Which hotels in Detroit, Michigan, at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport DTW, at Grand Rapids and Dearborn, have the best club or executive lounges? We also investigate the best luxury hotels. There is no Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton hotels in Detroit. The Henry Autograph Collection is probably the best luxury and best Marriott hotel in Detroit. It also has an executive club lounge.
There’s no Hyatt Regency or Grand in Detroit either, only a Hyatt place if you collect or want to redeem World of Hyatt points. There are also a couple of Doubletree by Hiltons and a Hilton Garden Inn, which is not at the luxury end of this brand.
Downtown Detroit is a lively, happening place. It is also the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan. Thrillist named Detroit “One of America’s Most Fun Cities.” The city’s finest attractions include the Michigan Science Center, Automotive Hall of Fame, City Tour Detroit, and the Hendry Ford Piquette.
If you want concierge club lounge access for free, book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Sydney, Paris, or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge and you will get a room upgrade and free club lounge access. This free lounge access has to be one of the best hotel deals in these cities! We cannot offer free executive club lounge access in Detroit, but we can offer complimentary free benefits at many of the hotels featured in this article.
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I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across hotels in Detroit and Michigan. I will be reviewing each of these hotel club lounges in detail in turn so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access or get upgraded to a club lounge for free because of your loyalty status.
1. The Henry, Autograph Collection
The Henry, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in Dearborn, Michigan is a great choice for the luxury traveller. There are several decent Marriott options in the Detroit area, and this is one of your best options. It used to be a Ritz-Carlton and was rebranded into the Autograph collection.
It’s a stylish hotel with a magnificent lobby adorned with vibrant contemporary art. There is free parking, and you are just twenty minutes outside of Detroit, but there’s not much to do in the immediate area.
The rooms are good with large bathrooms. The executive club lounge is very decent and on the 10th floor. It is closed on weekends, but you can usually still get sodas or water from the fridges. Breakfast in the lounge is good, and the food in the evening mostly nibbles, but this is a nice space and one of the best club lounges in Detroit.
2. The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is another great hotel choice, and your best choice in Downtown Detroit. The hotel is located in a restored historic building with a good club lounge, indoor pool and spa, and decent restaurant (Roast).
Expect the usual Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath in nicely decorated large rooms with large bathrooms, along with modern technology and ergonomic workspaces. The steakhouse is a highlight, and they have the only Starbucks® Reserve Store in downtown Detroit.
The executive club lounge has very good views to the Detroit River and into Windsor. Breakfast includes bagels, cereal, white bread, scrambled eggs, sliced fruit, and yogurt. Evening light bites are served from early evening, and there are drinks and light snacks throughout the day.
While this is a great hotel choice if you are looking for a hotel with a club lounge, the Aloft David Whitney, which is nearby, is probably a better Marriott Bonvoy hotel choice for value in the area (although the latter does not have a club lounge).
3. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is set downtown along the RiverWalk, near the Cobo Center, Ford Field and other attractions. This is a very large hotel with circa 1,200 rooms. The best thing about this Marriott is the incredible views from the high floors (50-70).
Rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, comfortable bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. There’s also a fitness center, a popular hotel restaurant, a Starbucks®, and the 24-hour Motor City Pantry. Unfortunately, there’s no free parking at the Marriott Renaissance Center. For that, you have to stay at one of the Marriotts further out of town.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center offers one of the largest event venues in Michigan, the stunning Renaissance Ballroom, which can seat up to 1,800 banquet guests. Other updated venues include 42 Degrees North, with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Detroit River and our charming outdoor patio.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center also has an executive club lounge. This concierge lounge is on the 56th floor but is not usually open on the weekend. The Marriott Renaissance Center lounge isn’t great. They haven’t made this an M Club even though it was renovated about two years ago. The food is typical concierge lounge.
If you don’t mind driving, the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac, which has a brand new and better M Club lounge and is 20 minutes from downtown Detroit and offers free parking as well as giving very good treatment to Gold and Platinum Marriott Bonvoy guests.
4. Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac
As mentioned above, the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac has a brand new and better M Club lounge than the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, but we could not list it in position one as it is not actually in Detroit itself. This definitely has one of the best club lounges in the area.
The hotel is also a bargain as it is only a Marriott Bonvoy Rewards Category 3 hotel. The Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac is located off I-75. With stylish guest rooms featuring pillowtop mattresses, 50-inch flat-screen TVs, and spacious workstations with ergonomic seating, you will enjoy a decent night’s sleep.
Savor a return to roots at Woodward’s, the onsite restaurant. Enjoy comfort food and craft cocktails in the warmly lit indoor dining space, or pair your meal with a breath of fresh air and a scenic view of Pontiac on the outdoor patio. There is also a fitness center equipped with treadmills and Peloton® bikes.
Auburn Hills itself has plenty of local spots for shopping, dining, and entertainment just a short drive away, including Bloomfield Hills, Somerset Mall, and Oakland University campus.
5. The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel
The Dearborn Inn is a Marriott hotel 20 minutes drive from downtown Detroit with a club lounge that is open weekdays but not weekends.
Built in 1931 on the former grounds of the Ford Motor Company, The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel, is a historic destination. Surrounded by 23 lush landscaped acres, this is a stately hotel with two restaurants, Edison’s and Ten Eyck Tavern. You can also host meetings and weddings under their stunning chandeliers or swim in the pool or work out in the modern fitness center.
The club or concierge lounge is small with table seating, but a good variety of food, cold cuts, salad, etc., than the typical Marriott concierge, and all excellent.
6. Westin Detroit Airport
The Westin Detroit Airport is your best airport hotel choice in Detroit. It’s convenient and is actually within the McNamara terminal of DTW Airport.
There’s a free shuttle between the airport’s terminals, along with valet parking and a Park and Fly Package. Bypass the long wait with direct access from the lobby to a private airport security line. There’s also a gym and an indoor pool, and rooms feature plush bedding, free Wi-Fi, and views of DTW Airport or our airy atrium.
The club lounge is on the 8th floor and serves breakfast and evening snacks but is closed on weekends.
7. Sheraton Detroit-Novi
This is not a great Sheraton hotel with a dated feel and a very limited food offering in the club lounge with breakfast and limited snacks. On the bright side, the breakfast options are hot and cold, and there are hot appetizers on weeknights along with soft drinks but no alcohol.
8. Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport
Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport is a standard Sheraton with a club lounge that is open 7 days a week, so it’s worth considering if you are staying on a weekend. There are hot and cold breakfast and hot and cold evening appetizers with soft drinks but no alcohol.
9. The Baronette Renaissance, Novi
At The Baronette Renaissance, rooms are spacious and the beds are reportedly very comfortable. You also get Keurig coffeemakers and one bathrobe in each room, but no slippers.
There’s a small pantry off the lobby, and almost everything, including coffee, granola bars, candy, and soft drinks, are complimentary for elites who would otherwise have lounge access. The hotel also gives you a breakfast voucher that can be used for anything on the brunch menu. The restaurant here is popular, but there is no club lounge.
10. Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
The Detroit Metro Airport Marriott offers a convenient location near Detroit Airport but the rooms are very small making this a very mediocre choice in the area. There are better Marriott Bonvoy choices in Detroit. There have also been bad reports of unhelpful staff, lack of care when cleaning rooms, wear and tear, and water leaking into the newish fitness center (in 2018 & 2019).
What it does offer is 11 meeting rooms with 6,600 square feet of event space, and rooms have complimentary high-speed wireless internet and 37-inch HDTVs. The hotel also features an indoor pool and complimentary shuttle service to destinations within a 2-mile radius, including Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).
There is an executive club lounge at the Detroit Metro Airport Marriott, but it is small and closed on weekends. Gold and Platinum Marriott Bonvoy members get a breakfast voucher that is good for anything off the breakfast menu, hot or cold, on weekends. Evening lounge light bites include fried chicken wings, cheese, salad with dessert but no alcohol, and no honor bar.
In the suburbs of Detroit, you will find Detroit Marriott Livonia, which has a club lounge (which isn’t open on weekends), The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel (without a club lounge), and the Detroit Marriott Southfield and Detroit Marriott Troy, which both have club lounges (which aren’t open on weekends).
One and a half hours drive from Detroit. You will find the East Lansing Marriott at University Place, which has a club lounge closed on weekends. Even further from Detroit (over 2 hours) but still in Michigan is the W Marriott Grand Rapids, which also has a club lounge and is probably your best hotel choice in the area.
Photo above from the club lounge at the JW Marriott London.
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