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Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center
General information
Type hotel, high-rise
Architectural style Modern
Location 2 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan

42°19′41″N 83°02′51″W / 42.328°N 83.0476°W / 42.328; -83.0476Coordinates: 42°19′41″N 83°02′51″W / 42.328°N 83.0476°W / 42.328; -83.0476

Completed 1965
Roof 75 m (246 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 25
Floor area 367 hotel rooms
Design and construction
Architect King & Lewis

The Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center, is a high-rise hotel in downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is located across the street from Cobo Center and from 150 West Jefferson. The building was constructed in 1965 to a height of 25 floors (75 metres, or 245 feet). It contains 367 rooms, and is used as a hotel, restaurant, and fitness center. Originally known as The Pontchartrain, King & Lewis designed the hotel in the modern architectural style with contemporary French interior employing angular bay windows in its design, which provides every room with views of the International Riverfront.


The hotel was originally intended to have a twin tower, on the other side of the plot, but it was never built. George H.W. Bush stayed at the hotel during the 1980 Republican National Convention.

The hotel is built on the exact site as Fort Pontchartrain (for which it was originally named), Detroit's first permanent European settlement, built in 1701, which later became known as Fort Detroit.[1]

In 1985, the hotel was purchased by Crescent Hotel Group, a subsidiary of Lincoln Savings & Loan for $19.5 million. Lincoln S&L Chairman Charles Keating soon thereafter arranged to buy the hotel outright from the company and set up the Hotel Ponchartrain LP, controlled by Keating, his family, and executive contacts. The sale was financed by a series of ethically questionable loans from Lincoln and its subsidiaries and totaled $38 million.[2] This arrangement was later cited by Sen. Donald W. Riegle (D-MI) as his basis for considering Keating a constituent during his involvement in the Keating Five scandal.[3]

It later operated as the Crowne Plaza Detroit Pontchartrain. In 2006, Shubh LLC purchased the hotel and in 2007, the building underwent a major renovation and became the Sheraton Detroit Riverside. Within a year, however, the hotel had its

In March 2012, the hotel was sold by the Receiver, David Findling to an unnamed investor who reportedly plans to renovate it and enter into a management agreement with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, a division of InterContinental Hotels .[7] The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau reported that the purchaser is Mexico-based developer Gabriel Ruiz. Details of the renovation and agreement with Crowne Plaza were incomplete when the announcement was made.[8] The Hotel reopened on July 17, 2013,[9] as the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center. Due to the quality of the renovation the hotel was awarded the development of the year" by IHG Intercontinental Hotel Group in their anual convention in Las Vegas in October 2013.


Further reading

External links

  • Official website
  • Detroit Riverside Hotel at
  •'s profile of Detroit Riverside Hotel
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