Corktown Inn

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The Corktown Inn Should Put A Cork In It
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- I am not writing this as a complaint, but a warning to future travelers to the Detroit, MI area. This past weekend I stayed at the CorkTown Inn, on Trumbull. First off, this hotel is located in downtown Detroit, and not the good part. The gated parking lot with barbed wire is indicitive of that, and of not that then the bullet-proof glass the staff at the front desk are situated behind is.

The hotel is definitely not a family friendly hotel. As you walk to the elevator, you pass a wall of vending machines. The first vending machine sells toiletries and some microwaveable meals (there are no microwaves in the room, so that seemed kind of pointless). The next vending machine sold single cigarettes, womens lingerie, condoms, candles and different oils. All of that easily accessible to anyone, including children with a few bucks on them. The 3rd and 4th vending machines sold typical items, soda and food.

When I got on the elevator, I instantly feared for my life, as the elevator was making some weird noises and it almost sounded like the cable was going to snap before it reached my floor. Once I got there, and walked to my room, I passed a bunch of rooms and every 3rd or 4th room the smell of marijuana was very apparent. I finally got to my room, which was extremely small. With the dresser, 2 nightstands and table in the room, there was very little space left to move around. The television itself was okay, with typical hotel channels, plus channel 32, which was the security cameras for the hotel…. Tune to that channel and you can see everything going on outside the hotel. The paper thin walls left little to the imagination as to what was going on in the room next to yours. If I can say one good thing about this hotel, it’s that the bathroom seemed to be updated, and was very nice, and the water got to decent shower temperatures.

Overall, I would say that this was the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, and I would never recommend this place to anybody. Hind sight is 20/20, and if I were to do this again, I would spend the extra $20 to stay at a brand name hotel, ie. Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn. One last thing.. As you enter the property, the sign says “Corktown Inn A Fine Hotel”, that was good for a laugh.
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TheMightyBoosh on 09/01/2009:
Detroit, MI here I come!
JR in Orlando on 09/01/2009:
I wonder if you can book this hotel as part of a holiday package? Sounds like lots of entertainment and extra curricular activities locally available.
clutzycook on 09/01/2009:
Did you pay in advance or something? If I had gotten to my hotel only to see a barbed wire parking lot and "entertainment accessories" in vending machines, I would have turned and gone somewhere else.
Apple Mac on 09/01/2009:
Good review - this dive sounds like the nicest place to stay in Detroit!
bargod on 09/01/2009:
Iv'e stayed in some hotels in Costa Rica that make this place sound like a Hilton. As for the $20 you saved, you could have given it to one of the fine ladies lounging in the parking lot and this story would have had a "happy ending"
Eloise on 09/01/2009:
I hate it when my kids buy candles...
Anonymous on 09/01/2009:
Why would anyone visit Detroit? You might as well go to Kabul or Kandahar.
Anonymous on 09/01/2009:
I looked at the reviews for this place on some of the travel sites. They all say pretty much what you are, especially the bullet proof glass.
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