The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in a Nutshell:
Glory is restored to the sumptuous Italian Renaissance-style building at Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Detroit
. Thanks to a $200-million-dollar renovation in 2008 to the structure, the Westin Book Cadillac is reveling it its new life as a downtown Detroit hotspot.
That's nothing new for this building – or even the address, which was home to a hotel since 1830. The Cadillac Hotel, named for the French explorer and Detroit founder who also inspired the auto marque, hosted four U.S. presidents before the Book brothers constructed the tallest hotel in the world on the site in 1924.
Today, acclaimed dining, a fresh new style that stays true to the building's original grandeur, and its storied past elevate the familiar comfort of a Westin to a grand destination in and of itself.
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Guest Rooms at The Westin Book Cadillac:
Couples find all the little touches of luxury one expects from a Westin – the iconic Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath, in-room Starbucks coffee, a cozy robe, and ample space (starting at 340 square feet) – in the 453 rooms. Ask for a deluxe room for floods of natural light, and a premium room (475 square feet) for sweeping city views. Soothing earth tones in all rooms combined with that oh-so-decadent bed are sure to lull you into slumber uninterrupted by outside noise. A Grand King room in the corner is even roomier, and adds a view of Canada's shores just across the river.
Dining at The Westin Book Cadillac:
Everyone who's anyone in Detroit can be found at Roast
, the tantalizing meat-centric restaurant from chef Michael Symon, the James Beard award-winning Food Network star and author of Carnivore. Carnivorous fans here swoon for the high-quality artisanal meats. Follow your nose to the rotisserie suckling pig, one of the signature dishes, or anything from the hardwood-burning grill for ultimate flavor. Roast draws rave reviews not just for the meaty main attraction, but its beer list, which Esquire
magazine named one of the best in the country.
Spa 1924 Grille serves up fine regional fare from Michigan sources in a relaxed setting. An emphasis on health drives the menu at breakfast and lunch spot The Boulevard Room, and quick snacks and beverages are available at WBC Gourmet Grab & GO.
Motor Bar at The Westin Book Cadillac:
As popular with locals as with guests, Motor Bar, just off the registration area on the second floor, serves up both classic and signature cocktails in a contemporary space that retains its historic atmosphere.
Patrons can unwind in the low slung chairs and nibble light bites while they sip a Moscow Mule or a glass of Chateau Grand Traverse late harvest Riesling from among the Michigan wines on the good-sized list. Beer aficionados might opt for one of the Michigan beers on offer, such as Detroit's Atwater Dirty Blonde ale.
Weddings at The Westin Book Cadillac:
Three ballrooms, including the vast Venetian with its elegant cream and pastel palette adorned with stunning Venetian chandeliers suspended from its 19-foot ceiling, serve as wedding or reception venues at the hotel. The breathtakingly restored Italian Garden Room serves up pure romance to up to 115 guests for a glamorous cocktail reception. Private dining options are available at Roast or 24 Grill in the hotel.
Couples who wed at the Book Cadillac may stay free in a suite and are welcome to return for a complimentary stay on their one-year anniversary.
Activities at The Westin Book Cadillac:
Indulge in a beauty treatment at the Spa Book Cadillac, take a dip in the indoor heated pool, or get your sweat on at the excellent 24-hour fitness center. If you forgot your workout gear, no problem. Five dollars gets a loaner New Balance outfit delivered to your room.
Nearby The Westin Book Cadillac:
Take in the River Walk or a lunchtime concert at nearby Campus Martius Park. On Saturday mornings head for historic Eastern Market
, and for evening shows check with the concierge for detailed listings of what's on in local theaters. Sports fans rejoice: Both the Detroit Tigers' baseball stadium and the Detroit Lions' football stadium are within walking distance to the hotel.
What You Should Know About The Westin Book Cadillac:
Plan to pony up for wi-fi in the room, and if you opt instead for the free wi-fi in Motor Bar, its speed harkens back to dial-up days. Guests seem to have trouble with the elevator key card swipe required to gain access to the guestroom floors, and even when it works, the elevators often seem slow to respond to calls. And if you're sensitive to fragrance, the signature scent wafting through the halls can be a bit overwhelming.
Vibe at The Westin Book Cadillac:
Primarily a business hotel during the week, you'll see lots of suits and ties. A more relaxed – and celebratory – ambiance pervades on weekends when the wedding parties roll in.
The building is a Detroit legend, featured now on the National Register of Historic Places, and though glossed over with a fresh new look, its glamorous past still shines.
The Westin Book Cadillac Info and Reservations:
The Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
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