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Hotel To Open In Detroit’s David Whitney Building

December 12 2011 | no comments

The historic David Whitney Building will be home to an Aloft hotel, owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

The vacant 19-story building, located at the corner of Woodward and Park Avenues, across from Grand Circus Park, was built in 1915. Aloft Detroit will have 136 loft-like rooms, a bar, a 24-hour fitness center and 6,600 square feet of banquet and meeting space. The hotel is expected to open in July 2014.

The building was purchased in March by the Whitney Partners LLC, which is planning to restore the exterior of the building and renovate the interior to include 108 one and two bedroom apartments and retail.

“Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney is a great addition to Detroit and provides a boutique hotel in a section of downtown that is rapidly growing as the entertainment district,” said Michael O’Callaghan, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “It is a unique product that will offer exceptional service to both corporate visitors mid week and leisure visitors on weekends.”

“Demand for the Aloft brand continues to outpace supply, and adaptive reuse allows us to bring more Aloft properties online quickly, economically, responsibly and stylishly,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America development for Starwood.  “Even more important, adaptive reuse allows us to contribute to our communities by preserving heritage and helping create a more sustainable infrastructure.”

Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood, added, “Aloft is particularly well-suited for adaptive reuse because of its urban aesthetic,” he said. “Preserving this integral part of Detroit’s history is a priority for us as well, an it’s exciting to meld Aloft’s design sensibility with this spectacular original structure.”

It will be Michigan’s first Aloft Hotel. More than 55 Aloft Hotels have opened since the chain started three years ago.

The David Whitney Building, designed by Daniel Burnham, was an office building until it closed in 1999.



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