I usually stay at another hotel in the same chain which is down the street, but they're prices were much higher than the Fairfield. Since it was just me, and I only needed a room for 3 nights, I booked this hotel instead. I was very pleased that I did! It is a little confusing to find, as it is tucked behind the Courtyard by Marriott and you do have to weave your way to the actual hotel, but after the first night, it was easy to locate and when telling others where you're staying, I would just say, "it's behind the Courtyard".
The hotel is a basic hotel with a few nice surprises. Lobby is clean with a few comfy chairs and dining sets for the breakfast that is served there in the a.m. There is a tiny workout room with 3 pieces of decent equipment, a small snack/sundry area behind the front desk, and a nice-looking indoor pool/spa area (which I did not try) but would now that I know there is one there.
The best part of this hotel is the staff, from the moment I walked into the lobby, everyone that worked there was friendly and helpful. Every front desk staff always looked up and greeted me warmly, always inquired how I was, did I need anything. In the afternoon, they would offer up fresh coffee. The housekeepers that I encountered always said hello, how are you. I had a nice feeling the entire time I was stayed.
The entire hotel was very clean, and smelled fresh and nice. My room was on the 2nd floor, one king bed and a sleeper sofa. First impression of the room was nice and modern, small closet, comfy bed with warm comforter, dresser with flat screen tv, desk w/chair. Bathroom is tiny and is worn, needs updating, although the shower head was very nice, good water pressure and always hot water. Sink is outside the bathroom, which I tend to dislike, but since I was by myself, this was not an issue. Large window with black out drapes overlooked the freeway. I did not get any noise from there and the room was very quiet, I wondered if there were any other guests on my floor! The one issue I had was the heat/air condition unit. which was one of those wall units. Even though I tried many ways to set the temperature, the room would either be freezing or very hot. It was chilly outside so I set the heat on, but within the hour, the room was so hot, even when the temp was set at 65, so I switched to air but it got so cold, I finally just turned the thing off and wore my sweater!
Breakfast is served every morning in the main lobby, make your own waffles, fresh fruit, fruit cups, yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, cereal and hot coffee/tea. Sufficient to get me going in the a.m. Plus the location was good for easy walking/access to many restaurants, sit down and fast food, plus the mall is within an easy 15 minute walk if you don't mind crossing a busy street.
I would definitely stay here again on another visit to the area.
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- Four-story Motor Inn located 2 miles from University of Michigan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairfield Inn Ann Arbor Hotel Ann Arbor
- Fairfield Ann Arbor
- Ann Arbor Fairfield Inn