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Fairfield Inn Bay City
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Bay City
Indiana
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76 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Better than on a couch”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2010

We made the trek for a family reunion/holiday party from 5 hours away. With a 14 month old and being an adult with income, I don't do "sleep on the couch for the weekend" like when I was in college. This was the best alternative. The price was under $100 so my expectations weren't very high.

Here were the pros: Bed (king) was comfy. Pillows were adequate, if not very big. Air conditioning (I like the room COLD) was good. The staff was nice enough to place a pack n' play in our room for the little one so we didn't have to lug that with us. Towels were soft...which is a rarity in ANY hotel, but they were SMALL! Bathroom was not the normal closet...actually a little elbow room.

Cons: Non smoking floor smelled like a smoke stack. Seriously, someone must have smoked a carton up there. Bathroom tile was completely free of the grouting. My child, of course started playing with the loose tiles. Bathroom floor also seemed slanted away from the toilet....?????? The staff knew about it as well.

All told, this was not a bad place to stay. For under a hundred bucks, I half expected bugs crawling around the joint. It was clean and better than sleeping on a couch, so really I will probably stay here next time we make the trek.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2010

The Fairfield Inn by Marriott is a slightly older and moderately priced hotel that provides free internet and breakfast. Although the price was right, the experience was lackluster. Upon entering the hotel you are immediately struck by the smell of cleaning products. Not sure if this is a great thing because it always gives me the impression that they are trying to cover up something. Nonetheless, check in was pretty straightforward.

The room itself was unremarkable. The room was clean but looked worn. In the morning, I was a bit surprised to find parts of the ceiling moving, but upon closer inspection it was orange ladybugs. These are pretty harmless, but can bite. I informed the front desk for which they apologized but didn't seem to be surprised nor concerned by the news.

There is a small pool and jacuzzi, but no exercise room. Upon further inquiry they do have a relationship with a nearby gym that you can gain access to for free but this information is not readily given up.

So my stay at the Fairfield was not the absolute worst experience, but it was not the best. It provided the basic necessities of staying overnight - a clean bed (I checked for bedbugs) and a clean bathroom.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled on business
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Thank thodana
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Killeen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2010

Stayed for a week with my brother. Great customer service from everyone!!!!! We needed a refrig and they brought one in from another room. Room was clean. I read some reviews about bed bugs and didn't have a problem with that. Bed bugs are everywhere and always have been. Our room was nice, I do think that every room should have a refrigerator. Staff was always friendly. Breakfast was great and included. Coffee available 24/7. I would def recommend this hotel. We had a great time and kuddos to the staff. Obviously under good management!!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Thank debbrig
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East Lansing
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2010

I went to stay at this hotel for a nutrition conference a few months ago. I woke up the following morning with small, raised spots on me....13 in all from head to two but mostly located in the arms and face area. I awoke the next morning to the spots tripling in size and inching like crazy. Once I got home, I went to the Urgent Care and was told I likely had a case of bed bug bites...so ichy! So I called the hotel back and the manager told me they had looked through the room and there were no signs of bed bugs. Their words against mine but I would not take the chance. Stay away or at least inspect your room prior to entering! Be warned!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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5 Thank hepope
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Lapeer MI
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2010

Went sightseeing and needed a place to sleep, glad we chose this hotel. Staff excellant, the room was very clean, the pool and hot tub added bonus! Breakfast was very good too! So many nice pillows on the bed and clean sheets!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank HavinfunLapeerMI
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2009

The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. The hotel was in a good location for Bay City. It had a great breakfast room with make your own waffles, and there were always chocolate chip cookies at the desk! There was new bedding on the queen size bed and 5 pillows each so that was great. On the down side and this is nit picking, the pool was a bit cool and the hot tub a bit hot. The furniture in the room was worn and needed to be replaced.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Thank Thumb
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Illinois City, Illinois
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76 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2009

Clean rooms, comfortable beds. We were on the 3rd floor in the corner which was quiet.
Elevator was "shut down" for a day. The male desk clerk was only allowing adults on it. This hotel was team friendly until his shift. Once he left, the elevator signs were taken down.

Breakfast well stocked and plenty to eat. bagels,waffles,toast, english muffins, pastries, apples, packaged oatmeal, boxed cereal, milk,apple juice, orange juice, bacon/egg biscuit sandwiches, coffee and a large selection of teas
Free internet connection in room and a computer access in the lobby
Ask for Stephanie at the front desk for anything you need. The others aren't as friendly or helpful.

Mall and restaurants all within walking distance of hotel.
No laundry facilities on site
snack machine and pop machine
one small ice maker
3 floors --- so if the mean guy shuts down the elevator that is a lot of walking to the 3rd floor!
Pool---average size.
1st day VERy OVER chlorinated and hot tub scalding. Second day they adjusted everything after complaints
No Fitness center---they offered free access to one 2 miles away, but I'm not THAT motivated!

They had cookies out until our teams with kids started arriving and then they never offered them again!!!

  • Stayed July 2009
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Additional Information about Fairfield Inn Bay City

Property: Fairfield Inn Bay City
Address: 4105 Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI 48706-2240
Region: United States > Michigan > Bay City
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Bay City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn Bay City 2.5*
Number of rooms: 64
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