Locals and longtime guests of the Hotel Saint Regis Detroit will discover a fresh new look at the New Center District property come fall 2020.

Originally opened in 1966, the 125-room hotel’s elegance and charm have drawn foreign dignitaries and rock stars from around the world through the years, creating a legendary Detroit landmark as it played host to renowned patrons like Martin Luther King, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger and countless Motown stars. Much like the city’s own rejuvenation, a full refresh of the hotel’s lobby, restaurant, guest rooms and event spaces will see a classic venue reimagined as a sophisticated, state-of-the-art facility.

“Tasteful improvements will pay homage to the hotel’s midcentury origins,” says General Manager Oz Sheikh. Original historic archways and lanterns adorn the entrance hall to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, while sleek, modern touches will breathe new life into the cultured property. “Unique features of the renovation include a partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, which will showcase artwork in our main ‘living room,’ or lobby space, and the ballroom corridor.”

Located one block from Detroit’s QLine, next to Wayne State University, Henry Ford Hospital, Fisher Theatre and Cadillac Place and just minutes from major venues including Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena and Ford Field, the hotel offers a total of 5,000 square feet of meeting space in the heart of Detroit’s hustle and bustle. The newly renovated 4,290-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which accommodates up to 400 guests theater-style, features 14-foot ceilings, high-level finishes and ample prefunction space, allowing for effortless event customization and controlled traffic flow. The hotel’s additional meeting spaces range from nearly 900 to 1,500 square feet, accommodating anywhere from 20 to 160 guests based on event design. The hotel also offers high-tech audio-visual capabilities and a wide selection of catering menu options for easy customization.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com

Michael Cerrie was recently named the Executive Chef for Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel.  

1. What are you looking forward to most in your new role?