The Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd., Downtown
"The Book," as it's been known, was designed by prolific Detroit architect Louis Kamper, and first opened in 1924. At the time it was the tallest hotel in the world—33 stories and more than 1,000 guest rooms. Its famed visitors over the years have included Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Like other Detroit icons, the Book closed in the 80's; in the mid-2000's a plan was put into place to redevelop the hotel, and ground broke in 2007. Today, the building itself is worth seeing as you're touring around Downtown regardless of where you're staying in the city. For families, and for quick business trips, though, the Book Cadillac makes a really convenient, central hub.
Detroit Athletic Club
241 Madison St., Downtown
To get into this private social/athletic club you’ll need to be a member, or the guest of a member—in either scenario, it’s well worth a stop for some mental/physical rehab and a healthy dose of exercise. (Another thing: Come dressed to impress, and save the gym clothes for the locker room; otherwise, you might have to enter through the side entrance instead of the well-heeled main lobby.) Right across from Detroit's historic Music Hall, DAC (as it’s known about town) covers all your needs: luxurious food and accommodations, personal trainers available by appointment, plenty of fun things to do (there’s a bowling alley on the bottom floor); plus, it’s centrally located, with a rooftop bar that’s got extraordinary panoramic views.
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