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Residence Inn Flint Grand Blanc
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Flint
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Went cheap on the renos”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2008

Really dissapointed that they went cheap on the renos!! It's a shame...this place would be a real winner if they had just spent a few extra bucks and did the job right.

Very poor workmanship - especially the finishes. Carpet baseboard has exposed nail heads - visable across the room!

Laminate kitchen floor is already buckling and they didn't bother replacing the old white appliances or the Zeinth CRT TVs... same old dishes and stained rubermaid storage containers too. A bowl had been put away encrusted with dried bits of cereal.. hello??

Check-in was flawless.. excellent service and will probaly stay again for that reason.. First stay I can recall where Marriott actually had placed extra towels and pillows in the room (as per my profile request)!!

  • Liked — Excellent customer service! Really felt welcomed and business appreciated.
  • Disliked — Really wish they didn't cut so many corners on the renos..
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2008

We actually stayed twice here in a week as we were flying out of the Fint Bishop airport and had a very late arrival coming back in. The first stay was uneventful. Nicely remodeled rooms. Everything looked updated, even the carpet smelled new and fresh. Spacious enough for my family (me, my husband and two teenaged sons). We even managed to get a rollaway in with the pull-out couch although it was a tight squeeze. Breakfast was more than adequate. My son loves the Belgian waffle makers. I actually wanted oatmeal and didn't find it until after I had eaten because it was "hidden" behind the hot entrees! Didn't really use the full kitchen either time. Kind of strange that the only bathroom access is through the bedroom but it worked okay for us. I would have preferred a more centrally located bathroom with access from the living area instead of the bedroom.

On the return trip back, we arrived at 2 a.m. I requested a rollaway in the room ahead of time and it was there waiting for us. My only complaint about this stay was the smell of cigarette smoke in the room. This property is now entirely non-smoking but it's obvious the second time around we got an old smoking room. Didn't have a problem with that the first time. If it had been an earlier hour, I probably would have requested a change in rooms (although the parking lot looked rather full to me).

Front desk staff and housekeeping staff very friendly and smiling. Never had contact with the breakfast person although she looked very busy.

All-in-all, a very pleasant stay. Would definitely stay here again, especially given the $99 a night rate. So close to Flint Bishop Airport! Great restaurant nearby called Redwood Lodge. Was quite expensive, though, so be prepared!

  • Liked — Newly remodeled
  • Disliked — Smoke smell in room
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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New England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2007

I have, over the last year, stayed at the Residence Inn in Flint on at least four occasions totalling over ten days. To begin with, it is wonderfully convenient to the airport in Flint -- less than 5 minutes away. And, to make things better, it is equally convenient to local food shopping (Meijer's) and restaurants (a wonderful turkey farm restaurant is next door, and there are also multiple restaurants within minutes).

The hotel itself is warm, inviting, and very clean. Everything is kept in tip-top shape (in fact, they are presently renovating the whole place). The breakfast (included) is plentiful, well-presented, and tasty. There is free wireless internet for the business traveler.

Best of all, though, are the people. I have NEVER been greeted with anything other than a smile and a very welcoming attitude. And, if you need anything, the staff is quick to pleasantly respond. Honestly, I've stayed in 4/5 star hotels where the people weren't this accomodating.

All in all, you can't go wrong with the Residence Inn while staying in the Flint area. My visits to other local hotels have not been nearly as inspiring, so I recommend the Residence Inn -- Flint highly.

  • Liked — The People and The Service
  • Disliked — Would Be Nice If Evening Happy Hour Had Wine or Beer
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled on business
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Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2007

Location: excellent, within easy driving distance of all the shopping in the area.
The one-bedroom suite was just the right size for 3 people, well equipped and maintained, spotlessly clean.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
The breakfast, while not lavish, was good and adequate.
All in all a very pleasant experience and a good bargain @ $99/night.
We will definitely stay there again on our next shopping trip.

  • Liked — cleanliness (seems to be rare in this country)
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2003

The front desk clerk, Amanda was very nice & even got us into a non-smoking room. Joyce, the manager helped us out greatly! The studio room was awesome w/ it's full kitchen. Made it feel more like home. Thank You All for your hospitality!Sincerely, John & Angie

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Property: Residence Inn Flint Grand Blanc
Address: 2202 W Hill Rd, Flint, MI 48507-4655 (Formerly Residence Inn Flint)
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Location: United States > Michigan > Flint
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Flint
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Flint Grand Blanc 3*
Number of rooms: 87
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