If you’re wondering where that name comes from, the Book Cadillac Hotel opened in 1924 and at the time, was the tallest hotel in the world! It had its fair share of ups and downs over the years, eventually closing in 1984. It remained closed for over 20 years until Starwood entered into a contract to re-open and run the hotel as a Westin in 2007. You can read more about the story here. While it still has a lot of the old charm, the hotel went through a renovation to help modernize it. It’s been open for a few years now, but still has that “brand new” look and feel.
The check in area and main lobby are actually on the 2nd floor of the hotel, a short escalator / elevator ride up from street level.
Check in was quick and easy, and I received a nice upgrade (though not a suite upgrade, unfortunately). I was staying on a special wedding group rate, but I don’t know how / if that factors into upgrade decisions. There were several events taking place at the hotel that weekend, so that certainly didn’t help my odds.
Just off the lobby is the Motor Bar, which ended up being a popular gathering spot during the weekend. Despite the somewhat cheesy sign, it actually had a pretty nice, classy atmosphere.
My upgrade was to a corner room on the Executive Level. The Book Cadillac is one of the few domestic Westins I’ve ever been to that actually has a Westin Executive Club. It’s closed on weekend, so I was given continental breakfast downstairs instead (I didn’t have to choose between breakfast and points for my Platinum welcome amenity).
Though it wasn’t a suite, the room was still quite spacious – and since it was a corner room on a high floor, there was a lot of natural light.
Upon entering, the room had a long hallway. It was nice, but also seemed like a bit of a waste of space to me.
I had hoped to split the cost of the room with a friend, but it didn’t work out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to switch to a king bed at check in (though sometimes it’s nice to have a “storage” bed and a “sleeping” bed).
The room was very “typical Westin”, which is a-ok by me, as I really like the Westin look and feel (I even like the smell, but that can come across as a little odd… oops).
The room had some pretty nice views, even though the windows were quite dirty.
The bathroom was nicely-appointed, and had all the typical Westin shower products (of course)
I especially appreciated the height of the shower head – no ducking required (which is a rarity for me)!
Given that I was in town for a wedding, I didn’t eat very many meals at the hotel itself. I did have a free continental breakfast voucher, and for a $5 upcharge, I was able to order any item on the menu. I ordered the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, which very good (though the presentation was a bit on the sloppy side):
When I found out that one of the restaurants at the hotel was a Michael Symon restaurant (it’s called Roast), I was very intrigued. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an opportunity to dine there on this trip. Maybe next time!
As I mentioned above, I was staying on a special wedding group rate. If you’re looking to book on points though, this hotel is a Starwood Category 4, which means 10K Starwood points per night.
This hotel participates in the Starwood Green Choice program, so that was an easy way to pick up an extra 500 points.
I also thought the Foursquare promotion they were running was a little strange. Here’s the screenshot I took after checking in:
Yes – check in 10 times on Foursquare and you can get a free room upgrade (subject to availability of course). I just thought it was funny because if you legitimately check in 10 times, there’s a pretty good chance you’re already an elite member with Starwood (and would therefore already be eligible for room upgrades, subject to availability).
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. If you find yourself visiting the area, I would definitely recommend it. Oh – and let me know how Roast is!