If you find yourself in Dearborn, stay at the Dearborn Inn. Built in 1931, by Henry Ford, this is a unique and charming property. It’s not without its issues, but they are minor and overshadowed by the gracious grounds and the outstanding staff.
I was here for business and without a car, so I felt initially trapped by the inability to leave the property. Apparently, I’m not alone because they offer a free car service to take you anywhere you want to go within 3 miles. This was perfect, since I had them take me to the grocery store so I could stock up on water and healthy breakfast options (sort of). When you book, be prepared to be housed in one of the out buildings or request to be lodged in the main space. It is not an issues unless you are limited in mobility. I was in the MacGuffy, between the pool and the Burbank building and while there was an odd odor in the common area (stairwell, foyer) my room smelled fine. The room wasn’t as clean as I expect for a Marriott property and I addressed this with the staff, but it was spacious, had AMAZINGLY icy air conditioning, and a great view of the verdant shady lawn. There is no elevator, so if you are an over-packer or have bad knees consider the main building which has elevators.
What sets this property apart are the incredibly lovely grounds with manicured flower beds that perfectly compliment the Georgian architecture and the majority of the staff. In particular, I had the pleasure of being assisted by Chaz. He was a gem; friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to do what he could to make my stay pleasant. He drove to the grocery store and the rental car pick-up. He was one of those rare folks who you can tell really do care about making the experience positive. Additionally, Regina was my go-to for the room cleanliness issues. She was at-the-ready to fix them and her helpful attitude was great!
Finally, onto the restaurant – The Edison. I’m a picky eater. I eat lots of fresh veggies and fruit but without a refrigerator in the room, I had to eat at Edison’s. It was NOT A HARDSHIP! This was the best hotel restaurant I’ve ever experienced. Great waitstaff and thoughtfully created and delicious food, or dare I say, cuisine. Do yourself a favor and get the Mushrooms Napoleon and French Onion Soup. I can’t speak about the meat dishes but my colleagues seemed equally enthusiastic.
Would I Stay Here Again? ABSOLUTELY!!
High Points: Grounds, architecture, Edison’s, and staff (Chaz and Regina)
Low Points: Cleanliness of the room (7 out of 10), no in-room fridge, lack of healthy (cheap) snacks