I, too, made reservations for Super Bowl weekend...way way in advance as I've attended several SB weekends sans the game. I booked this also because it was available and near a friend's residence (figured that'd give him a it more space as well). Of course all the host city's area hotels are blocked out or at exorbitant rates (this location was selling its remaining rooms for $229-249/night with a 3-night minimum on 2/4. No reviews were available anywhere for this property.......tripadvisor or anywhere else.....so thanksfully me and the previous poster can set the record straight so that other suspecting travelers don't experience what we did (in my case, almost did).
As far as the hotel being a "dump," put it this way: the Red Roof across the street looked like a JW Marriott by comparison. At check-in, a transient person helped himself to a free coffee/donuts continental breakfast then approached the front desk under the guise of wanting a room. Twice during checkin did those kinds of folks arrive, via on-foot or hitchhiking. One telltale sign was that, even though my reservation was standard (nonprepaid), the front desk clerk immediately billed my credit card for the entire balance upon checkin.
The only nonsmokingrooms were on the left backside of the motel, which was very isolated and unsecured. In that row of rooms, garbage was strewn in the parking lot -- looked like it'd be there for days -- and a dirty rag/sock lay on our assigned room's windowsill. Oh yeah, and a couple rooms down was another room fronted by plywood because the front either collapsed or was run through by a vehicle. The overall visual was that this property doesn't pay any attention to security or activities on its very grounds (judge for yourself from the photos). A trailer park lay over the back fence, dog feces in the grassy area of the parking lt. Given the overall look, before even seeing the room, I feared for our personal safety (as well as that of our belongings)...and I say this as someone who is pretty street-smart and open-minded about urban neighborhoods.
The room itself was blah, musty and smelling lightly of smoke despite being nonsmoking, dirty carpet, worn bedspread. Eager to get going to the SB fan events, we left but once we thought about everything, we returned because this was just NOT the Knights Inn that was represented on the website. We were both physically ill, thinking about it and thinking how we'd be up all night with safety concerns in this disgusting pigsty of a motel.
Because it was just 20 minutes after checkin (1 p.m) and my original reservation allowed for a full (no penalty) cancellation up until 4 p.m. that day, I returned to request a full refund/cancellation of my stay. The front-desk person, who was extremely polite (we felt sorry for her as she was just an employee working for a horrendous company/franchisee), double-checked with a supervisor via phone. Full refund (lol after an offer of another room) granted, and we were out ...and slept on my friend's couch instead.
It is incredulous that this property is even allowed to be a part of Cendant Hotels' chain, as it meets no standards of minimal quality/safety that would be reasonably expected by a reasonable traveler (see my photos, I took them just in case my refund wouldn't be granted and I'd have to battle with my credit-card company). For ANYONE who feels they MUST stay in the Detroit area and this is the ONLY affordable lodging, look at options that are maybe an hour outside of town (for SB weekend, I spied a Holiday Inn Toledo that was around $100 a night and only an hour straight-shot on the interstate to Detroit).
The only thing I can recommend about this motel is that it should be demolished ASAP. Normally I can find the good in just about anything but there is NO good here whatsoever.
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