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Taking Care of Business

A June 2002 trip to Detroit by friskycelery

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Photo, Detroit, Michigan More Photos
Quote: Most people who stay in downtown Detroit are here on business. Here are some tips for the business traveler.

Taking Care of Business

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Overview

Cadillac Square Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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Most people who end up in downtown Detroit for more than an evening are either attending a convention at Cobo Hall or doing business with General Motors. Detroit is not yet a tourist destination - there just isn't that much to do. Probably the most interesting thing to do downtown is to visit Greektown. This is a several block long district that stretches along Monroe from Randolph to St. Antoine. It is about a half mile from Cobo Hall, less than that from the RenCen. Lots of restaurants here, most of them Greek (surprise!). Another fun thing to do is to take trip through the Renaissance Center, the building that dominates Detroit's skyline. There’s a General Motors’ exhibit on...Read More

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

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Hotel | "Marriott Hotel"

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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If you feel compelled to spend the night in downtown Detroit, the Marriott in the Detroit Renaissance Center is a reasonable choice. The Room The Renaissance Center, also known as the RenCen, the Tinsel Towers, or The Tubes, consists of four round towers around a central, round, core. The Marriott is located in the core. Since the building is round, the rooms are wedge-shaped, and surprisingly small. The view is dependent on which direction your room faces: looking south, you get a nice view of the Detroit River and neighboring Windsor, Ontario. Looking north, you get to see the back of the GM sign and the surrounding office towers. Standard amenities came with the room....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
RENAISSANCE CENTER
Detroit, Michigan 48243
313-568-8000

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

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Restaurant | "Fishbone's Rythm Kitchen Cafe"

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Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe is in Greektown, though it is decidedly not a Greek restaurant. Walking into Fishbone's is a little like walking into a restaurant by the French Market in New Orleans, except the accents are different. This restaurant has a fine funky feel to it, with mosaic tile designs on the floors and walls, and a stamped tin ceiling. Upon entering, you are invited to pick a string of Mardi Gras beads from a big tin tub. The color of the beads is supposed to tell your fortune. I visited Fishbone's with six other people. We were greeted and seated promptly. This was a Monday night, and the place does get more crowded on weekends. Our server took the request for se...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2002

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe
400 Monroe St
Detroit, Michigan 48226
+1 313 965 4600

Renaissance Center

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Attraction | "The Detroit Renaissance Center"

Renaissance Center Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The Renaissance Center, also known as the RenCen, the Tinsel Towers, or The Tubes, is a set of huge glass and steel towers that was built by Henry Ford II. It was bought by General Motors several of years ago on very advantageous terms. (Old Hank Ford is spinning in his grave as we speak.) The RenCen dominates the Detroit skyline. Most of the buildings now house various GM activities. There are some retail shops on the ground floor, and more are planned. The Marriott hotel takes up the center core of the building. If you are here to do business with General Motors, the GM Visitors' Center is on the second floor, by the escalator, near the connecting skywalk with the Millender Center. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 7, 2002

Renaissance Center
Renaissance Ctr
Detroit, Michigan 48201
(313) 568-8150