The drive down 28th Street in Grand Rapids can be pretty crazy, and it seems as though it's been under construction for years. Lake Eastbrook Road crosses 28th Street and the hotel is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, about a block behind a Panera. I stayed at the hotel using reward points (I have stayed there many times before) and I was pleased. It's clean and the staff is nice (Matt checked me in). There's one oddity of room design in that the bathroom door also serves as a door to close off the toilet area (thus someone could close him or herself in the toilet area and the shower area would be open to the rest of the hotel room). I think it is better for a business traveler than families traveling because of this. There are adjoining rooms in the hotel and you do hear a little noise from those, although I was there at the height of vacation season. This particular Holiday Inn has a full-service restaurant (and, as I mentioned, other restaurants in walking distance). It's a short drive to the Calvin College Prince Conference Center, which is where I had a meeting. Good news on the Prince Conference Center - if you turn left on 28th (leaving the hotel) and right on Beltline (37), you'll come to Calvin College in a mile or so. The college spans BOTH sides of the street, with a pedestrian bridge and a tunnel beneath. I figured the 1800 address for the Prince Conference Center meant it would be on the side of the street opposite from where it was actually located, so the first night I circled through the seminary entrance and drove through the tunnel under the highway to the correct side of campus. The next morning, I realized that going north on 37 (Beltline), I could actually just turn right into the conference center (I let my GPS do the guiding the second time).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly renovated Holiday Inn Grand Rapids, where business and leisure travelers receive award winning service at the cleanest hotel in the area. You'll find comfort and modern luxury at one of the most convenient locations in Grand Rapids. Exceptional hospitality and excitement are waiting for you here. We are located just minutes from downtown and situated only 3 miles from Gerald R Ford International airport, we are the perfect place to get a great night's rest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Grand Rapids - Airport Hotel Kentwood
- Holiday Inn Kentwood
- Kentwood Holiday Inn