Originally Posted by W0unds
Any Detroit members able to give advice on hotels/places to avoid/other stuff to do?
I grew up in the suburbs south of Detroit. I would say that the hotels at the casinos are pretty decent; really most of the big name hotels downtown should be Ok. They did quite a bit of work on the hotels before Detroit hosted the Super Bowl in '06; but I don't know how they've held up.
The east side besides Grosse Pointe is a sketchy area, so avoid that. Downtown and Midtown probably aren't much more dangerous than most big cities, but that's just because there are a lot more police in those areas. If you are on the street at night anywhere in Detroit you'll want to be aware of your surroundings.
Unless you're into exploring abandoned auto factories there isn't much to do downtown besides casinos and sports.