DETROIT-The 11-floor, 400-room Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, near the Edward H. McNamara/Northwest WorldGateway terminal, becomes the first luxury hotel to open in the metro market in 15 years. This $85.1-million hotel is owned by Wayne County and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. under its Westin brand.

The 370,000-sf hotel includes 10 luxury suites, four glass-enclosed elevators rising from an eight-floor atrium with a 5,000-sf reflecting pool, 25,000 square feet of meeting facilities, 28 meeting rooms, a 7,600-sf ballroom accommodating up to 850 guests, a business center and a fitness center.

Northwest Airlines served as the project manager, Darryl Berger Companies Inc., New Orleans served as the project developer and Atlanta-based PFVS Architects as the architectural firm. Ai Group, Atlanta, designed the interior. Walbridge Aldinger of Detroit began building the hotel in March.

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