Hotel sees $2.5M renovation and re-branding
A hotel on 28th Street has been re-branded by an international luxury hotel chain as part of a $2.5-million renovation.
DoubleTree by Hilton said that it held a soft opening yesterday after the Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, at 4747 28th St. SE, was transformed into the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport.
Renovation work at the property is almost finished, with the exception of some outdoor work, said Lisa Calhoun, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.
The renovation work started last December, and the hotel wasn't closed for the project.
Calhoun added that there were no major staff changes at the hotel.
The hotel is located one mile off I-96 and offers guests free shuttle service to and from Ford airport.
The DoubleTree is owned by AWH Partners in New York and will be managed by Spire Hospitality in Deerfield, Ill.
AWH Partners has owned the hotel for about a year and a half, Calhoun said. AWH purchased the hotel from the Lane family.
The DoubleTree brand looks forward to “delivering the little things that add up to a great travel experience,” starting with the hotel’s “warm chocolate-chip-cookie welcome and continuing through all aspects of our guests’ stay,” said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton.
The re-branded hotel has 226 rooms and features an open lobby, contemporary room updates and a renovated pool area.
The property also features Ganders, a restaurant with a "modern American menu with a twist" that features local food and beverages. Ganders replaces the Spinnaker seafood restaurant at the hotel.
The DoubleTree has more than 7,500 square feet of meeting space, which includes one large ballroom and 10 flexible meeting rooms.
The hotel also offers smaller groups a meeting package for about $50 a person that includes a meeting room, WiFi, meeting supplies and all day non-alcoholic beverage service, as well as on-site catering.