I live right downtown. Ride my bike past the Joe every sunny day.
For hotels, I always recommend people go to Priceline and go to the highest star level (5 or 4, or whatever) and bid for a room right downtown at whatever budget you can afford. It's a little shifty because you don't know the exact hotel you will be staying at, but you will almost certainly land a nice room at a cheap price. Half the time you will end up staying in the Marriott at the Renaissance center, which is one of the places you have to visit while you're up here anyway. Other times you get the Double Tree right across the street. Both are walking distance from the Joe. Detroit has way more hotel rooms than tourists, so use this to your advantage on Priceline and book a sweet deal. But again, it is a little risky because you don't know exactly where they will put you.
Places to check out while you are here:
Best food: Green Dot Stables, Motor City Brewing Works, Mudgie's, and of course the world famous Slow's BBQ.
Fine dining: London Chop House (my personal favorite), La Dolce Vita (best brunch in the city, call for reservations).
Best bars: Cafe D'Mongo's (there is no place on earth like it, a must see if you are around on a Friday or Saturday night), Two James Spirits, Grand Trunk
I'm personally not a huge fan of Sweetwater wings, but everyone here does go crazy about them. Besides the places I've listed, there are a TON of other very memorable and cool bars and restaurants I haven't listed. One of the amazing things about Detroit is there are hardly any chain restaurants around, so everywhere you go is unique and an experience. The ones I have listed are strictly the "must sees."
Hope you enjoy your trip!
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