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Cincinnati's First Trip to Detroit!

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Cincinnati's First Trip to Detroit!

Visiting with my girlfriend to check out a concert at Harpo's at the end of March. Is the nightlife downtown worth paying extra to stay downtown and be walkable or would I be better off staying outside of the city? How is parking downtown if I decide to stay on the outskirts but want to visit? Regarding safety, what areas do I need to avoid?

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1. Re: Cincinnati's First Trip to Detroit!

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Harpos is on Detroit's east side, about seven miles from downtown. It's a gutted theater converted to a concert venue. It's grungy, dirty and attracts rambunctious music fans. I would call the area its located in, sketchy. But others might not.

No suitable lodging adjacent to the venue. Your nearest acceptable hotels/motels would be in Roseville, MI, or downtown Detroit.

Its been years since I attended a concert there. At the time, they did not have valet parking (secure), they may offer that now. Best to call the theater and check: 313-824-1700. I honestly would not trust on street, or non-patrolled parking in that neighborhood.

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I would suggest staying downtown over Roseville. Much more to do, eat, etc downtown. If you stay near Greektown there are plenty of walkable bars, restaurants and nightlife! You can always cab it or drive to Harpos. I haven't beem there in years and the area isn't my favorite.

What are you looking to do when you're not at the concert? What kind of food do you like? People can make suggestions.

Hotels in the area would be Greektown Casino, Hiton Garden Inn........the Marriot and Courtyard are closer to the river, but not too far of walk.

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As far as hotels go I'm trying to decide between St. Regis downtown and The Henry, Autograph Collection. The Henry looks much nicer but St. Regis is downtown...

As far as food goes, budget traveler loving to try local favorites.

Thank you!

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The St Regis is not downtown, per se, but in the New Center area. This would put you farther from the energy of downtown. Not walking distance either. And, The St Regis seems to be continually in financial difficulty. Not many stellar reviews here on TA.

And, The Henry, I believe is in Dearborn, ten miles or so from downtown Detroit, and on the other side of the metro area from Harpos.

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6. Re: Cincinnati's First Trip to Detroit!

Any hotel suggestions then? I've decided against St. Regis.

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gobluegirl suggested Greektown Casino Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott & Courtyard...

The Marriott at the REN CEN is by far the most expensive of any of these mentioned. Greektown and the Atheneum might just be the least expensive options downtown.

I would add Atheneum Hotel, also in Greektown, or Holiday Inn Express on Washington Boulevard (Its steps away from a People Mover Stop). As is the Doubletree Hotel on W. Fort Street.

I'll post again with comments on eastside hotel/motels as soon as I gather some info.

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By way of explaination, the eastside is "my neighborhood" so I have no personal lodging experience at any eastside hotel. And after reviewing options in Roseville and Clinton Township on this site and yelp, I wouldn't recommend staying in an eastside hotel.

Sorry I can't give you better advice.

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9. Re: Cincinnati's First Trip to Detroit!

I've never been into the Harpo's scene, so I don't have any personal experience. I do know it can be a rough place and neighborhood. Read the Yelp reviews. yelp.com/biz/harpos-concert-theatre-detroit-2

Downtown would be your best bet. Check the HIlton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and the others in the immediate downtown area. If it is not a national chain, don't consider it.

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Agree to avoid the St. Regis. The Henry (a former Ritz Carlton) has been fairly extensively renovated in the past year. It is a good and safe place to stay, but not really convenient for your purposes.

Greektown Casino Hotel has a very good (lively and safe location), as does the Atheneum. Hilton Garden is good as well. Suggest that you shop around for discounts--either directly via the hotels or on sites such as Hotwire.com and the like. Greektown was offering room rates as low as $99 per night at one point.

Edited: 5:35 pm, March 22, 2012
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