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Marriott brand hotel opens downtown
A new 130-room “lifestyle” hotel with a restaurant is now open downtown.
Grand Rapids-based AHC+Hospitality opened the seven-story, 90,258-square-foot AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown in the 127-year-old former warehouse at 50 Monroe Ave. NW, according to the company this week.
The hotel features “minimalist design details” and the building’s original brick façade.
The hotel lobby and AC Lounge restaurant are furnished by Zeeland-based furniture maker Herman Miller. Selections include the Eames lounge chair, Eames stool, Nelson pedestal table and Noguchi coffee table.
The lobby design pays homage to early 19th-century Grand Rapids, when Furniture City was home to more than 40 furniture companies.
The guest rooms include the 587-square-foot Madrid suite and the 554-square-foot Barcelona suite on the top floor.
Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, store and a quiet workspace for guests and locals. Parking is valet only.
“From our lobby to our guest rooms, our minimalist aesthetic is intended to allow business and leisure travelers to relax, unwind and connect with the city,” said Ryan Schmied, general manager, AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown.
“We hope to create a sense of community for both our hotel guests and local residents by hosting a series of events that will capture Grand Rapids’ essence and history.”
The AC Lounge restaurant features tapas-style small bites and signature beverages inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots. It serves brews from Grand Rapids-based Elk Brewing and spirits from local distillers, including Gray Skies, Coppercraft and Long Road.
The restaurant will host a rotating guest speaker series featuring local creatives, “vinyl and vino” pairings led by the sommelier-certified general manager, temporary art exhibits and more.
The restaurant seats 85 people and is open to guests and the public from 5-11:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday.
The AC Kitchen offers guests a European-inspired breakfast, including freshly baked croissants, sliced prosciutto and cheese, savory and sweet breakfast tarts, yogurts and fresh fruit.
AHC leases the entire building from Grand Rapids-based CWD Real Estate Investment, which bought the building in 2012.
AHC did not disclose the total investment cost for the hotel project. Records from the city of Grand Rapids show the property was approved for improvements totaling $13.2 million.
TGI Friday’s left its location at 50 Monroe NW in 2015 after nearly 20 years in operation.
The architect and interior designer for the hotel was Omaha, Nebraska-based DLR Group.
The contractor on the project was Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball.