Detroit is the oldest American city outside of the original 13 U.S. colonies. Since 1701, the city has seen many, many hotels come and go over the years, many of which catered to the richest and most powerful people in the world. These days, Detroit has become the country's darling with much of the United States looking to Detroit for its historic architecture and unspoiled establishments of old. Many of Detroit's best luxury hotels are the renovated ones of old that captured so many in wonder, and some are brand new and top of the line, just waiting to be broken in. Here are some of the area's best.
The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Perhaps the most well-known luxury hotel in Detroit is also one of the highest-rated for quality and satisfaction. The Westin Book Cadillac is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Italian Renaissance–style hotel, which was built by the Motor City architecture duo, the Book brothers, was once the tallest building in the city and the tallest hotel in the world upon its final completion in 1924. Recently, the Book Cadillac underwent an extensive multi-million dollar renovation that brought back and renewed much of the building's classic charm. Always a top luxury hotel for the elite and fine-minded guests of a true Renaissance City...
1000 Brush Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
With traditional style and a modern Greek flair, the Atheneum Suite Hotel is one of downtown Detroit's most well-respected and luxurious hotels for business travelers and average journeymen alike. Located in the heart of Detroit's Greektown District, this newly remodeled hotel has some of the most upscale rooms in the city and is directly adjacent to some of the city's top spots and nightlife. If you're looking for style and class, Atheneum is a name that carries weight within Motown.
1777 3rd St.
Detroit, MI 48226
While it may not be located in a fancy, old downtown building, what the MGM lacks in history, it makes up for with a reputation for high-class luxury and over-the-top charm. Consistently voted as one of downtown Detroit's top spots for high-rollers and shakers, for those looking to make an impression on others and want to have an impression made on them, this hotel is the place to stay. With a number of fine restaurants and clubs right inside the hotel itself, including the famed TAP bar, you'll never need to leave if you don't want to.
The Royal Park Hotel
600 E. University
Rochester, MI 48307
If you're not needing to stay right in downtown Detroit, just out in the northwest suburbs is one of the Metro area's best and most luxurious hotels by any standard. The Royal Park Hotel in nearby Rochester was voted by U.S. News & Report as one of the Finest Hotels of 2014 and is a top-notch four-star hotel by any major city's reckoning. Along the banks of the beautiful Paint Creek River, in an historic and charming section of Rochester, the Royal Park is well-known for its elegant touch on much of the hotel's many amenities. It's always well worth the trip out of downtown to stay in a classy joint like this.
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
Located in the heart of Dearborn, hometown of Henry Ford and this luxury hotel's namesake, The Henry is a completely modern and contemporary hotel adorned with some of the finest art, class and elegant trimmings that can be offered today. Everything has been examined with a fine eye, making sure that no bit of taste was missed in this hotel's creation. From spellbinding chandeliers, to the stark and vibrant color accents, this hotel leaves an impression on everyone who is lucky enough to book a stay.
Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.
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