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28th Street hotel finishes renovations

June 26, 2014
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28th Street hotel finishes renovations
Ramada Plaza’s renovations included upgrading the pool area. Courtesy Ramada Plaza

Just more than a year and $1.5 million later, a Grand Rapids hotel has had a complete makeover.

The Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3333 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, recently announced it was near completion of an extensive renovation of its 181-room property, which first opened in 1971.

The renovation of the hotel’s rooms included new carpets, bed coverings, desk chairs, upholstered furniture and artwork, as well as wall and window treatments. Every room also added a 42-inch HD flat screen TV and upgraded Internet service, according to a release.

The renovation also included new wall treatments and carpeting in public areas, such as the lobby lounge, meeting rooms and pool area. New lighting fixtures were included in all public areas. The hotel also added a gift shop.

Exterior improvements involved putting in new asphalt and sealing in the parking lot, painting the building’s exterior and additional landscaping.

Fuller Craft Construction, a Wayland-based construction company, did much of the renovation work, and Hillis Brothers, a Grand Rapids-based full service painting company, did the painting, said Larry Chesner, the hotel’s general manager.

Chesner said he was especially proud of his staff, which handled the remodeling process professionally even though the hotel’s traffic increased significantly.

“We started last winter and it’s been going on for a little over a year now,” he said.

“It has been tricky, because we have been busy. We’ve had the busiest year we’ve had in seven, eight years. It’s been definitely a challenge.”

Chesner said the hotel needed the thorough remodel to stay competitive in the marketplace, adding that hotels continually have to remodel to stay current.

“It’s a 40-year-old building. Even things we did a year and a half ago, we have to look at a plan for remodeling again,” he said.

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