I traveled to Ann Arbor for a conference in July 2010 and stayed at the Campus Inn for the entire week. As most other reviews have stated, the location cannot be beat. It is at the edge of the U Michigan campus, convenient by a short walk to all the restaurants, bars, and shopping on State Street (just east of the hotel) and Main Street (about 4 blocks west). Kerrytown is a 5min walk northwest. The service was great--very welcoming and attentive. A colleague who forgot her toothpaste called down to the front desk and someone was at the door within a minute. There is a small but relaxing pool on the 3rd floor as well as a small fitness room with two bikes (one of which is recumbent), two treadmills, two elliptical machines, an adjustable weight bench with a small amount of light weights and a medium sized exercise ball. Each cardio machine had a personal TV/radio and there were earphones for each. There is a multi-station weight machine, unfortunately the chest function was broken and got in the way of using some of the other functions of the machine (definitely a safety issue as well and should be fixed). There is wired high-speed internet with the Cat-5 cable provided in the desk.
The only problem was the price and actual finishes in the hotel. The outside of the building look more modern than the interior would suggest. The minute I walked in, I was shocked by the time warp I walked into. All the gold fixtures and gilding makes it feel like I walked into an old funeral parlor. There is a way to have classical elegance without feeling old and staid--they need to find that style within. On check in, I was handed an actual key rather than a key card, which immediately give the wrong impression and solidified that feeling of old. The room was definitely designed by the Sugerbakers from Designing Women--floral prints and pastels abound with pastel green chairs and old fashion bed covers instead of comforters with duvet covers or triple sheeting. For the price of the room ($150 group rate, but I shudder to think what that standard rate was), I would expect more neutral decor, free wifi (at least in public areas), and a coffeemaker in the room or available in the lobby. The room didn't even have a safe, much less one that could fit a laptop. These deficiencies should not be tolerated by the business traveler.
I recommend this hotel, but know its limitations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Dahlmann Campus Inn, Ann Arbor, Michigan's landmark hotel. Extraordinary in every way, The Campus Inn's elegant decor includes original oil paintings, bronzes, marble appointments, designer lighting, and polished mahogany. We provide our Michigan hotel guests with unsurpassed service, exceptional cuisine, elegant guest accommodations and an unmatched convenience to downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. When it comes to Ann Arbor hotels, the Campus Inn is the destination of choice when searching for the best Michigan lodging and the perfect guest amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dahlmann Campus Hotel Ann Arbor
- Dahlmann Campus Ann Arbor