We stayed two nights for a ladies weekend. I booked based on tripadvisor reviews and was totally happy with our visit. This is a newer hotel, with modern decorating and fixtures. The lobby is spacious, and includes a great small bar, various unique seating areas, computer access and a contemporary fireplace and TV's. Check in was quick and easy. Luggage carts available to take up our items.
Upon entering our room, we were totally pleased with the furnishings and amenities. Based on some reviews we had read, we asked for a larger room, which apparently was also handicap accessible (larger doorways, bars in the shower and near the toilet, lowered sink). We didn't know that meant it would be handicap accessible, but it was still very nice. Most rooms you walk into, bring you into the sitting area, and then on into the bedroom area. In these larger rooms, it is split down the middle, with the sitting area on one side (left), and the bedroom on the other (right). The open shelves between the two allow you to have some privacy from one room to the other, but still allow those in one room to feel as though they aren't in two totally separate rooms. (see pictures of the rooms on the hotel website to get a better idea of what I am talking about.)
The sitting area was large, with a desk and office chair, fold out bed, two stuffed chairs, and the bar area, with glassware, refrigerator, coffeepot, microwave area. It also had a flatscreen TV on the wall. The fold out bed was comfortable, and management even came in and made up the bed for us while we were away. It was fairly comfortable - obviously not as comfortable as a real bed, but it was newer, clean and adequate for our stay.
The bedroom area had 2 queen beds that were plush and very comfortable to sleep on. There was nice closet space, as well as a large dresser, luggage stand, mirrors, and other chairs to accommodate us and our luggage. All of the furnishings were clean, and we found no problems with any of them.
The bathroom was also well appointed, with nice fixtures and toiletries. I'm guessing that because our room was an accessible room, certain bathroom specifications were changed to accommodate someone who needed the handicap access. The sink seemed very low, mirror was quite low (I'm quite tall...)and there was minimal counter space. I saw pictures of other rooms, and they had nice walk in showers, and ours was more of a deep tub, with a tile seat area. It was still very nice, and the shower head provided good water pressure, with a nice fixture. Towels were decent - not horribly thin or scratchy, better than many! If I stayed again, I don't think I'd ask for the "larger" room. It was still excellent, but I'd rather have the nice walk in shower than the accessible tub.
Our room was on the second floor, right above the main entryway. Every now and then you could hear the automatic doors downstairs, opening and closing, or if a noisy guest was coming in, but it wasn't too bad. You are right on a busy street, so you will probably hear some traffic, but it's not extremely loud. You may want to ask for a room towards the back of the property, which will still be near the street, but at least a bit further away from it.
The bar downstairs was small, but the bartender was very fun and took great care of us. They do have some great happy hour specials, and appetizers available, which we enjoyed. Very reasonablly priced.
They do also have a breakfast area, that is not included with your room, but only $7-10 (if I remember correctly), for a very nice breakfast. Yes, they have your "hotel breakfast" staples, but they also have an omelette cook there taking your order, and making it for you with your requested ingredients. It's not all pre-packaged stuff, and does offer nice fresh fruit, rolls, meats, breads, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, coffee and orange juice. It was nice to wake up, come down for breakfast, and then go back up, shower and get ready to head out for the day. There is also a small deli/coffee shop right next to the breakfast area, that serves all the desired coffee drinks. Not too expensive either.
We did not use the hot tub or pool while we were there. They looked nice, small, but clean and well-kept.
Apparently they do have shuttle/van service available. You do need to make arrangements ahead of time. I was told that they will take you wherever you need to go - restaurant, etc. We chose to explore and drive ourselves, as we didn't want to have to be on a schedule, but we appreciated that the service was available. See the desk attendant for more info if you're interested.
Cambria usually has a two night minimum stay. There may be times when they don't, but you will have to check and see if that is the same for when you stay. Unfortunately, last time we went to TC, we had to stay elsewhere, as we were only staying for one night. Our preference would have been Cambria, but I guess that means that we will just have to plan another trip for more nights. :)
During the busy season, their rates can be kind of steep, but I would almost rather pay them, and stay at such a nice place, than take my chances elsewhere. For our weekend, we had 4 women sharing our room, and when each of us is chipping in, it wasn't that bad.
Their location is very close to downtown restaurants and shopping, and VERY close to the road that leads up to the peninsula wine trail. Those were the places we planned on visiting the most, so this location was perfect for us. If you'd prefer to be closer to the casino, look further up the road. This is one of the hotels that is the furthest from the casino.
I look forward to staying here again very soon. We had an excellent time, and totally enjoyed feeling like we were staying at a "fancier" hotel. We're not snobbish, and don't require luxury, but it was much nicer than choosing to stay at an older property, or something that's been "recently remodeled" - rooms like that always make me nervous...
If you're in the area and looking for some fun things check out North Peak Brewery (great food, local ingredients, beer, of course!), Jolly Pumpkin Brewery (out on the peninsula, if you're hitting the wineries, make a stop here for lunch! - YUM!, cool building), Trattoria Stella (in the old, remodeled buildings on the grounds of the former state hospital. try the espresso martini...), Spice Merchants (a shop on Front Street, I believe. 100's of different dry spice blends, loose leaf teas, etc. So fun and a great way to try something new, reasonablly priced too), Amical (on Front Street, excellent breakfast, decent priced, fresh, local food), and Red Ginger (Asian and Asian-inspired foods, They do have a great happy hour too.) You can check out each of these places online and see if it suits your interests, but these are our favorite places to go when we are in TC, and each of them is only 10-15 minutes from this hotel. Of course, the wine trail out on the peninsula is great too!
Have fun in Traverse City! We love it, and love staying at Cambria!