh pastries from a local shop, a big bowl of fresh berries, etc...).
The location is perfect if you want to visit the museums, and there is a free shuttle if you want to explore other areas.
One of the best hotels I stayed in the US!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

First off, the buildings that comprise this are hotel are quite attractive and interesting historically. Staff are very courteous, professional, and helpful.The rooms, or at least the room I had, were quite spacious, bed was comfortable, and there was not too much noise from the hallway, and I didn't notice any from other rooms (though they were mostly full).

Complaints were that they did not have blackout blinds or curtains- even at midnight the streetlights made it too bright for my liking (although it didn't interfere with my sleep). I can imagine this would be a big problem if you went in the summer and didn't want to wake at 7am. Second was that the wifi was hit and miss on the third floor where I was staying. I know it wasn't my computer as it worked when I was in the very charming sitting room. This was fairly significant as I was there on business.

Overall, this is a great hotel, with great rooms and service. I feel that my couple of minor complaints could be fixed fairly easily and inexpensively.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 84 E. Ferry St., Detroit, MI 48202
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Location: United States > Michigan > Detroit
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Detroit
#2 Best Value Hotel in Detroit
#3 Business Hotel in Detroit
#4 Family Hotel in Detroit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn on Ferry Street 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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