I work for a non-profit Networking Company headquartered at the University of Michigan. Though I live in Northern Michigan 300 miles away, remote staff visit Ann Arbor at least once a month to check in and talk with home office staff.
We (remote staff) have stayed at practically every hotel in the Ann Arbor, MI area, and found this one to be particularly welcoming and met our needs. I am pleased that it allows me as a person who works on the road to have a place to both gel and work. It's geared for us.
I am surprised by some of the reviews you'll find alongside of mine. It appears that "stomachdoc" didn't even stay at this specific hotel, as it is very new. He/she may have stayed at one of the older Marriott properties across on South State Street.
And, "luxury" is NOT what these hotels are for, but they certainly do not scrimp on detail and expense. The appliances (dishwasher, frig with full ice maker, disposal, and radiant cooktop) in this "extended stay" type of hotel are all brand new. The rooms are well-kept and show no signs of wear. No nicks on the woodwork, and the colors of the room are very easy on the eyes. I will say that I have stayed at excellent "Luxury All-Inclusives" in Mexico and the Carribean, and this place provides a very welcoming room after a day at the home office. It is not meant to be a vacation place (!!!).
Internet is particularly fast. And, while the Residence Inn of Ann Arbor has recently gone to the new "second tier" of paid Internet services (for streaming and gaming), the basic Internet is more than adequate for e-mail and browsing. Quite frankly, if you use the wired ethernet interface at the business-style desk, you can stream on a Roku very comfortably. I watched several Amazon, Netflix, and VuDu movies in hi-def on this basic service.
Jenna and the other staff at this hotel have always been accommodating to any needs we may have. While I am not a fan of continental breakfast, there is an abundance of free fruit and fresh coffee and tea in the lobby. Popcorn is waiting in your room, and the front desk staff provide you with two AquaFina bottles when you check in. There are refrigerated and frozen items for sale, as well as a small area for purchasing "forgotten items" such as pain meds, toothpast, etc.
i would place this hotel in the same category at "Extended Stay" suites (and there are two of the ES hotels within a mile of each other nearby).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Inn Ann Arbor is conveniently located near numerous local attractions, including the University of Michigan, and affords families all of the comforts of home with the extra space you need, and amenities that make traveling easier. Our spacious Ann Arbor suites are 50% larger than most hotel rooms, with full kitchens, daily housekeeping, and separate sleeping, working, and living areas. Stay balanced with hotel amenities at Residence Inn Ann Arbor, including a 24-hour fitness center, SportCourt, grilling area, outdoor pool and whirlpool (open summer only) and guest laundry. Stay productive with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, business center with printing and fax capabilities. Maintain peak performance with our daily complimentary breakfast buffet and evening socials (Tues-Thurs) including All-American favorites. Our Residence Inn Ann Arbor is your perfect suite hotel in Ann Arbor and truly understands what you want out of your extended stay experience. ... more less
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