This building still turns heads 35 years after it was opened, and while it is still a decent hotel, you must understand that the neighborhood has shockingly deteriorated over the past five years, and the structure itself has significantly deteriorated in the past year, so much to the point that it will be closing on October 31st unless a new operator can be found, since the Hyatt Corp is walking away after failing to reach a renovation agreement with the owners.
This area used to house a Ritz-Carlton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor, all closed within the past 5 years. Lord & Taylor at the adjacent shopping mall was closed following a deadly shooting in the parking lot. The mall is surrounded by Detroit on two sides, and unless you know Detroit (I live a mile from this hotel), you don't know how bad it has become. While I live 5,000 feet away, half of the houses in this neighborhood are burned out or boarded up, hookers walk up and down the streets, and if you don't park in your garage, you will get a block thrown through your windshield (it has happened to me twice in the past year). My neighbor's house was broken into twice in the same week (last week). Open your window at night and you will hear gun shots, car alarms, and screams for "help". I am not exaggerating this. This is all happening within earshot of this facility. It's like a third-world country.
While the owners of this hotel can't be blamed for the crime, they have run this once beautiful facility so far into the ground that Hyatt wants nothing to do with it anymore; once their flagship hotel.
1976: Hyatt Regency Dearborn opens with Fairlane Town Center and a state-of-the-art monorail connect the two. It was designed by famed architect Charles Luckman and cost $40M.
Late-80s: The monorail is removed, officially because the parts were scarce. Unofficially because the mall became very violent and the ruckus was spilling over into the hotel.
Early-2000s: Shooting at adjacent department store, it closes and takes a significant part of the mall with it, including Saks Fifth Avenue and the Ritz-Carlton. Vacancies mount faster than Taubman can board them up.
2007: Hotel sold for $40M. Owners voluntarily default soon after.
2010: Hotel slated to be sold for $20M, but price was reduced to just $10M due to an undisclosed "structural issue". The issue is still unknown. (Local business officials estimate that it would cost $130M to build this structure today).
May, 2012: Announced that this hotel would close after the new owners refused to invest in a renovation to bring the facility up to current standards. Hyatt Corp decides to distance itself from the deteriorating property.
August, 2012: Hyatt Corp sends a WARN letter to the State of Michigan indicating that the entire staff of 250 is slated to be laid off on October 31st unless the owners find a new operator.
Today: Lack of any maintenance is really beginning to show. Brickwork is spalling, glazing is damaged, interior is worn and stained (just look at the photos). Holes in sheets, tears in wallpaper. I have stayed in Super 8s that were better maintained. A true shame. Charles Luckman and Henry Ford are rolling in their graves.
The bottom line is: this hotel doesn't have much a future, nor does the area it is in. The foreign owners practically stole the building and refuse to upkeep it. The complex has security, and you will probably be fine as long as you don't venture out beyond the ring road. But this facility has seen its day and it's not long for the world now.
Spend your money elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well-known within the charming city of Dearborn, Michigan across the street from Ford World Headquarters, Fairlane Mall, and minutes from the Henry Ford Museum. Only minutes from downtown Detroit, Canada and Detroit airport. adoba guests will receive complimentary WI-FI, new 40" SMART flat screen TV's, fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub. Start your morning off in Giulio's & Sons Restaurant or in a morning hurry stop by BREW Specialty coffee shop proudly serving Starbuck products. This iconic hotel is currently starting in 2014 their "Eco-Refresh" enhancement with their 62,000 sq. feet of meeting and conference space. A sustainable design sure to WOW and reduce the hotels carbon footprint. With being eco-wise, awarded the Green Eco 4 Key certification this landmark hotel has a passion for customer service and offering you a fantastic sustainable stay whether for business or pleasure. Make time to browse, shop the trendy gift shop located on the 1st floor. Relax and rejuvenate with a signature massage from our onsite spa or sample the delectable culinary creations from the restaurants impressive portfolio of creating savory, organic daily menus using local ingredients serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus you'll earn a free nights with our Stash Rewards Program. Join the program today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Regency Dearborn Hotel Dearborn
- Dearborn Hyatt Regency
- Hyatt Dearborn