Trui Moerkerke is a Belgian journalist who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family in the Summer of 2016. She decided to make the most of the waiting-for-the work-permit-time. She is fascinated with Detroit and studied to become a tour guide. There is so much to see, so much to tell. As a journalist and former editor, Trui knows a thing or two about storytelling. Trui is still writing for Belgian magazines and newspapers and she founded A Dose of Detroit. She's ready to take you on a guided tour in this amazing city (in Dutch, French and English).
Around the corner from Shinola Hotel and next to The Siren Hotel, is Element Detroit at the Metropolitan, also known as the Jewelers' building. It was a posh building with an impressive lobby leading to jewelry shops and manufacturers. The neo-gothic Metropolitan opened its doors in 1925. Detroit was a wealthy city with tons of money from the automotive industry.
Later that century, the tides turned. The Metropolitan sat vacant since 1979. After an extensive $33 million renovation, the Metropolitan reopened at the beginning of this year.
The hotel has 114 rooms (with possibilities for extended stays). The renovation was done with respect for the original design of the building. You'll be surprised by the beautiful staircases and the impressive ceiling in the lobby.
Since a few weeks (May 2019) you can have a cocktail on the rooftop. The brand new Monarch Club offers creative drinks and fantastic views of the city.