Detroit's Hip Hotel: Trumbull and Porter
The last time I took a day trip to Detroit I ended up staying at the Trumbull and Porter Hotel nestled in the district of Corktown, in Detroit. This stay was not planned by any means, I simply wanted to grab a bite to eat at the Red Dunn Kitchen, the resident restaurant inside the hotel. After eating a grilled chicken wrap with rosemary fries I took a few minutes to take in the design of the restaurant. The booths were covered in a brown leather-ish material that was tufted in a modern style. The bar was covered in a royal blue tile and a bartender worked behind it mixing up perfect alcoholic potions. I decided to see what else the hotel had to offer after my pleasant lunch experience.
Walking back into the lobby I was greeted by a friendly smile behind the front desk and laid back seating areas for casual convos and light meetings. Around the corner from the lobby, I found the aesthetically pleasing gift shop where chips, candy, drinks, and the signature Trumbull and Porter stripped blankets (which were also in all the bedrooms). At this point I was sold on at least spending the night at the hotel, fortunately, they still had rooms available. Check in was a breeze and I was extensively informed about the hotels amenities.
The hallway to my room was very dim and museum-like. I arrived at my room, it was a breath of fresh air, all the walls were painted white and the room only had a few carefully selected pieces of furniture. Glazed concrete floors spanned the space and the modern marbles tables, steel bed frame and simple clothing rack with two robes were the cherries on top. Talk about a calm retreat. I spent the night catching up on some shows we didn't get in Canada. The hotel was silent during the night and I slept like a baby in the fluffy duvet and firm feather pillows, the best sleep I’ve had in a while.
In the morning I was able to finish a bit of work at what I would call a “Business Bar”, a cutout in the wall with two computers and a colored printer mounted by a quartz counter top. Before checkout, I took some time to explore the exterior of the hotel as well as the surrounding shops. There was a “courtyard” with a patio draped in stringed lights, a glamorous pit area for bonfires and a stage for small events. The surrounding area included a brewery, record shop, and several restaurants.
Checkout was just as hassle-free as the check in and I was out of there in no time. I would surely stay at the Trumbull and Porter again, it was nice to see something different on the walls beside you or typical beige paint and classic artwork. This hotel is very versatile and I would recommend it for business trips or small events.