Hotel & Travel Information

Meeting Venue

The meeting venue is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

A limited block of rooms has been set aside at a special AUPresses rate: $189 for a single/double a night (+15% nightly room tax). There is a citywide convention during the dates of the AUPresses meeting, so hotel inventory in Downtown Detroit is limited. The link to the AUPresses Detroit Marriott hotel reservation page will be sent to attendees in their registration confirmation emails. Please read your confirmation emails carefully for this information.

The last day to make a reservation at the discounted rate (subject to availability) is Monday, May 20, 2019, but book early, as this block of rooms tends to go quickly.

UPDATE MAY 8, 2019: Rooms in the AUPresses block are essentially sold out for the night of June 10, 11, and 12. Rooms are still available for the night of the June 13. There is no waitlist at the Marriott, but it's possible rooms may open up in the event of cancellation prior to May 20. So before you book elsewhere, try the Marriott first. The deadline to book at the overflow hotel at the group rate is May 10.

Overflow Hotel

Atheneum Suite Hotel
1000 Brush Street • Detroit, Michigan 48226
.5 miles to Renaissance Center

Rates are as follows:

June 10  $184 (+ tax),  June 11 $194 (+ tax); June 12  $194.

The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a complimentary limited continental breakfast Mon - Fri 7am-9am, and complimentary hotel shuttle within a five mile radius. The rate also includes reduced valet parking rate at $12 per night (normal rate is $28)

To reserve at the Atheneum, call 800.772.2323 or 313.962.2323 and say that you are booking with the AUPresses 2019 Annual Meeting. The cut-off date for booking at the Atheneum is May 14, 2019

UPDATE MAY 15, 2019: There's a city-wide convention in Detroit during the primary dates of our meeting so hotel inventory is tight. Here are a few additional hotels you can try if you are unable to book at the Marriott or Atheneum.

The Association has made no arrangements with the hotels below.

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown
.5 miles to Renaissance Center

Greektown Casino Hotel
.5 miles to Renaissance Center

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
.6 Miles to Renaissance Center

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Detroit Downtown
1 313 8877000
. 8 miles to Renaissance Center

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan
.7 miles to Renaissance Center

Please Note: The Association has not authorized and will not authorize any third-party housing company to contact attendees. Please disregard any such phone calls or emails should anyone try to contact you.

Travel Information

Travel by Air

Travelers to Detroit will fly into Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). The Airport is located approximately 20 miles from downtown Detroit.

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Association of University Presses.

Please click here to book your flight.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code Ny2NX.

Travel by Train

Amtrak offers service from Chicago to Detroit. View the map and schedule on Amtrak's website.  
Detroit's train station is located about 5 miles from the conference hotel.

Travel by Car

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center address is

Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48243 USA

Driving directions to the Marriott are available on the hotel's website.


Valet parking at the Marriott is will cost $35 daily and self-parking is $25 a day.

Additional self-parking lots in the area are available.

Nearby options include Port Atwater Garage, Beaubien Place Garage, Center Garage with daily rates up to approximately $20.

About Detroit

Places to Visit

There's so much to see and do in Detroit! Thanks go to the staff at Wayne State University Press for providing a guide for the best places to visit in Detroit. Browse the guide here and access links to the recommended places of interest here.

Places to Eat & Drink

Detroit has a rich food history, and in recent years a number of new restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops have opened. From hot dog joints to farm-to-table restaurants, there is something at every price point for every palate. offers a guide that you can filter by cuisine and the Detroit Marriott has compiled a guide for restaurants with walking distance of the property.

AUPresses Detroit Reading List

Are you interested in the art, food, music, history, or politics of Detroit and the Great Lakes region? AUPresses members have published a book about it. Check out this reading list compiled by Jocelyn Dawson (Duke). Her call for titles yielded 105 submissions and several presses are offering discounts. Find one that interests you and #ReadUP today.

Other Resources

Check out Visit Detroit for general travel information, maps, and guides.

There's been a lot of redevelopment in downtown Detroit over the past few years. Much has been written about the city in recent years. Check out some examples below.

"What to See, and Where to Eat Square Pizza, in Detroit"

"Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?"

"The Best Detroit Travel Tips from our Readers" (Lifehacker)

"Ode to the Genius of Immigrant Food" 

"In an Energized Detroit, Savoring an Architectural Legacy" 

"36 Hours in Detroit"