If you are in town for a game or business but want to get away from the college town rowdiness, try the Williamston Inn. This is a small, family owned Inn, about 6 miles heading East on Grand River Ave. The Inn is very close to downtown Williamston, which is a quaint town, with some cool antiques shops and restaurants. All with a very 'Norman Rockwell' feel. The owners are nice people as well.
Quality Inn University is an older hotel, but it is well maintained, clean, and a good value for the money and location. We stayed here the night before the Ohio State - Michigan State football game in 2008, so most area hotels were booked and prices were a little higher than usual (I think we paid $116 a night for two queen beds). We arrived and quickly checked into our rooms, then headed down to the University to watch a hockey game. After the game and dinner, we were back at the hotel around 11pm, had a good night's sleep, then we were on our way the next day with no problems.
First the good: The hotel has plenty of free parking; it's close to campus; they have a swimming pool, hot tub, and bar; their free breakfast we better than average; and service was good.
Now the bad: This is an older hotel so it can be a bit noisy, the bathrooms are in need of remodeling, they charge for wi-fi (but their system was broken when we were there); and the bar closes at 10 or 11pm, no matter how many people are sitting there drinking.
If you're coming from out of town, out of state or out of the country and don't have a criminal background, you're welcome to stay at my apartment in East Lansing if you're willing to offer the favor in return. I have a spare bedroom with a twin bed for guests and space for parking.
Friendly host, free, right next to MSU's campus, 10 minute walk from downtown East Lansing.
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