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Bell Tower Hotel
Ranked #4 of 34 Hotels in Ann Arbor
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3 reviews
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“Loved it, loved it!”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

This past week I visited the University of Michigan with my daughter and chose to stay at the Bell Tower because of its' location. It was PERFECT!!!The staff at the desk were nice, and helpful. The continental breakfast was hosted by the sweetest server and had everything you could want. Its location within the campus made it completely unnecessary to have a car. Shopping and restaurants are all within walking distance in a hip and happening downtown. There is a free bus which takes you anywhere you want to go on campus. The rooms are charming with character and the hotel is quiet and peaceful. If my daughter ends up attending the University of Michigan this is where I will always stay when I visit her.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 29 February 2012
Thank you for your review. Especially, thank you for your kind words about Tonya, our breakfast server. She is very personal and a true asset to the hotel.
Best of luck with your child's college decision!

Sincerely,

DeWayne Grann
General Manager
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

This past week I visited the University of Michigan with my son and chose to stay at the Bell Tower. The staff at the desk couldn't have been more helpful in pointing out and even looking up cultural events that I could enjoy while my son met up with a friend who already attended. The healthful and delicious continental breakfast was hosted by a delightful server. Even the cleaning staff were personable and accomodating. I just felt like I was truly someone's guest. Its location within the campus, quite near to the Admissions office, across from a concert hall, around the corner from two cinemas and near an eclectic array of restaurants made it completely unnecessary to have a car.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Thank you for your kind description of our hotel and location. I love to hear when guests recognize what the hotel and Ann Arbor has to offer!

I hope your son decides that the University of Michigan is the best option for him. Ann Arbor is a great city and U of M is a great University!

Again, thank you for your kind words and best of luck!

DeWayne Grann
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Flint, MI
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

The best thing about this over priced, slightly stuffy but overall nice hotel is the location in downtown Ann Arbor within walking distance to many bars, restaurants and activites. A big problem is NO room service after 10:30pm. Not something I would expect for an average room priced over $200.00 a night. Our room was clean, but could use some updates-none of which were a real issue. The adjoining restaurant (Mercy's with French/Asian cuisine) was good, but not spectacular as far as food and prices. I think a better bang for your buck could be made by any number of other restaurants within walking distance. A plus: Complimentary valet parking which was efficient and friendly.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. I am sorry to hear that we were not able to deliver room service from Mercy's past 10:30PM. Hopefully you contacted the front desk so we were able to order from the numerous local restaurants that are able to deliver to your room.

Thank you again.

DeWayne Grann
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Emerson, New Jersey
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We stayed 2 nights at the Bell Tower Hotel. It's location right in the middle of the U of M campus was great. The room was very nice and clean and the staff was warm and helpful. The hotel itself has a very warm, welcoming feel about it - not your sterile lobby type - more like an old world hotel, yet very up to date (including free in-room wi-fi).

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am glad that you appreciate our European style lobby and decor. We look forward to your future stays with us.

Thank you again and good travels!

DeWayne Grann
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Annapolis, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 February 2012

I recently took my high school senior to visit University of Michigan. I chose to stay at the Bell Tower since everything in the main campus is within walking distance and you can walk through Ann Arbor very easily to shop or find a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner. The accomodations are very nice w/ attractive decor and very comfortable beds. They had everything I needed to be comfortable and I appreciated the free breakfast, which had plenty of items to satisfy until lunch. It was also very quiet in our room at night. Additionally, the staff is very friendly and helpful. They gave me an excellent referral for transportation to and from the airport, which made the trip even easier. I will definitely stay at the Bell Tower again. kh

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Thank you for visiting the Bell Tower. We understand the importance of making your travel as easy as possible. Providing the best guest service in Ann Arbor is our mission and I feel each and every staff member tries their best.

Best of luck on your child's collegiate decision but I vote for U of M.

Thanks again,

DeWayne Grann
General Manager
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New Baltimore, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

The Bell Tower is a gem. Whenever we are staying over in Ann Arbor our first choice is The Bell Tower. We highly recommend it. Truthfully, it is THE place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 9 February 2012
Thank you for believing we are the "place to stay". Very gracious comments!

Thank you again,

DeWayne Grann
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Oak Park, IL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2012

I stayed for one night on a quick trip to Ann Arbor, and the staff couldn't be better. The hotel is of the "Grand Old" variety, and I like it very much. The valets parking my car were polite, helpful, and efficient; the desk clerk was great and called my room to make sure everything was ok. The location is perfect for visiting my daughter, who's at the Law School. The buffet breakfast this morning was very nice, and the woman attending to it was helpful and friendly. My room was small, but clean and with a very small but refurbished bathroom.

The only downside? My next-door neighbors were not particularly noisy, but I could hear them as if they were in the same room. When my daughter met me at the hotel this morning and came up to my room, she, too, was surprised that we could easily hear the woman next door cough. I wonder if there is some way to add some soundproofing between those rooms where this is a problem. I'm not particularly fussy about sound, but this was quite pronounced. I will undoubtedly want to stay at the Bell Tower again, so perhaps there's something the management can do to solve this.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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belltowerhotel, General Manager at Bell Tower Hotel, responded to this review, 30 January 2012
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. We noticed a noise problem with the few connecting rooms and have solved that but may need to look into a solution to this problem. Thanks for your review and sharing your thoughts about the staff and level of service you received.

Thanks again and I will most definitely look into solving this problem.

Regards,

DeWayne Grann
General Manager
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Property: Bell Tower Hotel
Address: 300 S Thayer St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1699
Region: United States > Michigan > Ann Arbor
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ann Arbor
#4 Family Hotel in Ann Arbor
#5 Business Hotel in Ann Arbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bell Tower Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
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