Arrival/Check-in: I arrived late to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), and I knew the hotel was close by but was surprised to discover it was literally located right as I left security. The property fits the relatively new airport and, in fact, it is owned by the airport and managed by Westin. The McNamara Terminal at Detroit is a modern marvel and fitting to the Westin décor. There was only one other guest and several clerks at check-in, so I had no wait. My room was ready and waiting, and I was graciously directed to the elevators. From flight to room in just a few minutes: It was quite amazing. (27/30)
Guest Quarters: My suite had a large living area with a sofa, table, chair and a large flatscreen TV. The bedroom had a king-sized Heavenly Bed and another entertainment center with an equally large flat-screen TV. A workstation was connected to the entertainment area, and I was pleased to find the high-speed WiFi functioning perfectly. (The Westin Detroit daily rate for wireless is $9.95 plus tax.) The beauty of the room is that you can look down to the gates at the airport and see all the airplane tails in a row, waiting for their early-morning departures.
A large bathroom was off the bedroom and included a tub, separate shower stall and double sinks. The amenities were the signature Westin brand. I prefer name-brand products, but Westin has decided to stick with its own brand. (28/30)
Services/Amenities: After I checked my email and watched a little TV, I decided to go down to the lobby for a bite and a drink. I happened upon Dema Bar and had a bowl of soup, a chicken Caesar salad and a glass of Oregon Cabernet (or was it Pinot?). Anyway, the bartender was impressed with my selection — which was just a wild guess. In the morning, I had a breakfast meeting at Dema Restaurant, and all three of us ordered the same thing: pastrami-style smoked salmon with the traditional accoutrements. It was very tasty indeed. (38/40)
The Experience: The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a wonderful business property, very close to Ford, the Henry Ford Museum and 20 minutes from downtown Detroit and General Motors.
Total Score: (93/100)
Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
2501 WorldGateway Place
Detroit, MI 48242
tel 734 942 6500
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