Posted by Ric Garrido

A couple weeks ago I stayed at the Westin Detroit Airport for two nights courtesy of Ford Motor Company as a media attendee of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The funny thing is I arrived three days early for the show and I spent two of those nights in a Ford-owned Marriott Autograph Collection hotel called The Henry in Dearborn, Michigan. I don’t know who owns the Westin Detroit Airport.

One good reason to stay at the Detroit Airport is the limited public transportation to get anywhere other than the airport hotels without taking a cab. I paid $40 to go from DTW to The Henry in Dearborn some ten miles away. The alternative was a three-hour bus ride with a couple of transfers.

The Westin Detroit Airport is actually connected to the McNamara Terminal where Delta Airlines is based. Flying United Airlines meant I had to take a free shuttle to the other Detroit airport terminal for my flight.

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport

The hotel shuttle dropped me off at the terminal check-in level and I fumbled around with the elevator until I realized that I needed to go to the top to reach the Westin hotel.

Westin DTW-1

I liked the style of this hotel. For an airport hotel, this place is upscale.

Westin DTW atrium 

The hotel is built around a large open-space interior atrium. My room faced the outside on the fourth floor, which I prefer to having an interior view room.

The large bamboo forest is a trip and much of the lobby floor space is a large fountain pool. Inside, you are sheltered from the elements of a Detroit winter freeze outside.

Westin DTW lobby

This photo shows the dining area in background left and bar in far background right.

Glass elevators whisk guests up and down.

Westin DTW elevator

Our Ford bloggers group numbered about 150 guests and we were fed breakfast at the hotel in a special set-up seen in the blue round tables in the first photo. There was an opening night conference meal that was the first time I recall getting both chicken and fish on the same plate as an entrée.

Westin DTW dining

I enjoyed the food. No idea about prices at the restaurant, except one Canadian telling me a martini was around $15 at the bar and another Canadian telling me a $6 beer seemed like a good price. I guess those are good prices for Canadians.

Fitness Room

24-hour fitness room is great for an international gateway airport hotel.

Westin DTW fitness

I particularly liked this photo of a guy doing a headstand as I walked by the fitness room.

The pool and hot tub is another cool space in the hotel. The pool room can be accessed directly from the fitness room.

Westin DTW pool

The windows look directly out to the terminal jet gates.

Another feature of the hotel is there is airport security screening access directly from the hotel lobby.

Westin DTW TSA

Westin DTW has direct access to airport security screening from lobby.

Westin Detroit Airport King Room

The room was standard Westin with a comfortable bed and all the basic amenities like coffee maker, iron, bathrobe and good TV with HD channels.

Westin DTW bed

Nice to see a recycling bin in room.

Westin DTW King bed

King bed.

Westin DTW tv

Westin DTW tv offered good reception and channel selection.

Westin DTW coffee

Westin DTW coffee cubby in space by room door.

Westin DTW bathroom

Nice bathroom with all the right stuff.

Westin DTW shower

Westin DTW soaker shower head. No water shortage in these parts. The shower was vital in keeping refreshed with too few hours of sleep for the two nights.

I received an offer for a $5 credit by refusing housekeeping at check-in. Never got a chance to redeem that credit. I was not offered points.

Westin DTW hallway

Westin Detroit Airport hallway.

Westin DTW front desk

Westin Detroit front desk.

The Westin DTW hotel offered typical upper upscale Westin experience. Good hotel if the price is not too big a concern. I stayed one night at Courtyard DTW in an area a couple miles from the hotel where there are numerous chain brand hotels, likely at lower rates for most dates and free shuttle service to DTW.

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport

404 guest rooms with 10 suites.

SPG category 4 hotel reward at 10,000 points per night.

3 Responses

  1. The food in the restaurant is quite good, but yes, it is a little pricey. Still, I think the restaurant is a compelling reason to stay at the Westin DTW.

    I also like the ability, as a registered guest, to go through the hotel’s TSA checkpoint and roam the shops in the terminal. It makes me feel a little less isolated staying in an airport hotel.

  2. Best.TSA.Checkpoint

    Next time you are in Detroit give me a heads up for a ride. The transportation options in DTW are shameful (buses, what buses?)

  3. re: alcohol in Canada… I was just in Montréal and found that for brands I recognized the price for alcohol was about 30-50% higher. So…I’d say the prices at the bar would be about right if you were in Canada :-)

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