MotorCity Casino Hotel
|MotorCity Casino Hotel|
|Address||2901 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
|Opening date||December 14, 1999|
|No. of rooms||400|
|Total gaming space||100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Sound Board
2,400+ seat theater
(Detroit Entertainment, LLC)
MotorCity Casino Hotel (also referred to as MotorCity Casino) is a luxury resort casino and hotel located in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of three casino resort hotels in the city, and one of four in the Detroit–Windsor area. The $825 million complex incorporates a historic building that once housed the Wagner Baking Company, makers of Wonder Bread. The complex houses a 100,000 square- foot casino with approximately 3,000 slot machines, 59 table games, and two poker rooms; D. Tour, a 13,000-square-foot spa with thermal whirlpools, steam rooms, and dry saunas; 67,000 square feet of meeting and convention space; Sound Board, a live music theater with a capacity of 2,400 people; and a luxury hotel with 400 guest rooms and suites.
Started by Mandalay Bay Resort Group, MotorCity Casino Hotel was purchased by sole proprietor Marian Ilitch of IH Gaming (Detroit Entertainment, LLC).
Detroit is one of the largest American cities and metropolitan regions to offer casino resort hotels.
- 1 Architecture
- 2 Casino
- 3 Club Metro
- 4 Bonusing
- 5 Sound Board
- 6 Hotel
- 7 Dining
- 8 Spa and Exercise
- 9 Shopping
- 10 Events and Conventions
- 11 Photo gallery
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
The building, located on Grand River Avenue at the Lodge Freeway (M-10), was designed c.1915 by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager, who later designed the Peabody Hotel in Memphis in 1926 and New York City’s Roxy Theatre in 1927, among other notable structures. As part of the property’s renovation, the decorative terra cotta elements of the former bread bakery were restored to their original condition, preserving the signature features of the historic building.
Custom car designer and television personality Chip Foose was a member of the design team and was instrumental in the property’s unique look. Foose’s influence is reflected strongly in the sweeping roof design, a 304-foot-long stainless steel undulating ribbon, a nod to Detroit’s rich automotive history. Foose says it was inspired by the door molding on a classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. The roof ranges in height from 3.5 feet to 10 feet and weighs over 181 tons.
Aside from the fantastical architectural flourishes, the property’s exterior is lit with nearly 4,800 high-intensity programmable LED lights that saturate it in color from the third floor to the 15th floor. Capable of 16.7 million colors, the LED lights are fully programmable to present light shows that reflect the seasons, holidays, and local festivities. With its combination of classic and modern architecture – and its colorful, dynamic lighting – the building has become a well-known Detroit landmark.
The casino features over 100,000 square feet of gaming space that includes approximately 3,000 slot machines (160 of them located in smoke-free gaming areas) with multi-line video and 5-reel slots; approximately 59 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Casino War, Pai Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat, and Craps; and two poker rooms – including the only poker room in the city where smoking is allowed.
The interior of the casino is notable for its design, thanks to a Chip Foose-designed ceiling with large extruded aluminum-like beams and thousands of multi-color LEDs capable of displaying video with more than 256,000 colors. In a style referred to as “Future Retro,” the end result is reminiscent of a giant custom car radiator. Detroit’s rich automotive heritage is also reflected throughout the casino with hot rod flame carpeting, and the smoke-free slot room entrances are designed to resemble the front-end grilles of a 1938 Buick Century and a 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr. A nod to Detroit’s deep musical roots, the pillars of the Amnesia event space are designed to resemble bass clefs, and the five-bar musical staff is found on everything from slot machine bases to signage throughout the property. Zebrawood, a rich wood often used in guitar construction, is incorporated into the hotel lobby and guestrooms.
Club Metro, MotorCity Casino Hotel’s reward program, lets customers get MotorCity Miles for cash spent on dining, gaming, entertainment, and shopping on property. MotorCity Miles can be used to purchase products and services, redeemed for cash, or used to purchase or lease vehicles at participating local automobile dealerships.
MotorCity Casino Hotel features a bonusing system that focuses on real-time customer interaction through custom flat-screen installations mounted above slot machines. Through the system, the casino is able to award instant bonuses to players on their birthday, notify winners of special promotions, and more. The system was a winner at the 2014 Slot Floor Technology Awards.
With a capacity of 2,400, Sound Board is an intimate performance venue as well as Detroit’s only casino theater.
Since opening with a concert by Detroit native Anita Baker on October 23, 2008, Sound Board has hosted premier acts like Robin Williams, BB King, Jay Leno, Motorhead, Tony Bennett, Bill Cosby, Eminem, Etta James, P. Diddy, and Diana Ross. The theater also hosts events such as live boxing and major product launches.
Advanced sound, lighting, and video equipment includes a d&b Line Array Sound System with Digidesign D-SHOW consoles, an HES Road Hog Full Boar lighting console, more than 50 moving lights and DL-3 lighting fixtures.
Opened in November 2007, MotorCity Casino Hotel has 400 rooms and suites. The hotel has attained AAA Four Diamond status consistently for many years. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, on-screen in-room flight updates, 24-hour in-room dining, workout facilities, and a pillow library that offers guests the choice from over a dozen different shapes and styles of pillow.
From nationally awarded restaurants to quick bites and coffee shops, MotorCity Casino Hotel offers a wide variety of dining options.
Located 16 stories above the city and offering expansive city views, Iridescence is a AAA 4-Diamond award-winning restaurant with a menu that features Modern American Cuisine and a wine list recognized by Wine Spectator. Hour Detroit magazine named Iridescence Restaurant of the Year in 2011.
Often voted Best Casino Buffet, guests choose from a wide variety of international and American cuisine. Highlights include freshly rolled sushi, carving stations, and a create-your-own dessert bar. The Monday Night Seafood Buffet with Alaskan Crab, shrimp, and crab cakes is a popular event. The dinner theme changes nightly and includes Cajun Night, Steak Night, and Soul Food Sunday, among others.
The Lodge Diner offers a creative spin on comfort food with dishes like chicken and waffles, ribs, and pizza fries.
The deli features corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, fresh salads, soups, breads and sides.
Pit Stop has burgers, fries, fried chicken, ribs, hot wings, and desserts in a casual setting.
Quick service pizza and Crazy Bread are available from Detroit pizza company, Little Caesars.
Over 13,000 square feet, D.Tour offers dedicated men’s and women’s lounges, thermal whirlpools, spacious steam rooms, and dry saunas. There are 10 private treatment rooms and an ultra- private two-room couple’s suite. Spa treatments include facials, massages, and the MotorCity Mud Bar.
The spa is accompanied by a 24-hour fitness center outfitted with Precor cardio and weight equipment.
The gift shop, Lacquer, sells everyday sundries, snacks, jewelry, and clothing. Authentic Detroit Tigers and Red Wings souvenirs are also available.
MotorCity Casino Hotel has 67,000 square feet of conference and banquet space that includes, seven meeting rooms and two boardrooms, each fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual, wireless internet, and teleconferencing capabilities. A full culinary and event staff is available.
Casino details designed to resemble a classic 1950s tailfin-style car
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- Official Website of MotorCity Casino Hotel
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- video of the MotorCity Casino Hotel outdoor LED illumination system
- Wikimedia graph of Detroit's casino revenues