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Detroitstar
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 6:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Local 4 reported tonight that the extremely trendy hotel is looking to put in a 90room hotel on Old Woodward.

I have never stayed at one of these places. What is the opinion of this Forum on this rumor?
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Mrsjdaniels
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 6:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

oooohhhhh nice
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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They redid the Guardian Life building on Union Square in Manhattan. I thought they did a very nice job.
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Rocket_city
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I stayed at the W in Chicago (the one not on the lakefront). It's just trendy and creepy all in one. It's just like the Westin, only more "Hollywood".
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great.

Now the ONLY hotel chains that will compliment Detroit's hotel market is the return of Best Western and The Crowne Plaza.

BTW, the only reason thu chose Detroit is because they already have 3 related brands here.

Starwood apparently wants to dominate our market early on (in competition with Marriot and Hilton).

(Message edited by detroitrise on February 25, 2008)
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Tkelly1986
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry, but is "Old Woodward" in Detroit proper (aka "downtown") or outside Detroit in one of the burbs.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good point TKelly.

Judging from "Metro Detroit", I'm guessing it's Birmingham.

Figures :-(
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:54 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Golly, read the article already you all: http://www.clickondetroit.com/ news/15404818/detail.html
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some images of one of W Hotel's newest and most recently famous hotel:
http://www.flickr.com/search/? q=w+hotel+dallas&m=text
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 7:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll believe it when I see it.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 8:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

LMAO! Thanks a lot Charlottepaul :-(
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Just what downtown needs. Another hipster trap."

You didn't read the article either, did you?
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Focusonthed
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

Some images of one of W Hotel's newest and most recently famous hotel


Holy shit, look at that parking garage.
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French777
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 6:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

isnt Old Woodward Birmingham
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Kpm
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 8:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wonder if it has to do with the failed attempt to bring a Hilton hotel to Bham, on Woodward. The project's failure was just announced weeks ago. Is it possible that W jumped at the opportunity already?

http://www.hometownlife.com/ap ps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080 203/NEWS23/802030391/1040/rss1 6
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Pffft
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 9:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Different location, though. The Hilton would have been where the Hunter House is. The W would be at the corner of Brown and "old" (downtown) Woodward.

The W in NY costs a lot for a teeny but plush room, has a noisy, trendy disco in the first floor...
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 11:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It sounds like they are planning an Aloft for Birmingham.

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/ alofthotels/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W _hotel#Aloft.3B_a_vision_of_W_ Hotels

I wouldn't be surprised to see a W Hotel go downtown if the Book Cadillac and Fort Shelby are a success. I don't think Birmingham is the type of environment that would attract a W.
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Kpm
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 11:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow Pffft... which corner of Brown and Old Woodward will get the hotel?
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Eboyer
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 11:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Iheartthed, why don't you think a W would work in B-ham? The townsend needs a trendy competitor. A W Hotel in DOwntown B-Ham would instantly win over business travellers in the region.
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"I wouldn't be surprised to see a W Hotel go downtown if the Book Cadillac and Fort Shelby are a success. I don't think Birmingham is the type of environment that would attract a W."

You mean the Book Cadillac and Riverside :-). They could care less about Double Tree (a Hilton brand).

If Sheraton and Westin are profitable (The St. Regis has been doing fine), the company will definitely invest more in DD.
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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Iheartthed, why don't you think a W would work in B-ham? The townsend needs a trendy competitor. A W Hotel in DOwntown B-Ham would instantly win over business travellers in the region.



W Hotels tend to be located in high profile areas. In comparing a description of the property that is believed to be a future W with the description of a typical Aloft Hotel, it makes more sense to speculate that they are planning an Aloft for the site rather than a full W:

From the WDIV article:
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Architect Chris Longe told the Birmingham O&E that they are examining the feasibility of converting the property on the northeast corner of South Old Woodward and Brown Street into a three-story, high-end hotel.



From the Wikipedia description of Aloft Hotels:
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Announced on September 28, 2005, the aloft brand will serve as a 'little sister' brand to the ultra-chic W Hotel brand, similar to Sheraton and Four Points by Sheraton.

The concept for aloft is a build-only brand of mid-scale hotels, 3 to 5 stories in height located in urban areas with up to 500 properties scheduled for completion before 2010.



(Message edited by iheartthed on February 26, 2008)
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Iheartthed
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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You mean the Book Cadillac and Riverside :-). They could care less about Double Tree (a Hilton brand).



No, I meant the Fort Shelby and Book Cadillac. Those will be the test of what the downtown Detroit hotel market can 1) bare in terms of inventory, and 2) attract in terms of clientele.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Keep beefing up that Woodward Corridor! Every new development along it, and the resurgence of Bham, Royal Oak, and Ferndale all add to the demand for a Woodward rail line.
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Steelworker
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 12:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I stayed in the W on the lakefront of chicago. They turned a standard looking building into a nice modern hotel with lounge in lobby and top floor club, The lobby confused us because the checkin desk is small and unassuming the lobby only looked like a grande version of the BOSCO
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Kpm
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 1:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

JL -- Berkley, too!
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 6:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A Loft hotels are based on a very specific prototype. Was looking at the CAD drawings a few months ago, and they are basically typ. suburban small hotel with a few superficial 'modern/hip' facade treatments: http://www.virtualaloft.com/pr oject_overview/
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Cmubryan
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Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 9:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That W Lakeshore in Chitown used to be a two star Days Inn!
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Steelworker
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Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 11:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You can tell but its is rather nice now. I had a room with a view of the lake on about the 12th floor it was wonderful. The club upstairs always had a line from the elevator as a guest you could get priority to the club if you went up there before 11. the Lounge in the lobby was packed full of people.

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