The Marriott at the "RenCen" as some locals call it, overlooks the wide Detroit River that separates the US from Canada. An area of concrete steps on the river side is a popular place for viewing Windsor, Canada, with its Caesar's Casino, and watching the ships pass by. Andiamo's Italian Restaurant has a small outdoor seating area and provides comfortable, well-prepared dishes at moderate price. There's also a Joe Muer Seafood restaurant whose upscale prices sent me, via the 'Peoplemover' tram, to nearby Greektown for a more affordable meal.
My room on the 27th floor offered fascinating views of the river, Cobo Center, a riverboat, and also the queue where vehicles line up for the US-Canada tunnel. Rooms were clean and well-appointed, although there was a noisy conversation among the staff in the hall one afternoon. The ice maker across the hall was a little annoying sometimes as well.
Perhaps, my major complaint was the confusing lay-out of the walkways on the lower floors. Floor numbers don't seem to match up and the elevators and escalators require GPS to find your way to lower level shopping and eating areas. It took me a couple of days to find my way to the Starbucks, for example --- but never mind, I found a nice coffee shop elsewhere in the complex -- and it is a complex. I also found it interesting that some of the signage that is supposed to help you has arrows that point in opposite directions for the same destination. I wish they'd make up their mind! And if you're bored with your meeting, you can visit a showroom of GM vehicles on the lower level (I don't know what floor number to call it). The talking elevators tell you to use your key card to access the upper levels, which is fine, but after a few rides up and down, it tends to be a trifle annoying.
Overall, this is a nice property in which to hold a conference for over 1000 people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Soaring 73 floors above the Detroit River, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is ideally located in downtown Detroit, situated on the RiverWalk and next to Hart Plaza. The hotel is within the GM Renaissance Center, which provides convenient access to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The Detroit "People Mover" public transportation system enables guests to visit top attractions that surround the hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic views highlight our hotel rooms, while a reinvented lobby boasts functional seating and business friendly amenities in a trendy setting. Delight in the stylishly urban ambiance of Volt, and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening cocktails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Detroit Marriott At The Renaissance Hotel Detroit
- Detroit Renaissance At Center
- Marriott Detroit
- Renaissance Detroit