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Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:07 am

I'm about 90% sure I'm going to head up to Detroit for the auto show in about two weeks. I will be staying for a night.

Right now I am trying to choose between two scenarios.

1.) Use Starwood Points and stay at Four Points at the Airport and rent a car.

2.) Pay money to stay at a hotel in Downtown Detroit with no car. There appears to be some sort of lightrail. Possibly the Motor City Casino.

What should I do?

Also, can you recommend a place nearby each hotel to grab a beer and some grub after the day is over?
 
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:09 am

I would recommend staying in the suburbs.

I've been to Detroit a few times for business and last time I stayed at the Westin Southfield-Detroit Hotel. It was a really nice, had just been renovated, great staff, and it was only $109 a night. It's about 15 to 20 minutes to downtown Detroit.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:28 am

Two brand new hotels just opened in Detroit (Downtown which is perfectly safe and nice). Detroit defenitely has sketchy areas, but I'm assuming you'll be there just for one night, and you'll be in the downtown core.

The Cadillac Book Westin is now the nicest hotel in the city and it had a decent restaurant on the ground floor called ROAST. There is also a bar on the second floor called the motor bar. The Westin is only 3 blocks away from the COBO center, and it should be really easy to get there.

There is also a new Double Tree Hotel that opened in a renovated building. I haven't heard as much about it, but I'm sure it sticks to the nationwide Dbltree standards.

The renaissance center also has a Marriot hotel, and it's linked to the people mover which will take you directly to COBO and you won't even have to step a foot outside. Believe it or not, there is a lot to do in Detroit, and safety downtown isn't a concern, especially during such a large event.

You can also check out the new Casinos, MGM Grand and Greektown are better positioned for getting to COBO, the motor city Casino is a little bit farther away, and unless they have a shuttle, it will be taxi only to COBO. I recommend staying dowtown.

I don't know what your interests are, but good places to eat.
The Coach Insignia (pricey) located on the top floor of Detroit's tallest building, the renaissance center, is a classy place to go.

A personal favorite of mine is Jacoby's a real German restaurant with a good selection of beers. Located on Brush Street.

If you're funky, sweet lorraines cafe in the millender building is decent.

If you want to know more, go to hourdetroit.com and they have a lot full listings. Staying in the suburbs will be just boring, and the airport will be okay, but if you want to look at planes, just go to the parking deck at the McNamara terminal and watch.

Message me if you have questions. Make reservations though, whatever you do.

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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:22 am

the "light rail" is the People Mover. It'll get you to Cobo Hall, but frankly, just stay at the airport and rent a car. There's nothing to do or see in Detroitl.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:09 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
There's nothing to do or see in Detroit.

Detroit Institute of Arts?
Greenfield Village/ Henry Ford museum?
Charles H. Wright museum of African American History?
Detroit Science Center?
Henry Ford Mansion?
GREEKTOWN?!?!

If he was there for a week I'll agree, but the places I listed alone are more than enough to do in a day.

As for location, downtown will be best. It is not as bad as people make it out to be, and rush hour traffic into the downtown area can be a pain at times.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:14 pm



Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 6):

Detroit Institute of Arts?
Greenfield Village/ Henry Ford museum?
Charles H. Wright museum of African American History?
Detroit Science Center?
Henry Ford Mansion?
GREEKTOWN?!?!

You can do most of that in one day. And frankly, some of the stuff you mention isn't that great. I thought the Wright Museum was boring. The Science Center is so-so, also. The Zoo and Greenfield Village/Henry Ford are the only two things on that list I'd recommend. And Greektown for dinner.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:26 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
There's nothing to do or see in Detroitl.

Is anyone else not surprised by this post?  duck 

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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:59 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):

You can do most of that in one day. And frankly, some of the stuff you mention isn't that great. I thought the Wright Museum was boring. The Science Center is so-so, also. The Zoo and Greenfield Village/Henry Ford are the only two things on that list I'd recommend. And Greektown for dinner.

BTW, the only of these things that are downtown are the Science Center, DIA, and Greektown. Everything else is scattered out in the suburbs. So either way, you need a car. And even the DSC and DIA need cars to get to. Greektown is the only one that I know of on the People Mover (which is more of a decoration than a transit system).

Because, while there is plenty of stuff to see and do in the Detroit Metro Area, there is very little in Detroit proper.

And I realize now that we were having a misunderstanding. I may have a passionate distaste for Detroit, but I grew up there and I know it like the back of my hand. There is nothing to see or do in DETROIT. If you have wheels, there is lots to see and do in the area. Cranbrook, Greenfield Village, Ann Arbor, etc. You'll want a GPS device, tho. The distances are large. The Detroit Metro Area encompasses pretty much the entire southeastern corner of the state. Michiganders think nothing of driving an hour. The good news is that the place is so economically dead that the traffic isn't bad at all!  duck 
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:21 pm

I've been going every year for the past five years, and will be again this year too. Although I have family there to stay with, there are plenty of hotels to stay at downtown. Considering the fact you want to be there right when it opens due to crowds, the longish drive from an airport hotel may not be worth it so early in the morning.

The People Mover is quite limited in where it goes... basically a big circle in downtown. However, it will take you directly from the Cobo Center to Greektown, which I HIGHLY recommend you go to for lunch and a beer after the show. There is a really good pizza parlor smack in the middle of Greektown, I forget the name though. The Greektown Casino may also be worth checking out depending on if your into gambling or not.

If you stay in downtown, check out the Detroit Riverside Hotel, can't beat the location with regards to the show.

Let me know if you have any questions, I'll be more than happy to help out.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:26 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
And I realize now that we were having a misunderstanding. I may have a passionate distaste for Detroit, but I grew up there and I know it like the back of my hand. There is nothing to see or do in DETROIT. If you have wheels, there is lots to see and do in the area. Cranbrook, Greenfield Village, Ann Arbor, etc. You'll want a GPS device, tho. The distances are large. The Detroit Metro Area encompasses pretty much the entire southeastern corner of the state. Michiganders think nothing of driving an hour. The good news is that the place is so economically dead that the traffic isn't bad at all!  

I don't agree with you. After looking at your profile, you've lived in California since you graduated Andover (I went to Cranbrook). Perhaps you've been back during the summer, and I see that you went to school in Ann Arbor for your MD (a very demanding degree with limited free time) You now live again in SF. I've stayed in SE over the same time period, and I have witnessed the changes occurring in the city. I believe that a lot of your dislike comes from the fact you prefer a different lifestyle than what Detroit offers and that you lived in SE Mich when Detroit was at its worst. BTW, you don't need a car to get anywhere in Detroit. DDOT runs busses along Woodward quite frequently that getting there is quite simple from the downtown core. If a person is staying for only one night, and the main reason for them to visit is to go to the Auto show, it makes the most sense to stay downtown, and i don't think that you can disagree with that.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:18 am

If the weather is terrible, staying in downtown Detroit may be the only option to get to the show.

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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:04 am

Im sitting in the Crowne Plaza DTW Airport as we speak. Its a very nice hotel but I do not know what it costs since my company pays for it. The rooms are large and comfortable, the fitness center is very nice and has lots of equipment for a hotel. They also have a large indoor heated pool in an atrium setting.
We used to stay at the DTW Airport Marriott which had the BEST, COZIEST beds I have ever slept in!!!! Boy do I miss that bed  Sad

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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 7:06 am



Quoting Hjulicher (Reply 9):
I don't agree with you. After looking at your profile, you've lived in California since you graduated Andover (I went to Cranbrook)

And in Ann Arbor from 2001-2005. I know SE Michigan very well, thanks.

And I am not getting into an "I know more about the area than you do" pissing contest.

Quoting Hjulicher (Reply 9):
BTW, you don't need a car to get anywhere in Detroit. DDOT runs busses along Woodward quite frequently that getting there is quite simple from the downtown core. If

Woodward is one single line. In a city where individual addresses can be placed on entire acres of space, public transport is useless. You really need a car if you're going to Detroit.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:42 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
the "light rail" is the People Mover.

Or as some of us locals call it: The mugger mover... ha ha! But you are correct in saying it doesn't go anywhere. It just goes around in a circle. I do like it when I can park my car in one place and then I can ride around to different events, bars, etc. and come back to my car.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 3):
There's nothing to do or see in Detroitl.

I always find fun things to do in the D. Such as the Detroit Beer Company and Nikki's Pizza.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 6):

Detroit Institute of Arts?
Greenfield Village/ Henry Ford museum?
Charles H. Wright museum of African American History?
Detroit Science Center?
Henry Ford Mansion?
GREEKTOWN?!?!

You can do most of that in one day

Really? Greenfield village and the Henry Ford are two days for most people, if really want to see it all. Don't forget about the Edsel Ford Estate...

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
Ann Arbor from 2001-2005

That is your problem you were stuck in Ann Arbor. That is one snooty town. If you spent your time in Wayne County you would have had some fun. !

If you are looking for places to stay other than Downtown I would stay at either the Hyatt in Dearborn or the Double Tree Dearborn (it is really in Detroit, but just barely). I have stayed at both for different events, even though I live five miles from there). Those places are close to the city and located very close to to the Southfield Freeway, which will make getting around easy.

There are plenty of things around the D to see and do, don't let Doc Lightning scare you off. I live in Taylor (Taylortucky to Doc) so IM me if you have any questions or want to go have a beer.
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RE: Where To Stay In Detroit?

Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:34 am



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 13):

That is your problem you were stuck in Ann Arbor. That is one snooty town. If you spent your time in Wayne County you would have had some fun. !

Well, given that I had my choice between the two and I chose A2 precisely because I wanted to avoid Wayne County, I had far more fun in A2 than I'd ever had in Oakland, Wayne, or Macomb.

24 years of my life spent in that corner of the state.  vomit 
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