Luxury gaming and entertainment in Detroit
400 Rooms / 33 Suites
Detroit has long been known for two iconic contributions to American culture — automobiles and music — and guests visiting MotorCity Casino Hotel get to experience the heritage of both. Inside the 16-story hotel, located on the city’s west side, are seemingly endless subtle nods to Detroit’s automotive and musical history. You’ll see music staff motifs on signage and other not-so-obvious locations throughout the hotel. Guitar wood is incorporated into guest rooms and elevator walls, and as you check in, you’ll be greeted by the grill of a 1959 Cadillac.
History buffs may enjoy comparing the before-and-after of the building’s renovations — it once belonged to Wagner Baking Company, the makers of Wonder Bread. What used to house the infrastructure necessary to prepare and package the bread, now serves as one of the city’s most popular go-to spots for lodging, fine dining, gaming and entertainment. Among the remnants of the former bakery is an original smokestack anchoring a wall of one of the casino’s two poker rooms.
Four hundred contemporary guest rooms and suites offer out-of-towners, business travelers and stay-cationing suburbanites both luxury and the conveniences of home. Thanks to sophisticated in-room technology, you can view and change thermostat settings on your television via remote control. Comfort is king here — MotorCity’s top-level executives are themselves veteran road warriors whose collective travel experience add up to decades of knowledge on what makes a hotel stay not only enjoyable, but memorable. This means you’ll find individual coffee makers in the bedroom not the bathroom; televisions can be angled so you can watch while working at the in-room desk; room service is available at any time of day, any day of the week. You can even set the “Do Not Disturb” status from the television and monitor your flight status there, too. The décor is subdued and tasteful, with contemporary furnishings (dark woods, rich fabrics) and panoramic views of the city.
Marble bathrooms feature tubs, showers and separate water closets. An extra-deep soaking tub can be filled in seconds thanks to a unique waterfall faucet. (Sensors detect when the tub is at optimal level, and the faucet automatically shuts off.) Floating granite counter tops are both stylish and functional, lipped on the edge so cosmetics and toiletries may roll but never escape. Custom-made bath products are from the hotel’s D.Tour Spa and give an aromatic sneak peek of what a massage, facial or other signature treatment might be like at the luxury spa.
MotorCity Casino Hotel is a short distance from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers and Joe Louis Arena, where the Detroit Red Wings play. Between these two sporting meccas lie popular entertainment destinations like the legendary Fox Theatre, where world-famous performers are regular headliners.
Go by foot, car or People Mover to the river, which offers front-row views of General Motors’ world headquarters, the Windsor, Canada skyline and freighters making their way between Chicago and ports of call all along Lake Michigan. Other cultural must-sees like the Detroit Institute of Arts, Hitsville U.S.A., and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History are also nearby.
You need not even step foot outside the Detroit hotel to experience high-end entertainment and dining. The two-floor 100,000-square-foot MotorCity Casino boasts more than 2,900 slot machines and almost 60 gaming tables; two poker rooms; and a unique offering in Bonus TV, through which players can earn instant bonuses and learn of special promotions via flat-screen monitors mounted above slot machines.
The décor of the casino lives up to the “motor” part of its name with automotive design cues, including hot rod flame carpeting. Well-known car designer Chip Foose of the TV show Overhaulin’ lent his talents to many aspects of the hotel’s design, including the casino’s ceiling, which features large aluminum beams surrounded by LED lights creating the look of a car radiator.
The luxury hotel’s live music venue, Sound Board, draws top names in music for concerts with an intimate setting. Seating for 1,500 means an experience unlike most. Inside the casino, Chromatics Lounge offers live entertainment daily.
Dining options abound, too. Dinner at 16th-floor Iridescence is a fine-dining affair where you can feast on contemporary American cuisine while taking in top-notch views of the city. More casual dining options include American and international cuisine at the Assembly Line buffet, cheesesteak sandwiches at The Lodge Diner or burgers and fries at Pit Stop.