Hey guys. This post is pretty late, but I wanted to take a few minutes to post a follow-up after our first trip to Detroit and the Joe.
We ended up staying at the Westin Book Cadillac. Since we were celebrating our anniversary, I reserved a suite. I was quite pleased upon checking in when the front desk guy upgraded us to an executive suite (i think that's the name). the hotel and, specifically, the suite was amazing. absolutely incredible views, the staff was ridiculously friendly and the food was great.
I will say that all the typical stereotypes I had heard about Detroit were shattered during our trip. Quite literally everyone we met and/or spoke to during our trip was very warm and welcoming (ok warm is probably a poor choice of words considering it was February). This was true of all walks of life...from the people who in the hoity toity hotels, restaurants, etc that were being paid to be nice to us all the way to the "regular joe" folks and even the homeless people we encountered. We were really impressed/touched by the sense of pride and the overall positive energy in the people of Detroit. Given the economy and overall situation in many parts of the state, that was very impressive.
I will, however, say that we were afraid that the stereotypes were true early on. i kid you not, we decided (probably not the best idea) to take a quick walk down the block just outside the hotel. literally within 2 minutes of walking out the westin door, we had the pleasure of seeing a homeless gentleman stumble toward us on the sidewalk and then vomit on himself. mind you, this was at about 2:30 in the afternoon on a wednesday lol. luckily, things turned around quickly and that was the last such encounter we had hehe. had to share that though.
we had great seats at the game...unfortunately we just happened to pick what would turn out to be their worst game of the year to that point (vs stars) and we had to wait until late in the 3rd in a game that was already out of hand to see the wings score. even with a bad game and a loss, it was an incredible experience. so much so that we're actually considering making a return trip if (knock on wood) the Wings make it into the next round of the playoffs.
anyway...just wanted to say thanks again for the help picking a hotel and more importantly, salute the people of the D for being incredibly friendly during our visit. it was a *very* pleasant surprise!