Nothing was outstanding about this hotel. I booked a "suite" here for my family to stay in for my Dad's 50th birthday, and was neither impressed or disgusted. The suites are nothing more than what used to two separate hotel rooms with a door between the two, with one room containing the bed and the other having an uncomfortable couch / hideaway bed and kitchenette built out of where the bathroom used to be. Because the doors were still there between the rooms it was a challenge with our two small kids to make sure their little fingers didn't get pinched, but it was livable for the time we spent.
The "breakfast" served at the hotel isn't complimentary (even with the suite) and is done by some random guy the hotel had contracted, and is horrible so don't waste your money. It was nice that they had a "UNO" pizza place attached to the hotel and they provided room service.
The "waterpark" is nothing more than just one big slide into a pool (and why we stayed here) - my 2 year old LOVED it but don't go in thinking that it is anything more than just a pool with a 2-story slide attached. The only problem I had with that was that the hours for the slide were limited and it appeared that there were a lot of non-hotel guests taking up the pool making it overly crowded.
With that said, it simply as an average hotel that also had an indoor water slide. The rooms were not overly comfortable, and while they aren't the darkest hotel rooms I've been in they were far from the brightest. It's 2011 and we still had a standard definition, CRT-style television, which I find unacceptable. The internet connection was slow and the WiFi connectivity was spotty so I ended up using my Verizon 4G data stick to be able to connect to the internet. Because of the water slide there are a LOT of kids in the hotel, which a night can be a problem if you are stuck on a floor with kids who's parents don't understand proper hotel etiquette. While those issues certainly don't make a hotel bad, they don't make it better than average.
We stayed for 5 days / 4 nights, which was pushing the boundary of staying too long. If you're taking your family home for a quick 1-2 day stay go for this place if you can get it for less than $100/night you should be fine.
I would NOT recommend this place for business travelers - a majority of my hotel stays are on business without my family and if I had been here for work I would have given the hotel a lower rating.
- Also Known As:
- Ramada Plaza Grand Rapids Hotel Grand Rapids
- Ramada Plaza Grand Rapids Hotel
- Ramada Grand Rapids
- Grand Rapids Ramada
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