“The Kingsley was the place to be seen, the place to stay, and the place to hold a celebration; truly the bee’s knees,” Shiffman said in an emailed statement. “This has been evident in the countless stories from (passers-by) that wanted to share a quick anecdote and express their appreciation that someone finally stepped up to the plate when they popped into the construction office during the remodel …”
The new ownership seeks to attract big corporate accounts to stay at the DoubleTree while in town on business, and draw venue and party business from nearby. Elia wants the Duke bar to serve drinks to hotel guests and neighbors, he said.
Zalman’s delicatessen will serve bagels, sliced-to-order salmon, matzo ball soup, sandwiches and salads. The Kingsley Inn previously had a deli called Nosh & Rye.
A Joe Muer Seafood restaurant opened in June 2017 in a building attached to the new DoubleTree.
Elia is CEO and founder of Birmingham-based real estate company The Elia Group Complete. Shiffman is CEO of Birmingham-based Alden Development Group. The new hotel adds to their list of partnered investments: they co-own the Ford Building in downtown Detroit and the restaurants Fountain Detroit and Parc in Detroit’s Campus Martius Park.
The Elia Group Complete also separately entered a tentative deal to buy a Wayne County-owned building in downtown Detroit for $4.65 million and recently purchasedthe Mercier Building on Fort Street, which houses the Anchor Bar.
Other nearby hotels in Oakland County include the Holiday Inn Express Detroit-Birmingham, the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Courtyard Detroit Pontiac Auburn Hills and Residence Inn Detroit Auburn Hills.
DoubleTree by Hilton is among 15 brands under Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.’s umbrella.