Just steps away from the campus of Michigan State University, this hotel is also right in the heart of the eclectic downtown East Lansing with it shops catering to students and residents alike. The new art museum - which perches off of Grand River Avenue like a metal shark - is only a few blocks away. Diners can easily find something to their tastes at the many inexpensive, but interesting restaurants nearby. Those with fond memories of Beggar's Banquet will find it still open and till serving many of the dishes that you may remember from decades earlier.
The hotel is undergoing some main floor renovation (June 2014) that promises a more welcoming reception area, but the young staff behind the desk were just as cheerful, helpful, and professional as I have come to expect from Marriiot staff. My room on the 4th floor did not have an interesting view, but the interior of the room was nicely decorated and comfortable.
I wish Marriott would include windows that opened, even slightly, like they do on some of their other properties. The slightest breath of fresh air makes it easier for me to sleep - I fear the air conditioner and fan were a bit too loud and made for a fitful night, despite the super comfy bed, pillows, and duvet..
The in-hotel restaurant was lovely for breakfast with a nice and tasty low-calorie egg white frittata topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, and avocados to add some color and yumminess.
Maybe I've been spoiled with the many coffee shops that appear now everywhere I travel, but I found the restaurant coffee a bit weak and perhaps Marriott could consider serving a local Michigan roast coffee to introduce visitors and tempt residents to enjoy another cup.
Overall, this is my first choice to stay when I am in Lansing -- I used to live there and still return to visit friends. Marriott made many improvements when they took it over from Holiday Inn -- I expect they plan to make a few more to make it even better.
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