Best Hotels to Explore the Flavors of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is a destination of many flavors. This Michigan getaway is well-known for its many festivals, wineries, breweries, and dining experiences. It’s a favorite for history buffs, art lovers, and car enthusiasts — the Show and Shine Car Show is known to pull great crowds — and there is always something to do in Ann Arbor.

Spring and fall are the most event-rich periods, with the bonus of fall colors across parks and gardens to inspire your imagination. If you like to spoil yourself with your Ann Arbor hotels options without breaking the bank, winter stays guarantee luxury accommodation at a significantly lower price. Here are a few top choices to fit your budget and your preferences in term on hotel stays.

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Save Money Near the University of Michigan

If you’re visiting Ann Arbor for the University of Michigan or just prefer the atmosphere of a college campus, then the Bell Tower Hotel is your best option. While it’s not the cheapest venue in the area, you get great value for your money — free breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. This hotel also offers a prime location and a business and fitness center so you can stay active. Apart from the campus attractions, Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Mary Beth Doyle Park are also close by.

Enjoy Tradition and History

An Ann Arbor fixture since 1937 when it was open, Weber’s Inn is a family owned traditional venue with touches of modern decor. Enjoy your stay with a fitness center, pool, free Wi-Fi, and a complementary newspaper on weekdays. The inn also has a sauna and whirlpool spa and a 24-hour business center. Nichols Arboretum and the Leslie Science Center are the closest attractions, while the University of Michigan is only three miles away.

Take Advantage of Luxury and Value

Another hotel right next to the University of Michigan, Campus Inn Ann Arbor, welcomes guests with sleek rooms, marble bathrooms, oversized towels, premium mattresses, and Bath & Body Works Signature Collection toiletries. Order in or dine at the hotel’s Victors Bar & Restaurant, train at the fitness center, or take advantage of the complimentary pass for basketball, racquetball, swimming, and weight lifting facilities at the University. The Power Center for the Performing Arts, the Hill Auditorium, and the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry are all within walking distance of the hotel.

Benefit From Modern Elegance

If you’re looking for a hotel with elegant, contemporary-style rooms, a pool and fitness center for your morning workouts, and other on-site activities, then The Kensington Court is one of your top choices. Right across the street from the Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Shopping Mall, this hotel has a large indoor pool and a fully equipped fitness center, and Graham’s Restaurant will delight you for any meal of the day. To start your mornings right, stop by the complimentary Viennese Coffee Bar in the lobby.

Save Your Money

If you want a budget stay with all the amenities you might need, then the Lamp Post Inn is your best option. With daily rates starting as low as $54 and special winter weekly rates, you still get free breakfast, parking, and Internet access during your stay. Each room has a coffee maker and its own microwave oven, making the hotel perfect for longer stays.


20 Comment to “Best Hotels to Explore the Flavors of Ann Arbor, Michigan”

  1. Amelie says:

    Ahhh yes, I would love to visit Michigan in the fall to see all those beautiful red and orange tree colors. Thanks so much for the recommendations!

  2. Michigan has always been on my list of places to visit in the USA and Ann Arbor sounds like a great stop! And I love that you have identified a place that offers specials and discount rates – perfect for saving money after very costly flights from Australia!

  3. Erica says:

    I love that you’re so specific with the hotel recommendations and who will they most likely appeal to. I think I would enjoy a stay near the university.

  4. Holly says:

    I hear a lot about Ann Arbor but haven’t been to that area. Great list of where to stay depending on what someone is looking for.

  5. Love how you chose hotels based to types of travelers and what appeals to them. This seems to be a good place to explore then.

    • Thank you, Karla! I try to do that when I feature hotels because everyone has their own set of preferences. I can’t possibly cover them all, but I can try 😀

  6. Lori says:

    you had me at the Show and Shine Car Show – you know I like cars 😀 And there seem to be so many more interesting activities near this hotel – definitely a choice to consider while traveling!

  7. Mar Pages says:

    Thank you for a good variety of options! I would probably go for Weber’s Inn, or Campus Inn Ann Arbor. May try my hand at racquetball!

    • If I were to choose for myself, I’d probably choose something near the campus as well. Feels like that’s the true heart of the city and I’d like to be there 😀

  8. I’ve not done much traveling through Michigan, but I’m wanting to do more, especially college towns. They seem so much more vibrant to me!

  9. Christopher says:

    Great list. I like that you included hotels from different price points. I would love to cust this place!!!

  10. I have a lot of friends there and I don’t need an accommodation, unfortunately. But I love that there is much to do in Michigan! I am interested in the breweries. I hope you can write something about this!

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