Honor & Folly Bed & Breakfast in Corktown

A tiny Detroit inn illustrates, how attention to detail, little luxuries, and tactile furnishings invite visitors to settle in and stay awhile


Published:

People who say, “There’s no place like home” haven’t been to Honor & Folly, a micro hotel along a revitalizing stretch of Michigan Avenue in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

The inn, which can sleep up to four, makes typical boutique hotels look nearly corporate. The intimacy is owing to more than its petite dimensions. Proprietor Meghan McEwen furnished the second-floor space with vintage and handmade objects that lend a Euro-farmhouse feel.

“I tried to set it up like an apartment, so guests feel at home,” McEwen says. “They can stock the kitchen with food, cook there, entertain. It’s a great cooking/entertaining space.”

McEwen cited guests who traveled here to visit friends in Detroit and — rather than running around, catching up with local pals during their stay — invited people over to see them at the inn.

Since opening last December, guests have hailed from as far away as Australia and Hong Kong and as close as Ann Arbor. “The Detroit tourist is a very curious and interesting traveler,” McEwen says.

Curious explorers find Honor & Folly’s neighborhood is as intimate as their sleeping quarters. Within walking distance are coffee, exercise, music, craft cocktails, beer, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the form of Astro Coffee, True Body Fitness, the Lager House, The Sugar House, Nemo’s, Slows Bar BQ, Mercury Burger Bar, Mudgie’s Deli, and, of course, downtown.

Although the history of the inn’s address is unclear (locals vaguely recall it having housed a Chinese restaurant or dry cleaner), the tiny urban inn at 2132 Michigan Ave. now has a distinct and memorable personality. That charm, as Southerners will tell us, is the beginning of hospitality.

For more information and to purchase local crafts featured in Honor & Folly’s décor, see honorandfolly.com.


If you enjoy the monthly content in Hour Detroit, "Like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

2018 Restaurant of the Year: Parc

Excellent food, exceptional service, and a crisp and formal but distinctly unstuffy atmosphere sets Parc in Campus Martius apart

What’s the Source of the Steam Pouring Out of Detroit’s Sidewalks?

Environmental groups want to clear the air about the fuel behind a little-known power system

Female Entrepreneurs Are Staking Their Claim in Detroit

These three women-owned businesses are unstacking the deck

The Era of Autonomous Vehicles May Be Here Sooner than Expected

What does that mean for Detroit's legacy automakers?

Why Abdul El-Sayed's Run for Governor Is for Real

Can a political rookie from Michigan become America's first Muslim governor?
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 2018 Restaurant of the Year: Parc
    Excellent food, exceptional service, and a crisp and formal but distinctly unstuffy atmosphere...
  2. The Fisher Building Is a One-Stop Shop for the Alternative Bride
    Plus, bridal looks with vintage flare
  3. What’s the Source of the Steam Pouring Out of Detroit’s Sidewalks?
    Environmental groups want to clear the air about the fuel behind a little-known power system
  4. An Hour With ... Angela Aufdemberge
    President and CEO, Vista Maria
  5. Local Winter Activities Worth Bracing the Cold
    Metro Detroit’s parks are prime for winter adventures
  6. Love at First Sip
    Michiganders dish about their love affairs with local wine
  7. Cocktail Recipe: Man on the Moon
  8. Meet the Makers: The Empowerment Plan
    How the non-profit’s coat, sleeping bag project continues to expand
  9. Netflix Set to Bring Local Author’s Horror Novel to Life
    Sandra Bullock stars in the film adaptation of Ferndale author/musician Josh Malerman’s...
  10. Making the Case for a Less Sedentary Lifestyle
    Martial arts instructor trains people to defend themselves and take a stand against dangerous...