March 30, 2015 // Franchising.com // GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. and MCLEAN, Va. - DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport following a $2.5 million renovation that includes a complete property-wide transformation. The 226-room hotel debuts a new open concept lobby, contemporary guestroom updates, revamped meeting spaces, renovated indoor pool area and brand-new restaurant concept centered on locally-sourced food and beverage menus. DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, which converted from the Hilton brand, is owned by AWH Partners and managed by Spire Hospitality.
“Stylish accommodations and a convenient airport location make DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport a perfect choice for business and leisure travelers seeking the first-rate hotel experience for which our brand is known,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “We are happy to have this beautiful new hotel join the brand’s growing portfolio of premiere full-service properties and look forward to delivering the 'little things' that add up to a great travel experience – starting with our warm chocolate chip cookie welcome and continuing through all aspects of our guests’ stay.”
Located two miles from Gerald R. Ford International Airport and one mile from I-96, the hotel is conveniently situated near local destinations and attractions, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens, Woodland Centerpointe Mall, Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place. Nearby businesses include Amway World Headquarters, Steelcase, Eaton Aerospace, Spectrum Health, Meijer and GE Aviation. Guests will enjoy free shuttle service to and from the airport and within a three mile radius of the property.
In addition to an updated and contemporary new design, the hotel debuts a brand new all-day dining restaurant – Ganders – offering a casual, fun atmosphere for guests and locals seeking the best Michigan has to offer. Patrons will enjoy a modern American menu with a twist, including locally-grown ingredients representing the best farms, markets and food artisans of West Michigan, with signature dishes including pan-seared Great Lakes Walleye and BBQ Flank Grand Rapids “Philly Cheesesteak.” The restaurant also features a number of local craft beers on tap and by the bottle. For a unique spin on special events and tasting dinners, the restaurant can work directly with local breweries to create multi-course beer tasting menus featuring beer incorporated into every course – including dessert!
An ideal setting for events of all sizes, the hotel offers more than 7,500 square feet of meeting space, including 10 flexible meeting rooms and one large ballroom. For smaller group meetings, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package from $50.00 per person, which includes the meeting room, basic meeting WiFi, meeting room supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. On site catering is also available to enhance any function.
Guests will also enjoy the hotel’s array of complimentary services and amenities, including a fitness center with Precor equipment open from 5:30 a.m. – midnight, 24-hour business center, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel’s public areas and guest rooms.
"Our dedicated and experienced team members are thrilled to welcome travelers with chic accommodations, modern amenities and the tremendous service culture for which the DoubleTree by Hilton brand is celebrated all over the world,” said Robert Orr, general manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport. “We look forward to becoming the hotel of choice for business and leisure guests in this market.”
In addition to the signature warm chocolate chip cookie welcome, guests will enjoy other DoubleTree by Hilton brand amenities, including an assortment of gourmet in-room tea and coffee choices from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, the refreshing new Aroma Actives natural skin and body care line, and an industry-recognized service culture built around the idea of CARE, which stands for Create a Rewarding Experience for guests, team members and the community.
As a participant in the Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, Hilton HHonors members will be able to earn and redeem points with their stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport. Based on availability, Gold and Diamond members will enjoy upgrades to the hotel’s exclusive Hilton HHonors floor and a complimentary drink coupon. Additionally, Diamond Hilton HHonors guests will receive complimentary continental breakfast and bonus Hilton HHonors points during stays and Gold Hilton HHonors guests will have the option of complimentary breakfast or bonus Hilton HHonors points.
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport is located at 4747 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. For more information, or to make a reservation, travelers may visit www.grandrapidsairport.doubletree.com or call the hotel at 616-957-0100.
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With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our team members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers team members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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