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The taste of collegiate life in Ann Arbor

Located 45 miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor offers a compelling mix of vibrant city living and collegiate charm. From its bustling downtown district, which boasts an eclectic array of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques and nightclubs, to the gorgeous buildings and grounds of the University of Michigan's main campus, Ann Arbor makes for a unique and interesting getaway.


When to visit

Ann Arbor boasts four distinct seasons, and each has its benefits and cautions. Summers range from fairly warm to hot, and humidity levels can be rather extreme. Winters, on the other hand, bring notable amounts of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.

Spring and fall strike a good balance, and are arguably the best times to visit Ann Arbor. Both seasons offer mild, pleasant weather, and fall has the added advantages of vibrant autumn foliage and the return of University of Michigan football games, which attract massive crowds to “The Big House,” a.k.a. Michigan Stadium.

If you're one of many venturing to Ann Arbor to cheer on the home team, be sure to book reservations well in advance. While there are numerous hotels less than three miles from the city's center, they tend to fill up quickly on game weekends.


Yearly events

There's more to life in Ann Arbor than U of M football games. Music and art take center stage during the summer months, and the throwback architecture of the town's schools and theaters never take holidays from the public eye.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Every evening from mid-June through mid-July, people flock to downtown Ann Arbor to enjoy myriad musical performances. The festival attracts legends: Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Cash, Dizzy Gillespie, and Willie Nelson have all played there. Those looking for something more low-key can head to one of the nightly outdoor film screenings. Local restaurants set up stalls around these festivities, giving guests a great opportunity to sample local fare while moving between music and movies.


Ann Arbor art fairs

Near the end of July, the city bursts to life with four annual art fairs. The entire downtown is filled with stalls and vendors displaying art of all mediums, and the area is sprinkled with live bands, kids' activities, and more.


Things to see and do

Michigan Theater

This beautifully restored 1928 theater is in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. Visit to see its two grand organs, and stay to immerse yourself in the venue's history: the theater often shows classic films, as well as first-run movies and indies. Several film festivals are held here each year.

Nichols Arboretum

Lovingly referred to as “The Arb” by locals, Nichols Arboretum features 123 acres of wooded, hilly terrain with a nice network of crisscrossing trails. Whether you hike around or just find a nice, secluded place to relax, it's a haven of greenery and peace.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Families with children should head to the Hands-On Museum, which offers a fun mix of interactive exhibits. Kids can encase themselves in a giant bubble and try their hand at a variety of cool activities and games.

University of Michigan Law School quad

Step through the arches of the university's law school building to enter the quad, which is an oasis of peace amid the bustling campus. The Gothic-style architecture alone makes the Law School a worthwhile stop.


Getting there

Several major highways provide easy access to Ann Arbor via car. US-23 is the main north-south artery and is the quickest way to get there from Toledo, Ohio. The majority of air travelers fly in to Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, about a 30-minute drive to Ann Arbor.

Recently Rated Ann Arbor Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor University South
3.4 / 5
79 reviews
2 stars $54
Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites
3.9 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $117
Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor
2.9 / 5
43 reviews
3 stars $67
Candlewood Suites DETROIT-ANN ARBOR
3.8 / 5
35 reviews
2 stars $93
A Victory Inn and Suites - Ann Arbor
1.9 / 5
114 reviews
2 stars $49
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ANN ARBOR
4.3 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars $124
Red Roof Inn PLUS Ann Arbor Univ of Michigan North
3.5 / 5
30 reviews
2 stars $58
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ann Arbor
3.7 / 5
78 reviews
2 stars $64
Comfort Inn & Suites University South
3.7 / 5
32 reviews
2 stars $89
Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North
3.9 / 5
42 reviews
3 stars $119

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From $54

1 Lamp Post Inn

2 stars
3.1 / 5 98 reviews

2424 E. Stadium Map

Affordable, family-owned hotel with simple rooms near University of MIThe family-owned Lamp Post Inn offers simple and affordable accommodations close to downtown Ann Arbor and walking distance... More

I've stayed in worse, but not by much...
I can't complain too much, because hey, you get what you pay for, but, I'd probably never stay there again. The bed was super hard, the carpet was in pretty bad shape, the room had a weird smell,...
Sep 4, 2014
From $67

2 Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor

3 stars
2.9 / 5 43 reviews

2900 Jackson Avenue Map

Thank you for choosing our Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor hotel. Wyndham Garden Hotels offer tasteful, intimate hotels with comfortable guestrooms and thoughtful amenities. Perfectly situated in... More

A 2.5 star hotel
This was the cheapest 3 star in metro Ann Arbor so I booked 2 nights for a long weekend there. I can say nothing but positive things about the staff as they were very pleasant and helpful for the...
Oct 16, 2014
From $49

3 A Victory Inn and Suites - Ann Arbor

2 stars
1.9 / 5 114 reviews

3750 Washtenaw Avenue Map

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Enjoy a range of affordable room options, modest amenities in Ann ArborLocated off US-23, just across the street from Arborland Mall, A Victory Inn and Suites of Ann Arbor offers reasonable... More

Tired and worn hotel
This hotel was a major disappointment . The complimentary breakfast was coffee and cold cereal. The decorations were outdated and mismatched. The bathtub was dirty and the towels were like...
Oct 14, 2014
From $104

4 Holiday Inn ANN ARBOR-NEAR THE UNIV. OF MI

3 stars
3.6 / 5 37 reviews

3600 Plymouth Road Map

North Ann Arbor hotel with contemporary rooms, ample business servicesAlong Plymouth Road, in the business district on the north side of Ann Arbor, the Holiday Inn Ann Arbor – Near the Univ. of MI... More

Comfortable accommodations
We stayed at the hotel during a visit to our child at U Mich. It was convenient; about a 10-minute drive. The room was very comfortable and clean; nice king size bed with good quality linens....
Sep 29, 2014
From $139

5 Webers Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 53 reviews

3050 Jackson Road Map

$10 Food & Beverage Credit

Chic Ann Arbor boutique hotel boasts business and leisure amenitiesFounded in 1937, the family-owned Weber's Inn has offered boutique-hotel style and service in Ann Arbor for generations. Located... More

Peaceful
Overall very good experience. My only complaint is the bed comforter ~ it was hard and balled up in the corners, I switched it withe the other bed in my room and was fine.
Aug 28, 2014
From $64

6 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ann Arbor

2 stars
3.7 / 5 78 reviews

3610 Plymouth Rd Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Basic north Ann Arbor hotel, best for couples or business travelersMicrotel Inn and Suites Ann Arbor – Plymouth Rd offers great amenities at affordable rates on the north side of Ann Arbor.... More

Clean, comfortable, value
I've stayed here twice, and am sure I will stay here again.
Oct 9, 2014
From $187

7 Residence Inn Ann Arbor North

3 stars
4.5 / 5 10 reviews

3535 Green Court Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Set a pace that suits you at Residence Inn by Marriott®. Whether you are with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with the... More

Awesome place to stay
Except for the location, which required a taxi/shuttle to get on to University of Michigan campus, it was really great! Free shuttle to anywhere in Ann Arbor on weekdays.
Oct 15, 2013
From $50

8 Days Inn Ann Arbor

2 stars
2.5 / 5 79 reviews

2380 Carpenter Road Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Find great amenities, small prices at highway-adjacent Ann Arbor hotel Located along US 23, about one mile north of Interstate 94, the Days Inn Ann Arbor makes a convenient roadside stop for... More

Do not stay here.
I actually wound up not staying there. If was filthy unsanitary and unsafe. 1. Had to pass a man working with a power table saw and squeeze past a ladder to get in the front door. 2. Ceiling...
Sep 1, 2014
From $89

9 Comfort Inn & Suites Ann Arbor

2 stars
2.6 / 5 20 reviews

2376 Carpenter Road Map

The Comfort Inn and Suites is only a few miles from the Chrysler Arena and Michigan Stadium, home of the Wolverines. Ypsilanti's Rynearson Stadium and Washtenaw Community College are both less than... More

Nice place
Friendly staff, large room. Good experience. Good breakfast. Close to the highway and Ann Arbor.
Aug 27, 2014
From $93

10 Candlewood Suites DETROIT-ANN ARBOR

2 stars
3.8 / 5 35 reviews

701 Waymarket Way Map

Self-sufficient travelers stay short or long-term in south Ann ArborIn south Ann Arbor, nestled between Briarwood Mall and Waters Place Shopping Center, Candlewood Suites Detroit – Ann Arbor is the... More

Good amenities and location
WIFI, washing machine,drying nachine and gym are free. Some malls are close. They are useful
Oct 15, 2014
From $117

11 Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites

3 stars
3.9 / 5 27 reviews

2455 Carpenter Road Map

The Ann Arbor Regent Hotel and Suites offers 125 superior guest rooms. Our beautifully appointed rooms offer an array of enhanced amenities great service and extra features. Our spacious guest... More

Loved this place.
Very clean, nice amenities. Shower was wonderful and the breakfast offered the next morning made this a great value.
Oct 19, 2014
From $129

12 The Kensington Court

3 stars
3.8 / 5 51 reviews

610 Hilton Blvd Map

Feel at home in Ann Arbor with high-end amenities at mid-range pricesLocated walking distance from Briarwood Mall, the Kensington Court in south Ann Arbor boasts a convenient location just off the... More

Visiting son in school and work
Kensington Court is conveniently located near the mall and not far from downtown. The room was very comfortable and clean. Had to extend my stay for a few days and didn't have to change rooms...
Jun 18, 2014
From $119

13 Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-North

3 stars
3.9 / 5 42 reviews

2300 Green Road Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Well-rounded amenities in north Ann Arbor for business or family guestsLocated in the business district on the north side of Ann Arbor, the Hampton inn Ann Arbor – North sits near the Plymouth... More

Weekend football get away
Good location away from campus.Room large and very clean.Checkout simple and morning breakfast fantastic that was included in price.Good value for a football game weekend in Ann Arbor.
Oct 1, 2014
From $54

14 Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor University South

2 stars
3.4 / 5 79 reviews

3505 South State St Map

Welcome to the Red Roof Inn Ann Arbor-University of Michigan South in Michigan! This hotel is a pet friendly, family friendly hotel. The Red Roof Ann Arbor is conveniently located near the... More

Stay for Interview at U of M
Hotel is clean, quiet and very adequate for a short stay. Good value for price.
Oct 21, 2014
From $79

15 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Ann Arbor

3 stars
3.9 / 5 84 reviews

3285 Boardwalk Map

Family-friendly comfort near Ann Arbor shopping and university campusLocated just off Interstate 94, the Fairfield Inn by Marriott Ann Arbor sits just a few minutes from downtown and the University... More

Fairfield July 4th, 2014
The room was decent. Got a single Queen. The desk for my laptop was out of the way. Which was NICE because I stayed at a Red Roof Inn that the desk chair and desk were right in the walking-through...
Jul 10, 2014
From $109

16 Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South

3 stars
3.9 / 5 39 reviews

925 Victors Way Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Convenient south Ann Arbor location, amenities for business and leisureJust off Interstate 94, the Hampton Inn Ann Arbor-South sits across from Briarwood Mall, and from the south Ann Arbor location... More

Football Visit
Hotel was very clean and staff was super nice. Rooms were fine but it was a bit far from campus and pretty expensive for what it was.
Sep 29, 2014
From $182

17 Bell Tower Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 6 reviews

300 South Thayer Map

The Bell Tower offers you superb accommodations in a truly distinctive setting an escape from the ordinary. Conveniently located within the University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor the... More

Nice weekend away
The service is fantastic. Great location, short walk to everything we wanted. Enjoyed a few drinks at the bar and breakfast was better than expected. The room was clean and quiet. Only downside was...
May 28, 2013
From $119

18 Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 31 reviews

3200 Boardwalk Street Map

Save 20% on your stay

Find everything for business and leisure at this Ann Arbor hotelRenovated in April 2011, the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel offers fresh, modern guest rooms and state-of-the-art business services just... More

wedding hotel
This is a great place to stay if you are in town for a wedding. Pool area is nice and relaxing however alot of kids so be aware. The hotel amenities were excellent especially the gym.
Jun 30, 2014
From $133

19 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites ANN ARBOR UNIV. MICHIGAN AREA

3 stars
4.0 / 5 21 reviews

3155 BOARDWALK DRIVE Map

Ideal for business and leisure, just minutes from downtown Ann ArborLocated just off Interstate 94 near the Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ann Arbor Univ. Michigan... More

Enjoyable Overnight
We were in Ann Arbor for a youth gymnastics meet while the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Meet was being held. The staff was able to give my son a room key with the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Logo on it. It...
Apr 12, 2014
From $124

20 Holiday Inn Express & Suites ANN ARBOR

3 stars
4.3 / 5 20 reviews

600 BRIARWOOD CIRCLE Map

Relax in plush rooms and enjoy great breakfast bar, convenient locationJust two miles south of the University of Michigan, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Ann Arbor offers a convenient... More

Comfortable and clean
Clean room/kind staff/easy access to the main campus and the highway.
Oct 10, 2014