$15 million renovation brings former Kingsley Inn back online under Hilton brand

The former landmark Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills is expected to reopen this month after a more than $15 million transformation under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand.

Owners Zaid Elia and Matthew Shiffman, who also control real estate and restaurants in downtown Detroit, overhauled the Kingsley inside and out, opening up the lobby to two stories and introducing new dining options under an executive chef transplanted from Denver, Steven Alves.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomfield Hills-Detroit is on track to open in mid- to late December at 39475 Woodward Ave. just south of Long Lake Road. It’s taking reservations online for stays starting Jan. 23, but earlier reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly.

Mechanical and plumbing upgrades come alongside splashier additions: traditional New York-style deli Zalman’s; cocktail bar the Duke; and 12,500 square feet of updated event spaces, some of which converge on an outdoor courtyard with fire pits.

Elia and Shiffman have decreased the guest rooms count from 151 to 144 with the lobby expansion and other aesthetic changes. The rooms now have more more “modern, chic, warm decor,” Elia said.

Room prices start at $182 for a single guest, according to the hotel’s website. Room sizes range from 270 to 456 square feet.

The more than $15 million investment tab doesn’t include the 2014 property purchase price, which Elia declined to disclose. The 150,000-square-foot hotel property closed in June 2017 for construction.

For the work, Elia and Shiffman hired contractors Bloomfield Hills-based Jonna Construction; Neumann/Smith Architecture, with offices in Southfield and Detroit; and Senger Design Group of Colorado.

The Kingsley Inn was built in 1958 and its west building was added in 1983, with the last renovation in 1997.

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomfield Hills-Detroit, renovated from the bones of the former Kingsley Inn, has a bar called the Duke. The new ownership wants it to serve hotel guests and nearby communities.

“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.

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. 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 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.

DoubleTree has more than 500 hotels in 40 countries, according to its website. In metro Detroit it also operates the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown-Fort Shelby, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Novi and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Detroit-Dearborn.

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