Pros

  • Cheerful, modern hotel that’s close to the University of Michigan
  • Modern guest rooms with Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves
  • On-site restaurant serves American classics for breakfast and dinner
  • Large indoor pool/whirlpool with fountains and toys for kids
  • Well-equipped 24-hour fitness center with Precor equipment
  • Spacious business center with multiple computers, printers, and an ATM
  • Meeting space for up to 220 people
  • 24-hour pantry that sells snacks, frozen entrees, beer, and wine
  • Guest laundry room, valet dry cleaning, and evening room service
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free basic Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • Far from downtown Ann Arbor
  • The restaurant doesn't serve lunch
  • Rates don't include breakfast
  • Premium Wi-Fi costs extra
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Bottom Line

The mid-range Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor is a bright and modern hotel with many attractive features for leisure and business travelers alike. The property is located a short drive from downtown Ann Arbor, and highlights include a restaurant/bar, well-equipped fitness center, laundry room, meeting space, and an exceptionally large pool with a children’s play area. Its 130 guest rooms are comfortable and nicely outfitted, with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, and basic Wi-Fi (premium service costs extra). For travelers seeking accommodations that include breakfast, Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites, is a good option, but it has a small pool and no dinner restaurant.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pool

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Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor

Scene

A modern hotel with a bright and airy lobby for a mix of travelers 

The modern Hilton Garden Inn draws a diverse clientele, including lots of families who enjoy the spacious Cool Pool that has a children’s play area with slides and toys. It’s also close enough to the University of Michigan to attract university parents, business travelers, and college sports fans on weekends. The lobby is a bright, airy, and inviting space, with high ceilings, natural stone columns, and light wood floors. Thoughtful decorative touches such as a fireplace, tropical plants in large planters, and vibrant colors add to the appeal. There's plenty of comfy seating throughout the hotel’s common areas, including a spacious outdoor patio with a gas fire pit. The granite bar just off the lobby is a cozy spot as well. 

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Location

Just south of downtown Ann Arbor, across the street from the Briarwood Mall

The hotel is off Interstate 94 and across the street from the Briarwood Mall, which has several shops and restaurants, including full-service eateries like P.F. Chang and Bravo Cucina Italiano. Some other hotels are also are nearby, and several more restaurants are within a 10-minute drive. It’s an eight-minute drive (north) to Michigan Stadium, and about a 14-minute drive to downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s main campus. Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti is about 15 minutes away by car, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to drive to Detroit’s airport. 

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Rooms

Comfortable and spacious, with Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges

Rust-colored carpet, butterscotch accent walls, soft lighting, and wood furniture with a soft amber finish give these guest rooms a warm and pleasant glow. Duvets are bright white, there are cornflower blue armchairs and matching ottomans, and desks with office chairs. Some of the wood furniture has granite tops that add polish.

Standard Kings and Double Queens (there is only one suite) aren’t particularly large, but offer plenty of space for comfort. Bathrooms are only average in size, but they feature wide granite vanities and handsome, wood laminate floors. Kings have stall showers with frosted glass doors, while Double Queens have shower/tub combos. Both options are framed by beige tiling. 

Amenities are excellent, and include Keurig coffeemakers, microwaves, mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs, and free basic Wi-Fi (premium service costs extra), but there are no safes. Views are unremarkable, but some units do overlook a small lake. Rooms get some ambient noise from the nearby interstate, but they're generally quiet.

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Features

Restaurant/bar, indoor pool/whirlpool, and a gym, but premium Wi-Fi costs extra 

This Hilton Garden Inn features something many hotels in the chain do not -- a restaurant and bar. The Garden Grille and Bar serves American classics for breakfast and dinner, and it offers happy hour specials, but there's no lunch. Evening room service is available. Iced tea and fruit-infused water are free in the lobby as well. There's also a 24-hour pantry that sells snacks, sundries, frozen entrees, beer, and wine. 

For wellness, The Cool Pool is indoors and exceptionally large, with a children’s play area that includes a fountain, slide, and toys, and there's a whirlpool. There's also a 24-hour fitness center with a good selection of five Precor cardio machines, a weight-training machine, and free weights. It also offers free bottled water and fruit. 

For business travelers, the hotel’s four meeting spaces can host functions for up to 220 people, and the spacious business center has two computers, two printers, and an ATM. Other amenities include two washer/dryers in the guest laundry room, valet dry cleaning and laundry, and freebies such as newspapers, on-site parking, and basic Wi-Fi, though premium service costs extra. 

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Amenities

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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