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“Not worth the price, despite the location.” 3 of 5 stars
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Dahlmann Campus Inn
615 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104   |  
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Ranked #12 of 30 hotels in Ann Arbor
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“Not worth the price, despite the location.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

We recently visited Ann Arbor with our son for him to do a tour of the University of Michigan as he's looking at colleges. The biggest positive about the Campus Inn is it's location: you are right on the edge of campus and within walking distance of many interesting shops and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor. In addition, the staff was friendly and the place is clean and well-kept.

However, the two big cons about the hotel are its features and price. The place seems like a flashback to the 1970s when you walk in (and I don't just mean the fact that there are not one but two photos of Gerald Ford in the lobby). The decor has a very faux luxury look to it that is very dated. Plus, the rooms lack a lot of basic amenities: high-def TV, coffee/mini-bar, etc plus has a bathroom that is about half the size you'd find in most hotels. But, the room does have a shoe polish machine?!?

Perhaps the biggest down-side was price. We paid $300 for our room package, which was doubled what I felt it's value was worth after having stayed here. I don't mind if this hotel wants to gouge when there's a home UM football game, but I could find a better hotel at a lower price in a major city like Chicago. If a business-oriented chain (Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites, Marriott) had a downtown Ann Arbor location they would do very well.

Again, the location is great but until the amenities go up or the price comes down I would not stay here next time in Ann Arbor.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

We had a great time at the Dahlman Inn. The service was excellent The rooms were clean. You can not beat the location. It was a 2 block walk to Main Street, the heart of Ann Arbor.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

We stayed at the Dahlmann for graduation, with my infant and family, and I was very pleased with the friendliness of the place. It was great, hospitable, and would stay there again. The restaurant is a great place to have breakfast too. We were in one of the larger "superior" or something rooms, and there was a great deal of space for the baby to play. Thanks!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

We stayed at the Campus Inn for the location to University of Michigan. I would not recommend this hotel until they update the rooms. The location was good, but the value for the rooms was very poor. The mattresses are old and uncomfortable, the linens on the beds are worn. The furniture and television were old and outdated. I felt like I was staying guestroom of a elderly family member who hadn't updated their home in 40 years.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MichaelHarman, General Manager at Dahlmann Campus Inn, responded to this review, April 30, 2010
We are in the process of upgrading the bedding package and have replaced defective mattresses with new top of the line mattresses. We are presently negotiating with a television supplier for 37" flat screen televisions equiped for high definition viewing. I look forward to sharing the results with our guests shortly.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

Recently stayed at this hotel for business purposes. For the price the hotel charges per night in Ann Arbor i was expecting a decent place. While the staff and location
and great, the hotel interior is really old and unappealing. This is also the first hotel i have stayed in (and paid lots of money for) that has no minibar, not even a bottle of
water in the room!
as a side-note the TVs they sport are also late 1990s material....not that TVs are critical but goes along with the 1800s victorian look of the place.
another huge desapointment was the bedding - they have this creme color sheets with a "grandma" style quilt....aweful and a little creepy as well.
Except the convenient location i cant see why anybody would choose to pay so much for such a low end experience

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MichaelHarman, General Manager at Dahlmann Campus Inn, responded to this review, March 16, 2010
I am happy that this guest thought our staff and location were great. Our rooms were decorated by an award winning interior designer using top of the line fabrics. However, the recent popularity of duvet covers has prompted us to explore a new bed package. We will also be updating our T.V. system. Mini-bars and complimentary water are available in our business and penthouse rooms.
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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2010

I have stayed at the Dahlmann Campus Inn on numerous occasions. The service at the front desk, restaurant and valet is always efficient, helpful and expedient. Personal attention is provided, unlike major chains. You are treated like a family friend coming home for a visit. Each room is beautifully decorated and has the amenities of a five star hotel without five star charges. The location is central to the U of M campus (thus the name) and is surrounded by Main Street shopping and restaurants representing international cuisine, although the Campus Inn restaurant is excellent.
If you visit Ann Arbor, the Campus Inn is the ONLY place to stay except for Mr. Dahlmann's other hotel-the Bell Tower. Carole K

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 615 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Location: United States > Michigan > Ann Arbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Ann Arbor
#13 Family Hotel in Ann Arbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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