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“Great downtown Grand Rapids hotel!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of JW Marriott Grand Rapids

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JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Ranked #2 of 50 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence
Traverse City, Michigan
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54 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great downtown Grand Rapids hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Spend one night over Labor Day weekend while visiting Grand Rapids. Had two rooms on the 19th floor for my family. The kids enjoyed the pool. Work outs were easy to do in the well equipped and spacious gym. Concierge Lounge is open 24 hr with multiple food/snacks daily. Check-in was a breeze. The rooms were well appointed but smaller than average. Both rooms had Mini-Refrigerators. Bathrooms were tastefully decorated and functional. Room service was average and on par with most other hotels in costs. However, I must add that the $8 soup was way over-priced for what we got. Chicken noodle and a variation of Italian Wedding soup tasted "ok" but they literally gave you 6 tablespoonful of soup. Wi-fi coverage was decent and free. Hotel parking was $16/night. The Gerald Ford Presidential Library is literally across the street. Downtown Grand Rapids offers plenty of restaurant choices and activities within walking distance to this hotel. Looking forward to our next stay here.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Carrie S, Manager at JW Marriott Grand Rapids, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for staying with us and choosing to spend your Labor Day weekend with us! Thank you as well for your kind words and feedback about your experience. I am glad you enjoyed the pool, concierge lounge, and well-appointed rooms. We appreciate your feedback on the soup portion and price, and will take that into consideration. We look forward to hosting you again in the future and providing you and your family another unforgettable experience.

At your service,

C. Kolehouse
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Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Service - valets and front desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I never opened a door. They valet was always there to help me. The front desk staff was always very eager to help me with directions by printing out maps and giving me suggestions for restaurants and activities. The cleaning staff broke my husband's brush, but the manager more than graciously compensated us for it.
Aesthetics - the entrance is small. If you are looking for grand, the Amway is definitely the way to go. The building is very modern, which we like and the rooms and bathrooms were modern as well with glass shower. I was surprised that there was only one sink in the bathroom and very little counter space. The beds were very comfortable, which is to be expected from a Marriott.
Food - We did not eat at the J.W., but Cygnus 27 at the Amway is fabulous! You have to get the Chocolate Sphere. My husband ate half of mine before he even started on his own :)

Room Tip: I asked for a quiet room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The staff is wonderful extremely thoughtful. I had a long stay but I felt at home. The rooms are superb, ask for a room with a view of the river the view is brilliant.
The location is very convenient, I highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed August 2013
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alexandria07
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We stayed here for a quick getaway to see the Ford Presidential museum across the river. It's a very modern hotel with great views of the river. Service is outstanding and the restaurant/bar was very good. We had a room on the concierge floor which had a lounge area at was quite nice. The rooms are big with nice big windows and great natural light. Bathrooms are very nice and modern - separate shower/tub is nice. While this wasn't a business trip, I do travel a lot and noticed that the room had a ton of plugs for devices and decent wi-fi. All-in-all, this is a great hotel and we'd highly recommend it!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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East Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed on the 15th floor to celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. The room overlooked the river and the North Western Section of Grand Rapids.
A very short walking distance from everything you want to see in Grand Rapids.
The staff were very kind and professional.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Patrick K
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Carrie S, Manager at JW Marriott Grand Rapids, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your wedding anniversary with us! We are always so honored and flattered when guests decide to commemorate a special occasion with a stay here. How fitting that you stayed on the 15th floor on your 15th anniversary! I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and the walkability of our city. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

At your service,

C. Kolehouse
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I usually stay at really cheap hotels - just a place to lay my head - but in DT GR, the cheap hotels are as much as the nice ones, so I stayed at the JW. Wow.

Beautiful room, beautiful view. Extremely professional staff - maybe a little too much so - I don't think it would hurt for them to tone it down when interacting with someone who is not a business traveler; they were almost intimidating!

I did something here that I've never done before - take a bath in a hotel. The separate tub/shower was great. The tub was a deep soaking tub and the shower had two heads with multiple pressure settings. The bathroom also had two distinct lightings that could be used separately or together. It was really spa-like!

The entry of the room had a wardrobe with robes and automatic lighting. The far end of the wardrobe piece had a room safe, coffee maker and mini-fridge.

I was in a king room with a blah city view (again, being cheap, didn't want to pay the extra for the river view). The windows in the room were HUGE so if I stay again I probably will shell out for a room with a view. The bed had plenty of pillows and was clean but too firm for me (this is a theme in my reviews). The in room lighting was great, with book lights on either end of the headboard.

The free internet worked well, was fast and easy to connect to. The print service did not work so well - I ended up having to email my train ticket to the desk clerk to print it for me.

This was a beautiful property and I would definitely stay here again if I'm in Grand Rapids.

Room Tip: Go for the river side - the picture windows aren't meant for the city view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Great room, amenities, location, and staff. This was one of the quietest hotels and one of the best hotel stays I have had in Grand Rapids (or, ever for that matter!). I was there for Quilt Week and it was flawless. The location was very convenient for access to the DeVos center. Can't wait for next time!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Property: JW Marriott Grand Rapids
Address: 235 Louis Campau Prom, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Location: United States > Michigan > Kent County > Grand Rapids
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Grand Rapids
#1 Romantic Hotel in Grand Rapids
#2 Family Hotel in Grand Rapids
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — JW Marriott Grand Rapids 4*
Number of rooms: 336
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is everything you would expect and nothing you could have imagined. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids is meticulously designed for both business and pleasure. As the first JW Marriott hotel in the Midwest, the hotel offers 337 well-appointed, smoke-free rooms and suites on 23 posh floors. Each of which is outfitted with atypical amenities like a 37" plasma TV, as well as numerous other uncommon personal luxuries. From shareholder's meetings to lavish wedding receptions to intimate weekend getaways to The Spa, the JW raises the bar. In luxury. In service. In dining. In everything. ... more   less 
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