My husband and I stayed here 2 nights for a wedding. This Country Inn & Suites was situated between the wedding venue and Meijer Gardens, where the reception was being held, so rooms were reserved by the bride for wedding guests. We were given a "wedding rate" of $99, but we could have done almost as well with our AAA discount. We felt that this was pretty pricey considering the CI&S on 28th St. offered rooms for just $68. We weren't sure why the prices varied so much, but not being familiar with the area and wanting to stay with the other wedding guests we chose this hotel.
Check-in went smoothly in late afternoon. There were a variety of cookies and coffee available. We were on the 3rd floor. The hotel was quite full, but throughout our entire visit we never had to wait for an elevator, it never stopped on another floor, felt smooth and quick and only one time was there even another family riding with us.
Our room had a king bed, sofa, desk, desk chair, extra table-style chair, dresser and night stands. There is a large flat screen TV and plenty of channels. (Didn't notice a DVD player) The bathroom had a wall-to-wall granite top with one sink, complimentary toiletries, a hair dryer and plenty of towels. Pillows were plentiful too, but squishy feathers. (I wish I had brought my own) My dad, who was in a different room said he stacked his flat pillows. There is a full-size ironing board and iron in a small closet with a few hangers. Our room did not have a fridge and microwave, but my brother stayed in a "suite" which had a separate bedroom and sitting area and his did have them. (more $$) The bed was really comfortable; clean white sheets and a fluffy "down" coverlet. (Not sure what it was filled with) These rooms are equipped with updated wall-controlled thermostats, which make setting the temperature a breeze. The room stayed nice and cool, even with the 90 temps outside! Unfortunately, one of my two complaints about this hotel is the NOISY, and I do mean NOISY A/C/Heating Unit under the window. Due to the excessive heat outside, it cycled on and off a lot and each time it sounded like a helicopter taking off. Maybe not THAT bad, but it was really annoying. Let's get these two complaints over with now... the other one also has to do with noise. The doors are big and heavy and are really loud when anyone at your end of the hallway goes in and out of their room. When the hotel is full, this can be many times throughout the night. In addition, for some reason people talking in their normal voices in the hall can be heard in the room, so if children run up and down using their outside voices, it is especially bothersome. (This happened between 12-1am) For some reason the room isn't very sound-proof, so the lawnmowers on Saturday morning at 7am also didn't sit well with us.
BUT, if there's any consolation to being awaken at 7am, it would be to enjoy the fantastic breakfast which is waiting downstairs in the breakfast area. This CI&S is one of the best for breakfast . There are waffles, pastries, cereals, eggs (hard-boiled and scrambled), sausage, on Friday there was a "breakfast hash" and on Saturday, biscuits and sausage gravy. They offer juices, coffee and plain yogurt with all kinds of berries, nuts and other items to mix in the yogurt. The attendants are nice and at the top of their game. Complimentary USA Today's are available, as are several TVs. They have two adjoining breakfast rooms, so there is plenty of seating.
There is a small game room located on the ground level floor (lobby is on the first floor) with just a couple games and an air hockey table, which costs $1.00. There is also a laundry room on ground level. I didn't swim, but the pool and spa looked very nice and only 4-6 people total were in the area both times we peeked in. The fitness area had treadmills and an eliptical machine; I don't remember what else. Housekeeping did a good job. The water pressure was just okay, and a lower floor might be better. Our receipt was stuck in our door the morning of check-out.
We flew into Grand Rapids and did not have a car once at the hotel. The Meijer (which is like super Walmart) was over a 2 mile walk one way (and remember I mentioned it was in the 90's). There are no gas stations or convenience stores surrounding the property. There is one restaurant right next door, Malarky's, which is a restaurant and sport's bar. We ate there with others and it was very nice and very good. They even have booths which seat 10! You can check out the menu online. I had the Italian Grinder (served hot). The French Dip, and the hamburgers looked yummy too and the salads are large! Pricing for each was around $8-$10 and the kid's cheese pizza was only $1.99. Others in our party ate at the Twisted Rooster, which was about a mile from the hotel and said it was just "okay". They sounded quite disappointed.
In summary, aside from the noise issues, we enjoyed our stay at the Deposit Drive Country Inn and Suites, Grand Rapids, MI and I would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- What is it like to Be Our Guest at the Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East? It's a family getaway, with all the comforts of home. It's feeling free to borrow a book from our library, sit by the fireplace, or relax in the whirlpool. It's a hot breakfast that is always free and friendly staff that is always ready to help. But most of all, it's feeling like a guest in our home. ... more less
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