Travel Reborn Detroit The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Legendary Luxury

One of the main reasons came to Detroit was the fantastic architecture that this city has to offer. Detroit celebrated its heyday in the early 20th century, when the automobile industry took off, and the ownership of the car became available to ordinary people. One of the most famous monuments is the old Book Cadillac Hotel, which at its opening in 1924, was the tallest building in Detroit and the tallest hotel in the world.

The Book Cadillac was developed by three brothers who wanted to turn Washington Boulevard in "Fifth Avenue West." They asked the eminent architect Louis Kamper Detroit to design your hotel's property, to be built on the site of the old Cadillac Hotel, a property that dates back to 1885. With great fanfare this great hotel, which opened in 1924, with 1136 state-of-the -Art rooms. The Book Cadillac Hotel was more luxurious and venerable hotel is part of Detroit for many years. The first five floors of the original Cadillac book had three bedrooms, a spacious lobby and retail shops on the ground floor. Even a radio station was located on the top floor.

In 1931, finally, caused by the financial crisis of the Great Depression, the book Brothers lost control of this property, and was then operated by the National Society of Hospitality Management. Then, of course, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as the disease of Lou Gehrig.

Although filmed in a movie set, a big shot real main entrance of the hotel appeared in the film. Over the years, many celebrities have stayed here, including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Ronald Reagan and Herbert Hoover all nights in March this property. From 1950, the Book Cadillac was owned by the Sheraton chain, which eventually sold the hotel in 1975. The hotel's name was changed to the Sheraton Cadillac as the name of the book Brothers "has completely disappeared.

After 1967 Detroit riot, decreased tourism in the city and many companies have closed. Most major historical hotels in Detroit could not survive and were closed. This sad fate befell the Fort Shelby Hotel, Hotel Statler and Tuller Hotel. The Cadillac benefited briefly because just with some chandeliers and other parts of the Hotel Statler. The cult film "Detroit 9000", made in 1974, said it was the hotel.

Sheraton eventually sold the hotel in Herbert Weissberg, a prominent New York hotel owner, which renamed Cadillac Detroit. After closing the property changed hands to the Radisson chain also implemented a series of reforms that have failed. After several additional sales, the hotel was transformed into a mixed property used in the 1980s, which included office space. Almost all of the hotel's contents were sold at fire-sale prices, including the original Book Cadillac porcelain, beds, bedding and other items.

In fact, the Book Cadillac became an abandoned property and over time became a victim of vandalism and urban scavengers. Initially, a security guard protected the 1986-1997 property but since the guard was removed, the old stately hotel was devastated and many architectural details have been stolen or destroyed. The historic Book Cadillac, the grande dame of Detroit, was a former shadow of itself until the Ferchill Group based in Cleveland decided to take this historic hotel and renovated from top to bottom. With the cost of about $ 200 million, the historic Book Cadillac Hotel has become a Westin property, which also has 67 residential condominiums on the upper floors. The Westin Book Cadillac reopened in early October 2008 and an inauguration gala Oct. 25, 2008, will officially celebrate the restoration of this historic hotel. This sunny Monday morning, I met John Timko, sales manager of the hotel that started our visit with a trip on the hotel roof. work crews were still working at the top level luxury condominiums that gave us a chance to get out on the hotel roof. 31 floors high and without railings, it was a stimulating experience, even hair slightly higher.

I was delighted ziggurats, crowning of hotel keys has been completely restored with a new copper cladding from original copper coins were stolen. The view of downtown Detroit and the Detroit River in Windsor, Ambassador Bridge was just beautiful. I counted myself lucky to have known the roof of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

John continued to tour with the historic ballroom level, which includes three rooms, including the Venice Ballroom, which has been restored to its glory in 1924, the real pride and joy of this property. The Garden Room and Crystal Ballroom Italian complement the historic meeting spaces that are at this level. The Westin Executive Club floor with the concierge lounge is for the use of hotel guests and offers a fabulous view. The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel certainly offers everything a business or leisure would ever want.

We also had a look at the restaurant on the second floor room Boulevard, which will be accompanied by "roast", a restaurant run by chef Michael Symon. The Motor Bar on the second floor serves cocktails and snacks in a beautifully restored area high room ceiling. Only the most modern training equipment expects fiscal thirst hotel guests. The Westin Book Cadillac certainly presides regally again this wide avenue.

Then we went to Sala Boulevard restaurant to enjoy a delicious sampling dishes provided by expert chefs at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.

Under the brand Westin Hotel & Resorts, the historic Book Cadillac Hotel has been completely restored in all its splendor, combining a successful historical restoration of good taste with the most modern facilities of the 21st century The two nights spent in hotels me appreciate the ideal location of this historic property allows you to explore all the sights of downtown Detroit on foot.

The Westin Book Cadillac is a great example of the transformations that Detroit and many of its buildings have suffered in the past. Despite the turbulent history of Detroit and the economic, the restoration of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel is one of the biggest success stories architectural preservation and rejuvenation throughout the United States. Now, the grande dame of hotels in Detroit again reign by imposing Washington Boulevard.

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