The hotel made famous by the White Stripes could soon be sold to new owners


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Southwest Detroit's Hotel Yorba is currently under contract for new ownership, according to Crain's.

Built in 1926, the Hotel Yorba was immortalized in indie rock as the subject of the lead single off of the White Stripes' breakthrough 2001 album, White Blood Cells. The single and accompanying music video helped to cement Hotel Yorba as a local landmark that has gone on to become well-documented on Instagram by fans of the band.

Of course, the real Hotel Yorba isn't quite as whimsical as the White Stripes' jangly pop-country song might suggest: It largely operates as transient housing for parolees from the Michigan Department of Corrections. This is something some fans of the band have learned the hard way, as evidenced by at least one Yelp review, which gave the hotel zero stars:


The hotel, which is located at 4020 W. Lafayette Blvd. near the Ambassador Bridge, has been on the market since last September with an asking price of $3.2 million. According to the listing, Hotel Yorba features 300 rooms and has annual operating costs of approximately $100,000 dollars. As far as who is purchasing the property, that's tightly under wraps.

"It's confidential and the seller doesn't want any information out," Mike Sobh, the sales associate for RE/MAX Leading Edge, told Crain's.

Here's the video for "Hotel Yorba."

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