Detroit was the final stop on our epic Michigan road trip this summer. While most of the trip was dedicated to outdoor pursuits, Detroit was going to be our chance to explore museums like The Henry Ford and historic sites like the Motown Museum. So, the question was: Where do we stay in Detroit?
Disclosure: Our stay was hosted by Visit Detroit. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.
Detroit is HUGE. It’s more than 140 square miles in size, and I read one account stating you could fit Boston, Manhattan, and San Francisco inside the city limits. The places we wanted to visit were spread out, too. Motown Museum, Detroit Arts Institute and Michigan Science Center are downtown, while The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village are in Dearborn. Add to that the other sites I had hoped to fit in (check out my Detroit Bucket List for all of them), and I was in a conundrum.
Fairfield Inn & Suites in Troy
We ended up staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites located in Troy, a suburb of Detroit. It’s much closer to the Detroit Zoo, which we were considering visiting, than downtown hotels. It was not super close to The Henry Ford or the downtown attractions. If you hate interstates, you’re going to have a rough go trying to get to attractions.
And side note, unfortunately, is that it’s pretty convenient to Beaumont Hospital in Troy. Long story, but we had a member of our admitted into the hospital while we were there.
What to expect at the Fairfield Inn in Troy
Fairfield Inn & Suites is a familiar Marriott chain for my family. We appreciate the complimentary hot breakfast each morning and pool at each hotel we stay in.
This particular location had all the amenities you’d expect at a Fairfield, from the modern lobby, comfortable beds, and large bathrooms. The staff was incredibly helpful, especially when I was on a hunt for a cell phone charger one night.
The location of this hotel wasn’t ideal for our needs, though, like I wrote earlier, it was at least close to the hospital (not something a vacationing family really wants to ever visit). It was near the interstate, which is helpful when navigating this big city.
My complaints for the hotel were not for the hotel itself but it’s location. I had limited options for non-chain restaurants, and nor as it easy to find interesting, locally-owned shops. But if you’re a Target fan or need to run to a mall, those are both nearby.
Read more about things to do in Detroit
Planning a visit to Detroit? Start with the Detroit Bucket List, and then check out these posts for further details about Detroit museums:
What To Expect At The Motown Museum – Oct. 5
This was the final stop of an epic Michigan road trip. Learn about all of our fun stops here.
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