The Shinola Hotel

The Shinola Hotel

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One of our Loft King rooms with extra space to unwind.
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Breakfast at San Morello was so good!
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#16 of 38 hotels in Detroit
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.6
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Value
3.8
The world’s first Shinola Hotel is Detroit’s new living room. Located in the heart of the city’s historic Woodward shopping district, this 129-room boutique hotel offers a completely original hospitality experience. Shinola Hotel’s accommodations are thoughtfully designed with varied layouts—featuring handcrafted mill-work, custom mattresses, and wallpaper inspired by patterns found during the renovation process. The property marries two restored buildings—the old T.B. Rayl & Co. sporting goods and hardware store and a former Singer sewing-machine store—with three brand new buildings modeled after downtown Detroit’s historic architecture. Indulge in a diverse array of culinary experiences at Shinola Hotel, featuring some of the best new restaurants in Detroit. Grab a classic cocktail in the Living Room or Evening Bar, taste the authentic Southern Italian dishes at San Morello, or try the brews and Detroit-style fried chicken at The Brakeman and Penny Red's.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Meeting rooms
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
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Safe
Iron
Minibar
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Boutique

Location

1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226-2002
Getting there
Great for walkers
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S H wrote a review Nov 2020
Cleveland, Ohio3 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel valet is one of the first things to notice. There are guys waiting to park the car and hold the door while your luggage is brought up by the bellman. Front desk service was superb. Security room key, elevator is impressive. The room is clean and well decorated with excellent views of the city and a comfy king bed. The shower and toilet are separate rooms. The bar is well stocked but that is an addon. There are many restaurants to choose from within a short walking distance and they're all very good.
The bellman is so so. Bit of an attitude. The hotel is quiet, relatively speaking even from the fifth floor. Here's where things get tricky.
There's really not much difference between the Cass, the Den and the Study King. We were in room 515 and to be honest, the description for Cass fell short of our expectations. There's a big tv and wifi and chrome cast and apple TV. I can go to Country inn and suites and get that. The king bed is a plus but the room overall lacks amenities for the business traveler. The Cass King measures 20x12 plus the bathroom and vestibule. Theres no desk, the vanity is very small, and no tables to sit and eat at. There is no microwave or refrigerator except for the bar fridge which everything is ala cart and is expensive. Theres no coffee service, no morning paper. You're paying for the location and for that you will pay steeply to the tune of 342 dollars a night plus the valet service of 32 dollars. It's hard for me to justify ever staying here again as I'm just not that wowed by the accommodations. Book caddy has attached garage and is under a reputable management company as are several local hotels nearby.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Dec 21, 2020
Appreciate the feedback stingwicki. We are happy you found our location, service, cleanliness and décor top notch. Shinola Hotel has many different room types and configurations. I'm confident we can assist you in finding you the perfect match. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards,
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maggieflag wrote a review Aug 2020
Chicago, Illinois8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at Shinola this past weekend to celebrate our five-year anniversary. We have been wanting to stay there since they opened so we had hyped it up quite a bit but it completely lived up to our expectations. Thanks to James H. at the desk who extended us an upgrade to a huge room with a view of Woodward, and sent us a bottle of champagne to celebrate. We especially loved the tub and shower in our room, and we each had a kit next to our bed with face mask, gloves, sanitizing wipe and Emergen-C! Every time we called the desk, the associate who answered was professional but friendly. Our room service was delicious and delivered quickly and hot, and we utilized the Shinola bicycles to ride around the city. The hotel has taken every Covid precaution, including temperature scanners and hand sanitizer everywhere. Can't say enough good things - we hope to be back in the future!
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms facing Woodward have a great view but if you're sensitive to noise, try another hallway.
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Aug 24, 2020
We are all very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your 5 year anniversary! Looking forward to welcoming you back.
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Janet L wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
When I stay at hotels, I always call ahead to request a room that is not cleaned with fragrances before my arrival as I cannot abide those odors. I asked the reservations clerk at Shinola if fragranced products were used and I was told no. When I showed up at my room, it smelled as though it had just been cleaned, and with very fragranced products. I should have gone to request a room change, but I didn't think any of the rooms would be any different, so I didn't request a change. I took a washcloth, wet it down, and went over the floors and surfaces to try to remove the smell. I was surprised that the washcloth picked up a lot of dirt and dust. So it was not well cleaned, but it was cleaned with toxic fragrances. I left with a headache and nasal congestion. The reservations clerk should know the correct answers to questions and such an expensive hotel, and accommodations should be made for guests who request them. Better yet, Shinola should not be cleaning with toxic, fragranced products. There is not need for synthetic smells in order for a place to be clean.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Feb 8, 2022
fragrance_fre, We are very sorry that you experienced this. We do not use any fragrances in our rooms. The scent is from the wood and leather in the rooms. Our cleaning products are non-toxic, as this is very important to us in taking care of our guests and team members. Please reach out to me if you would like any additional information. Kind regards, Mark O'Brien
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LSBurdett wrote a review Aug 2021
Salt Lake City, Utah186 contributions239 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had heard about the Shinola Hotel when it opened and finally had the opportunity to go. I was a little hesitant after reading some reviews but our stay was great. The vital infrastructure of the the room was flawless: bed was comfortable, room was quiet, AC kicked in only when needed and wasn’t annoying acoustically. The decor speaks for itself.

This was our first time in Detroit and I was concerned about what the city might be like. I actually found it very clean and felt completely comfortable waking around or using their bike share system. There doesn’t seem to be tons to do in the central business district and we found that many places were closed Monday-Wednesday due to Covid or staffing shortages. But there are a couple of great bakeries in walking distance (Cannelle and Astoria).

Note that there is a large construction project taking place across the street and that likely will continue into 2023, at least. The noise from that didn’t start up until about 8 in the morning, and so for us wasn’t an issue.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There is a public transportation FAST bus that will take you to DTW Airport from Woodward Ave. ...
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Jun 7, 2022
Thank you LSBurdett, we appreciate the kind review. Looking forward to welcoming you back!
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Megan wrote a review Dec 2021
Detroit, Michigan24 contributions31 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here on our wedding weekend. The valet and bellman were professional and helpful. We checked in without a problem and we enjoyed our suite the first evening. The next morning, the ladies in the bridal party arrived. The TV was broken so I couldn't access in room dining and I called down. I ordered some carafes of coffee and juice. I was stunned to find that set me back almost $80.

Because the elevators are access controlled, every time anyone needed to come up they had to call the room. It was exhausting and so disruptive. I understand wanting to keep guests safe but maybe keycards at night then. It was causing stress on us and the staff. The cleaning staff came at 11 and we let them know we would be out at 12:30 and to please come back then.

We came back to our room after the wedding and it was untouched. The room service dishes were there and they hadn't even emptied the trash or made the bed. Really disappointing. The next morning we were awoken by the jackhammering of the construction across the street around 0630. Delightful.

Overall, the rooms are lovely. The restaurant is great, everything is stylish and it's in a location downtown that is very close to many bars and things to do.
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Date of stay: November 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Feb 8, 2022
mk0712, Thank you for your review. We certainly should have done better with your request, this is not at all our standard. Please accept my apologies. Congratulations on your wedding and kindly reach out to me when you visit again. All my best, Mark O'Brien
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brmusicman wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois3,031 contributions1,223 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here one night (alas, would have happily stayed more)!

The property is gorgeous. Everything is thoughtfully designed, from the lobby to the elevators to the hallways to the rooms. I was really impressed with the quality of the design and the execution of that design in the construction process. Attention-to-detail was everywhere.

My room was on the small side but had lovely features, including a gorgeous bathroom with an awesome shower. My view of downtown Detroit was nice. The bed was extremely comfortable. The room could have used a more ample desk area; this was the one downside of the accommodation, especially for a business traveler. The amenities in the room were very cool and showcased the Shinola product range: the extension cord, alarm clock, record player, etc. were all available in the Shinola store off the lobby.

The public spaces were enjoyable, too. I had a late dinner in the lobby, where I stayed and did work until a little past midnight. The lobby was social enough to have a buzz but not a 'scene' during my weeknight stay. Food was okay; service was attentive.

Location is solid for downtown Detroit; several restaurants were within walking distance and the immediate block or two surrounding the hotel has been brought back to life with a set of cool stores, etc. Lots of cool architecture.

Overall, a very nice experience; I'm excited to return.
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Aug 24, 2020
We are happy that you had a very nice experience with us. Thank you for the review. Looking forward to welcoming you back!
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Julzbondy wrote a review Mar 2020
Windsor, Canada45 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
First let me say I love the Shinola Hotel! It’s unique to Detroit , cool and all around fabulous . I did NOT LOVE getting woken up at 7am with jackhammers from the construction site next door after being out late for my bday . It’s SUPER LOUD! Shinola you have so many great amenities provide ear plugs in room warning your guests of this noise and use them if you think you may be disturbed . My nice relaxing morning in bed to start my birthday was literally out the Window!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Hi Julzbondy, Thank you for the review, and we are glad you love the hotel. Our apologies for the early wake up. Detroit is going through a resurgence, and the building is part of our growth. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Worldtraveler68 wrote a review Jan 2020
Chicago, Illinois217 contributions145 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I recently stayed at the Shinola for a long weekend visit in Detroit. This place is perfectly (and very carefully, very thoughtfully) designed. There is a "lifestyle" emphasized here, and it is a comfortable one! Our room was perfect, very comfortable. I would have welcomed a desk, but I understand that a desk doesn't fit the image here. Nor was there a business center, or other quiet area for work. The main floor lobby and mezzanine game room were comfortable, and very popular, though predictably social and not conducive to quieter work.

My only suggestion would be a better organized front door and main desk. There were always lots of doormen/valet lingering right in front of the main door, which they sometimes opened, sometimes didn't. It felt like we were always weaving our way through a mass of staff on entrance/exit. The main desk was helpful, though not always informed about "where to eat breakfast downtown" recommendations, and the restaurant had an unusual breakfast menu filled with a lot of items I simply didn't recognize!

On balance, I highly recommend a stay at Shinola Hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from MarkOB1400, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Jan 27, 2020
Thank you Worldtraveler68. We appreciate your review and suggestion. We hope to see you back again soon.
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dvmharris wrote a review Dec 2020
Clarkston, Michigan150 contributions115 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We've been scoping out The Shinola Hotel for awhile now and finally committed to a stay. This hotel is beautiful! Valet/Doormen/Bellmen...all that! The ambiance is exactly what you want. However, it misses on some CRITICAL details that just make it not worth it with so many other options available. The Cass room has a very dramatic entrance and is amazing upon entry. As you get acquainted, you see things are not where they should be. Two large TV's, neither of which you can watch without turning your body 90 degrees from where you're sitting. It's rather uncomfortable. Same thing in the bed. My wife and I love watching TV in bed and you had to crank your head around to see the TV. Very odd. If you're someone that TV doesn't matter then you would LOVE this room. Another thing I found interesting was the mattress. It was like 5" thick, we both woke up with stiff backs that continued for days. Lastly was the coffee. Seems silly right? But there is none! You seriously have to get dressed, leave the hotel, walk down the ally and pay $6 for a small coffee. There is no coffee inside the hotel. One of the most crazy things I've ever had to do while staying at a $400 a night hotel. And honestly, a deal-breaker. Who want's to do this? No one. Shinola! Please, please get a $30 coffee maker for your rooms so that your guests can wake up, brew a cup, crank their heads and watch some TV.

This is honestly one of the more beautiful hotels I've ever stayed at. But they missed on some small, yet very important details.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Dec 21, 2020
Thank You dvmharris, we appreciate the feedback and want you to LOVE Shinola Hotel too! Covid-19 protocols have eliminated our self service coffee service, but we have Nespresso coffee machines and room service available for our guests. I would welcome the chance to connect with you, review your stay and welcome you back. All my best,
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Alan Lee wrote a review Jan 2022
Annapolis, Maryland7 contributions5 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Addressing the three stars up front: the construction noise is loud and relentless. Search prior reviews. I wish I had. If you are an early riser maybe not a huge deal, but anyone coming here for leisure should be aware there is a gigantic construction project across the street.

It’s good to see big projects in the city and not something the hotel can control, but hotels are fundamentally places to comfortably sleep. The noise is incredibly disruptive. It’s not an inexpensive property. In a vacuum the amenities / location justify the price but I cannot recommend this property relative to the cost while this construction is going on.

If you do stay there I’d make every effort to ensure they can get you a room that doesn’t face this project. We didn’t know to ask, they put us in a loud move and wouldn’t / couldn’t relocate us when we tried to move. Barring that, consider a white noise maker. Barring THAT, ask them for a tower fan. They gave us one and the added loud fan noise did help drown out the construction noise a bit the next morning.

The hotel itself is very nice. It is doing the modern interpretation of a mid century vibe thing that you see in cities across the country. Shinola does it way better than many properties I’ve stayed in, with really special tile work and small details throughout. Rooms are small but it’s a cozy boutique in a city- I’m not dinging them for that.

Service is all you can really ask for. A lot of these trendy urban hotels seem to deliberately act sort of sterile towards guests and that was definitely the vibe I got here.. They told me ‘no’ when I asked to move my room but it was New Year’s Eve- occupancy is occupancy and every other request we had was handled efficiently and fast albeit with a bit of a clinical feel.

The shared / event spaces are awesome. Again, lots of great details throughout. Staff in the hospitality spaces, F&B and event areas are awesome. Super kind and full of great recs for things to do / see.

The location is pretty much the little core of downtown Detroit that seems to be leading their renaissance. Fantastic dining and shopping options. Can’t get better than that- easy to get to stadiums or whatever else.

If construction noise wasn’t a factor I’d give them a solid 4.5 stars. I don’t think the value for what you get is all there but there’s not a lot of options in the area and none are as hip as the Shinola. Id be happy to stay there again when the construction is finished!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Attempt to avoid any rooms that face the construction project. If you do get a loud room ask for...
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Response from Mark O'Brien, General Manager at The Shinola Hotel
Responded Feb 8, 2022
Alan, We appreciate your review and kind words, Detroit is growing and the new building will be an exciting addition to the city. Apologies for the noise, and please let me know the next time you will be staying with us. All my best, Mark O'Brien
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ktraveler14 asked a question Oct 2023
Michigan5 contributions
Are there steamers in the rooms?
Jen asked a question Apr 2023
Cheboygan, Michigan2 contributions
Do the rooms have refrigerators?
Answer from Libby Soho
Saginaw, Michigan7 contributions
No fridge standard besides the stocked minifridge which has a little room available, i fit a few lacrois and a small OJ in there, but Shinola answered this before stating they have them available and will bring to your room if requested.
Mohammed asked a question Aug 2020
Detroit, Michigan1 contribution
Can I check in if I’m 19 years of age?
K G wrote a tip Jan 2024
Atlanta, Georgia8 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lower your expectations, check all drawers and closets before you check out, maybe consider other options….."
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Kaitlin L wrote a tip Dec 2023
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking/valet can definitely take a while"
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christian m wrote a tip Oct 2023
Brooklyn, New York696 contributions199 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The longue can get crowded so grab a spot early. The littlwe hole in the wall bar really fills up fast "
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Western View wrote a tip Sep 2023
Boise, Idaho223 contributions102 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The eighth floor has great views of the city."
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mrisin wrote a tip Jun 2023
Toronto, Canada34 contributions16 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you know exactly what kind of room you are getting and what is in it. Not all rooms in a category are the same in size & amenities"
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Shinola Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Shinola Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The HandleBar (0.2 miles), Campus Martius Park (0.2 miles), and Trapped in a Room with a Zombie (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Shinola Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Shinola Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Shinola Hotel?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Shinola Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dime Store, Wright & Company, and Lafayette Coney Island.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Shinola Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is The Shinola Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.8 miles away from the center of Detroit.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Shinola Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Shinola Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Shinola Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Shinola Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant (2.5 miles), Motown Museum (2.9 miles), and Willistead Manor (2.2 miles).
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