Hotel Pontchartrain - 1965

Hotel Pontchartrain opened its doors in 1965. The hotel, located at 2 Washington Blvd., was built on the land of Detroit’s first permanent French Settlement, Fort Pontchartrain, later known as Fort Detroit.

The Pontch was dedicated on the 264th anniversary of Detroit’s Founding, July 24, 1965. The hotel, designed by King & Lewis, was known for the angular bay windows that provided every guest with beautiful views of Detroit and Canada.

Hotel Pontchartrain was also home to Chuck Muer’s Top of the Pontch, a notable restaurant located on the 25th floor of the hotel. The floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the Detroit River allowed for a dining experience like no other.

After years of operating as Hotel Pontchartrain, the building was sold, experiencing multiple changes in ownership and branding, opening in 2013 with a multimillion-dollar renovation as the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront after sitting vacant for almost four years, bringing new life to the historic building, and now starts an amazing chapter as the Fort Pontchartrain Detroit, A Wyndham Hotel, pushing it forward as a leader among city’s hospitality and leisure resorts.

Proudly operating 367 guestrooms, each with exquisite views of the city and International Riverfront, the new Fort Pontchartrain Detroit offers around 32,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 10,000+ square foot ballroom that opened in the summer of 2018. With on-site catering options, a full restaurant and bar, in-room dining, a lobby level cafe that serves Starbucks coffee, and a team of dedicated staffers ready to bring your experience to the next level, we make sure each stay is an enjoyable one for each of our guests.

And don’t forget our Wyndham Green Certification program, which ensure that each of our hotels, including the Fort Pontchartrain Detroit, remain friendly with our environment through wide policies about water usage, waste management, and carbon footprints, as well as the Wyndham Rewards program, which offers our guest amazing rewards for each night staying with us. See Detroit as never before with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Collection!