2 Washington Blvd, Detroit Michigan 48226

Detroit's former Pontchartrain Hotel, is slated to reopen this month as an upscale Crowne Plaza Convention Center. The 25-story, 371-room Crowne Plaza building — known in its heyday as "The Pontch" — which is across the street from Cobo Center, Detroit's convention center.

Pontchartrain to reopen

More great news for Detroit! The Pontchartrain is reopening, The David Whitney Building is being turned into a boutique hotel and the Fire Station is also being converted into hotel space.  This is good news for the Trade Show and Convention business.  Detroit has always been limited by it's lack of sleeping rooms when in consideration for the big International Trade Shows and Conventions.

New Hotels are a big part of what is needed to boost Detroit's economy. Also capitalizing on our Fabulous music industry would help too.  We'll get into that on another day...

Built it in 1965, it was a luxury hotel frequented by celebrities and wealthy business people. George H. W. Bush, for example, watched on a television at the Pontch in 1980 when Ronald Reagan made a surprise, late-night appearance to Republican National Convention delegates at Joe Louis Arena, announcing Bush would be Reagan's vice-presidential running mate.

There were lots of gorgeous roof tops parties at the Pontch.  I saw the Four Tops and Frankie Gaye perform there on a balmy summer night.  My crew and I stayed many many times at the Pontch while my show was across the street at Cobo Center.  The rooms were beautiful...I really loved the piano jazz bar...it was very sad tosee it closed... 

At its height, the area's elite watched outdoor concerts and the annual Freedom Festival fireworks from the second-floor patio. And a special night-on-the-town wasn't complete without a view from the "Top of the Pontch" nightclub and restaurant.

Aparium Hotel Group is in the “early stages” of buying and converting the Detroit Fire headquarters into a boutique hotel. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

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