Some recent reviews of this hotel are somewhat harsh and will certainly not help draw future customers. And yet, I can understand the concerns. Here's my good, bad and ugly of the Roberts Riverwalk.
The good - the location is really outstanding just north of downtown and right on the river with a view of Canada across the way. The riverwalk is right outside the door - a great location for day time running, strolling or walking. Second, a very good restaurant is only 100 yards away - the Rattlesnake Club. Great food and great service! Third, the rooms are generally quite spacious with comfortable beds. Lastly, the lobby area is pleasant with comfortable seating and a gas fireplace.
The bad - If only I could stop there. The "bones" of the hotel are good; an older structure which has been modestly renovated. But, it comes off as a renovation on a budget. The downstairs "bistro" area is shabby, dark, and uninviting. The rooms have upgraded shower and sink areas, but the wallpaper in the bathroom was tacky and dated. The rug in the bedroom was worn and ripped in one prominent location and the windows were high and small. There was poor lighting in the room, no sitting chair, just a small desk/hard chair, no coffee maker, only one wastebasket (located in the bathroom), and inadequate electrical plugs for electronic equipment. Little things, to be sure, but they add up.
Why three stars and not something lower? Two reasons - the hotel nightly rate and the promise! I paid only $119 for a one night stay and parking was free. By the way, park your own car. And I do believe this hotel can be first rate; the potential is there, the location is great, the area around it is becoming more vibrant every year. Here's hoping that the Roberts Riverwalk can find the capital to make some cosmetic enhancements and hire an experienced hotel management team. I would come back and would be willing to pay more for the improvements. Like Detroit itself, there's great hope for the future.
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