year by year rundown of a hotel's life, floor
plans, photos, and artifacts tell us much of a
hotel's story. But the very life of any hotel
is not what happens in the lobbies or dining rooms.
Rather it is the experience of the countless guest
who stay a night or two.
the Statler is no longer open, nor does the Statler
chain exist we find it no longer possible to pack
our bags and stay a night at the Statler. But
with the information historical sources provide
and a little bit of imagination we can picture
ourselves in a time when a Statler stay was the
highlight of any trek to Detroit.
present to you the Virtual Stay. Here you will
find illustrated imaginary visits to the Statler
from the viewpoint of three of the hotel's core
customers from three different eras. You can relive
the experience of a traveling salesman of 1915.
See how a convention would function in the late
1930's. You can even tag along on a family vacation
to 1950's Detroit! So select a stay and enjoy
all the Statler had to offer!
Traveling Family (1952)