We booked a room for a holiday weekend at the last minute, having never stayed at a Country Inn & Suites before. Now we think this is our favorite chain for family trips.
We upgraded to a suite -- living room with desk and TV, bedroom with two queen beds and another TV -- and that turned out to be a great choice. I had work to finish late at night, and I was able to get that done without disturbing the rest of the family. The wi-fi connection was good and fast, too.
Everything was immaculately clean. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and plush, equivalent to beds at much pricier hotels. We were in the middle of the hotel, near the elevators, and we never noticed any noise from the halls or other rooms.
The hotel is a five-minute drive from the Frederik Meijer sculpture gardens (which you absolutely should visit -- our 12-year-old, who hadn't wanted to go, said it was her favorite part of the trip). Many dining options are just a few minutes' drive further north. The front desk staff steered us to some good choices.
We loved the breakfast buffet. Juices, fruit, a variety of breads, eggs, sausage, cereals, biscuits and gravy, French toast -- you get the idea. If it's on a breakfast menu somewhere, it's probably on the buffet. A word on the coffee: Hotel coffee is usually not that great, but this was. Even better: The coffee is available fresh in urns in the lobby all day, along with chocolate chip cookies.
The staff was friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. The pool and exercise room were clean and well-kept. There's even a small arcade with pinball machines.
I chose the hotel based on the other raves on this site, and I can now say they weren't wrong. Great experience and a very reasonable price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Country Inn And Suites Grand Rapids East
- Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East Hotel Grand Rapids
- Country Inn Grand Rapids
- Grand Rapids Country Inn