The Leland

400 Bagley Avenue, (formerly Ramada Inn), Detroit, Michigan, 48226, United States

2 Reviews

  • Embrace the ghetto fabulousness

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    I rented a suite here for me and some of my friends for the detroit electronic music festival (Movement 2004) and it was pretty cool. It's only a few minutes walk from all the action downtown which was nice and its surrounded by several decent parking areas including a gated hotel lot. The lobby is nice and the staff were really cool, and the room even had a full kitchen (although standard rooms might be a little tight). The best part was exploring the abandoned areas, the stairwell is full of broken junk and graffiti and there are shady tunnels in the basement with plenty of unlocked doors for some urban infiltration goodness. We even discovered a way into the alley cat club downstairs that the owners didn't know about. There are two clubs attached to the hotel (one in the basement and one on the second floor) and a decent looking cafe, and the owners of the alley cat club in the basement are pretty chill. The city club on the second floor is supposed to be the best goth club in the city and it was packed with a great system and lots of people. There was access to the roof through a kicked-in door as well and it had a great view of the city if you can handle the shady ghetto fabulousness of the rooftop stairwell. The utility guys for the hotel were even running shady tours to the haunted fourth floor but it was too creepy even for us, maybe next year, we'll definitely be staying here again. Overall it was mad fun and I can't wait for next year, definitely don't hesitate to stay here if you're looking for some adventure.

    Pros:
    Cool staff, lots of shadyness is only an unlocked door away, nice room, cool clubs

    Cons:
    Someone supposedly got stabbed on the roof while we were there, but it was in a do-not-enter area anyway

    The Bottom Line:
    Great for anyone really...families stick to the lobby and elevators which are pretty unshady, if you want adventure its easy to find and highly recommended

    Unique Quality: Shady stairwell, haunted fourth floor that's barricaded shut with metal doors (ask the utility guys running the elevators to let you in or find a way from the 5th floor if you're not scared), clubs on the 2nd floor and basement

    Directions: From I-75 get on Mack Ave. (exit 52) and head toward Woodward (west), keep going until you hit Cass Ave. and turn left (south). Go past the freseway and eventually you'll see it where Cass intersects Bagley.

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    Ramada Inn Downtown (formerly...

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    Ramada Inn Downtown (formerly the Leland Hotel)
    $59 - $94 USD

    Unique Quality: From the outside, The Ramada Inn Downtown looks like one of those once-posh, now faded old hotels with a grand lobby, 120 rooms, beautiful ballroom and plenty of art deco flourishes. It was built in 20s. The rooms are small and the beds a bit firm, but there's more than meets the eye at this infamous landmark. Some of Detroit's hipsters live among the rooms turned apartments and the parties are legendary which has given the hotel the affectionate title of The Chelsea Hotel after the legendary namesake in NYC. On the second floor of the hotel is the infamous Leland City Club, an unmarked underground Gothic/punkish club that has been beating with the pulse of Detroit for more than 20 years. I ran into Marilyn Manson there one night. However, even the city at large has some history there as the famous lounge bar on the now abandoned fourth floor was once a favorite haunt of Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa and the first place that the cops looked when he disappeared in what has now become one of America's great unsolved mysteries. Some say the floor is still haunted.

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Faded Jewel

by Master505 about Leland Hotel (Formally the Ramada Inn)

I had a great stay, The staff is very nice and user freindly, although what they can do for you is limited.

This hotel serves not only out of town guests, but also doubles a boarding house for some of the locals.

If you are coming with your buddies for a tigers game this would be a good/cheap place to stay - only about a 10 minute walk to the staudium and there are a many sports bars/pubs on they way!!

Everyone I met was pleasant and courteous, even if some of them seamed a little crazy (maybe they had not yet taken thier medication).

The basement, ground floor, 3rd and 4th floors are all but abandond - only the strong of heart need go there.

Stair Wells are dirty and covered in graffiti - again unless you want adventure - avoid ;-)

5th and 6th Floors appear to be tenants.

CAMPING ON THE "WEST COAST"

by dtownkitty about SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE

The National Park offers three options for camping:

The Platte River Campground offers sites with electric hook-ups for RVs and trailers as well as walk-in sites for those who want to carry their tent off the beaten path. They have modern showers and restrooms.

D.H. DAY campground is more rustic, wooded, with vault toilets and water spigots. It is the closest to the Dune Climb, Pyramid Point, and the Scenic Drive. It is also very close to the really cute, tiny town of Glen Arbor and Historic Glen Haven. There are tent sites right on the beach of Lake Michigan, too.

There are also many backcountry camping opportunities, including locations on the unspoiled Manitou Islands. Ferries leave from Leland, MI. North Manitou ferries have only once a day service, so if you go, you better plan on spending the night!! The DH day is most convenient to all the attractions of the park. They do not take reservations here and they are only 12 USD/night.

Platte River has electrical, many reservable, 21 USD/night.

Backcountry is unreservable, 5 USD/night and very limited.

GET A HOT SHOWER at the Empire Township Campgrounds next to the tiny airport. They charge 25 cents for every 3 minutes.

USE THE BEAUTIFUL MODERN TOILETS AND FACILITIES. Brand new in Glen Haven where the historic buildings are, 2 minutes from DH DAY. Brand spankin' new and nobody uses them.

Detroit

by Master505

"Leland Hotel"

I pick the Leland Hotel for- well the experience and urban culture . It is an old hotel located in inner Detroit. It must have been a fabulous back about 30 or 40 years ago. You can still see the splendor in it's the now faded glory.

"Angelina Italian Bistro"

The Angelina Italian Bistro (seen below the "people mover") is a GREAT restaurant located next to the Opera House and the New Tiger Stadium (Comerica Park).

"Beautiful Churches"

Detroit is full of wonderful looking and historic churchs most of which are still operating, this one is a block from The new Tiger Stadium and across from the Angelina Italian Bistro!!

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