Detroit Area Casino Hotels

by Johnny Kampis

Detroit residents once had to cross the border into the Windsor area of Ontario, Canada, if they wanted to make casino wagers. That is no longer the case, as three casino hotels now rise over downtown Detroit offering plenty of accommodation options and casino games. These include MGM Grand, Greektown and Motor City.

Hotel Options

Greektown has the most hotel rooms, with about 400. MGM Grand and Motor City each offer slightly fewer rooms, but MGM Grand also has about 70 suites and MotorCity has about 40. Rates for suites are about double the cost of standard rooms. Greektown generally offers the lowest nightly hotel rates while MGM Grand charges the highest rate among the three.


All three casinos are about 75,000 square feet in size. They offer slot and video poker machines, as well as table games such as craps, blackjack, roulette, poker, baccarat, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow Poker and War. MGM Grand and MotorCity also have Spanish 21, a variation of poker played without 10s. The casinos are open 24 hours a day and the minimum gambling age is 21.


All of the casinos offer valet parking, and Greektown and MotorCity also have RV parking spaces. MGM Grand serves up the most dining options with six, and all of the casinos feature an all-you-can eat buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. MGM Grand's amenities include a nightclub, several bars and a spa. Motor City includes a fitness center, spa and Sound Board theater that frequently hosts live concerts.


Each casino includes a well-lit self-parking garage attached to the facility to increase safety if you wish to park your own car. Be sure to sign up for a players club card before you gamble at any of the casinos. When you sign up you are issued a card you can use when playing slots or table games. If you wager enough you can ask for comps such as free meals or discounted hotel rooms. Casinos also often send you offers in the mail after you sign up for a card.


  • "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009