by Michael J. Shapiro | February 01, 2018

Local Update

 The Motown Museum, currently located in the house where Barry Gordy first established Motown Records, could be in line for a $50 million expansion that would make the venue a 50,000-square-foot music-world destination. Museum executives hope to house interactive exhibits, a theater, recording studios, a large store and meeting spaces -- not to mention a more extensive collection of Motown memorabilia, which the museum has already started working to acquire from collectors. As of press time, a timeline was not yet available for the project.

A 130-room Shinola Hotel in downtown is under construction, a collaboration between the local lifestyle brand and a Detroit real-estate firm. The eight-story property is slated to have an on-site restaurant and possible retail space as well. Developers are calling for a fall 2018 opening.

A $20 million makeover is planned for the 453-room Westin Book Cadillac. The luxury downtown hotel will update all guest rooms and suites, guest-floor corridors, public areas, F&B venues and meeting space. Work is set to begin in the second half of the year and wrap up in early 2019.

Meeting Hotels:
 Properties in the downtown district include the 1,328-room Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 453-room Westin Book Cadillac, 400-room MGM Grand Detroit, 400-room Greektown Casino-Hotel, 400-room MotorCity Casino Hotel, 367-room Crowne Plaza-Detroit Downtown Riverfront, 260-room Courtyard by Marriott-Detroit Downtown, 203-room DoubleTree Suites by Hilton-Detroit Downtown, 198-room Hilton Garden Inn-Detroit Downtown, 174-room Atheneum Suite Hotel and Conference Center, 144-room Trumbull & Porter and 136-room Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney.

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Convention Center: Cobo Center; meeting space, 2.4 million square feet; exhibit space, 723,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 130. (313) 877-8777

Airport Transit: Detroit Metro Airport, about 21 miles southwest of downtown. Metro Cab taxi and Metro Cars sedans to downtown start at $47. Uber and Lyft both operate in Detroit.

Taxes: Sales tax, 6%; Cobo Center tax, 6%; Detroit Metro CVB assessment, 2%; stadium tax, 1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

Group Venue: A visit to Parc, a popular restaurant in the 2.5-acre Campus Martius Park downtown, is a great way to get to know Detroit. More than 100 feet of windowed walls provide a 270-degree view of the park and city, while the cuisine is a refined take on classic Midwestern fare. The restaurant welcomes private events and offers a variety of flexible configurations, from cocktail receptions to a 12-seat private dining room to full buyouts. (313) 922-7272

 Visit Detroit, (303) 892-1112