Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Our family purchased the Lamp Post Inn 19 years ago. Our dream was not to have the most exquisite hotel in town, but rather to own a hotel that was inexpensive but met the basics needs of visitors to Ann Arbor. We wanted to provide a convenient, friendly, clean accommodation at a fair price. We realized an older hotel could not hope to compete against the four star amenities of our pricey, and corporate franchised competition but we also believed that most people did not need the glitz, as long as they received value for their dollar.
Our goal was value and we chose to make our rooms very utilitarian while not charging for the things that other hotels claim are extras. We installed microwaves and refrigerators in every room, added free cable and free local phone calls, and then installed wireless to every room. No extra charges, just value.
In this difficult economic time, we still believe in our original concept and in fact we notice that more and more people are finding our hotel. Many travelers have had enough of the franchise pricing, “by the book procedures”, and a lack of care and appreciation of the customer. Yes, we still have plenty of customers that have been coming here for years, but we now see a trend to a larger group of new friends that are shopping for a friendly, local, and some might even say a “quirky” hotel, that appreciates their business and that truly cares whether they return.
We want and appreciate your business and we ask for your patronage. We can assure you that you will receive a friendly smile, a clean room, and a very moderate price. We also believe you will leave with a the knowledge that you not only got a great price, but you also supported a local family business and a group of local employees that truly appreciate your patronage in this very tough economic climate.
The Larson Family (1992)