Patrick Thompson helms reinvention of Corktown Inn into Trumbull and Porter

The Corktown Inn, which began life as Detroit's Holiday Inn in the 1960s, is being renovated. The property will be called the Trumbull and Porter hotel when it opens in January 2016.

The hotel's new look is by local design company Patrick Thompson Design. All aspects of the hotel's digital marketing are being handled by Incite Response.

The 144-room Trumbull and Porter was purchased by an investor in Los Angeles. Its renovation will touch on all aspects of the hotel, including guestrooms, drinks and dining, fitness center and outdoor space. The fitness center will have a city view, while a beer garden, courtyard music venue, a private dining room (the Steak Room), and meeting space for smaller events will round out the hotel's offerings.


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The original mural created by Corktown artist Don Kilpatrick above the porte cochere and the words of Detroit poet David Blair on display in the lobby will be retained.

Behind the Trumbull and Porter hotel is a courtyard that will become  a music and art venue. Meanwhile, for dining, the Red Dunn restaurant and Burroughs Lounge will also be opened in January.

Nearly all the work and supplies for the $9-million project are being sourced in Detroit.

The hotel's management is partnering with other area businesses. Hotel bikes are in production using Detroit's bicycle manufacturer, Detroit Bikes. The bicycles will have the Trumbull and Porter logo. The hotel also partnered with Anthology Coffee and Batch Brewing Company.