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Riverfront hotel completes makeover

May 25, 2017
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The Grand River Hotel event space
The Grand River Hotel in Grand Rapids features event and meeting spaces. Photo via

A riverfront hotel in town that underwent extensive renovations is officially open again.

The Grand River Hotel, at 270 Ann St. NW, is now a Marshall Hotels & Resorts Ascend Hotel Collection Member.

The seven-story, 162-room hotel re-opened today after a renovation that began a year ago.

“The hotel was completely renovated,” a spokesperson for the management company said.

The hotel features a completely re-done lobby and front desk, a business center and 2,500 square feet of meeting space, new security systems and cameras, a new pool area, outside fire pits, fitness center and yoga room and high-speed Wi-Fi.

Guest rooms all received new carpet, new paint and wallpaper, upgraded air conditioning and heat units, new mattresses and linens and new bathroom fixtures. They also include an in-room microwave and refrigerator and desk spaces.

The hotel restaurant underwent a renovation and re-branding as well and is now the River Rock Dining & Lounge. Its menu features a variety of local and regional items, including bacon-wrapped smoked duck breakfast burritos, California roll salad and the sesame seared ahi tuna, all sourced locally.

During the spring and summer seasons, the restaurant provides live music and views from its patio overlooking the Grand River.

Designer Mitch Gorshin combined “vintage personality” with “modern style” in designing the hotel.

Branded as a “modern retreat,” the hotel is designed to be “functional, clean and interesting.”

“Everything within the hotel, from decor to music, roots the guest in a decidedly Grand Rapids context with a mid-century modern twist to reflect our original 1960s architecture and designer history,” the spokesperson said.

West Michigan firms Visser Brothers Construction, Richard Postema and Associates, Exxel Engineering, Huyser Ashphalt and United Bank were all involved in the project.

The Grand River Hotel is the second Ascend Hotel Collection Member in the country. The other is the Sunset Park Hotel in New York.

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