When traveling, the most important things to me are safety, comfort and convenience (read: ease of navigating). I have to admit that I get lost
often. I don’t know why. I’ve been traveling overseas with my family ever since I was an infant and I’ve traveled alone to Barbados (to meet up with my best friend who was staying there for the Summer). I’ve also traveled alone to Japan. That was quite the adventure! I dread rushing around from terminal to terminal, trying to catch connecting flights. It’s always great to be able to retreat to a comfortable hotel room to decompress after traveling.
You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel was…at the airport! No running around, taking the taxi or trying to find out where I was going! I was recently in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show with Ford Canada. I just got off the plane and was met by people holding Ford signs up. I was guided to the Westin, checked in, and was really excited to put my bags down and my feet up!
For those on business trips or if you’re coming from Canada to catch a flight out of Detroit, the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel is an ideal place to stay. The location is prime due to its convenience (right at the airport!) and the rooms are very comfortable. Service is also great.
First impressions of the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel
ELITE AIRPORT ACCESS – The Westin is the only upscale hotel located in the Detroit Metropolitan International Airport. Upon arrival at the hotel, I was impressed to see that the Westin offers guests a private security entrance and access into the Edward H. McNamara/World Gateway Terminal. They also offer complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to the North Terminal. When I flew out of Detroit, I had to go take the shuttle to the North Terminal. It was really easy and I didn’t get lost!
Walking from the airport to the hotel, you can see the planes as you walk through the corridor that connects to the hotel.
There’s a large open space in the middle of everything where guests can sit at tables. We enjoyed breakfast (buffet style) on our two day stay. In the evening, after all of our sessions and the main event (#FordNAIAS), we reconvened for drinks and conversation. Below, you can see the open concept and how each floor overlooks the open space (bamboo trees add to the serene and relaxing atmosphere). The glass elevators also give guests a great view of the open area below. Everything flows really nicely and does make things feel peaceful, especially after a busy day.
ROOM – I was very happy when I got to my room. The king-sized bed was very comfortable. I was thrilled to have an entire bed to myself. With a little one at home who starts off sleeping in her own room, but ends up in our bed around 2AM every night (like clockwork), it was a treat to have a bed to myself. I won’t lie. It was heavenly! The room was also fitted with a 42 inch flat-screen TV. I was hoping to catch a show or two on TV, but with a busy schedule, didn’t even bother. By the time I got to my room at the end of each of the days we spent in Detroit, I just wanted to go to bed. The room also had a comfortable chaise, personal refreshment center, and other items to make the stay comfortable. In t he personal refreshment center there were two bottles of water, as well as Starbucks® coffee and Tazo tea that could be brewed in the personal coffee/tea maker.
I was initially concerned about the hotel’s proximity to the airport when it came to sleeping. I was shocked that I didn’t even hear the planes! Either the rooms are really soundproof or I was extremely tired that I didn’t even notice!
The room was comfortable, spacious, and perfect for accommodating a traveler who needed to work! The wi-fi signal was good and I was able to get work done in the evenings before bed. The only thing was the view wasn’t the greatest. The only thing I could see were planes and the parking garage for the planes. It really didn’t matter though, as I wasn’t there for the view. My room was for sleeping and I was able to sleep well. Across the hall there were other guest rooms that overlooked the lobby.
The Westin has a restaurant located on the main floor. We didn’t get a chance to dine at DEMA, but had a wonderful sit down meal at the Ford dinner on our first night. In the evenings after all our Ford activities were over, the Canadian bloggers and the Ford Canada team met up for drinks and conversation. I have to say that the Amaretto Sour is really good at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel!
The Ballroom (where we had our Ford dinner on our first night in Detroit) was functional and spacious, and perfect for a large event like the Ford dinner and the evening’s entertainment.
My stay at the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel was wonderful. Everything from friendly, helpful staff to a very comfortable room was thought of in order to make sure our stay was a great one. If I travel to the U.S. and fly out of Detroit, I will definitely stay at the Westin again.
Thank you, Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Hotel for a wonderful stay and thank you Ford Canada for including me (along with my fellow Canadian bloggers) at #FordNAIAS!
I guess that should read “I went to #FordNAIAS with Ford Canada and had an amazing time!”
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Ford Motor Company paid for my transportation, accommodations and food. I wrote this post on my own volition and was not asked to write blog posts or promote NAIAS or my #FordNAIAS experience on social media. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.