Ramada Inn Downtown
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Review: Nov. 5, 2005 My night stay
at the Ramada Inn downtown Detroit was the worst and most terrifying
experience of my life. My colleage and I checked in at 10:00 p.m.
There were homeless peaple and "renters" wandering around
the hotel. We were in the middle of the projects. At first glance
it seemed very dangerous but we didn't know where else to go. The
hotel was built in the 1920's and has not been updated. The rooms
were disgustingly filthy,there was no heat, the lock was broken
off our door, and there were no towels to shower with. There were
others staying there with us and they found blood all over their
room floor and phone. They changed rooms and found beer bottles
all over the room. The renters that live there appear to have access
to the whole building. Riding the elevator or walking in the halls
was dangerous. We decided to lock ourselves in our room and wait
for daylight to get out. At about 12:00 at night, we heard a woman
in the room next to us screaming and yelling for her life. We assume
she was being raped but we will never know. We were to frightened
to call the police. We barcaded the door and got whatever items
in the room we could find to use for weapons in case he was coming
to our room next. Shortly after everything went silent until we
heard a knock at our door. It was a man bringing towels to our room.
At this point it was 12:37 at night. What kind of hotels deliver
towels at 12:37 at night? Of course we did not answer the door and
waited for morning. Needless to say we checked out and will never
go back or forget this terrifying experience.
We were told that we would be in an exciting shopping district by our lying tour operator. The first person we saw looked like an inbred on crack cocaine. The second lot were a husband and wife team who were looking for a tasty treat out of the rubbish bin. We decided to go the opposite way. The whole place looked like a derelict ghost town and we were too afraid to look anybody in the face. We didn;t feel safe and we checked out of the hotel and spent the day at the airport.
We are both experienced travellers who like to see culture and local life. We do not just want a cushy 5* hotel which we want to stay in all day. Having been to over 22 countries, hostels, backpacking and lowbudget and luxury holidays I can honestly say that my 1 day stay in Detroit was the worst!