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Supporting DIPG Research

The Kensington Hotel would like to take this opportunity to utilize this platform to highlight a cause that is close to our hearts.    In 2014, a four-letter acronym changed the course of Tammi Carr’s life forever. Her son, Chad, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma ( DIPG ). Three days later, he spent his 4th birthday at Mott Chil...

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Embracing Sustainability

Looking for a hotel that keeps the environment in mind? Interested in supporting sustainability in Michigan? In today’s world, sustainability has become a way of life. The Kensington Hotel is committed to this way of life, which our guests can see in our housekeeping practices. From the cleaning materials we use, to our efforts in reducing water consumption and embracing recycling, our hous...

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Executive Luxury, March Madness, Barbeque, and More!

Looking for a hotel room with the perfect balance of luxury and focus? How about a festive place to kick off March Madness? For the month of March 2024, the Kensington Hotel is your one-stop-shop for luxury rooms and tailgate-worthy food! The Kensington Executive Rooms Comfort is key in our Executive Rooms. These upgraded rooms offer a home-away-from-home vibe. For those that need a bit more spac...

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Celebrate Black History Month and Female Athletes with the Kensington Hotel!

How are you planning on recognizing Black History Month? Did you know that February is also a time to celebrate female athletes? This month, the Kensington Hotel is embracing both black history and Washtenaw female athletes! A Message About Black History Month This month we wanted to take time to proudly celebrate Black History Month with the heartfelt recognition that it deserves. As we honor th...

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Your Story, Perfected: the Kensington Hotel Weddings

Have you been searching for your dream wedding venue? Are you exhausted by the idea of coordinating several different wedding services? The Kensington Hotel can help you embark on an enchanting journey towards your happily ever after, where each moment is a brushstroke on the canvas of your love story. Our Ann Arbor wedding venue can transform your dreams into reality, curating a wedding experien...

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Host the Holidays at the Kensington Hotel

Looking for space to host your friends and family this holiday season? Want to ring in the New Year with a dazzling party venue?  ‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The Kensington Hotel can help you plan and host whatever festivities you have in mind. With access to experienced event planners, a versatile ballroom, an on-site restaurant, and boutique hotel rooms, you can be sure that...

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Enjoy November Events in Ann Arbor

Eager to celebrate the beauty of Ann Arbor in the fall? Looking for family events around Thanksgiving? November is a busy time for the Ann Arbor area! Music, film, gardening, shopping… there’s a little something for everyone! Most events are family friendly. Best of all, the Kensington Hotel can serve as your luxurious home base while you enjoy these fabulous fall festivals.  He...

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The Kensington Hotel is Your Corporate Event Venue

Is your company hosting a conference, trade show, or other event? Does your company have an anniversary to celebrate? Searching for business meeting rooms in Ann Arbor ? Whatever the purpose, The Kensington Hotel can be your corporate event space! With 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space suitable for 10 to 1,000 guests, our venue is sure to meet your every need. From our Executive Boardr...

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Golf Courses to Visit in Ann Arbor

Are you an avid golfer? Looking for the best courses in Ann Arbor? See our top picks! Leslie Park Golf Course Created in 1967 by E. Lawrence Packard, this award-winning course is located in Leslie Park near the Leslie Science Center. The 18-hole course is known for its hilly terrain, wooded areas, and challenging holes. Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club Located across the street from the Big House, ...

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The Kensington Hotel is Perfect for Your Next Business Event!

Are you going to visit Ann Arbor? Have a business event coming up? Need somewhere to work? The Kensington Hotel has business offers and amenities for you! Host Conferences and Events You can invite as many people to your event as you need with The Kensington’s multiple event space options. For banquets or larger meetings, the Grande Ballroom can be split into three unique spaces. For smalle...

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Cost Effective Ways to Enjoy Ann Arbor

  Want to get out of your comfort zone and explore new areas of Ann Arbor? Visiting Ann Arbor doesn’t have to break the bank! There are plenty of low-cost activities to keep you entertained, such as: Visit the Farmer’s Market – Held every Saturday morning from April to November, the market features fresh produce, flowers, and other locally made goods. Walk or Bike the Huron...

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Experience Elegance at The Kensington Hotel

  Are you looking for an event space? Need assistance with planning, décor, and catering? See your next event come to life at The Kensington Hotel! With a capacity of over 10,000 square feet divided into ballrooms, event spaces and boardrooms, The Kensington Hotel has space for your next event. Add ambiance and appeal with our historically elegant building and fun, engaging staff. Equ...

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May 2023 Promos, Events, and Renovations!

  Spring is in Ann Arbor! This spring, you’ll find The Kensington Hotel completing renovations, assisting university students, and making time to get outside! Spring Renovations Throughout spring, you’ll see some enhancement projects in motion! These include: A brand-new roof over guest rooms and event spaces. Modern bathroom and room upgrades. Room upgrades include bathroom...

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Spring 2023 Graduation and Other April Events

  Is your U of M student graduating this spring? Searching for Ann Arbor hotels near the stadium ? Need help getting to the ceremony? University of Michigan Spring graduation takes place on April 29th, 2023 at the Big House. The commencement speaker will be Wynton Marsalis, who has been recommended for an honorary Doctor of Music degree. Other honorary doctorates include Mary Sue Coleman. Ph...

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Check Out Our March 2023 Events

  Are you a college sports fan? Newly engaged? Or simply looking for a getaway? The Kensington Hotel has events going on this month that you’ll love! March 5th 1-4 PM – The Bride’s Bridal Show Looking for the perfect flowers, catering, or cake for your upcoming wedding? The Bride’s Bridal Show will be at The Kensington! Meet with around 25 Mic...

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The Best Places to Shop and Dine in Ann Arbor

  Looking to spend the afternoon shopping and end the day with a great meal? Ann Arbor has plenty of shopping centers, restaurants, and hidden gems! Here are some of the best places to shop and dine in Ann Arbor! Shop Briarwood Mall: Looking for the classic mall experience? Briarwood Mall on State Street has some of your favorite stores like Urban Outfitters, Eddie Bauer, Sephora, and Bath a...

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Cater Your Next Event with The Kensington Hotel!

Are you hosting an event? Need catering in Ann Arbor ? The Kensington Hotel not only hosts events, but caters them too! The Kensington Hotel offers full-service catering for all your event needs. Corporate Events – Hold business meetings, conferences, and more. Social Events – Celebrate love with bridal showers, engagement parties, and weddings. Celebrate milestones with baby showers,...

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Why Have a Winter Wedding?

  Do you want to have the perfect wedding while still sticking to your budget? Winter may not be as popular for weddings as the other seasons, but a winter wedding has many advantages! Cost Effective – Weddings usually take place in the spring, summer, and early fall. Winter is considered the off-season for weddings, so many couples won’t even consider a winter wedding. Due to th...

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The Best Activities in Downtown Ann Arbor

  Are you looking for something fun to do this fall? Do you live near the Ann Arbor area? Want to experience something new? Here are some of the best autumnal activities you can look forward to in downtown Ann Arbor! The Last Word Be transported to the prohibition era in this speakeasy themed bar! With a wide variety of wines, cocktails, beers, and more, you’re sure to find someth...

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Check Out Ann Arbor Area Museums

  Are you looking for an interactive and educational way to enjoy fall? Have you considered visiting one of the many educational centers in Ann Arbor? Museums of history, art, and science can all be found locally in Ann Arbor Michigan! University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Feel like you’re exploring the world of Jurassic Park when visiting the U...

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Date Night Ideas in Ann Arbor

  Is it time you and your partner had a night out? Ann Arbor has many fun daytime attractions, great restaurants, and a distinguished nightlife for you and your significant other to enjoy! Here are some options for your next date night! GAMES AND FUN Pinball Pete’s – One of the last remaining “old school” arcades, Pinball Pete’s has pinball, air hockey, and othe...

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Choose Ann Arbor for Your Next Vacation!

  Looking for a unique vacation spot to visit with your family? Ann Arbor isn’t just for day trips! Ann Arbor has a distinctive atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else. Home to the University of Michigan, great food, and quirky local businesses, Ann Arbor has plenty of things to do! Whether you’re looking for attractions on the South, North, or West side, Ann Arbor has...

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The Best Ann Arbor Parks to Visit This Summer

  Looking for spots to walk and bike on sunny days? Or a great place to have a picnic with your family? Ann Arbor has plenty of options! Of over 100 parks and recreation areas, here are a few of our favorites: GALLUP PARK An Ann Arbor classic, Gallup Park is 69 acres of fun! With multiple scenic trails, Gallup is perfect for walking, biking, and running. Right on the Huron River, you can bri...

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The Kensington Hotel is Your Wedding Venue in Ann Arbor

  Are you preparing for the most memorable day of your life? Searching for Wedding Venues in Ann Arbor, MI ? Your search is over! The Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor will deliver a memorable, personalized, unique event where the only detail you'll need to remember is your vows. Indoor and Outdoor Options You can choose from our picturesque indoor and outdoor locations. Indoors, The Ke...

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Be Near the Stadium on Game Day with The Kensington Hotel

  Ann Arbor Hotels Near The Stadium For University of Michigan home football games or other special events at the Big House, you’ll want to stay in an Ann Arbor hotel near the stadium . The Kensington Hotel is just a 7-minute drive or 2.3 miles from the U of M stadium, and you can use convenient Ann Arbor public shuttle buses to get there. Right outside our doo...

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The Best Ann Arbor Bars You Should Be Visiting This St. Patrick's Day

  Want to spend St. Patrick’s Day out on the town with friends? Ann Arbor is the perfect location! Ann Arbor has a wide variety of bars that contribute to our local flavor. Because each bar has its own unique atmosphere and offerings, you can bar hop for hours and always find something new! Here are some bars, pubs, and taverns to check out this St. Patrick’s Day: CONOR O’N...

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Start the New Year Off Right with a Trip!

  Are you planning some new year fun in Ann Arbor? You don’t have to wait until summer! Ann Arbor is full of fun winter activities. From winter festivals to affordable luxury hotel staycations, Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities have all the makings for a great getaway. We Do What Cheap Hotels In Ann Arbor Can’t! Want to get away for a li...

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Spend Fall in Ann Arbor, Michigan

  Are you excited for pumpkin spice, changing leaves, and sweater weather? What if all your favorite fall activities were in one area? Maybe they are … the leaves are falling in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Here are some great ways to enjoy the season in the Ann Arbor area: Wasem Fruit Farm There’s nothing better than picking your own seasonal fruits! You can pick apples strai...

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Spend Your Football Saturdays at The Kensington!

  Are you traveling to a University of Michigan football game? Need a place to stay? Whether you live close or far, traveling to see your team play is always exciting. Not only do you get to see the game, but you get to explore the home team’s town. Ann Arbor is an intriguing town with an eclectic feel, where 19th century architecture meets modern glass homes and academia meets counter...

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Throw Your Baby Shower at The Kensington Hotel!

  Are you expecting? Want to celebrate with family and friends? Baby showers are a great way to welcome your soon-to-be bundle of joy. Typically, baby showers are held at home, but that can be cramped, stressful, and a pain to clean up. You should be relaxing before your baby arrives! You deserve a stress-free and memorable baby shower at The Kensington. We know how to throw a party! Host&nb...

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Now Open for Dream Weddings in Ann Arbor!

  Are you hoping to plan the perfect wedding in Ann Arbor? Have you thought about holding your wedding at an elegant boutique hotel? Are You Ready to Say “I Do?” It’s one of the most significant days of your life — one you may have been dreaming about for years. And when you finally met your perfect person, it seemed like it was all falling into pl...

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Looking for Business Meeting Rooms in Ann Arbor?

  Are you looking for the right sized conference room for a business or personal function? Are you wondering how to manage audio/visual equipment for the presentation you need to do? Do you have both local and virtual attendees to accommodate? The Kensington’s meeting rooms in Ann Arbor can make your meeting or event stress-free. We offer a welcoming, luxurious setting for your meeting...

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Stay and Play! Bike Local Trails and Then Relax with Us

  Looking for somewhere new to bike? Can't decide between a city getaway or a retreat into nature? Book a getaway at The Kensington and enjoy the best of both worlds in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas! According to local legend, Ann Arbor was named after the wives of its founders and a stand of bur oaks – or possibly a grap...

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Explore Ann Arbor with Your Furry Friend

  Do you like to travel, but hate leaving your dog at home? Is your furry friend your constant companion? Bring Your Dog to The Kensington! Ann Arbor is a fun city to explore with friends of all kinds, including your furry friend! Don’t miss these Ann Arbor destinations with your four-legged companion: Take a Hike! Ann Ar...

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Reconnect with a Romantic Getaway

  When the world around you seems chaotic, wouldn’t you like to unplug for a night and let it all fade away? Just you, your love, and utter relaxation? What if we told you that you don’t have to travel far to find a peaceful, romantic escape that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated? With busy lives in a chaotic world it can be hard to keep the romance alive. By the tim...

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Why Stay at a Boutique Hotel in Ann Arbor?

  The answer is simple: for the experience. You’re not just paying for a room and a bed, but for a luxurious, personalized stay that’s perfect for relaxing getaways and exciting out-of-town vacations. No matter what city you’re in, where you stay serves an integral role in how your trip plays out. Since most trips start and end at the hotel’s front desk, you want to m...

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Travel Information and Transportation

Travel can be exhausting, but at the Kensington Hotel on State Street in Ann Arbor, we want to ensure you have all the resources you need at your fingertips. We have provided you helpful links to ensure an extraordinary experience while visiting the Ann Arbor area. Detroit Metro Airport http://www.metroairport.com/ Ann Arbor Airport https://www.a2gov.org/departments/fleet-facility/Airport/Pages/d...

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