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. 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 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.
Good news: the main entrance to the Westin DTW is located near the center of the McNamara Terminal. You don’t even have to go outside to reach it! You do, however, have to resist the urge to pick up a huge box of chicken McNuggets before checking in.
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.
If you arrive at the North Terminal (concourse D), a ride on the shuttle bus is required since the Westin at DTW is connected to the McNamara Terminal.
Normally that’s not a problem, but when it’s cold out, and you didn’t bring a warm jacket, the wait for the shuttle bus will seem like years (as opposed to minutes). Ask me how I know this…
I’ve never been so happy to see a shuttle bus in all my life. It was freezing out there!
Trying to look cool on a hotel shuttle bus ain’t easy.
We meet again, Westin DTW!
The main entrance is a bit inconspicuous from the outside, but it’s welcoming nonetheless.
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.
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.
What good is a hotel attached to the airport (with rooms facing the terminals) that have windows you can’t see out of?
Nope, it’s not any better during the day. C’mon man!
This is what the view is like from an interior-facing room. Closing my eyes and desperately trying to remember the view I had from my room at the Westin Maui didn’t help.
The toilet. At the very least, it seems inviting (which is exactly what you want in a toilet).
The bathrooms are typical “Westin” IMHO. And they do look like a decent place to puke your guts out if the glass elevator and trippy carpet got to you on the way in.
The bathroom vanity. It’s nice, but…the toilet is more inviting IMHO.
The shower (a decent place to cleanse the dirty thoughts I have about the nasty things that have happened in this room before me that are racing around my brain).
I loves me a good shower head.
Westin DTW bathroom amenities. There’s not a lot to choose from, but they are still very much appreciated.
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.
That’s the restaurant down there. And this is about as far as I ever want to get to it considering how expensive the food is.
One very overpriced bowl of tomato soup from the onsite restaurant. Easily the most expensive bowl of soup I’ve ever had (and no, it wasn’t worth the cost).
This spinach salad was good. Not good enough for me to forget how much I paid for it though!
Seared ahi tuna main entree. If you thought the salad was expensive…holy ****.
The dedicated security checkpoint
I assume most travelers stay at this Westin because they have an early flight the next morning, but the desiccated 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.
This is the dedicated security lane for Westin DTW hotel guests – which is convenient and all, but it never seems to be open whenever I’m here. Which is inconvenient.
Overall, the Westin Hotel at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is a really good and convenient hotel to stay at, and 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.
Scott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.