Old Detroit meets new at the recently restored historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit where auto barons, U.S. presidents and Hollywood stars once mingled. Today the hotel is the stomping ground of professional athletes, American Idols and other newsmakers taking in the sights and sounds of a city in the midst of rebirth.
In 2008, the Book reopened its doors after a massive renovation that restored the grande dame to its place of prominence in the city. At 33 stories, the hotel has 453 guest rooms, including 35 suites. It is also home to 63 luxury residences. Built in 1924 by the Book brothers to serve as a centerpiece of their boulevard-wide retail development, the hotel was the tallest in the world when it debuted and an architectural marvel to behold. Though it fell into disrepair over the decades and was eventually shuttered completely, the renovation succeeded in re-creating the grand ballrooms and general ambience of the once-opulent hotel.
From casual to fine dining, the Book is a delight for foodies. It houses steakhouse Roast, owned by celebrity chef Michael Symon and a handful of additional restaurants featuring American cuisine, regional favorites and Michigan craft beers. The hotel’s Motor Bar is a hot spot for a post-work or pre-theater cocktail. Peek around the corner from Motor Bar to find a wall of artifacts from the hotel’s earliest days, including an original guest room doorknob complete with the Cadillac insignia, a restaurant menu and photos of famous hotel guests including Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.