The name 'Detroit' may make you think of of auto factories before romance, but don't overlook the softer side of the city. It boasts a lakefront, casinos and clubs, fine art and popular art as well as some serious fine dining options from top-name chefs. So if you're looking for a romantic hotel in Detroit to celebrate your engagement, pending or pledged, figure out what makes a setting romantic for you and your betrothed--a cozy retreat, a night on the town, a no-holds-barred exercise in luxury.
The Henry, Autograph Collection
CitySearch named this hotel, formerly the Ritz-Carlton, the most romantic in the Detroit area in 2007. It's just outside the city limits in nearby Dearborn and administered by the Marriott chain. The experience is hardly off-the-rack, however, especially if you choose the "Special Occasion" package, which includes rose petals on the bed, complimentary champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and free breakfast in bed. Luxurious marble bathrooms, plush bedding, a jacuzzi and top-notch service complete the experience.
The Atheneum's accommodations consist entirely of suites, enclosed in an elegant Greek Revival setting--appropriate, as the hotel is located in the heart of Greektown. Its location makes it perfect if you want to celebrate your engagement with a night out on the town at a nightclub or a show, perhaps after dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants. Hotel shuttles will also take you to nearby stadiums, the symphony, or the art institute. Return to an in-suite whirlpool and marble bath, 24-hour in-suite dining and the option of a wet bar.
MGM Grand Detroit
The MGM Grand wants you to feel like a star, and it pulls out all the stops to give their guests a top-notch experience. The MGM Grand boasts two restaurants from top-ranked chefs: Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak and the Wolfgang Puck Grille. There's also a casino and nightclub on-site and entertainment acts weekly. If you're planning to pop the question during your weekend getaway, consider doing so after an evening of ballroom dance lessons Thursday night at the sushi bar and lounge. Several of their package deals should appeal to couples, including the spa package and the "Rendezvous for Two."
Named one of the world's top hotels by Travel + Leisure, the Townsend is located within the greater Detroit metropolitan area in nearby Birmingham. The Townsend exudes old-world charm and class, down to its well-regarded formal afternoon tea service--a nice setting in which to propose, by the way. Choose a suite with a balcony, take in some shopping in the nearby downtown district, and return to your rooms for 24-hour in-room dining.
The Inn on Ferry Street
Nestled within the confines of Detroit's Greektown district, the Inn on Ferry Street is a unique property consisting of forty rooms distributed between four restored Victorian homes and a carriage house, leaving it somewhere between a cozy bed-and-breakfast and a boutique hotel. The grounds are beautiful and full of quaint historic charm. Breakfast is complimentary, as is the hotel shuttle, and the Inn is within easy reach of a variety of dining and nightlife options.
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