I’m just back from Detroit after spending 2 days at the North American International Auto Show, courtesy of Ford Motor Company (thanks Ford!)*
While Northern Michigan may not be the first place that comes to mind for a vacation, there is plenty to see and do in the City of Detroit. The Motor City Casino/Hotel is a great property to check out for fun, luxury and an eco-friendly stay.
When I first checked into the Motor City Casino/Hotel, the room immediately reminded me of a green hotel in my hometown, the Oxford Hotel. In fact, I mentioned to several people that I wondered if the Oxford modeled its rooms and design on a hotel like this one. The rooms are well-appointed.
Frequent travelers will love the bathroom in particular. A giant soaking tub, separate shower, a complimentary robe (during your stay) and enough towels to wrap up the Von Trapp family!
But green is the theme at this hotel. Consider these green initiatives at the Motor City Casino/Hotel:
- Trash is taken to an incinerator where it goes through a 12-step process to reduce waste and CO2 processes (no word on whether the guests also attend a 12-step program!)
- 80% of the trash generated at the casino/hotel is converted into steam or electricity and sold to the City of Detroit
- All paper products used at the property are made from recycled paper
- Chemicals used to clean restrooms, guest rooms, the spa and fitness facilities meet Green Standards.
- As is standard these days, guests can choose to have towels and linens changed less often - simply by letting staff know.
While I didn’t try my luck at the casino, I checked out both gift shops and enjoyed several meals at Iridescence – the hotel’s restaurant. I also ran on the treadmill (there are more than 1) in the fitness center on the “S” level. From cardio equipment to mats, free weights, large and small exercise balls, you’ll enjoy a luxurious workout with towels and tasty, fresh water.
Traveling to Detroit (or any location), you’ll want to make sure that the energy, water, heat and other resources are minimized to the extent possible. No matter where you are traveling, be sure to turn off lights, adjust the thermostat and unplug your electronics when you leave the room.
So, no matter where you go, look out for green features and try to minimize your own environmental impact.*Ford paid my travel expenses and hotel, but I was not compensated in any other way; the opinions in this blog post are my own.