GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened its newest property in Michigan, Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown. Offering 110 new suites, the hotel continues the brand’s robust urban expansion in downtown markets after reaching its 400th property milestone.
“2015 was a record-breaking year for Michigan tourism, surpassing 113 million visitors and $37.8 billion in tourism spending*,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites. “Grand Rapids plays a key role in this tourism growth as a desirable downtown destination. Expansion in this market was a natural next step for Homewood Suites’ as we continue to expand our urban footprint.”
Owned by GR HS, LLC and managed by Hospitality Specialists, Inc., Homewood Suites Grand Rapids Downtown also complements the city’s economic growth as it is one of the strongest economics in the nation.**
The new hotel offers a combination of studio, one- and two-bedroom accommodations, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided with all of the essentials they need for a comfortable and convenient stay – complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service – and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with an expanded fitness center, indoor pool, second floor bar, and seventh story open air rooftop bar.
The new hotel is located at 161 Ottawa Ave NW in the historic Waters Building. Built in 1898, the Waters Building is a mixed use development. The building was originally used as a furniture showcase and was the largest furniture showcase in the world when built. The property has retained many original features including exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and large windows. Homewood Suites Grand Rapids Downtown offers guests convenient access to attractions like the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Public Museum, the Van Andel Arena and the Civic Theater. Additionally, the hotel is just two blocks from Grand Rapids convention center, DeVos Place, and 15 minutes from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.