Detroit Luxury Hotels

by Richard Ludwig
Detroit, known as

Detroit, known as "The Motor City," is home to a number of fine hotels.

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From affordable refinement to the opulent, and expensive, Detroit provides a diverse destination for those looking for a luxury hotel. Detroit's luxury accommodations provide the opportunity to reside in historical buildings, gamble at green velvet tables and enjoy dramatic views of its northern neighbor, Canada. For a city built by workers wearing blue collars, Detroit offers a fine selection of luxury hotels.

MGM Grand Detroit Hotel and Casino

The AAA four-diamond awarded MGM Grand Detroit Hotel and Casino is the newest landmark -- opening in 2007 -- to grace the Detroit skyline. The opulent, $800 million hotel and casino could be designated a small city: 400 rooms, more than 100,000 square feet of gambling, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, five restaurants and a fashion boutique. he hotel has earned awards from Forbes, Mobil and the "Detroit Free Press," making it one of the most nationally recognized addresses in Detroit. While the casino, with the full suite of games, provides the action, the hotel provides a refined respite for travelers, whether for business or leisure. Oversized rooms feature plush linens, marble baths, flat-screen televisions and Internet access. Executive rooms and suites are also available. The hotel's signature restaurants -- Bourbon Steak, Wolfgang Puck Grille and Saltwater -- are all award winners. Immerse Spa offers a full-range of services for guests.

The Townsend Hotel

Staying at The Townsend Hotel, located in Detroit's suburbs, is like spending time at an English manor -- the edifice is red brick, the lobby is watched by a crystal chandelier, the walls are paneled in dark wood and the baths are marble. The Forbes four-star awarded hotel offers guest rooms draped in European furnishings, Egyptian linens, and little touches like robes and slippers. Each room and suite is equipped with Internet access and a desk for those on business. Dining options, from the acclaimed Rugby Grille to the hotel's afternoon tea service, continue the European theme without the stuffiness. The hotel's suburban setting provides a haven away from downtown Detroit but is close enough to easily access the area's attractions and businesses.

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is part of Detroit's history. Housed in a building that, when completed in 1924, was the world's tallest building, The Westin Book Cadillac is an iconic landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown property is well known for its A-list guests and as a gathering point for Detroit's elite. Guest rooms, located on the building's upper floors, provide panoramic views of downtown Detroit. Each room features LCD televisions, Wi-Fi, robes, white linens and Westin's trademark Heavenly Beds. Five dining outlets are featured at the Westin, including Roast, "Detroit Free Press" 2008 restaurant of the year. The hotel offers a fitness room, business center and gift shop.

Atheneum Suite Hotel

After millions of dollars in renovations, the Atheneum Suite Hotel has reopened its doors, reclaiming its place as one of Detroit's most luxurious properties. The hotel's main draw is its 174 rooms, a collection ranging from one-room studios to two-bedroom penthouse suites. Every room is updated, designed in a contemporary decor, featuring marble baths, flat-screen televisions and sweeping views of Detroit. The Atheneum is located in Greektown, Detroit's most fashionable area for dining and nightlife.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

The hotel's 72 floors provide sweeping views of downtown, the Detroit River and Canada. The hotel is a fine behemoth with 1,246 rooms, 100,000 square feet of meeting space and two restaurants. All the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, weekday newspaper delivery, flat-screen televisions and data ports. Part of the Renaissance Center, the hotel provides guests with access to shopping, arts, entertainment and the Riverwalk. With a massive amount of space, the Detroit Marriott provides an affordable luxury alternative as long as no conventions are booked at the property.

About the Author

Richard Ludwig has been a writer for over eight years and has had his work published in "Co-Ed Magazine," the "East Manatee County Observer" and the Disaster and Recovery e-magazine. He received journalism and sociology degrees from the University of South Florida.

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