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... no customs in the US. After getting through all the lines, we have a little bit of time to figure out how to spend the little remaining euro left in our pockets. Eve finds some candy to buy and has 4 little euro cents left. She drops that in the charity donation ball and we are ready to board our plane for the USA.
Our flight is uneventful and while long, it's a shorter flight than flying from Amsterdam or ...
... cabin, 30 for hotel
Rafting - 65
Jimmy Johns - 15
Tubing - 12
Gem mining - 20
Horseback riding - 90+20 tip
Groceries - 15
Groceries - 5
Fishing - 6
Wonderworks - 78
The Diner - 45
KFC - 15
Total - $1226
Activities - $291
Food - 255
Gas - $250
Cost per day: $136 (9 ...
... plan so this let us keep yapping during the whole drive).
The last bit of the drive took us through the Tail of the Dragon, the most famous touring road in North America. It sure was a twisty drive! Unfortunately, Matt and Esen both got a little nauseous after a while so it eventually became a difficult drive. Took us over an hour to get through the Tail.
After a bit over 12 hours on the road, ...
... with sermon and song recordings) and so on. He also makes his own wine and I had a small glass of blackberry wine.
It was here, when I was waiting to write a greeting on a wall he's had going since 1962 for the purpose, that I met Kris Janceski from Devonport in Tasmania.
The ribs were good, the watermelon too, I didn't have room for dessert. Then they started the entertainment, but I went outside and talked to some of the brothers as I wasn't ...
... br> Sunrise, Florida - 10,139
Tuscon, Arizona - 6,453
Winston-Salem, North Carolina - 10,152
A total of 98,096 in all, meaning that the weekend sessions should total over 100,000 quite easily.
For the first week of a convention series, it's off to a good start and we're enjoying every bit of it.
Off to bed now, it's after midnight and we're getting up around 5:30am...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Courtyard By Marriott Detroit Downtown
Great place to stay downtown!
We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown for one night February 18. Everything from check in to valet parking went very smoothly. We were greeted by friendly employees everywhere we went in the hotel-even the fitness/pool attendant greeted us with a smile and a thank you for coming as we left the area. The pool and the hot tub were nice with skylights, but the pool was a little cold for us. It was understandable at only 9 degrees outside! We had a beautiful view of the river and GM buildings. The rooms were very clean with new carpet and updates. The hotel had a people mover stop and an enclosed walkway to the Renaissance Center. We ate at the hotel restaurant Sweet Lorraine's for dinner. Good service and great food. The beds were nice, but the beds only had small, square size fluffy pillows.
A definite must is to visit the Coach Insignia restaurant in the Renaissance Center on the 72nd floor. This is the 2nd highest restaurant in the US. We went up for drinks at 5 pm and watched the sunset. The elevator ride (at no extra charge) there and back was excellent for viewing the city.
We rode the people mover for only 50 cents per person. We stopped off at Greektown only 3 stops from the hotel. The stop takes you right into the casino area. The people mover makes many stops such as Fox Theatre and Comerica Park. When we got off the people mover, I noticed a guard in a booth watching travelers for any problems or security issues.
We felt very safe and secure since there were security guards in the evening checking to see your room keys before you even entered the elevator area. Almost every area you needed a key to enter and exit - the pool/fitness area, restrooms in the lobby and the side entrance into the hotel from the shop area where you could catch the people mover or use the walkway to the Renaissance Center.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and we'll be going back to visit again!
Stayed at the Courtyard for the Detroit Auto show and was given an excellent room. I believe it had been very recently renovated with boutique style furnishings and a very nice bath. This property is within very close walking distance to Greektown restaurants and casino. Bar was nice with many wines by the glass. I have stayed at the Renaissance also and prefer the Courtyard.
Nice Hotel but definitly not ready for SuperBowl Crowd
We traveled to detroit for the Bengals vs Lions game the weekend of Dec 17-19. The Courtyard has been completely renovated for the upcoming Superbowl and is pretty nice. Rooms, lobby and even pool area have been redone.
The problem here is service. Very slow and not very helpful. Curb side valet service is awful and costs twice as much as if you park it yourself. Valet service parks vechiles in public garage attached to hotel - something you can do yourself. Valet service is $20 a day. The garage charges $10 a day. Your car gets parked in the same garage no matter which option you choose. If you park it yourself go down along side of the hotel and pull into garage directly bedind it. Park on second floor and take signs to Doubletree (It's the same as the Courtyard they just haven't changed the signs) throught to the atrium. Go down escaltor or elevator to ground floor - hotel entrance is on the right, next to liqour store.
Also, this place is very hard to find on Jefferson as the hotel sign is about the size of a reality sign. Better bet is to look for Sweet Loraine's neon signs. This bar and grille is located within the hotel. It is across the street from the Ren Center (or GM towers).
We stayed on 14th floor (1405) and had a wonderful view of the river and downtown.
The sink would back up for no reason but would drain rather quickly - we reported the problem at check out.
The people mover is located within the buidling and is easy to navigate (go online and print a map of the stops at Detorit people mover .com). It costs only .50 cents per person per trip and is very well maintained and patroled. (We always saw police getting on and off at night when we rode it).
Be sure to visit Greektown. A lot of fun. Fishbones bar and grill is OK but highly disorganized (they go table to table trying to match people to thier orders)would hate to see what happens with the Superbowl crowd. A better bet is Pegasus"s, wonderful greek food and fast efficeint service. Be sure to order the flaming cheese Opa!!.
We also went to the Detorit Beer Company located about 1 1/2 blocks from Ford Feild on Broadway. At 1:30pm (game started at 4:05)they had run out of beer (and yes they are a beer companyy). Food was also pretty bad. The excuse our waiter gave repeatedly for running out of beer was that they weren't expecting such a crowd. 20 something thousand Cincinnati Bengals fans decended on the city, only about 25 individual Bengal fans were in this bar. How in the world they expect to surive the SuperBowl at this bar is beyond me, I'd steer clear of this place.
Overall, the city itself seems ready for the Superbowl crowd. However, many resturants and hotels are not.
Good Hotel - Good Location
I stayed 4 days at the end of Sept for a convention. I found the hotel satisfactory. The room was clean, the staff was very friendly. The location is good - across from the Renaissance Center (GM HQ) and Windsor Tunnel. It connects directly to a peoplemover station. Greektown is walking distance. It's not a luxury resort but it was a good place to sleep.
One complaint while I was there was that as part of a rennovation several elevators were out of service. Also the mattress was extreemely soft. That's a matter of personal taste, but I would have liked a harder one.
Best in downtown area
After checking out two other hotels first I decided to stay at the Courtyard Detroit Downtown. As of today I've been there three times. I enjoy the indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The location is walking distance to the Convention Center, Greektown and Federal Buildings; connected to the People Mover train; short drive through the tunnel or over the bridge to Windsor, Canada.
Time of stay 8-4 through 8-7.
We were checked in in record time by very friendly staff. Our taxi cab driver was a hoot too!
Upon booking our room, I requested a king size bed non-smoking room away from noise. Boy didwe get it! The room was very spacious and clean. Anything we needed was there.
The rooms must have been sound proofed very well because minimal noise (with teen baseball teams in town) could be heard.
I was always greeted by name. That's impressive.
High-speed internet was just that with No extra cost either.
A few glitches during our 4 day stay were being stuck in an elevator that decided to go on it's own ups and downs without being asked. I guess it wanted to make sure we got our money's worth of rides.
While at a work shop, (60 - 100) people, the down stairs bathrooms did get a bit messy but the staff was trying to stay on top of it.
We were not pleased with the "Lorraine's" cafe within the hotel. The food is pricey, slow to come, and lousy to eat.
If you want to have a wonderful breakfast/brunch, walk over to the ren/center and go to the river cafe. The people are wonderful and the food is delightful. In the evening, enjoy dinner and music at Seldom Blues. Great stuff!
OR walk a block or two and enjoy Greek town and its many eateries. We had wonderful service food at Fish Bones and Pegasus.
With the wonderful stay at the hotel, the food and the people we met, Detroit has become a special place in our hearts.
Enjoyed the Courtyard
I am a Marriott Rewards customer, so I used points to pay for my room. I received a clean, comfortable room with a separate sitting area and an excellent view of the city lights. I had no trouble connecting to the Internet (in fact it was super easy). We arrived in the very early morning and were treated courteously. Both the registration clerk and the valet parking attendant were extremely helpful. I would stay at this hotel again and even request the same room (which happened to be on the 20th floor). The hotel is located directly across the street from the tunnel leading to and from Canada. We were driving to Canada the next morning, so it was the perfect place to stay. It's not luxurious, but it is clean and comfortable.
My room was lacking in many areas. One of the beds sheets had not been changed from the previous guests. I found a napkin and fingernail clippings along with hair. The room was missing an ashtray, and toilet paper. One of the lights in the bathroom was not working. When I called the front desk at night to report my findings about the bed, they sent someone up with 2 sheets and a blanket for me to change the bed. I had to go down to the front desk to get pillow cases. I was very surprised at the condition of this room being that it was a CourtyardMarriott. The night staff was very poor and extremely rude and unhelpful. The day shift manager Jason, was very nice and apologetic. I will not stay at this hotel again because of this experience.
Courtyard is cool
Very well staffed, Lounge needs a little ajustment the bar is like 5 foot high. nice location. rooms very clean and smelled clean.
Staff seemed friendly enough. Was moved two times because the Ethernet access was broken (I depend on access for my job). Second room's access was "down" as well (turned out the hub was broken) - it was also marked as "non-smoking" but evidently the visitor before me didn't pay attention to this as it smelt like an ashtray. My bill showed numerous errors - phone calls from rooms, room service I didn't order, and to top it off they lost my car for a short time after offering it to another gentleman with the same last name.Aside from these "mishaps", everyone was friendly and carried a very professional demeanor.