Detroit is a tough town, and the lack of comforts is hard to miss; fancy grocery stores, sleek restaurants and other signs of well-traveled urban life are comparatively rare. The economy is still hurting. But recent tax breaks have made the city popular with Hollywood and television productions, and big touring bands come through downtown regularly. Full-scale rejuvenation is still a long way off, but in the meantime, the Book Cadillac, where rooms can start at $159 a night, offers friendly service and a pleasant environment, a respite in a city with few luxuries (and even fewer sophisticated hotels). All the TV, music and movie stars in town have to stay somewhere, right?
Detroit's historic Book Cadillac reviewed by NY Times
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