Atheneum Suite Hotel
The Atheneum certainly has location working for it: it’s right in the heart of Greektown’s vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene and convenient to theaters, Comerica Park, and Ford Field football stadium. The 174-suite hotel’s Greek theme is apparent from the moment you step into the dark, high-ceilinged lobby, with its two-story mural of muscular gods lounging in decadent Mount Olympus style. While spacious and well-appointed, rooms are being updated in 2008 with new furnishings, so ask for a renovated room. Otherwise, there’s a chance you’ll wind up with a huge hot tub practically in the center of the suite—which, depending on your perspective (and companion), might seem embarrassingly awkward or wonderfully kitschy.
Tip: The Greektown Casino is right down the block from the hotel, so look into the Greektown Casino Package which includes dinner at the famed Pegasus Taverna. The best part is that the restaurant, which has been named the best Greek Restaurant in Detroit by various papers, stays open to 4 a.m. on the weekends for after gambling munchies.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.