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Detroit Hotels

This weekend we went on a hunt in Detroit for an after-wedding hotel for ourselves and our guests.

We got a chance to look around The Westin, Holiday Inn Express and Doubletree Suites by Hilton. Has anyone ever stayed at any of these locations? If so, do you have any reviews to share?

Also, what other great hotels are there in the downtown area - we wanted to check out MotorCity Casino but ran out of time...
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Re: Detroit Hotels

  • Meegles4Meegles4
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    edited December 2011
    I would recommend the Westin over the other two you mention. I haven't stayed in any of them, but the Westin is gorgeous and is kind of the pinnacle of downtown hotels. The nice thing about that is that the Holiday Inn is right across the street, so if you need two hotels for guests, they're at least close.

    One note is that the Holiday Inn has a shuttle, the Westin doesn't. So if that's important to you, it's something to consider. But personally I feel the quality of the Westin outranks a Holiday Inn.

    I'd also suggest either MotorCity or MGM Grand.
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  • edited December 2011
    Ditto Meegles on the Westin. I love it :) I stayed at the Antheneum a few weeks ago for a wedding and wouldn't recommend it. It wasn't a bad hotel, just not very romantic (the suite layout was very odd) and the hotel didn't have a salon/spa. Also, not many people's rooms were ready until way after check in. However, the staff was very helpful with some last minute errands that our party needed.
  • Sue-n-KevinSue-n-Kevin
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    I actually like the Atheneum Suites, but rcj2rcd may have had a bad experience. I've stayed there at least 3 times and loved it. The layout is a bit different, the suites have a living room first, then a bathroom second with glass block wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, which is a step down from the bathroom level. It's also walking distance to the Greektown area which is nice, and shares a lobby with Fishbone's.

    We stayed at the Hilton (if it's the one behind Comerica & Ford Field), and had no complaints.

    One of the premier hotels is the Sheraton Book Cadillac, but I'm sure it's quite pricey. If cost is not an issue, it's probably the best one. It also has a couple of top rated restaurants, as does the Westin/Ren Cen.

    We've never stayed at any of the casino hotels.
  • Meegles4Meegles4
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    In Response to Re: Detroit Hotels:
    I actually like the Atheneum Suites, but rcj2rcd may have had a bad experience. I've stayed there at least 3 times and loved it. The layout is a bit different, the suites have a living room first, then a bathroom second with glass block wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, which is a step down from the bathroom level. It's also walking distance to the Greektown area which is nice, and shares a lobby with Fishbone's. We stayed at the Hilton (if it's the one behind Comerica & Ford Field), and had no complaints. One of the premier hotels is the Sheraton Book Cadillac, but I'm sure it's quite pricey. If cost is not an issue, it's probably the best one. It also has a couple of top rated restaurants, as does the Westin/Ren Cen. We've never stayed at any of the casino hotels.
    Posted by Sue-n-Kevin
    Just to clarify: the Book Cadillac is the Westin, the Ren Cen hotel is a Marriott. That might be a nice option as well and they have a shuttle too I think.

    Also, I forgot to add that I have blocks at both the Westin and Holiday Inn Express for my wedding and the rates were only about $20 difference once you added in their parking rates. Westin's group rate was something like $132/night + $10 parking and HI Express was around $109/night + $18 parking. Obviously, rates may vary. For the Westin, my FI and I were upgraded to a suite for the regular room rate because we had 10 rooms booked in our block. Holiday Inn offered a similar deal. So, that's nice!
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  • edited December 2011
    Thanks guys! I was thinking the Westin and Holiday Inn would be awesome to get blocks at both, so people could have the option of either price point? To reserve a block of rooms do you have to put down a deposit for all rooms? Do the guests pay when they check in?

    I guess I'm sort of confused on how it works...
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  • Meegles4Meegles4
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    For both the Westin & HI, I didn't have to put down a deposit. They only allowed me to block a max of a certain number of rooms (I think it was around 20), but they did say that if for some reason I maxed out they could add more at the special rate if there were rooms available.

    As far as paying, both hotels will tell you the rate and should tell you what dates your guests have to book by to receive that special rate. Guests will then call the hotel and say they want your block room rate. As long as they call before the deadline (which was like 2 weeks before the wedding date), they'll get that rate. They'll then give their credit card number to reserve the room and then pay for it upon arrival.

    Neither hotel asked for my credit card information until I booked my actual room and I didn't have to put a deposit down.

    Both hotels were great to work with when I called.
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  • edited December 2011
    Meegles - thank you so much for the info! That really helps, now I just have to get the FI to actually call them
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  • sarammaressarammares
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    I know the Event Coordinator at the Westin Book Cadillac - Yvette Campbell. She's super helpful. We set up our room block there too. They will actually give you your room free if you get so many people to book rooms there... She told me that they also do deals to get you to come back down for your honeymoon. She said they still have couples that spent their wedding night there 50 years ago come back and stay in the exact same room! how romantic!!!
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  • sarammaressarammares
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    wait.. hold up! i dont think it was a free room but an upgrade to a suite... something like that. just ask! they're great!!! good luck!
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