Featured Staff Member Ian P.

Ian P. is one of our most interesting staff members at the Hotel. He is extremely artistic beside being a wonderful Bartender/Server.

Ian is in a band and plays the guitar he also writes incredible poetry. His band is called IJP and some of his poetry can be read in this post. How appropriate that the entries below have a little something to do with Detroit?


 Hockey time in Hockey

Town ice skate

rebate tax faceoff. 

 The black boxer Joe

Louis and Zukofsky have

I had too much?

 Beer no reappear empty

glass too fast relapse

perception no decision. 

 I write for the letter I



The breeze is at least

pleasant and natural and

calms the chaos somewhat.

 The returning birds sing

R and B and Red breasts

puff up in pride.

Gray black and red orange

bricks make up the scene

with indifference they sit.

Common Spring needs a new ignition.



Men are indeed from

Mars and Venus and

Detroit of course.

Corvettes are caring

dogs that slobber all

over your pants.

Holes are everywhere

failing once again

to fill themselves.

 Angry capitalism.


Ian has been a Bartender and Server at the Hilton Garden Inn Southfield since February 2012. Our guests love his music and at times ask him to play guitar for them on the weekends! Come on down and have a drink with us,  Stay with us and get a complimentary drink. Either way you will get to meet Ian. Talk music, art, poetry, travel and be prepared to be very interested!

 (TIPS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED… not just monetary tips either)

Call us: 248-357-1100


Hilton Garden Inn Southfield- We Are on the Move!

Happy Friday!

    We have amazing plans for this weekend. Our staff is on the move!

Some of us are going to the Tigers VS Royals game. Others are seeing Fiona Apple at the Fillmore downtown.

Awesome hint: Drive into Downtown and park your car.  Then you can hop on the People Mover for 75 cents! It will take you wherever you have to go and you don’t need to worry about finding multiple parking spots!

One of our manager’s just had a meal   at Fishbones in downtown Detroit and she was raving about it. Then she was off to the Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown for a treat! She hopped right on the People Mover and was there in no time!




Our Food and Beverage Supervisor  Javon loves Metro Beach! There is so much to do from swimming in the beautiful lake, taking in the sun, relaxing by the gorgeous boats, BBQing and picnicking or playing volleyball!

Whatever it is you might do enjoy yourselves! Come and visit us for a hotel stay, a drink and a swim!


Detroit. The D. Hockey Town. Motor City. Hitsville USA.

Welcome to Detroit!

There are new stories to tell about Detroit today. Which doesn’t mean the old stories are all wrong — just that they’re not the whole story anymore.

There is so much to do and be proud of! 

 Our Staff member Ian thinks The Works– in Downtown Detroit is a good time! Re-worked. New Sound, revamped patio; a Detroit Nightlife staple! COME HERE to dance-chill-eat-frolic-talk-whatever to one of detroit’s coolest vibes, best sounds, and nicest crowds… all while listening to the best talent, live. (Ian is in a band himself, so I would listen to him)

 Hitsville USA

The D’s International border and walkable riverfront  are symbols of this city’s cosmopolitan place in the world. The museums showcase artistic genius and history, the skyline shows our industry and the hangouts blend  style with laid-back cool. 



                                                                                   Inside the Fox Theatre

You can Experience three pro-sports teams, upscale casinos, theatres, a thriving cultural district and live entertainment venues that keep the beat all night long. There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from and the Jazz is phenomenal! Take a cruise, a tour or bike ride and enjoy the Motor City on 2 wheels.


Culture. History. Comfort



 Cliff Bell’s Famous Jazz Club and Restaurant



Celebrate the Holiday’s by Ice Skating with your loved ones

Enjoy the Detroit Auto Show. It is the Motor City…

Contact us to make hotel reservations or for more information!

Experience Detroit. It is a Renaissance City, a  Re-invented City!

Jana Urban. 248.357.1100 Ext 2307


A Trip to the Detroit Zoo!

Our Sales and Marketing Manager, Jana Urban had a fun-filled weekend at the Detroit Zoo!

Read on about her trip and take a look at her photos!


It was Zoopendous!

The Detroit Zoo was absolutely wonderful! There were so many educational exhibits, fun activities and animals to see!

The Detroit Zoo is Home to more than 3,300 animals of 280 species. Among my favorites were the Camels, Seals and Lions! I also really enjoyed taking Tauber Family Railroad which goes through the entire zoo as well as the Giraffe Feeding. It was such a blast and I learned so many wonderful facts!


Did you know that the Poison Dart Frog is one of the most toxic animals on Earth?  The two-inch-long (five-centimeter-long) Golden Poison Dart Frog has enough venom to kill 10 grown men. Tiny but, deadly!


Also, The Female Peacock is not brightly colored those gorgeous creatures are actually the males!





There were some surprising elements as well. THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC!  There were several cafe’s that served delicious food such as flatbread sandwiches and healthy, hearty Salads. Some cafe’s also sold some cocktails and draft beers. So adults, if you are not the designated driver and need to show some kids a good time,  it is truly a fun time even if animal watching isn’t your thing!

Arctic Café
This cafeteria-style restaurant is the only one of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The Café earned distinction for its eco-friendly practices which include cutlery made from potato starch and soybean oil, touchless sensor faucets, increased recycling options, and a programmable thermostat. As the main feeding station, this location offers an expanded menu including deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza and vegetarian options.

Safari Grill
Similar to the Arctic Café, this concession stand offers traditional fare including burgers, chicken tenders, french fries, and fresh-made chips. For dessert, grab an iced-cold Icee or an ice cream cone! Safari Grill is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Tauber Family Railroad Station.

American Coney Island
A favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike, the famous American Coney Island hot dog is now available at the Detroit Zoo! Located across from Rackham Fountain The cafe serves coney favorites include chili cheese fries, gyro’s, and greek salads.

Kijiji Cafe
This location specializes in East Coast favorites like the Philly cheese steak and buffalo chicken tenders. Located across from Rackham Fountain next to the Ford Education Center.

Sweet Treats
Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream, Icee’s, and Sno Cones. Fried favorites such as elephant ears and funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.

Be prepared to do a lot of walking! Good news is that The Tauber Family Railroad can take you through the zoo, but only 1 way. So you can either walk through the zoo and take it back or take it through the whole zoo and walk your way back to your exit! Think of it as your daily exercise…

 Some other perks:

There is a 3D Theatre, Wild Adventure Rides and a gorgeous Carousel right in the middle of the park.

There is really something about the zoo that makes you feel like a kid again!  I  learned so many amazing facts and saw some wonderful sights. I had a blast and would return in a heartbeat!

Please contact me directly and mention THE DETROIT ZOO for a discounted room  rental rate!

Jana Urban-  248-357-1100 ext 2307

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

Tomorrow is the official first day of Summer! We are excited as this is our favorite time of year.

There are so many wonderful attractions and activities to take part in at this time.                                                        

Some of our favorite things to do are:

Enjoying Beach time: Come to the Beachtowns of Lake Michigan and play a round of championship golf, charter a fishing boat, stroll through award-winning wineries and discover America’s maritime history. It’s time to hang the “Gone Fishing” sign on your door. Walk hand in hand along one of the most serene and spectacular coastlines in America. Run your toes through the sand and build more than just sandcastles with your kids. It’s time to be a kid again.




Baseball: See a game at Comerica Park! Home to the “Detroit Tigers” baseball team. Fans can walk down memory lane each time they visit Comerica Park’s “Walking Hall of Fame,” stretching around the park’s lower concourse with a larger-than-life collection of memorabilia, photos, and great Tiger baseball moments.

Discover Detroit: found nowhere else in the world, great sports and vibrant downtown add up to days and nights of fun and excitement. Enjoy morning strolls along the Detroit River or walk among the vibrant colors and fresh scents of a bustling open air market, or immerse yourself in a world class museum. And whether it’s a sizzling night of dancing or a cool, mellowed night of jazz, Detroit’s mornings and afternoons are just as exciting as its nights!Detroit’s casinos provide another entertainment option-only this one is open every day around the clock, making every morning, noon or night a great time to visit! Located in three distinct regions of downtown, the casinos add a bit of Vegas glam to the landscape. So try your luck and spin, toss or deal your way to riches and have a bit of fun along the way!


Enjoy Frankenmuth MIIt’s our “Little Bavaria”! With over 30 different attractions  there is something to do for the young and the young at heart, including: indoor water parks, a family fun center, mirror maze, space museum, brewery tours, golf, horse-drawn carriage rides, narrated river boat cruises and Aqua Cycles. Frankenmuth has also gained acclaim for its craft beer breweries, outdoor dining, pizzas and Bavarian Style Sweets. Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Frankenmuth. “Wilkommen”!

Our team welcomes you to Michigan. Please call us to make your reservations 248-357-1100.

Happy Summer of 2012!