Hotels for Plane Spotting: The Westin at Detroit-Metro Airport
Airport hotels get a pretty bad rap. Sure, there are the greasy, grimy ones, but we like to think that for every one of those, there's a perfectly clean business-friendly oneor, even better, an airport hotel with the luxury of an airport view. All this week we'll be taking a look at a few of our favorite hotels for plane spotting.
Today: The Westin at Detroit-Metro Airport.
Detroit-Metro Airport (DTW) consists of two terminals; this is important to know because they're far apart, with separate freeway exits and everything. For plane spotting, you'll want to hit up the larger, newer of the two: McNamara. At the center of its 70+ gates is the Westin, with easy access to the in-terminal tram and its own TSA security lane and everything. It's pretty nifty.
For plane spotters, the action happens below, on the apron, where aircraft load and unload while support vehicles zip around. It's not a runway view, but it would make for pretty sweet tilt-shift images or a time=lapse video. Bring a tripod.
· Attached to the McNamara Terminal via a walkway
· Average nightly room rate: $199
· Airlines & airplanes spotted: mostly Delta, and mostly domestic flights though the international 747s do makes cameos.