Historic Detroit hotel changes hands, management

The Inn on Ferry Street, a collection of Victorian mansions in Midtown Detroit and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, is reopening to guests under new ownership and management. 

The 33-key inn is made up of five buildings, including four restored Victorian homes and one carriage house located in the East Ferry Street Historic District. The buildings were first turned into a hotel by Midtown Detroit Inc, a non-profit focused on supporting and enhancing community and economic development in the area, who managed the property for the past twenty years and co-owned the hotel along with the nearby Detroit Institute of the Arts. The hotel closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The property is being purchased by an affiliate of Cloudland Capital, and will be managed by Life House, an independent hotel management company, both of which are entering the Detroit market.

“We are thrilled that both Cloudland Capital and Life House will continue to provide exceptional hospitality at the Inn for the many guests who have stayed with us over the past decades as well as for newcomers visiting the Inn for the first time,'' stated Susan Mosey, Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc.

“We are honored to be working with Cloudland Capital on the Inn on Ferry Street, which marks Life House’s first property in Detroit,” says Bryan Dunn, Managing Director and Head of Growth at Life House. “We look forward to continuing our aggressive expansion into urban core markets with a focus on locally-rooted boutique properties like the Inn on Ferry Street.”

The residential district was originally developed in the late 1800s, and still has Victorian homes recognizable by a variety of popular 19th century architectural flourishes.