When we pushed through the doors at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Romulus, Michigan near the Detroit airport, my son said, “Great, I hoped we were staying here.” We had showed up with a gang of elementary to high school age ice-hockey players for a tournament at the outdoor ice-rink at Detroit’s Clark Park. Two years ago, we stayed at this Hampton Inn as well. When we reached our room, I remembered why I was so pleased to have a repeat visit.
Our two-queen bed room, with it warm tone of wood and nature inspired artwork was comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The mini fridge soon was filled with perishable snacks, my laptop was plugged in on the desk, my camera charger was plugged in, and there were plenty of plugs left over.
For a convenient to an airport hotel geared for business travelers and folks on the move ready to fly, the Hampton Inn is a family-friendly place to land while taking in what Detroit has to offer.
The pool is big enough for more than a few people to splash in and there’s a decent size exercise room and a hot tub. The buffet breakfast offers a wide range of hot and cold eats to satisfy anyone’s dining desires, and the lobby offers visiting space and room for an Irish dance group to practice in a corner without encroaching on others’ personal space.
When breakfast hours have passed, coffee and an assortment of teas are available 24/7 at the coffee station near the lobby desk. A kiosk offers microwavable food and snacks for purchase.
The staff is as warm and welcoming as the decor, and the complimentary airport shuttle takes the travel worry away. Also, the framed photographs of Detroit’s classic buildings that line the downstairs hallway are a lovely touch.
Although downtown Detroit is about a 20 minute drive, it’s an easy drive to where you might want to go. We headed to Mexicantown and Hamtramck (Polish) for terrific eats. On the first trip we went to The Heidelberg Project, an open air art museum of sorts where a street of abandoned houses and their yards have been turned into funky artistic and political statements and to Greektown for lunch.
AAA rates are currently $85 a night. You can also check rates at the Hilton Worldwide website or a booking site like Hotels.com or Priceline. One thing not in the price is a charge for WiFi; WiFi is free.
Hampton Inn and Suites
31700 Smith Rd.
Romulus, MI 48174
Post and photos courtesy of Jamie Rhein