I travel to Ann Arbor once every year or two for my work. I've stayed in a hotel next to the campus before and found it nice but pricey, and I was looking for something more economical. The Lamp Post definitely has exceptional rates - you may not find any better. The rate I paid for a non-kitchenette room was $49/night, and with hotel taxes the grand total was $53/night. For $53 night, this place offers an amazing array of amenities: cable TV, refrigerator, coffee, coffeemaker and microwave in ALL rooms, and free breakfast (includes bagels, cream cheese, jellies, instant oatmeal, apple juice, milk, and coffee). I've stayed in other value-priced hotels that did not provide shampoo & conditioner, alarm clock, tissues or a telephone in the room, but the Lamp Post provides all of these. They even have an internet access computer in the lounge/breakfast room, which surprised me. On top of this, they have a safe location somewhat close to the university campus. The campus would be about a half-hour walk on a tree-lined street.
The one thing I could not determine when I researched this hotel was the safety of the neighborhood. I was very pleased at what I found. Despite its being located at the intersection of two major streets, everything is clean and nice around there - tall trees, green lawns, sidewalks with bicyclists and walkers. Just to the east (a block or two away) of the hotel is a park with walking paths. Around the Lamp Post itself it is a mixture of offices and businesses. About a block or so to the west there is a pharmacy, and right next door there is a shopping center which includes a Trader Joe's grocery and a sandwich shop (called "Roly Poly Sandwiches") which stays open until 7pm.
The campus is technically within walking distance, but I prefer public transportation. There is a bus stop you can catch to get to campus about a block away from the Lamp Post Inn on Washtenaw Rd. It is not a covered bus stop and the buses don't run that frequently (every half-hour), but still you can get where you need to go.
I thought my room was fine. The furnishings were basic, not fancy. When I entered it smelled perfectly clean and fresh. I appreciated that the heater really cranked out some heat if you turned it up. My bathroom was done in old-fashioned sunny yellow tile.
If I were to list the problems, it would include the fact that the carpet in the room was rather dirty. You wouldn't notice at first because it is a dark green color, but I noticed after walking around in the room one evening that the bottoms of my white socks had become kind of black. The other thing that was a problem for me was that one of the three nights I stayed (I think it was on a Wednesday) there were loud partiers in the parking lot. It appeared that some college kids might have gotten a room and they were shouting across the lot in loud greetings. And just sort of whooping it up in general. Then a different group - looked like laborers from a construction crew - pulled in and had a beer blast out there for about a half hour before quietiing down. It was a little unnerving to hear loud shouts reverberating outside one's motel room door.
I found the owner and staff friendly, efficient and helpful. The owner is often on-site and cares a lot about the property. I guess one can't do much about one's neighbors, when you choose to stay at what might be the cheapest place in town.
In spite of the problems, I would definitely stay at this place again. The amount of money saved not only in the hotel bill, but on food (because you can refrigerate your leftovers from restaurants, and get food at the next-door grocery), and proximity to public transportation makes this probably the best value in Ann Arbor.
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- Colonial - 1.5 mi W of US 23, at Exit 37B. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lamp Post Hotel Ann Arbor
- Lamp Post Ann Arbor