(credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

(credit: Sandra McNeil/WWJ)

Sometimes you are seeking more than the everyday when it comes to a hotel, and if you are seeking four-star luxury, then Detroit and the surrounding areas have what you need. Each of the five below have received national acclaim as being some of the best and most luxurious hotels in the nation, each in their own special way. So if you are looking for quiet elegance or the flair of Las Vegas, right here in Detroit, you are in luck. It is all here to be enjoyed.

The Henry, Autograph Collection
300 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 441-2000

When you walk into the lobby of The Henry, Autograph Collection near Fairlane Mall, one look shows that you are in a top-flight hotel where both comfort and appeal are well understood. Know for its spacious rooms and suites, The Henry is much more than just a nice place to rest your head. The in-house restaurants offer up fare that is much more than everyday, specializing in organic and seasonal offerings. If you find you have eaten a bit much, there is a full workout facility and indoor pool where you can try and use up some of those extra reserves you enjoyed. The staff is well known for offering assistance to guests and if you want to relax in the open, you can always head back to the modern elegance of the lobby to people watch.

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The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 642-7900

When you stay at the four-star Townsend Hotel, you will find yourself in accommodations that offer European style and elegance in the heart of stylish Birmingham. This is a hotel that offers high tea in the afternoon, has rooms with large marble baths and offers terry bathrobes and 300-count Egyptian sheets on the beds. This is not your normal top-tier hotel. When it comes to finding a meal that matches the accommodations, it is a short walk to the lobby and into the Rugby Grill, a grill only by name. What you will find is a wine list that has won the The Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” for the selections, a wide array of appetizers, entrees and fabulous desserts. If you want to find something different, being in Birmingham places you within close proximity to some of the best dining establishments in the Metro Detroit area. The Townsend offers all you could possibly want in a four-star hotel.

Westin Book Cadillac
114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 442-1600

Imagine staying in a classic Italian Renaissance-styled hotel that is on the Register of Historic Places and has just undergone a $200 million makeover. You are imagining the Westin Book Cadillac. Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, you will find a nightlife and restaurants that are thriving, and at the hotel, enjoy rooms that are modern, spacious and oh so luxurious. The beds are top notch with some of the nicest linens you will find anywhere, huge baths and a view of the Detroit River and downtown. This 453-room hotel also offers 35 suites that stand comparison to some of the best accommodations in the world. There is a reawakening in downtown Detroit and the luxury of the Westin Book Cadillac is helping move it forward.

The Royal Park Hotel
600 E. University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 652-2600

Once again, it is back to European-inspired accommodations at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, which is located along Paint Creek, only adding to the luxurious atmosphere. To say that the selection of room styles is vast is an understatement. From single spacious rooms perfect for a couple to 1,500-square-foot suites, you will find the space and luxury you need. Each room has some of the most comfortable beds to be found, all fitted with exquisite Egyptian cotton linens and large marble bathrooms. Each afternoon, Tuesday through Saturday, guests can enjoy “Royal Tea” in elegant surroundings and when it comes to finding a meal that is as exquisite as the accommodations, there is the in-house Brookshire Restaurant, considered to be one of the best in the region. The Royal Park is located less than 40 minutes from Detroit and offers access to the entire region. It is a place where you can get away from the urban setting and find a bit of “The Continent” close to home.

MGM Grand Detroit
1777 3rd St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888-2121

If you are looking for some of the fun you would find in Vegas along with luxury accommodations, all you have to do is head to Downtown Detroit for a stay at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. What you will find is a selection of rooms which begins at the Luxury Room with 42-inch plasma televisions, Egyptian cotton linens, marble baths with “dual rain” shower heads and plenty of space to enjoy. The accommodations only go up from this to full suites, some of which are corner suites that offer views of the city that must be seen to be appreciated. Being part of the MGM Grand Casino, there is plenty to do, 24 hours a day in the casino proper along with a full in-house resort-style spa that will pamper you beyond your expectations. Add to this two Wolfgang Puck restaurants, a variety of locations to find something to drink and the Tap, a state-of-the-art sports pub with over 40 high-definition televisions and a selection of beverages that will keep you well entertained until you decide to head back and enjoy the luxury of your room.

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Award winning freelance writer and photographer Lawrence DiVizio is based in Southeast Michigan and works to convey in words and images the world around us. His work can be found at Examiner.com.