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Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
Ranked #15 of 33 Hotels in Detroit
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Great Location, Great amenities, Great Room. Spent Thanksgiving in Detroit with family. Instead of jamming up already crowded family homes, spent the days downtown. Arrived wednesday night and left on Sunday. Should have done this years ago! We were right downtown for the turkey trot which we do as a family and the room/hotel provided a great base for all. Good thing as it was snowing and about 28'F. Warmed up before the parade and game. It was great being around all the buzz with the Packer Lion game. Trip to family on east side was 20 minutes. The trip to Ann Arbor for the OSU game was easy too, under an hour as well. The hotel staff was great, parking super easy and the room was big enough for my two sons, my wife and I. While it was strange being in a hotel fro the holiday, it really worked out well. There is so much to do downtown betweent he events, museums, ect. will likley do it again.

Room Tip: ask for view of the river
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for the awesome review. We are glad you spent Thanksgiving with us and we look forward to your return in the future. Thank you

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Reviewed 4 December 2013

I was staying here during Youmacon 2013 and felt immediately at home despite having been at the Renaissance Marriott down the road the past three years. It felt really comfortable and personable.

The reception was attentive and quick to get me settled after a long journey from the UK. It meant that I could focus on resting and getting some food at the hotel restaurant which is the 'killer app' so to speak. The price is high but so is the quality and choice on offer. My own recommendations would be The Detroit Roll [a large nori-wrapped roll] and their Poutine. I ate there way more than I should have as the cost mounts up over time but if you're on holiday, then it doesn't matter anyway!

The rooms are comfy and well laid out which led to a comfortable experience and some of the best beds I've slept in a while! The concern though with the room was the glass door to the bathroom. Yes it's frosted but even then that's awkward when you got friends sharing with you. Probably best to replace with a solid door or at least use a towel to cover most of it up.

Since I spent most of my time at the Cobo next door, the location for this hotel is perfect for anyone attending an event there. The ability to just roll out of bed and walk across the street is handy and safe!

This addition to 'The Big D' is most welcome and a return for a Detroit icon.

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Ok, if you are looking for a great location in downtown Detroit to go to Cobo, Comerica or Ford Field then this is a good cost effective solution. The room was mostly clean and the bathroom could use an update. The indoor pool requires you to go outdoor so bring a warm robe to get to it. If your room comes with breakfast make sure you get the coupons when you check in. Breakfast an experience on to itself: We spent 5 minutes standing there while the hostess and wait staff tried to figure out which waitress was up for rotation. The service at breakfast was TERRIBLE; I could have picked the coffee beans while waiting for a first cup of coffee. I ordered a waffle with a side of ham - what I got was a nice cold waffle with sliced slivers of ham (the waitress said they use it for omelets). Funny but not tasty. One of the waiters ( a shaved head guy) was rude not only to fellow staff but the guests as well. Nice to hear him tell the hostess "Why the hell do I get all the tables of one?"; besides he was busy screaming "behind" every time he passed by someone at the computer. It was the first time I have ever seen a single waiter destroy the karma within the whole wait staff.

So now the positive things. It was Thanksgiving and taxi availability was limited yet the valets helps us get to our dinner reservation on time. The People Mover is right next door so getting to Ford Field and Greektown was easy. Housekeeping was accommodating and took care of the room at a time convenient to us. The staff was friendly even though ineffective.

So bottom line I would stay there again if going to a downtown activity. Wasn't great but the cost made it tolerable but bring your own breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the River.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to reviewing your recent stay with us. As you mentioned we are a great location in downtown Detroit if you are visiting Cobo Center, Comerica Park, or Ford Field. I wanted to apologize about your experience in our restaurant for breakfast. We have shared this review with our F&B staff as a training tool to ensure that moving forward this doesn't happen again. I am glad to hear that the valet was helpful in getting you to your dinner reservations on time, and also thrilled that housekeeping was accommodation and took care of you during your stay. Please feel free to reach out to me at FOM@hotelpontchartrain.com to discuss this further. Thank you

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

I found this hotel to be in a prime location and priced reasonable. The only complaint I have is that the hotel could not accommodate our parking needs and we has to park outside of the hotel. We had a reservation at the hotel, but the hotel parking lot was full and our other party drove a full sized family van and was told it was too big to park at the hotel. Other than that it was a pleasant stay and no major issues.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I wanted to apologize about the parking situation. Being a downtown property the parking can be limited. Our valet is working on a deal where we will acquire an additional lot to be able to accommodate more parking. We are happy to hear that besides the parking you still had a pleasant stay with no major issues. We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

I found this hotel to be in a prime location and priced reasonable. The only complaint I have is that the hotel could not accommodate our parking needs and we has to park outside of the hotel. We had a reservation at the hotel, but the hotel parking lot was full and our other party drove a full sized family van and was told it was too big to park at the hotel. Other than that it was a pleasant stay and no major issues.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I wanted to apologize about the parking situation. Being a downtown property the parking can be limited. Our valet is working on a deal where we will acquire an additional lot to be able to accommodate more parking. We are happy to hear that besides the parking you still had a pleasant stay with no major issues. We look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 1 December 2013

We were attending an Elton John concept in Detroit and had the good fortune of finding this hotel. Echoing what others have reported, this is a great choice on many fronts. Its proximity to Cobo hall and the Joe Louis arena make it a perfect location. Its room views of the Detroit river provide a very nice backdrop. The hotel is in excellent condition and our reception at the front desk was welcoming and professional.The rooms are of superior quality in the best Crowne Plaza tradition.
Breakfast in the dining room was also a pleasant experience. The menu was unique and reasonably priced. Service was good and attentive and the food was plentiful and tasty.
All in all, we would have no hesitation in recommending this property and we personally look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to reviewing our property. We are glad that you chose our hotel for the Elton John concert that was at Joe Louis Arena. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed everything from the room, staff, and dining. We look forward to your return. Thank you

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We picked the Crown Plaza as the place to stay after attending the Elton John Concert in Detroit the 29th of November. Nice place, just opened within the past few months.

Everything was good, the staff very attentive and effective, rooms and lobby very attractive and clean. Our room was very nice, everything new and modern. We did have a very small bathroom, reminding me of European hotels, but the room was large and I'll take the spacious room and live with the small bathroom. It just was not a big deal but if you cannot stand a small bathroom, inquire before you book as some rooms have different layouts with larger baths.

One note to management- we stayed in Room 738 and the hot water flow in the bathroom sink was very slow. Water pressure in the shower was fine. I meant to mention when we checked out but forgot. It did not detract from our stay at all. Very good job done by all the staff.

Room Tip: Ask for the river view rooms if you book early enough.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Hugh F, Manager at Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to reviewing your stay. We are glad you choose our hotel while attending the Elton John concert at Joe Louis Arena. We have corrected the sink water pressure and appreciate you bringing that to our attention. We look forward to your return. Thank you.

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Address: 2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226-4421 (Formerly Crowne Plaza Detroit Convention Center)
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Region: United States > Michigan > Detroit
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Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #15 of 33 Hotels in Detroit
Price Range: £123 - £255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront 3.5*
Number of rooms: 367
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