Travel Blogs from Detroit
Managed to get seats together on the Detroit train. We arrived mid afternoon, and caught the bus into downtown Detroit. Found the Ramada Inn, which used to be a palatial inner-city motel in a thriving town. Still a well-equipped suite, but the motel is now a shell of its former glory. Mandy and the boys went to the ice hockey game between the …
So we were lucky we stood at the back of the queue when the bus finally arrived we were in the perfect spot. The driver yelled at everyone to get behind us....worked in our favour as not everybody made the 10.30 bus that was 40 minutes late. We also had a connecting bus which luckily they waited for our bus.
So the long trek began. At 1am we got on the connecting bus from Toronto to Detroit. ...
http://blog.travelpod.com/members/ladyd i2138 After getting new tires, an oil change and a few groceries yesterday, we will be staring out this morning on our great adventure. Save the link above and check into our blog when you have the time.....we hope to update it daily. Heading to Chicago now, the official starting place of Route 66 Talk to all of you soon Ian & ...
... walked several miles and were needing to give our feet a break. We got back in our car and headed for Belle Isle Park. When we arrived the place was packed with people. Cars filled the parking spots and big groups of people were having picnics everywhere. We circled around and found a parking spot. Jack and I took some pictures and then we headed a little further into the park. Belle Isle Park is the largest island park in the US. It is about ...
My Delta flight was uneventful so that makes it a good one.
For some reason, the flight arrived almost an hour ahead of schedule which means I landed at 7am in the morning in Paris... that's really early.
Airport happenings were normal except some people in the passport line in Paris had to be escorted away by police so that held up the line ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Leland Detroit
Ramada Inn downtown use to be called the Leland Hotel. It was an abandoned building for quite awhile before Michael Higgins bought the building and put Ramada's name on it. Michael is a slumward in Detroit circles he also owns the Broderick and Farwell Buildings in downtown Detroit both of which are currently abandoned and falling apart (Broderick is on Woodward and Witherall with the whale on the side of it visable from Comerica Park and the Farwell is on Shelby in Capital Park). Also don't stay at the hotel across from the Book Cadillac I think it's currently a Holiday Inn Express, this building is a disgrace to the city of Detroit.
Wow!! Am I glad I found this site! In December 2003 I was on a business trip to Detroit and booked a room at the Ramada downtown. When we arrived I was shocked that Hotel.Com gave this hotel a 4 star rating.
Visiting: Jan.2003 Detroit Car Show.
Worst Hotel ever. The resturant was none existing. The staff were hostile. The worst nightmare of an Hotel.
+ Close to the Car Show + Big rooms
- Staff - Food - Dirty - Unsafe
My advice: book a hotel in Windsor, Canada
Where do I begin. Chose Ramada because it is known for being decent on a budget. We knew that detroit is not the best city, however thought the hotel would be ok. We were in for the auto show. Drove to the hotel and got a little nervous looking at the outside but figured that it fit in with the rest of the surrounding area. The parking... yes there is a lot, without an attendant, and 40 oz. beer bottles all over it. mind you there wasn't an attendent the 2 days we were there. The lobby was fine ,said ok this looks half way decent. I am sure at one time it was quite grand, a loooong time ago. Well greated by staff which were not in any uniform, oh no name plates either.. Oh did I mention the bums in the hallway before the lobby... nice right? So.. we go to our room, small in size. ok fine.. the dirty dirty walls, wall mounted AC with front all broken and peices on the floor, TV that didnt work, dirty table, and the bathroom.... GROSS...GROSS... walk in shower with mold and mildew everywhere! no exaggeration I took pictures!! the sink was dirty, with the front door hlf fallen off, and the side next to the shower covered in black mold more than half way. Screamed health hazard. Thats my next letter,board of health with lovely pictures that I took. Called the front desk to complain, wanted a different room and they didn't have one available, asked for housekeeping to come and clean, they were gone for the day( we arrived in the evening) So what rating do you give that for service?? for $111. for the night, expected a bit better. We had to place towels on the floor inside of the shower so we dont touch the gross grime.
After a long day of fun at the MGM Grand Casino (which by the way is nice) our party of 3 couples and my mother in law were looking forward to a nice rest before we left in the morning to return home. This hotel was definatlly not the place for cormfortable or any kind of other rest!I knew we were in trouble when the first words out of my wife's mouth after opening the room door were "Oooooh Myyyyy God!" The first thing that came to my mind was "Flop house".The filth and dis-repair (including roaches the size of your hand) was un-bearable. Ramada should be ashamed to have their name oin this property!We decided rather quickly to depart and drove home that very evening.Avoid at all cost!
We chose this hotel only because it was the closest one to Comerica Park which is THE only positive comment about this hotel.
This hotel was awful. I can't believe travel websites such as Orbitz and the others would even advertise for this place. This hotel is guilty of false advertisement. I knew I was in trouble as soon as I reached the lobby and read a plaque stating this hotel was independently owned. Another disturbing observation was that staff behind the registration desk had to buzz you in through a door to get to the elevators. The picture you see on their website is completely different than the room you'll probably receive. I was supposed to have a large sized room with a queen sized bed, but received a small sized room with a full sized bed. The hotel staff attempted to tell me this was a queen sized bed, but I informed them I had a full sized at home and it was exactly the same. At this point, I was given another room, which wasn't any better. The building is old and it appears as though it has not had any renovations in quite a long time. My room had peeling paint and holes in the carpet. Most of the amenities expected were non existant. The staff had no knowledge of the area and I did better getting around on my own. I was completely dissatisfied with this hotel and will never use a Ramada hotel again.
This Hotel rules!
If you're looking for adventure like I was, this is the place to be! They have two clubs inside the building which play industrial music, the rooms are spacious, and the people that walk in and out of there are quite a spectacle! The lobby is beautiful, and its location in Downtown Detroit is right near the MGM Grand Casino and the Museum of New Art. The People Mover Station is visible from the entrance, and they have gated, secure parking. The city of Detroit needs a little work, but we all know this. This hotel has a lot of character! I plan to stay here again the next time I'm in Detroit. It is quite a bargain for such a beautiful, old building.
I had stayed in the Ramada Inn while auditioning for American Idol. Where I'm from Ramada Inn's are very classy hotels, but not very expensive. This one was HORRIBLE! Words can't even describe it. We were put in a room that they house Red Cross burn victims in and there were blood stains all over the carpet. The heat refused to turn off and the building was half falling apart. Not to mention having someone taking a shower on either side of us at 1 am and finding out no one was in the rooms beside us! The staff was kind, but that was where the good ends! The diner is falling apart and the food was terrible! The side of town it's on is very run down. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE AT NIGHT! Very, scary! We were so displeased with the hotel that we slid in at 30 seconds until check out time, checked out, and threw our clothes into our bags still on the hangers. We didn't have another hotel to go to, but we would have rather slept in our car. By the time we found another hotel, and unpacked it was 8 at night because when we went to unpack we had everyone else's stuff because we had packed in such a panic just to get out of there! Trying to find another hotel was a waste of a day off between auditions! If you stay here, you will regret it!
The ugly, the nasty and the trifling!
We went to the Detroit Ramada for GMWA convention, The website revealed a beautiful hotel, what we got was literally a run down ROACH motel, I can't beleive the Ramada actually owns a location this bad. The place looked like an abandoned building in a housing project! Oh not to mention there are people who actually live there! Disgusting! Because of this awful place, I will never stay at ANY Ramada ever in life. If I can tell you anything if you can't stay at the Mariott or the Anetheum, the Ponchartain is okay!. Head for neighboring Dearborn or Southfield Michigan! Please heed this warning or you will regret it!