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Where to stay - going to see the Tigers

Hubby and I are going to a Tigers game soon and want to stay a couple of days in the Detroit area. Is it better to pay a little more for a downtown hotel or stay somewhere like Dearborn instead? We like the idea of being able to walk to the game and such. Any suggestions?

created by mjcozy on Aug 09, 2014 at 03:28:44 pm     Politics     Comments: 26

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Greektown Casino is about one mile from Comerica, if that's your thing.

My wife has to go to Detroit overnight every few months for work. The last few times we went, we stayed at the Westin Book-Cadillac and the Doubletree Fort Shelby. Both are historic hotels that those companies spent a lot of money to resurrect from the ashes, so we wanted to support that effort. We were not disappointed at either one. I think the Book has a slightly better location, but at both, the prices and service were very good. One or both of them may even run a shuttle to Comerica, I'm not sure. They both get pretty good reviews online.

Just my two cents.

posted by Sohio on Aug 09, 2014 at 06:43:01 pm     #  

Westin is great-one of the best restaurant sin Detroit is in that hotel-Michael Symon-Roast-plus-good proximity to corktown as well (Slows, Sugar house)

posted by ahmahler on Aug 09, 2014 at 06:48:14 pm     #   1 person liked this

Motor City Casino and hotel has a shuttle to Comerica. Heard from a few friends who stayed there and liked it. If you stay at the Book there is a bar around the corner that also runs a shuttle.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Aug 09, 2014 at 06:52:39 pm     #  

Detroit is a cesspool, avoid at all cost.

posted by bucknut on Aug 09, 2014 at 07:41:48 pm     #  

http://www.behenry.com/

posted by Molsonator on Aug 09, 2014 at 07:47:55 pm     #  

bucknut posted at 07:41:48 PM on Aug 09, 2014:

Detroit is a cesspool, avoid at all cost.

Thanks for your helpful contribution to the question. We all stand amazed at the thoughtful way you offered your advice. It was spot on! Great job!

posted by daddyg on Aug 09, 2014 at 08:00:08 pm     #   15 people liked this

We all knew somebody was going to go that way. Just a matter of time.

posted by Sohio on Aug 09, 2014 at 08:52:28 pm     #   1 person liked this

Every city has its share of bad neighborhoods.

posted by MIJeff on Aug 09, 2014 at 09:09:19 pm     #  

www.forgottendetroit.com

This site has some pictures of the Book-Cadillac and Fort Shelby, from before the renovations (and photos of a lot of other places, too). It really makes you appreciate the work that went into getting them rehabilitated. With all the bad things you hear about Detroit, I rather enjoy looking at those photos, compared to what both of those properties have since become, and seeing at least two success stories.

posted by Sohio on Aug 09, 2014 at 11:12:50 pm     #  

I like the Doubletree fort Shelby or the Hilton Garden Inn, but I am a Hilton diamond and try to stay at only diamonds. The HGI is less than a block from Greektown casino and a couple good places to eat. I love the sportsbar Pappy's across the street from the casino, great bar food and fun bar.

You can also use the people mover to travel around downtown. I would not recommend using the people mover or walking around downtown Detroit after dark but during the day is fine.

If you have passports and have never been to Windsor definitely do a trip there. A couple good places to eat and a great bakery in the Italian village and I like their casino.

posted by jamesteroh on Aug 09, 2014 at 11:18:43 pm     #   1 person liked this

daddyg posted at 08:00:08 PM on Aug 09, 2014:
bucknut posted at 07:41:48 PM on Aug 09, 2014:

Detroit is a cesspool, avoid at all cost.

Thanks for your helpful contribution to the question. We all stand amazed at the thoughtful way you offered your advice. It was spot on! Great job!

Am I wrong? Detroit doesn't deserve thoughtful. What percentage of the total landmass of Detroit city limits would you be afraid to have your car break down in the middle of the night? For me it's in the 90% range.

posted by bucknut on Aug 10, 2014 at 08:55:03 am     #  

bucknut posted at 08:55:03 AM on Aug 10, 2014:
daddyg posted at 08:00:08 PM on Aug 09, 2014:
bucknut posted at 07:41:48 PM on Aug 09, 2014:

Detroit is a cesspool, avoid at all cost.

Thanks for your helpful contribution to the question. We all stand amazed at the thoughtful way you offered your advice. It was spot on! Great job!

Am I wrong? Detroit doesn't deserve thoughtful. What percentage of the total landmass of Detroit city limits would you be afraid to have your car break down in the middle of the night? For me it's in the 90% range.

So... How many times a day do you get called an asshole?

posted by hunkytownsausage on Aug 10, 2014 at 09:40:46 am     #   11 people liked this

^ guessing 90% range

posted by justareviewer on Aug 10, 2014 at 11:07:35 am     #   7 people liked this

What did Col. Jessup say? You can't handle the truth.

posted by bucknut on Aug 10, 2014 at 11:17:45 am     #  

Outline the 10% that you do feel safe breaking down in. As somebody who worked in Detroit for years, and knows the neighborhoods, I'd be interested in the detail of your ratio as compared to my personal experiences.

Also, if your vehicle is not dependable, AAA is a good investment.

posted by justread on Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58:18 pm     #  

What percentage of the total landmass of Detroit city limits would you be afraid to have your car break down in the middle of the night?

I'd be "afraid" to have my car break down anywhere in the middle of the night. Break-downs are a pain in the ass, and at night it's even worse.

posted by Sohio on Aug 10, 2014 at 01:01:16 pm     #   1 person liked this

"Outline the 10% that you do feel safe breaking down in"

No.

Start a new thread with a topic that's different from this thread, which is about where to stay when visiting Detroit.

posted by jr on Aug 10, 2014 at 01:10:10 pm     #  

Good point.

But if we save one life.... :)

posted by justread on Aug 10, 2014 at 01:11:12 pm     #  

mjcozy: I mentioned it before, but if casinos are your thing, the nice thing about Greektown is that you can walk out into Greektown itself, where there are several nice restaurants and taverns. The area is fairly gentrified and safe, as Detroit goes. A casino is a casino as far as I'm concerned, so I can't say if Greektown is the "best" one of the three, but I do like the surroundings there the best.

You mentioned you'd be there a few days...here is a link to the tripadvisor list of Detroit attractions:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g42139-Activities-Detroit_Michigan.html

Don't listen to the negativity. Detroit is a city with a lot of problems, but there IS still a lot of interesting things to do and see there. I always look forward to our occasional trips there. I can personally recommend the Motown museum, if you're into that music. On that tour, you actually stand in the same room where a lot of famous songs were recorded.

If you do happen to stay at the Book, and you get bored with Detroit, you can go out to the street, get in your car, head west on US 12 (the street the Book is on) and in about 2,500 miles, you'll be in Aberdeen, Washington (I'm only half-kidding--that's a road trip I have wanted to do for years.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_12

posted by Sohio on Aug 10, 2014 at 03:31:36 pm     #   1 person liked this

mjcozy, my family and I always stay at the Atheneum Suite Hotel on 1001 Brush Avenue. Wonderful staff!

http://www.atheneumsuites.com/

posted by MrsPhoenix on Aug 10, 2014 at 04:09:53 pm     #  

OK, sohio, you just added to my retirement list! We were thinking of route 66, but this looks better! Thank you! :)

posted by nana on Aug 10, 2014 at 04:52:54 pm     #  

nana posted at 04:52:54 PM on Aug 10, 2014:

OK, sohio, you just added to my retirement list! We were thinking of route 66, but this looks better! Thank you! :)

I wouldn't say that! We did Route 66 last year, end-to-end from Chicago to Los Angeles...best vacation we ever took. Actually, it was Route 66 that inspired us to put other highways on the list. US 12, US 1, US 101, Lincoln Highway, etc.

I just think it's fascinating that you can stand in downtown Detroit, on a street that would take you all the way to the other side of the country. It boggles the mind.

posted by Sohio on Aug 10, 2014 at 05:04:34 pm     #   1 person liked this

No better place to stay for a tigers game than the Detroit athletic club. Overlooks the field too, if you know someone that can get you in.

posted by MrGlass419 on Aug 10, 2014 at 05:43:47 pm     #  

Ha, I'm not dropping 66, just researching both now. 101 has always been on the list and the RT 12 connection is just too cool to not do. It IS fascinating and a great jumping off point! :)

30 has also been talked about. been on it going east to almost NJ and west to Iowa, another cool road, but you have to drive to either end then drive back past thru the limbo zone to do it all in one trip. Not undoable, but awkward, lol. :D

posted by nana on Aug 10, 2014 at 05:45:12 pm     #  

"Detroit is a cesspool, avoid at all cost.

! posted by bucknut on Aug 09, 2014 at 07:41:48 pm # + "

Just don't drink the water! And stay in Dearborn at a name brand hotel.

posted by Wulf on Aug 10, 2014 at 07:40:35 pm     #  

Hilton and Westin aren't brand names?

posted by Sohio on Aug 10, 2014 at 07:46:48 pm     #   1 person liked this