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Detroit Opera House

Host to enchanting operas, dance shows and Broadway productions, this is one of the city’s most prestigious venues.

Detroit’s premier destination for a special night out, the Detroit Opera House is a stunning 2,700-seat venue in the city’s Grand Circus Park Historic District. It opened in 1922 as the Capitol Theater, changing ownership several times before closing in 1985. In 1996 it reopened in all its former glory after a restoration project by the Michigan Opera Theatre. As a world-class performance venue, the opera house has hosted stars such as Louis Armstrong, Luciano Pavarotti and Roy Orbison.

It’s easy to just stand and admire this enormous Italian Renaissance-style building and its extravagantly decorated interior. There are marble staircases, ornate ceilings and elaborate chandeliers. Take a tour of the building to learn about its restoration process. You’ll also go backstage to meet personnel and learn how performances are managed.

Dozens of productions grace this stage each year, including operas, ballets and Broadway productions. Find tour dates on the website, but rest assured that you can see a variety of shows, from The Lion King musical to Beethoven’s Fidelio.

Seats in the main hall are small but comfortable and the acoustics are excellent. While it’s a spacious venue, it feels quite intimate and cozy. The building also has it’s own restaurant and bar, the Cadillac Café. It’s open for light meals before performances and desserts afterwards.

The Detroit Opera House is in the heart of downtown. Touring dates and performance schedules vary, so check the website for details. Parking near the opera house can be expensive come show time; you can prepay for a space online or by phone. Detroit’s light rail system, the People Mover, makes a loop of the downtown area and stops at all major attractions in the area, including the opera house.


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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby $159
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby

525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Detroit, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center and Campus Martius Park. Fox Theatre and Greektown Casino are also within 15 minutes. Fort Cass Station and Michigan Avenue Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront $132
    Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

    Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront

    2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center, Campus Martius Park, and GM Renaissance Center. Greektown Casino and Detroit Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station and Financial District Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      MotorCity Casino Hotel $125
      MotorCity Casino Hotel

      MotorCity Casino Hotel

      2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Detroit, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, and Comerica Park. Ford Field and GM Renaissance Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sproat Street/Adelaide Street Station is 16 minutes by foot and Times Square Station is 17 minutes.

        Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown $139
        Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown

        Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown

        351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Ford Field, and Greektown Casino. Detroit Opera House and Campus Martius Park are also within 10 minutes. Cadillac Center Station and Greektown Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center $186
          Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

          Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

          Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is steps from Mariners' Church, Detroit Riverwalk, and GM Renaissance Center. Greektown Casino and Campus Martius Park are also within 10 minutes. Millender Center Station and Renaissance Center Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Shinola Hotel $275
            Shinola Hotel

            Shinola Hotel

            1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, and Ford Field. Greektown Casino and Campus Martius Park are also within 10 minutes. Broadway Station and Cadillac Center Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              The Siren Hotel
              The Siren Hotel

              The Siren Hotel

              1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House and Fillmore Detroit. Ford Field and Fox Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Broadway Station is only a 2-minute walk and Grand Circus Park Station is 3 minutes.

                Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney $197
                Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

                Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

                1 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, and Fillmore Detroit. Ford Field and Comerica Park are also within 10 minutes. Grand Circus Park Station is only a 2-minute walk and Broadway Station is 3 minutes.