My husband and I came to Ann Arbor for a short (Saturday night) weekend getaway, our first since the birth of our son a little over a year ago. We were in desperate need of some rest and relaxation, and respite from flying sippy cups and dirty diapers. We definitely found it at the Ann Arbor Regent. The positive reviews are true! I did a lot of research to find a nice place to stay - somewhere that fit in our modest budget, but that was special enough for a weekend away, and offered lots of amenities. Of course, I also wanted somewhere safe and peaceful.
We arrived around 3:30 pm on Saturday. The hotel was easy to find, and had nice curb appeal - the fountain was off since it is freezing out, but the clock tower was impressive. We headed into the lobby and saw that the pictures on the website accurately conveyed the feel of the hotel - elegant decor (but not stuffy), a smart layout, well-maintained, and noticeably clean. The lobby opens into the breakfast room, which looks out onto the pool area (the game/billiards room is above the breakfast room and also looks out onto the pool area). The front desk clerk was very helpful and friendly, and we were checked in in no time. We headed to our room.
As we walked down the few hallways to our room, we noticed how clean everything was. The lighting, carpet, wallpaper, and decor were all spotless. We saw a nice little green courtyard with trees through the plentiful hallway windows.
We arrived at our room and upon entering, noticed a clean, fresh scent. It wasn't the typical hotel scent room scent - it smelled faintly like oranges, like a delicately scented candle. It wasn't overpowering or even noticeable later, but it was a nice welcome to the room. We paid an extra five dollars for a king whirlpool room. I knew from the comprehensive website that it was a deep soaking jetted tub meant for one person, not a Jacuzzi for two or anything, so it was exactly what I was expecting. I looked forward to enjoying it, some bubble bath, and the latest issue of Real Simple later, while my hubby watched March Madness. It, like everything in the room, was spotless and sparkling. I kept commenting to my husband about how clean everything was. I've never seen a hotel room so clean.
The room was spacious, with lots of nice touches. King sized bed with soft bedding and lots of comfy pillows, an armchair and ottoman (that was actually comfortable!), a desk and chair, large HD TV, coffee maker, mini fridge, microwave, large open closet, and a pretty view of the courtyard. Everything was elegantly appointed - granite and chrome in the bathroom, pretty photos of foreign locales on the walls, and modern bedding. There is free Wi-Fi, and the connection was fast. The Wi-Fi password is on a little card in your key card envelope - I didn't see it and called the front desk for the password, but the clerk was very nice.
We decided to check out the amenities before heading out for the evening. After a quick stop at the front desk to exchange my hubby's ID for the pool table supplies, we headed to the game room for some friendly competition. This game room is a far cry from the typical hotel game room - complete with pub-style tables and chairs, two large TVs, shuffleboard, foosball, and a pool table. I felt like I was at some fancy sports club or something. After I got trounced twice by my hubby, we checked out the fitness center and the pool. The fitness center was nice - a few treadmills and ellipticals (with TV screens) and a weight machine. It's open 24 hours. The pool/hot tub and game room are both open until 10 pm. The pool was nice, with comfy looking furniture on the pool deck. There was also a hot tub.
We had dinner reservations at Zingermans Roadhouse, which wasn't far away. After our delicious dinner, we brought back our leftovers and kept them in the fridge, along with goodies purchased at Trader Joes. It was so nice to have a fridge and microwave in our room.
We went down to the pool to enjoy the hot tub, but it was packed full of college students in town for a sorority/fraternity conference, so we settled on taking a dip in the pool first, hoping the hot tub might clear out. The pool was on the colder side, but I liked how it wasn't too deep. It wasn't Olympic-sized or anything, but plenty big enough for me! The deepest end said it was 5 feet, but I am 5 feet tall and the water only came up to my shoulders, which I loved - I'm normally constantly bobbing up and down in pools to keep my head above water. There was a large wall of windows looking out onto a pretty courtyard (a different one than mentioned earlier), with a gazebo and fountains. I bet it is beautiful in the spring and summer. Anyway, finally the hot tub cleared out enough for us to get in. It was nice and relaxing. It was getting close to 10 pm, and a friendly employee politely informed everyone that the pool area would be closing then. We knew this already, so we didn't mind. It would have been nice if the pool and game room were available to use later, but I understand the reason, as there are guestrooms surrounding the pool area and the game room.
I had a lovely bath in the jetted tub when we got back to our room, and my husband enjoyed the basketball on TV. The TV swiveled, so he got to enjoy it from the armchair as well as the bed. The bathtub was great, although I went a little nuts with bath gel I brought - I forgot that the jets would greatly multiple the bubbles, and it was pretty comical. One thing I must mention is the towels. They are wonderful. Large (almost bath sheet size), fluffy, and soft. I loved being able to wrap one all the way around me. Lovely. Also, they have Bath & Body Works products in the bathroom (lotion, shampoo, soap, and conditioner). Plus mouthwash.
The bed was really comfortable, and we slept really well. It was very quiet and peaceful.
Breakfast in the morning was delicious. The breakfast room isn't super huge and there is only one busy breakfast attendant, but there was plentiful food. The coffee and hot water ran out and had to be refilled, but there were a ton of guests (including the delegation of students), so that is understandable. Breakfast options included local coffee, tea, fresh-squeezed orange juice (where can you ever find that at a hotel with complimentary breakfast?!), V-8 Splash, whole and skim milk, 4-5 kinds of cereal, bagels, doughnuts, muffins, English muffins, bread, bananas, oranges, apples, waffles (to toast, not to make your own), peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, hot sauce, cream cheese, butter, scrambled eggs, jumbo sausage links (very tasty), and seasoned home fries. The eggs were pretty good for hotel eggs, and the sausage was very good. There are two TVs in the breakfast room.
Check-out is at noon, but the confirmation said that complimentary late check-out (2 pm) is an option if available. We asked the front desk clerk about it on our way back from breakfast, and she looked a little confused by the request, but said that was fine. We ended up checking out around 12:10 pm.
I know this review turned into a book, but I was just so impressed by this place and wanted to share with you. For all the amenities, cleanliness, and comfort, you would have thought it cost three times what it did. We were so happy to find it. It really made our getaway lovely. We know where we'll be headed the next time we're in town for a stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites is ideally located along the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti border with easy access to US Highway 23, Interstate 94, and close proximity to the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and area hospitals. Whether you stay with us for pleasure or business, you’ll find the Ann Arbor Regent will always exceed your expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ann Arbor Regent Hotel Ann Arbor
- Ann Arbor Regent Hotel And Suites
- Quality Inn Ann Arbor
- Comfort Inn Ann Arbor
- Ann Arbor Comfort Inn