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August 12, 2013 12:10 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to get some hotel recommendations around Ann Arbor, MI, please!

My company will be recruiting at a career fair at UMich at the end of next month, and we'll be requiring a hotel near 2101 Bonisteel Blvd. We'll have a rental car.

I know I can always look at trip advisor reviews or whatever, but the place we stayed last year was apparently a total shithole, despite having great reviews online. As I have been chosen to be one of the lucky recruiters this year, I'd like to not stay in a shithole.

So where should I be looking? Budget isn't a tremendous concern.
posted by phunniemee to Travel & Transportation around Ann Arbor, MI (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
The Inn at the League is a free 10 minute bus ride from where you need to be, and the buses run every ten minutes for most of the day/night. I haven't stayed at the League, but as a student who has been to the League, I would say it is definitely not a shithole. It's a neat place and I think goes beyond just a place to stay. There is a lot of parking around the League, but I would call and ask for more info because they might give you a special parking pass (parking on the street is hourly. There are a few Michigan lots you probably get to use, but since I have never stayed there I am not really sure).

Have fun visiting Ann Arbor! Tell her I miss her! If you need any other tips about what to eat or do while in Ann Arbor feel free to memail me.
posted by tweedle at 12:23 PM on August 12, 2013


My department has put visiting students and faculty in the Bell Tower Hotel and the Campus Inn before, and they seem to be quite nice places. I've stayed in the League before too and thought it was cool, but it's more of an hidden add-on to a student union-type building than a full hotel. All three of these are a short walk from Main street (restaurants, etc), right next to the U of M main campus, and North Campus (the Bonisteel address) is not hard to get to at all.
posted by kiltedtaco at 12:40 PM on August 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I came to recommend the Bell Tower and Campus Inn as well.

There's some other chain hotels around (Hampton inn, Extended Stay), but if you want nicer, those two will do it.

My parents used to stay often at Weber's Inn, which was quite nice, but that was quite a while ago, and is more removed from things.
posted by dpx.mfx at 12:43 PM on August 12, 2013


I don't know much about the hotels specifically, but I will suggest that you check the U Mich football calendar before you make a reservation. If you are staying at the same time as a home game, you'll want to stay as far from the stadium as you reasonably can.
posted by tau_ceti at 12:48 PM on August 12, 2013


I don't know much about the hotels specifically, but I will suggest that you check the U Mich football calendar before you make a reservation. If you are staying at the same time as a home game, you'll want to stay as far from the stadium as you reasonably can.

That's not a huge concern. Bonisteel is right up on North Campus and doesn't see that much traffic on football Saturdays.

The closest you're going to get is the Holiday Inn on Plymouth Road. Here's a link. It's literally 3 or 4 minutes away from where you'll be having your career fair. I work on North Campus (where you'll be having your career fair) and I can vouch for it... you know.. being close and in a nice part of town (not that there's a bad part of town).

It's not near downtown or anything, which a lot of the other people here touch on... So, you'll miss out on some of that, but downtown to North Campus can be a total pain in the ass.

Anyway... I don't know if the Holiday Inn is a shithole or whatever, but there it is.
posted by kbanas at 1:01 PM on August 12, 2013


There's a Marriott in Ypsilanti which, while absolutely cookie cutter in every way, will not disappoint (unless you get snowed in there and have to eat at the restaurant...)
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:03 PM on August 12, 2013


Heh, I used to work in that building. All hotels in Ann Arbor get booked up early on football Saturdays, even the north campus ones. At the very least, you'll pay inflated prices. Also look out for music school's audition days, which tend to fill the North Campus hotels.

Anyway, Weber's and the Bell Tower are the traditional "nice" hotels, but I've always found them a little musty. We always sent visitors to the Microtel, which has a shuttle to campus, is reasonably nice, but not fancy.

Also, that particular building is somewhat hidden between the Commons and Media Union, so it's a little hard to find. Look for the doors to your right as you're walking through the corridor connecting the two.
posted by snickerdoodle at 1:17 PM on August 12, 2013


Weber's is the far side of town from north campus where you'll be. The Holiday Inn is close, Bell Tower and Campus Inn are downtown and nicer. I have not been in that Holiday Inn - the other two are both quite spiffy. The Marriott in Ypsi is a pretty long ways away.
posted by leslies at 5:41 PM on August 12, 2013


Thanks, guys. I booked at Bell Tower.

Now...does anyone want to babysit my puppy the day I'll be out of town? :D
posted by phunniemee at 2:18 PM on August 14, 2013


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