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Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Grand Rapids
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Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was just off the river opposite downtown, so made for a quick walk in to all the stores and restaurants. Room was great, they upgraded me to a suite with a fridge to accommodate my breast milk storage needs for free. Had some apps down in the bar, they were good but the pretzel sliders a but hard. Always bummed out when there is no complimentary breakfast, but the day we did have breakfast in the restaurant, it was a great perk to get the coffee to go as well! I think if you have time other places downtown may have better breakfasts.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Ellen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Justsimplyb,

Thank you for taking time to post your comments on TripAdvisor! We appreciate your comments as well as other members who might be considering Grand Rapids. Our chef and I will be reviewing the pretzel sliders to see what might have caused the hardness. I apologize that they were not as you expected. We certainly understand you being disappointed with no breakfast included with your overnight stay. Our Holiday Inn Express brand offers a complimentary breakfast selection. I might suggest our Best Flex with Breakfast package for the next time you stay at a full service Holiday Inn. This will allow you the ability to make your selection from our full breakfast menu offering anything from yogurt to Eggs Benedict. Thanks again, hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

I normally stay down by the airport but everything was booked so I tried the Holiday Inn downtown. This has to rank as one of the nicer Holiday Inns. The staff is friendly, the food is good and the rooms are clean/modern.

However, it is next to the freeway so don't expect a silent nights sleep and it is a bit pricey.

Room Tip: Furthest away from the freeway
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Ellen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Thebarnmichigan,

I am happy to hear that you were able to visit another section of Grand Rapids by staying downtown with us. We appreciate you giving our location a try and sending along your feedback. Working a little bit harder to be a Great Hotel Guests Love will be our mission. I hope that you might give us another opportunity to be the Grand Rapids hotel that you love. Safe Travels to you in the meantime.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

I wasn't originally booked to stay at this location but due to a problem with another hotel I had to find last minute accommodations and room was available. The parking lot in the front is very small but plenty of space in the back. The location is just a block from the GR river and walking distance to downtown, Ford museum and plenty of restaurants should you choose not to eat in the hotel. The lobby and décor was modern and updated. I had to stay in a smaller room with double beds and did feel a bit claustrophobic but it was a last minute deal in a crowded city. They don't provide breakfast in the morning but do have a pretty nice restaurant in the lobby area. Preferred members receive a $4 off coupon for lunch/dinner and a free coffee coupon in the morning.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Heather E, Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2013

Steven T,

Thank you for posting your comments on TripAdvisor. Grand Rapids has a uniquely vibrant downtown, is nearby to Lake Michigan beaches, and don't forget the many cultural and special events available year round. We know that many travelers like to have a quick and easy breakfast in the morning. We provide a full cooked to order breakfast option through the Pearl Street Grill. While breakfast is not included with our standard room rates, we do offer many package options that would include a food and beverage credit that could be used for breakfast should you choose. Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again on your next trip the Grand Rapids.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My uncle is given points to stay in hotels across the country as platinum member and he decided to give them to my family for staying here for our vacation. They quoted him a rate $139 for 2 nights stay. When we arrived at the hotel we gave the woman at the desk (Ashley) our uncles name for our room. She asked if he was staying with us and we said no. She said she could not give us the room unless he called and clarified that it was for us, although clearly when he called he had put the room under our name. So we had to call my uncle in the middle of his business deal just so that he could tell this woman four simple words that the hotel should've had record of days ago... "The room is theirs." After rudely interrupting my uncle's important meeting and striving to overcharge us almost double what we had originally been told over the phone she proceeded to embarrass us and treat our family poorly in front of other hotel guests by both telling us it was our mistake and turning us away with no place to stay for the night. I understand that this hotel has brilliant reviews on the website booking.com, clocking in at a rating of 8.9. But a hotel that houses such impatient, ill mannered staff and poor customer service does not deserve even half that review in my eyes.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Heather E, Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Natasha,

I am disappointed to hear of your experience at our hotel. With a review of your reservation information I am able to confirm that your stay was originally booked at a different property. Every effort was made with our corporate and local hotel teams to transition your reservations to our hotel with the least amount of difficulty for you. As each hotel in any area may have different rates, this too was the case with your stay. I do apologize for the manner in which you interacted with our team. We strive to ensure each guests stay exceeds their expectations and we clearly did not achieve that with your stay. Should you wish to discuss your stay further, I welcome any additional comments at heather@higrdt.com.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Booked a room for 2. Got a room with one small bed. Front desk was kind enough to replace it with a two (small) bed roon.
However, the room was just few feet from the highway.
Truck & car passing noise dominated our night.
For that price, there are much better hotels in town.
Will never return here.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Ellen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Rnoray,

I was disappointed to learn that your stay was not as you expected. I do apologize that your sleep was disturbed by traffic noise near the hotel. Our location is typically a great advantage to our guests, but occasionally it can be a challenge as in your experience. Please know that your comments are taken seriously. Our ownership is currently reviewing specifications for new windows. Their intention is to invest in specialty glass that will compensate for any outside noise. I invite you to give us another opportunity when you are in Grand Rapids next. I would be happy to personally make your reservations and room selection. Thank you for your candid comments, we appreciate them very much.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

From the minute we checked in we continued to run into employees that were friendly, informative, willing to answer questions for out-of-towners and happy! It was a nice change from other hotel staff we usually find. The location for this hotel is great for just about anything in/near downtown. There are excellent restaurants close by and plenty of things to do in the area. The room was clean, the price was decent and the beds were amazing! Very nice hotel in the area.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Ryan P,

Your review brought a smile to many faces on our staff! There is nothing better than hearing/seeing direct from a guest how we impacted their experience in our great city. Your kind words remind us to provide that service to each and every guest on a consistent basis. Thank you for reminding us that being great ambassadors for Grand Rapids and Holiday Inn is important and rewarding. We hope to see you again soon! Safe Travels to you and your family in the meantime!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Great location - next to public museum and Gerald R Ford museum. Walking distance to downtown attractions, restaurants, brewpubs (which was the main focus of our visit to Grand Rapids). Loved the location, free parking, and breakfast. I had the eggs benedict.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Tiki63
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Ellen M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2013

Tiki63,

Thank you so much for your review! Grand Rapids recently won "Beer City USA" so you certainly selected a great place to experience beer. We proudly feature all local mircobrews on our draft system. You might want to visit Experience Grand Rapids' website - www.experiencegrandrapids.com. They will have all the events that include beer. Each year there seems to be something new and interesting. We hope you will stay with us again!

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Address: 310 Pearl St NW, US 131 and Pearl Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5314
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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 ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Grand Rapids
#14 Family Hotel in Grand Rapids
Price Range: $155 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 175 room full-service Holiday Inn, officially relaunched in December 2009. All guest rooms have 32" HDTVs, easy chair, large work desk. Rates include complimentary on site parking and wireless internet access. ... more   less 
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Days Inn Grand Rapids
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