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French777
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 6:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Out of the choices which hotel is overall better

REN CEN Marriott
Omni
Atheneum

my cousins want to know
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French777
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 6:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

price does not matter!!!!!!!!
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Milwaukee
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 6:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There should be a threat in archives if you check. I think the clear winner was the Omni. Everyone seemed to have good thoughts about it.
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Ramcharger
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 7:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe that the Atheneum is the only AAA four diamond hotel in Detroit.

Atheneum Suite Hotel and Conference Center
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Bobj
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 7:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I stayed at the Antheneum, very nice, all suites and lots to do in walking distance - a big plus over the Omni in my book
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 7:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the Viking on Grand River. Its walking distance to Carls and Motor City Casino
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Dan
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 7:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ren Cen or Atheneum.
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Focusonthed
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 8:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd never stay at the Omni. Talk about middle of nowhere.
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Detroitstar
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 9:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Omni is great. I think it will be awesome for Omni guests to be able to walk downtown via the rivefront.
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French777
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 9:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

well are any of them really bad
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Rickinatlanta
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 9:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Courtyard Marriott on Jefferson is really nice with a great view of the river from some of the rooms.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 10:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.hotel-rates.com/us/ michigan/detroit/viking-motel- detroit.html#hotel-search

If you are looking for luxury, the viking is not for you.

You might want to add the Hilton Garden Inn. This is not your typical Hilton Garden Inn as it has a full-time restraunt.
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Gistok
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One can hardly call ON THE WATERFRONT the middle of nowhere. Maybe the areas nearby are still in the development phase that hasn't been fully developed yet, but it is in a historic structure in the historic River Place complex.

But all the folks I have talked to who stayed at the Omni have loved it. It is more like an Inn.
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Focusonthed
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 11:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It looks like a nice place, but if you don't want to go to the Rattlesnake Club, you don't have many options without getting in the car.
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Jams
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Posted on Monday, January 01, 2007 - 11:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cab it!
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Milwaukee
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 12:29 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jesus, some of you guys make the Omni sound like a horrible crack house.

I've stayed at both and my vote goes to the Omni. The Ren Cen is bland and cold. The Athenium is best for walking around downtown. Omni is the nicest, its like a big mansion it feels like a home.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 12:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not that this is a criteria for rating the three hotels, but don't most out of town sports teams that play downtown stay at the Atheneum?
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Chitaku
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yes their busses hum outside my window all day
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Dave
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 8:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One thing I really liked about the Atheneum is that their courtesy car would take me to the Eastern Market and pick me up when I called them.
dave
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 10:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Focus, there are several bar/restaurant options in that area.....Stoney Creek Brewing/and at least two other bars in that area. (That I can't think of the names of right now....)
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 11:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't we just do this same thread a month ago?
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Detroitrulez
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 11:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

what about that motor court motel over near Corktown where the asian tourists were held hostage during the technofest a few years back? That sounds cozy.

I will say this for the RenCenMarriot, they finally installed their own gym....quite nice too, on the 40th floor....great views. They used to make you schlep your way all the way to Millender Center....walk through the gerbil tube, down to the lobby, elevator up to the fitness place....not a great use of time for those in a hurry and looking for a quick workout. My brother used to complain about that all the time when he was in town for business.
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Dbc
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Gambling is right about other places on Campau a stone's throw from the Omni. You have Atwater Block for microbrews and food, Andrews on the Corner for beer and bar food, They Say for live jazz and food, and Karras Bros. for beer smoke-free.
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Quinn
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Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2007 - 2:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Honestly...if your cousins are going to stay in Detroit, put them up at the Inns on Ferry Street. They will have a great time there:
http://innonferrystreet.com/05 /index.php
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Mongo
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Posted on Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 9:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Airport in. All the hookers and drugs you want.
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Knocturnal
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Posted on Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 10:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A friend of mine is interested in staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Washington. I know that there is a PM station nearby and that it is relatively close to everything...but would the general area and hotel be recommendable? I know that all the hotel websites contain reviews, but most are usually negative posters. Anyone on here personally stay there?

(Message edited by knocturnal on January 14, 2007)
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 8:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not the nicest area of downtown, but if your friends enjoy seeing historic buildings being renovated, then it is the best place. Washington Blvd. (the street it fronts) is relatively decent, but between the hotel and campus martius there is a solid block of vacant buildings. As mentioned earlier, the Omni Hotel is prob. the nicest, but not within walking dist. of downtown.
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Apbest
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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 12:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

well I wouldn't call it a solid block of vacant buildings. You'd find Lafayette and American coney island and some other small shops but generally it is vacant mainly because of the B-C and Lafayette and we all know how that is changing...but it is close to a PM station
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 2:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The inside of the Holiday Inn downtown is very nice, and updated, including a new full service restuarant.

Does the RenCen allow its guests to use the Millender Center pool???
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Knocturnal
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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 9:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the info, it is appreciated. :-)
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Charlottepaul
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Posted on Monday, January 15, 2007 - 9:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry, I wasn't trying to be cynical with my comment, but what I was trying to say is that the area behind the hotel is probably currently the most abandoned block of downtown, honestly.
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Drankin21
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 7:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Depends what your friends are here for.

I've stayed at the Marriott, Atheneum, and Hilton Garden Inn and all are great. You can't go wrong with any of them but the Atheneum is best if you are here for entertainment since it's in the middle of everything. Marriott may take a People Mover or cab ride to get to some places. Hilton is about as good as the Atheneum as far as location is concerned and is best for sporting events.
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Fjw718
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 4:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would go with the ren cen.

Pay the low rate, but when you check in, ask for a Very High floor and they will be happy to give you one. The cheap rooms go all the way up to 64th or 65th floor.....you can even specify if you want a canada view or city view...they never really sell out.

Nothing beats a view that high in the midwest....

(Message edited by fjw718 on January 16, 2007)
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Gianni
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll second the Ren Cen. It is worth it for the view itself.

And if price is no object, you could not possibly go wrong staying at the Omni and eating at the Rattlesnake, IMHO it is and has been for many years the best restaurant in Detroit.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 7:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like the Doubletree in Detroit. I also like the Residence Inn, both are close to the Chili's, Compusa, and Office Depot which are also in Detroit.
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 7:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Haha, thats true.
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Knocturnal
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Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 8:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Again, thanks for the feedback. I believe my friend is a Priority Rewards member, so his group was looking to book at a Holiday Inn. I don't believe he will have any issues, even if he isn't in the most aesthetically pleasing area of downtown. As long as he is enjoying himself, and spending money, that is the main thing, right?

(Message edited by knocturnal on January 16, 2007)

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