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Hotels: Dearborn

There is a large number of hotels in Dearborn, which is approximately 12 miles from Cobo Center.  Also plenty of restaurants and shopping.  Amenities range from very high end to fairly low end, so pay attention to your choices.

There are some world-class tours and museums in Dearborn.  If your team is planning to do something at The Henry Ford or at Greenfield Village, or the Rouge Factory Tour, this area will be very convenient for those activities.

There is an IMAX theater here also.

One new restaurant that would be great for large groups is Ford’s Garage, 21367 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124.  (313)752-3673

 

Some of the hotels in this area:

Hampton Inn, 22324 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124

Comfort Inn near Greenfield Village, 20061 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124

Edward Hotel & Convention Center, 600 Town Center Dr, Dearborn, MI, 48126

The Henry Hotel, 300 Town Center Dr, Dearborn, MI, 48126   (very fancy place)

The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI, 48124  (very fancy place)

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dearborn/Detroit, 5777 Southfield Freeway, Detroit, MI, 48228  (this is in the city of Detroit, but it is not downtown – it is on the border with Dearborn)

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Detroit – Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI, 48228  (this is in the city of Detroit, but it is not downtown – it is on the border with Dearborn)

 

A bit off the freeways, and with fewer amenities, are these relatively new hotels that will likely be a bit cheaper (although the area is not quite as nice):

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Dearborn SW – Detroit Area, 24041 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124

Country Inn & Suites – Dearborn, 24555 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124

Staybridge Suites – Dearborn, 24105 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48124

 

Not in Dearborn – its actually in Taylor – a bit further south, and actually in a pretty sweet location for driving in to Cobo, is a Comfort Inn near the intersection of I-94 and Telegraph Rd. (which is a major north-south road).  Some amenities around here, but not as nice as Dearborn proper.  Comfort Inn & Suites, 6778 S. Telegraph Rd, Taylor, MI, 48180.

 

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Hotels: Northville, I-275 & 8 Mile Rd

8 Mile Road.  Eminem made it famous.  But the famous part is ~16 miles east of here.  Around these parts its Robostangs country.

 

Hampton Inn Detroit/Northville, 20600 Haggerty Rd.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Detroit/Farmington Hills, 21100 Haggerty Rd.

Sheraton Detroit Novi, 21111 Haggerty Rd.  (this hotel is actually on the border of Novi)

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson – Novi, 21625 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI, 48375  (this hotel is actually on the border of Novi)

 

Just off of Exit #167 on I-275.  Lots of shopping and restaurants around here.

 

We are not suggesting that these are the only choices.  Certainly there are more choices.  We are just trying to identify areas that we think will be complementary to the Detroit FIRST experience for teams.

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Hotels: Livonia, I-275 & 7 Mile Rd

Hyatt Place Detroit/Livonia, 19300 Haggerty Rd.

Embassy Suites Detroit Livonia Novi, 19525 Victor Pkwy.

 

Near Exits 169A and 169B on Interstate 275.  Lots of shopping and restaurants nearby (although not as many lower-priced restaurants as at the 6 Mile or 8 Mile exits).  Very close to Dave & Busters, which is a place that the students will enjoy.

 

We are not suggesting that these are the only choices.  Certainly there are more choices.  We are just trying to identify areas that we think will be complementary to the Detroit FIRST experience for teams.

 

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Hotels: Livonia, I-275 & 6 Mile Rd

Fairfield Inn & Suites Livonia, 17350 Fox Dr.

Towne Place Suites by Marriott – Detroit Livonia, 17450 Fox Dr.

Best Western, 16999 Laurel Park Dr S.

Courtyard – Detroit Livonia, 17200 N Laurel Park Dr.

Detroit Marriott Livonia, 17100 N Laurel Park Dr.

 

At Exit #170 on Interstate 275.  Near Laurel Park Place Mall.  Lots of restaurants near here.

 

We are not suggesting that these are the only choices.  Certainly there are more choices.  We are just trying to identify areas that we think will be complementary to the Detroit FIRST experience for teams.

 

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Downtown Detroit Hotels

Here is a list of downtown Detroit Hotels within walking distance to Cobo Center and Ford Field:

Detroit Foundation Hotel  – this is a brand new historical boutique hotel in the old fire station, so it will not be on a lot of people’s radar yet – but it should definitely be on your radar if proximity to Cobo is your top priority.  250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)915-4422.

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit  – this place is niiice, great location, fancy historical hotel.  If we had an Escalade, we would stay here.  If we were Simbotics, we would have no choice but to stay here.  1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)442-1600.

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center  – high rise, down the street from Cobo, on the river, part of a huge complex called the RenCen which includes GM Headquarters, shops, restaurants, the GM Wintergarden, has a big food court (think lunchtime workers grabbing a bite), near the Riverwalk.  400 Renaissance Dr, GM Renaissance Center, 48243.  (313)568-8000.

Crowne Plaza Detroit  – right near Cobo.  2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)965-0200.

Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown  – good proximity to Cobo and Ford Field, across the street from the RenCen, Detroiters may call this Millender Center since that’s its old name.  333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI, 48226.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Detroit Downtown  – nice location a bit closer to Ford Field (~~10 blocks), but still only two and a half blocks from Cobo.  Might be the best value there is if you are staying downtown.  1020 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)887-7000.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby  – for sure the longest name, but still close to Cobo and maybe 15 blocks to Ford Field.  Are Swartdogs coming to Detroit or do they go to Houston?  525 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)963-5600.

Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney  – very very good location between Cobo and Ford Field.  1 Park Ave, Detroit MI, 48226.  (313)237-1700.

Atheneum Suite Hotel  – in Greektown, so the walk to Cobo is maybe 12 blocks, but only 8 blocks from Ford Field.  Could take the People Mover to get to/from Cobo.  1000 Brush St, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)962-2323.

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown  – between Ford Field and Greektown, about 12 blocks from Cobo.  Could take the People Mover to get to/from Cobo.  351 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI, 48226.  (313)967-0900.

Coming in Fall 2018 (so in time for the 2019 Championship), The Shinola Hotel, a boutique hotel at 1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, 48226.  NOT OPEN during the 2018 Championship.  Will be a great spot near Ford Field for the 2019 Championship.

For all of these places, your team will need to understand the cost and logistics for parking, since they are right downtown.  There are a ton of private parking lots downtown, and we suggest that they will be the most cost-competitive – but perhaps not as convenient as the recommended hotel parking (which can run as high as $30 per night).

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The Detroit Riverwalk, with GM Renaissance Center and Ambassador Bridge in the background.  This is 5 blocks from the Ren Cen, and 10 blocks from Cobo Center.
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What are the Canadians going to do?

Kind of a general question, we know.  They’ll be polite, offer friendly and helpful advice, patiently wait for others to finish talking, tell a funny story aboot how 1114 and 2056 are so helpful but so good, …

No.  We mean what are the Canadian FIRST teams going to do to make their Detroit experience better?

If you did not know, Canada is right across the river from Detroit.  That’s right, Journey fans – South Detroit is actually Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  The Holiday Inn Windsor Downtown is only 4 km from Cobo Center!

Which brings us to an interesting idea….. would it make sense for teams to stay in Windsor while they are competing at the Detroit Championship?

Well, you do have to cross an international border.  Security checkpoints, passports, a tunnel under the river, tools and equipment on board, does everyone behave while crossing, tunnel traffic, etc, etc.  Not sure if this is doable or not.

But its something to think about…

[edit] What if FIRST Canada rented a ferry?  They could make one trip at 4am to get 610, 1114, and 2056 across the river, then another trip at 7am for the rest of the teams…

 

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Where to Stay? How to Get Around?

These will be the big logistical/budget questions for a lot of teams.  They have a huge impact on the lodging cost and on the needed transportation once you are in the Detroit area.

We think the setup in Detroit is somewhat similar to what teams have seen before in St. Louis.  An airport several miles from the downtown, but a relatively small number of hotels in the downtown area near the competition venues.  Another factor which will affect a lot of teams is that there is no public mass transit from the airport to the downtown area.  We think these factors will cause many teams to go for the option of renting a motorcoach or bus to get to/from the airport, to/from a non-downtown hotel, and to/from the competition venue.

Prediction: Motorcoaches and rental vans will be a hot commodity in Michigan in late April 2018.

Prediction: The clusters of hotels at the many nice areas in the near suburbs of Metro Detroit will be verry popular in late April 2018.

Prediction: This .PDF map will come in handy.  It shows downtown parking areas, Cobo Center, Ford Field, the GM Renaissance Center, and the People Mover route.  NOTE: Cobo Center entrance is shown but not labeled on this map – look for People Mover Cobo Center Station, which is labeled 11 on the map.  Our suggestion is to give everyone on your team this map, write COBO near station 11, and use it to plan where and when to meet.  Note: this map does not yet have the QLine on it.

We know that sometime later in the year, FIRST will release the Championship housing information for 2018.  For reference, here is what they said for the 2017 (not 2018) season about housing:  FIRST blog from December 2016.

Below is a list of possible hotel areas that might be good choices for teams.  These are where we would think of staying.  Each of these areas offers multiple good hotels, good amenities in the immediate area, and good access to routes to downtown (or in the case of downtown, walking distance to the venues).  We will have more details on all of these in upcoming posts.

Livonia:  I-275 & 6 Mile Rd   (24 miles from Cobo Center)

Livonia:  I-275 & 7 Mile Rd   (25 miles from Cobo Center)

Northville:  I-275 & 8 Mile Rd   (26 miles from Cobo Center)

Downtown   (walking distance to Cobo Center)

Dearborn   (12 miles from Cobo Center)

Canton:  I-275 & Ford Rd   (28 miles from Cobo Center)

Novi:  I-96 Exit #162   (32 miles from Cobo Center)

Wixom:  I-96 Exit #159   (35 miles from Cobo Center)

Southfield:  I-696 & I-275 intersection area  (20 miles from Cobo Center)

Belleville:  I-94 Exit #190   (28 miles from Cobo Center)

Farmington:  Grand River & 10Mile Rd   (28 miles from Cobo Center)

Roseville (East Side):  I-94 Exit #232   (20 miles from Cobo Center)

Warren:  12Mile Rd & Van Dyke  (19 miles from Cobo Center)

Windsor, Canada:  downtown Windsor (4 km from Cobo Center, but … in a different country!)

Madison Heights:  I-75 Exit 65   (17 miles from Cobo Center)

Troy:  I-75 Exit 69   (21 miles from Cobo Center)

Auburn Hills:  I-75 Exits #78 and #79   (30 miles from Cobo Center)

We are not suggesting that these are the only choices.  Certainly there are more choices.  We are just trying to identify areas that we think will be complementary to the Detroit FIRST experience for teams.