Despite its nickname Furniture City, Grand Rapids has a lot more going on than mere coffee table production. Michigan’s second-largest city is an unpretentious place to visit, with some of the best local theater in the region and several handsome historic neighborhoods. The downtown core is packed with laid-back bars, restaurants, and local shops that are refreshing devoid of the tourism hustle. You will also enjoy the riverfront parks that are frequent hosts of festivals during the gorgeous summer season.
Hotels in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is a diverse city with a thriving business, industrial, and academic scene. The accommodation here reflects this range of visitors, from modern luxury hotels along the river to affordable chain hotels near the university. There is even a handful of stately historic hotels in the older downtown core.
Where Grand Rapids really excels is its top-end hotels like the historic Amway Grand Plaza and the JW Marriott Hotel. The Amway features elegant Midwest style with a fantastic bar, swish indoor pool area, and rooms with serious city views. If modern style is more to your liking, the glass and steel JW Marriott will certainly impress you with its riverfront views and solid selection of amenities.
Where to stay
Central Grand Rapids is the ideal area to stay if you want to be close to the river, the big attractions, and the best restaurants and nightlife. There are hotels here in all price ranges, from the modern and elegant Courtyard by Marriott Downtown to luxury high-rise hotels overlooking the banks of the river.
The southwestern suburb of Grand Rapids is known as Grandville, a quieter part of the city where lodging is more affordable at hotels like the Grand village Inn yet you are still just minutes to downtown via Interstate 196.
On the outskirts of Grand Rapids where the freeways loop around the city are a number of pockets where affordable chain hotels have set up shop. There are great deals out here like the rooms at the Hawthorn Suites that provide comfort and easy access back into the city.