Travel and Lodging Information

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Travel Information

Detailed Directions to the Conference Site, the Hotel, and the Residence Hall Housing
Participants flying into Detroit can come into either of its major airports, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (Detroit Wayne County Airport) or Coleman A. Young International Airport (Detroit City Airport). We will be updating this to include information about using the public transit system soon.


From Airport: To Conference Site, 4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Driving from Coleman A. Young International Airport (11 minutes)

  • Get onto I-94 W
  • Merge onto I-94 W to John C Lodge Service Dr.
  • Use the left lane to take exit 215A to merge onto M-10 S toward Downtown
  • Take exit 3 toward Forest Ave/Warren Ave
  • Use the right lane to merge onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • Use the middle lane to stay on John C Lodge Service Dr
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Forest Ave
  • Turn right onto Cass Ave and Cass Commons will be on your right

Driving from Detroit Metro Airport (24 minutes)

  • Head southwest on Detroit Metro Airport/W G Rogell Dr toward International Dr
  • Use the right lane to take the I-94 E ramp to Detroit
  • Keep left, follow signs for I-94 E/Detroit and merge onto I-94 E
  • Merge onto I-94 E
  • Take exit 215A to merge onto M-10 S toward Downtown
  • Take exit 3 toward Forest Ave/Warren Ave
  • Use the right lane to merge onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Forest Ave
  • Turn right onto Cass Ave and Cass Commons will be on your right


From the Airport: To Hotel St. Regis Detroit, 3071 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

Driving from Coleman A. Young International Airport (13 minutes)

  • Head southeast on Conner St toward Flanders St
  • Turn right onto Gratiot Ave
  • Turn right onto the Interstate 94 W ramp
  • Merge onto I-94 W
  • Take exit 215C toward M-1/Woodward Ave/Brush St
  • Continue onto E Edsel Ford Service Dr
  • Turn right onto Brush St
  • Turn left onto E Grand Blvd and Hotel will be on right

Driving Detroit Metro Airport (26 minutes)

  • Head northeast on John D Dingell Dr
  • Keep left to stay on John D Dingell Dr
  • Merge onto W G Rogell Dr
  • Use the right lane to take the I-94 E ramp to Detroit
  • Keep left, follow signs for I-94 E/Detroit and merge onto I-94 E
  • Merge onto I-94 E
  • Take exit 215C for John R St toward M-1/Woodward Ave
  • Continue onto E Edsel Ford Service Dr
  • Turn left onto Brush St
  • Turn left onto E Grand Blvd and Hotel will be on right


From Airport: To Towers Residencial Suites, 655 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202
Driving from Coleman A. Young International Airport (12 minutes)

  • Head southeast on Conner St toward Flanders St
  • Turn right onto Gratiot Ave
  • Turn right onto the Interstate 94 W ramp
  • Merge onto I-94 W
  • Use the left lane to take exit 215A to merge onto M-10 S toward Downtown
  • Take exit 3 toward Forest Ave/Warren Ave
  • Use the left lane to merge onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • Slight left toward John C Lodge Service Dr (signs for Warren Ave)
  • Slight left onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • John C Lodge Service Dr turns slightly right and becomes W Kirby St
  • Arrive at Towers Residencial Suites on the right

Driving from Detroit Metro Airport (23 minutes)

  • Head northeast on John D Dingell Dr
  • Keep left to stay on John D Dingell Dr
  • Merge onto W G Rogell Dr
  • Use the right lane to take the I-94 E ramp to Detroit
  • Keep left, follow signs for I-94 E/Detroit and merge onto I-94 E
  • Stay on I-94 E for 15 miles
  • Take exit 215A to merge onto M-10 S toward Downtown
  • Take exit 3 toward Forest Ave/Warren Ave
  • Use the left lane to merge onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • Slight left toward John C Lodge Service Dr (signs for Warren Ave)
  • Slight left onto John C Lodge Service Dr
  • John C Lodge Service Dr turns slightly right and becomes W Kirby St
  • Arrive at Towers Residencial Suites on the right

Lodging Information

PTO 2017 in Detroit has reserved two kinds of housing, a hotel and a lower-cost residence hall option.

Hotel Option –

Hotel St. Regis Detroit: Price guaranteed registration deadline is April 13th!

  • 3071 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202 (1.3 miles or 2.1km from conference location)
  • Get PTO block rate registration information HERE.
  • Reserve by Thursday, April 13 to secure the conference rate.
  • Rooms are first-come, first-served. We recommend you reserve as soon as possible, as our block will likely fill early. Because of the extremely high demand for hotels in Detroit that weekend, it may be hard to find other accommodations after our room blocks have filled.
  • This hotel was selected because it is not under any labor disputes, it is relatively affordable, and it was recommended by the local team we are collaborating with to make this conference happen.

Options and Rates

  • Pre-Conference nights are $169/night + taxes and are available from check-in on May 26th through check-out time June 1st.
  • Conference nights are $129/night + taxes and are available from check-in on June 1st through check-out time on June 6th.
  • Find more information on the Hotel Registration page!

Residential Hall Option

Wayne State University Towers Residential Suites: Registration deadline is May 7th!

  • 655 W. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202 (0.6mi or .96km from conference location)
  • The rooms in the Towers are four-person suites, containing four private bedrooms with a twin XL bed, private bathrooms, and a shared living space.
  • Each bedroom contains a wardrobe, a desk, and a chair. Also included is a private bath per suite, air conditioning, laundry facilities, and a staffed 24-hour reception desk with card access system.
  • Get registration information HERE. Registration deadline is May 7th.
  • Registration is set up in 3 possible blocks including:
    • Pre-conference only from May 29th through June 1st (3 nights): $41.60/night inclusive of fees and taxes*
    • Conference only from June 1st through June 4th (3 nights): $41.60/night inclusive of fees and taxes*
    • Pre-conference and Conference from May 29th through June 4th (6 nights): $38.55/night inclusive of fees and taxes*

*Please notice that if you need a parking space parking will be an additional $7.75/night/vehicle.

Find additional information, including registration information, about staying in the WSU Residential Suites HERE.

If you have any questions, email conference@ptoweb.org and put “housing” in the subject line.