I drove to town for a special day at UM and found this new-ish property (April 2013) on US 1, several hundred yards from the Northeast end of campus. I arrived the prior evening and found only a few cars in the parking lot. Check-in was fast and friendly. I found the room to be quite comfortable, well in line with my expectations for a new property. My room faced on toward the main road, and despite assurances about the sound-proofing from the front desk clerk, trucks and motorcycles passing by at all hours of the night were loud enough to wake me several times and keep me up afterwards. [Word to the wise: ask for a room facing the parking lot.]
The breakfast area was clean and attractive, and the food was OK. Tables were cleaned as soon as guests left. I opted to walk to campus to enjoy the morning sun, although I was told that a University shuttle that serviced nearby university housing stopped about a block away. [Note to first-time UM visitors: campus parking was surprisingly expensive at $3/hour (max $15/day); I received permission to leave my car at the hotel after check-out, picking it up at the end of the day.]
In-room broadband Ethernet connection was free, but far from high-speed. [I tested it at about 1.2 MBPS.] Slow enough, in fact, for many pages to time out before fully loading. [I had the same problem at another BW+ the next night.]
Despite the problems, I would definitely consider staying at this property again as long as I did not need to work online and I could get a room that faced away from the main road.
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