We stayed at the Doubletree from November 20 - November 26 which includes Thanksgiving (November 22). The high rating of our hotel stay was primarily due to the attentive, courteous, and very helpful staff.
The hotel is right off of the Southfield Expressway (M-39) and Ford Road in Dearborn. It is convenient to both the suburbs, downtown Detroit, the well known Greenfield Village, Ford Headquarters, dining, etc.
The lobby is very large. It is not too fancy but very comfortable. There is flowing water with a bridge over the water. Those wanting a fancy or elegant hotel will be better off looking elsewhere. For those looking for elegance, the Henry Hotel is nearby and may be appropriate as it was previously a Ritz Carlton. We stayed at the Ritz several years ago without children and it was nice. Families or those with children seeking a more casual environment will find it to fit the bill.
Pool and Fitness area
There is a small indoor pool and sauna that seems to be well maintained. A room key is required to access this area and inside this area there is another room for working out that also requires a room key. The workout area includes treadmills and a recline bike for aerobics, dumbbells and benches for weights, along with a machine with weights and pulleys for additional weight work. The room is very neat and clean.
Hilton Honors Gold and Diamond members have access to free breakfast buffet each day at Grille 39 which is the restaurant. On Thanksgiving the restaurant was closed so the breakfast was made available in the lobby. Standard buffet fare includes juices, coffee, milk, cereal, oatmeal, fruits, breads, scrambled eggs, sausage, and bacon. French toast, pancakes, other types of eggs can be ordered. The staff is very nice.
We had dinner on Thanksgiving night. Unfortunately the Grille 39 was understaffed that night due to a Canadian youth hockey group that showed up before dinner although the group leader had told the hotel they would not arrive in time for dinner. As a result the dinner took long to make and with only one cook initially and one server the meals were backed up. The General Manager actually arrived around 7 PM to help out with the unexpected demand so it was clear the hotel definitely believes in pitching in to help in the dining area, too.
The hotel has 6 floors with the top two floors primarily for Hilton Honors guests. To access the upper floors a room key is needed in the elevator. There were 3 elevators available together although they are a good distance from the front desk partly due to the large lobby and the fitness area in between the elevator and guest rooms. We had a corner room which included a King bed and a pull out sofa bed . We had windows on 2 sides with the large windows providing a view of downtown Detroit in the distance and the Ford World Headquarters nearby. We understand that the corner rooms are the ones to get as they are quiet and larger. Our corner room had a foyer with a table and mirror. Going through the foyer and around the corner of the hall leads to the bathroom and large room. The bathroom was large. We did notice that the hot water was warm not hot in the shower yet that was fine for us. There is also a desk area for those who wish to work. Wifi network is available and is free for Gold and Platinum Hilton Honors members.
Things to Do
It was no more than 10 miles to downtown. We were able to see the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade and attend the Detroit Lions - Houston Texans Thanksgiving game at Ford Field. The weather was beautiful, the parade very nice, and the game was exciting as it went into overtime. Downtown Detroit seems to have gotten nicer recently perhaps due to Comerica Park (Tigers), Ford Field (Lions), Detroit Opera House, Fox Theater, all nearby and near Woodward Avenue, the main street where the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade is held.
Greenfield Village is another place to visit. We purchased an annual pass which allows entry for our family and guests to the Village and Museum, along with discounts on visits to the IMAX Theater and Ford River Rouge plant which makes F-150 trucks. As there is way too much to see in one day, the annual pass is worthwhile as it is cheaper than paying to visit 2 or more times. Besides we learned the annual pass is tax deductible! We also drove to Windsor, Canada as that is right across the tunnel or bridge from downtown Detroit. As an interesting tidbit, this area is supposedly the only area in the USA that is located north of Canada!
This hotel is a good place for families and for those with business in the area. The staff is friendly and helpful. In fact, on Thanksgiving we saw a policeman at the front desk chatting with the staff. The officer was polite and helpful as I asked the best places to go to see the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade and park for the Detroit Lions game. For our family the Doubletree by Hilton in Dearborn, MI was the right choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Doubletree Hotel Dearborn near the suburban west Detroit town of Dearborn, Michigan, is only nine miles from downtown Detroit and minutes from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Our distinctively new, full-service hotel is conveniently located off the Southfield Expressway at Ford Road, with easy access to I-94, I-96 and all major Detroit-area thoroughfares. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Detroit
- Detroit Doubletree