Posted 12 February 2011 - 04:13 PM
I went to Detroit a few weekends ago, and stayed at the Marriott in the Ren Cen. It was a nice hotel, with a gorgeous view (we were on the 45th floor, with a view of the Joe from our room), but there were a few things that held it back.
1 - The building layout was a tad confusing. If you're on one of the lower levels in the lobby, it can be quite the adventure trying to find your way back to the center area and be on the right level to get to elevator access back to your room. If you're there long enough, you'll eventually find your way around, but it's still a little bit of a hassle.
2 - Internet access. Yes, they have Wifi, but they'll charge you for it. If I remember correctly, it's something like $12.95 for 24 hours of access. Free Wifi is available at the Starbucks in the lobby, but they're not open 24 hours. So you either can use free Wifi (which seemed to run pretty slow) during the Starbucks business hours, or you can pay for it.
3 - Had to pay for parking. If you're not renting a car, then that's not that big of a problem for you, but if you change your mind and rent a car, then it's $10 a day just to park.
4 - The People Mover. Don't get me wrong, the P.M. is a good system for getting around downtown Detroit, but it gets extremely busy for the Wings games. We had to wait for 20-30 minutes outside on the platform while waiting for a train. Many trains would come by, but by the time they reach the Ren Cen, they only had room for maybe 3 to 4 people per train, so it took forever for our turn to finally make it in. Expect the same long wait after the game too.
Other than those few issues, it was a good hotel. IMO, it wouldn't be the first place I'd look to stay at the next time I go, but I wouldn't complain much if I did stay there again.
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