Ecofriendly and city friendly
Owners Chuck and Donna Reid last week welcomed visitors to Grand Rapids' newest hotel, CityFlats, at 83 Monroe Center in the former Fox Jewelers Building. The five-story hotel with 28 "conceptually designed" guest rooms touts its eco-friendliness, with LEED Gold certification to back up that claim. In addition to the environment, the Reids are big on "local" as well. The hotel's street level lounge, CitySen, offers a full bar with several locally made brews, as well as many "small plate" meals featuring local products. Coffee lovers can stop by the CityBru, which serves fair trade coffee 24 hours a day. The Reids are using Grand Rapids' standing as one of the country's most vibrant "green and sustainable" cities in their marketing materials, while also pointing out such draws as the city's "bicycle friendly" label and its status as one of the top 10 urban fisheries. CityFlats will employ approximately 20 people and covers approximately 16,000 square feet. The original CityFlat Hotel at 61 E. Seventh St. in Holland also is LEED Gold certified.