Photo Tour of MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity Casino Hotel

 Laura Sternberg

Detroit's second casino hotel, MotorCity Casino Hotel, opened in November of 2008. The 400-room, 17-story hotel tower is attached to MotorCity's existing casino, which was recently expanded to 100,000 square feet and redesigned inside and out. MotorCity is owned by Marian Ilitch.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel: Exterior at Night

MotorCity Casino Hotel at Night
Photo courtesy MotorCity Casino Hotel

While the hotel tower is just part of the $300 Million MotorCity expansion, it's definitely the most colorful part with exterior lighting that shines for miles at night. Its "funky retro" design was part of an intent to bring in automobile elements appropriate to the "Motor City." This was accomplished by bringing in a noted automobile designer, Chip Foose, who utilized several automobile-design elements from the book Future Retro.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel: Lobby

Motor City Casino Hotel Lobby
Photo courtesy of MotorCity Casino Hotel

A ceiling to floor waterfall graces one wall as you enter the hotel's lobby. Curved marble walls, light tubes and recessed lighting in the floors and ceiling characterize the reception desk and seating area.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel Room: Double Bed

MotorCity Hotel Room with Double Bed
Photo courtesy MotorCity Casino Hotel

MotorCity's hotel rooms were initially priced at $299 and up, but better rates are available.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel Room: King-Sized Bed

MotorCity Casino Hotel with King Bed
Photo courtesy MotorCity Casino Hotel

Rooms include bath robes, plasma televisions, marble bathrooms and a pillow library.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel: Bathroom

MotorCity Casino Hotel Room Bathroom
Photo Courtesy MotorCity Casino Hotel

Bathroom amenities include marble floors, deep tubs, large showers and complimentary bathrobes.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel: Vanity

MotorCity Casino Hotel Room Vanity
Photo courtesy of MotorCity Casino Hotel

The care taken in the design of the vanity is characteristic of the care taken throughout the hotel.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel: Exterior

MotorCity Casino Hotel Renovations
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

The casino expansion and hotel addition are just part of the overall plan. The rest of the complex will roll out in phases and includes a 1200-seat theater, convention center and upscale restaurant on the top floor of the hotel.

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