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The Kingsley Returns to its Roots

The former DoubleTree Bloomfield Hills undergoes rebranding

By Kathy Gibbons

Newly rebranded The Kingsley, the former DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomfield Hills is returning to its roots.

Originally named the Kingston Inn from 1927 to 1938 in a different location, the hotel was purchased in 1938 and renamed The Kingsley Inn. It operated in the original spot until 1958, when The Kingsley opened in its existing building on Woodward Avenue. The current owners selected Crescent Hotels & Resorts to manage day-to-day operations and the property underwent a major renovation—including an expansive two-story atrium lobby—and reopened as the DoubleTree in 2018.

Now as The Kingsley, it features sophisticated new branding throughout the property, says General Manager Thomas Lamb.

“The Kingsley’s rebranding ushers in a new era for the property, bringing this legacy hotel’s all-new yet familiar comforts and elevated guest experience to southeast Michigan,” Lamb says. “Known as the ‘it’ place to be since 1958 and the area’s original social hub on Woodward Avenue, the hotel brings together a brimming social scene with modern public and private spaces sparking memorable connections.”

With 144 guest rooms and seven meeting rooms that total 11,000 square feet, The Kingsley can accommodate a variety of corporate meetings and other events. For example, its Kingsley Ballroom offers banquet seating for up to 150; its Bloomfield Ballroom can host 165 banquet style or can be divided into three smaller spaces. Other rooms have capacity for groups of 40 to as many as 70.

“The meeting rooms have access to the outdoor courtyard and a unique pre-function space that has been curated specifically to encourage conversation, with social seating vignettes throughout,” Lamb says. The courtyard also features firepits. The hotel boasts Bloomfield Hills’ only indoor saltwater pool and there’s also a spa.

Food and beverage outlets include the Duke Lounge, a bourbon, whiskey, and tequila bar with domestic and imported bourbons, whiskeys and spirits, champagnes, wines, and craft cocktails. Zalman’s on Woodward is an upscale diner with seasonal menus, cocktails, and a bakery. Joe Muer Seafood continues to offer fresh seafood in a sophisticated atmosphere.

For more information, visit or call 248-644-1400.