Travel Blogs from Detroit
... and oh so yummy. Matt goes nuts over the teppanyaki. His favorite meal!)
It ended up taking us 12 hours to make the "short" 8 hour drive. So much for our plans to get home early!
So this is the final detailed budget tally. Turned out to be a pretty low-cost vacation - especially since we did many "bucket list" activities that are typically super expensive.
... sleep up to 12ppl in Robbinsville, North Carolina, overlooking the Smoky Mountains. All for a measly $90 a night!! (plus cleaning fee)
The cabin is close to the park - but the other side of the park. 20 mins to one entrance at Fontana Dam, 20 mins to the entrance at Deep Creek (tubing), about 45 mins to the other entrance at Oconoluftee. BUT took us 2.5 hrs to get from cabin to the Gatlinburg entrance. ...
... in the clouds because the rain came shortly after. It wasn't a real heavy rain but enough to cause the fans to don raincoats, open umbrellas or seek shelter in the concourse. Unlike in Baltimore the game continued ... even with multiple lightning strikes within a mile of the stadium! I couldn't believe they allowed it to keep going. One strike hit a building on the other side Ford Field (the Lions' stadium) in plain view of the home plate ump. The inning was extended ...
... when they were asked to rise. The ones in wheelchairs are pretty much out of sight in this shot.
So we saw 241 new brothers and sisters vow to serve Jehovah and subsequently be immersed.
The cities which were linked in reported the following numbers for attendance and baptisms:
Detroit, Michigan - 35,438 (241)
... wine, fabulous food, gelato, more wine and creating some wonderful memories.
I'll try to share some of the highlights of our trip on this blog as when we have time. This is my first time as a true "blogger" so no critiques allowed.
This time tomorrow we will be visiting the Borghese Gallery in Rome. Ciao!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Leland Detroit
I know all about this building
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.
The RenCen on the riverfront is a Marriott and a nicer hotel, GM owns the building and uses it for there World Headquarters, I would suggest staying there but with construction it's a little tricky getting to unless you know where your going.
This place would scare Dracula!
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.
It was filthy in all aspects. Plus no pool as stated in the review.
When we stepped into the elevator and seen curse words scratched into the walls I knew we had made a mistake. We debated on leaving and going to another hotel but decided to stay the night. The bar consisted of a log chain ran through the door handles of the cooler. Talking to people in the bar that evening we met recovering drug addicts, alcholics, who lived at the hotel and was given a tour of the gothic club house in the back of the hotel. In Conclusion, Ramada will NEVER get my companys business again anywhere. and Detroit, Clean up your act, you have the world visiting in 2006 for the superbowl. Please don't embarrass Michigan.
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
Disgusting- from the building to the staff
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.
NEVER STAY HERE! Pay the few extra bucks and stay elsewhere, your health above all else is reason enough..
Still in disbelieve that Ramada would allow that hotel to carry their name!
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!
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.
It is about a five minute walk between the hotel & Comerica Park but you will probably find yourself running instead of walking. There was not a single building that wasn't abandoned, boarded up, or in need of demoltion and I would include this hotel to be in dire need of all three.
The website displays a nice guest room w/ jacuzzi but I believe it is only a model room and not available for rental, except perhaps by the hour. Our room was small, had a 19" TV, and was a couple of doors down from an ice machine that would make a rock concert seem like a library.
Here are some of the reasons to avoid this hotel: 1. Our room had a window air conditioner located on the floor that was plugged into an outlet box with exposed conduit.
2. The lamp plugged into this outlet didn't work, nor did one of the lamps next to the bed.
3. The shower pipe was taped to the wall w/ masking tape to prevent any drywall from falling. 4. The stairwell was full of garbage bags, used appliances (a stove & window air conditioners), and gang graffiti.
5. Large sections of the wall (4 ft. x 6 ft.) in the stairwell had broken off.
6. Gated parking because you would be stupid to park your car anywhere else.
7. It is located half a block from the Salvation Army's Transitional Housing building.
Avoid this hotel and anything in downtown Detroit. I believe this hotel is a wannabe crack house and you would find better lodging in Baghdad.
Don't Waste Your Time & Money
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.
Horrible, disgusting and haunted
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!