This is definitely the best hotel at the Detroit airport - in fact, it's one of the best airport hotels in North America -- how many can boast valet parking and their own security checkpoint, meaning that it's just steps from checkout to the concourse? Awesomeness.
Based on some serious changes in the regional hotel market, however, it's entirely inaccurate to call this hotel the best in Detroit, as some poor reviewers mistakenly assume.
The only reason you should stay here is if you have business at the airport (arriving late, departing early, doing the park and fly thing, stranded.) Downtown Detroit has improved so much and now has three really great properties to choose from (there are plenty of others, but three that stand out).
One, the Westin Book Cadillac. This is a no-brainer. The property, a renovated historic gem, is on another planet from the airport Westin, with a very glam steak house (Roast) and a great scene at the Motor Bar, a Detroit institution come back to life. Rooms are enormous, and typically Westin comfortable. Staff are excellent. From this point on, if someone insists that the airport Westin is better, they probably have never seen the Book Cadillac, it's that simple. Good security (key required for elevator access) and great valet staff - hats off. I am not an SPG member, so one stay was enough, but now that it's back, hanging out at the bar or restaurant has become an essential part of any Detroit visit for me.
Two, the hotel at the MGM Grand. The spa, pool and fitness center there are unbelievable. Vegas-level luxury, same goes for the guest rooms. The rooms here make the standard rooms MGM Grand in Vegas look almost cheap motel-esque. Hotel staff here were really not great at the beginning, but things are improving. Spa staff were always excellent, and no doubt remain so, as long as they haven't changed management in the past couple of months. The Michael Mina restaurants in the casino are far beyond what you'd expect for Detroit dining -- the people reviewing the MGM Grand that said the restaurants were horrible out themselves as total cheapskates, they're talking about the coffee shop/buffet. Basically, if this place were cheaper I'd never stay anywhere else. Bonus for anyone with security concerns: Best security in town. The hotel lobby is behind a pair of glass doors, manned by a security guard 24 hours a day - key required to enter.
Three, the Doubletree Fort Shelby - a godsend for any Hilton HHonors members who want downtown but didn't want to have to settle for the (admittedly very nice) Hilton Garden Inn near Ford Field. The Doubletree is a suites property in another renovated hotel. Nowhere near as sexy as the Westin Book Cadillac, but a huge leap above the Marriott properties which were pretty much the best downtown had to offer for a while. The Doubletree is very close to the Anchor Bar, which is where you can find random crazy people and reporters from the Freep/News drowning their sorrows. Very old school Detroit.
Again - don't listen to people who tell you to avoid Downtown. That's a really outdated warning, generally given by people who haven't been there in a while. Detroit is definitely a mess in places - most places, to be honest - but don't hold that against Downtown, which looks better than it has in years.
Bottom line: When in Detroit, book central, check in, talk to the staff, get recommendations - there's lots going on and I've always found that Detroiters really warm up to you when you show an interest in their town.
No, it is not New York or Chicago, but you are quite possibly reading this review because you were thinking of staying at the airport. Therefore, we are so not having that argument.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, located in the world-class McNamara Terminal, offers the convenience of a private security entrance, latest Westin guestroom, technology and comfort, Reflections Restaurant and Lounge, 26,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and Detroit's most stylish & comfortable surroundings. ... more less
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