We spent five days at a business conference at the Amway Grand Plaza. The hotel is very nice. Our room was tiny, but we weren't in there a lot, so that was okay. The internet is free, and the wireless was good in our room. However, it was very slow in our friends' room, and we had trouble researching restaurants because we could not get the pages to pull up in their room. Our room had a terrible view of rooftops, but it was not noisy, and the bed was comfortable.
The convention facilities were good too but spread out. Our conference was huge, so we had some things in the hotel ballrooms and other things in the convention center across the street. We did have to do a good bit of walking back and forth, up and down to travel between the convention center (there is a skywalk between the two) and the hotel.
I missed the free continental breakfast offered at many chain hotels, but there is a Starbucks and a shop called Cornucopia in the hotel. Cornucopia has fresh pastries that are delicious. The hotel also has a sports bar that was quite good (the Gyro was yummy), Ruths Chris Steakhouse, and another restaurant.
The hotel also has two clothing stores and a gift shop that has cute children's toys.
The location is fantastic. It is walking distance from the little bit of shopping that is available in Grand Rapids and all of the museums -- the City Museum which is neat, the Children's museum, the Art Museum, and the Gerald Ford Museum. Also within walking distance are delicious restaurants, an outdoor ice skating rink, a piano bar, and many other things.
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. We found the staff to be very helpful. I was very impressed with the town as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When does the hotel become the destination? When the moment you walk through the door you feel as if you've been transported - by the elegance, the details, and the gracious service. When your every expectation of what a hotel can be is exceeded. Welcome to the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, where every stay is marked by a memorable moment. Whether it's a stroll through the Pantlind Lobby, the great view from one of our Glass Tower rooms, the classical architecture, or your first bite of one of our signature entrees. The Amway Grand Plaza is much more than a hotel. It's a true destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amway Grand Plaza Rapids
- Hotel Amway Grand Plaza