The nice thing about the Westin hotel at DTW is that it’s connected directly to the terminal. Unfortunately, the bad thing is that it can be an outrageously expensive place to stay (even the standard rooms are a bit steep). Is it worth it?
Spoiler alert: I’ve stayed at this property several times over the past few years, and I can tell you that without a doubt it has been worth it every time. Here’s why:
A full review of my ‘standard room’ experience at the Westin DTW
Before going any further, it’s important to note that this is one of my favorite airport hotels in the entire world. Not necessarily because of the way it looks, but because of how convenient it is.
The Westin at the Detroit Metropolitan in Airport is extremely easy to reach. It’s attached directly to the McNamara (Delta) Terminal, and there is an entrance to it from within the airport terminal itself. You won’t have to exit into the arrivals area to reach it.
If you’re coming from the North Terminal, there’s a complementary Westin shuttle bus that runs between that terminal and the exterior entrance of the hotel every 15 minutes or so.
Checking in at the Westin DTW is a deceptively weird experience. Sure, the hotel staff is amazing, but…the lobby is a dark and dreary place. Apparently there isn’t a “Westin Standard” for this sort of thing, because my recent stay at the Westin in downtown Phoenix was so much nicer in this regard.
What the standard rooms are like
Westin hotel rooms definitely have a “vibe” to them that is a bit hard to describe. They’re basically always dark with lots of wood accents in my experience, and I’ve never come across one yet that I don’t like. I liked the one here at DTW – a lot more than some other Westins I’ve stayed at recently (such as The Westin Grand Munich).
It would seem logical to think that there would be excellent views of the terminal from the rooms facing the airport. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Every airport facing room I’ve had at the Westin DTW had a thick layer of condensation and fog on it which made plane spotting extremely difficult.
The bathrooms here in the standard rooms are nothing special. At least they are clean, so you won’t feel worried about catching an STD by touching anything. That’s a good thing, right?
The restaurant / food situation
The restaurant located in the main lobby of the Westin DTW is quite good. It’s also quite expensive, so it’s basically a mistake I only made once.
Not only does this hotel offer room service, there’s also a security checkpoint for Westin guests only that will be allow you quick and easy access to the airport terminal. There are many great restaurants within the McNamara terminal a DTW, so I’d recommend taking advantage of that if you’re hungry.
The dedicated security checkpoint
I assume most travelers stay at this Westin because they have an early flight the next morning, but the dedicated security lane doesn’t open until after 7am (making it useless for those early-bird travelers). I’ve stayed at this hotel several times now, and each time my departing flights were early enough that I couldn’t take advantage of this little perk.
A standard room at the Westin Hotel at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is a really good and convenient option IMHO. I highly recommend it if you don’t mind paying a premium to stay here. It’s not cheap, but for me, the convenience easily makes it worth the price.