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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI
SAE Group Rate: $120.00 per night single/double occupancy
Check-in: 4:00pm/Check-out: 12:00 Noon
JW Marriott Hotel
235 Louis Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
SAE Group Rate: $120.00 per night single/double occupancy
Check-in: 4:00 pm/Check-out: 12:00 Noon
Hotel Reservation Form
Complimentary self-parking at both hotels
$25 per night for valet parking
The Amway Grand Plaza is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown Grand Rapids' business and entertainment district. At the crossroads of both US-131 and I-196, the hotel is easily accessible and just a brief 18-minute drive from Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The preferred airport for Amway Grand Plaza is Grand Rapids, MI (GRR-Gerald R. Ford Intl.)
US - 131 Northbound (arriving from the South)
Exit 85B at Pearl Street. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Pearl Street. Cross the river and the Hotel is on your left (approximately one quarter mile from the highway) Valet parking is available on the left, and self-parking on the right.
US - 131 Southbound (arriving from the North)
As you approach the downtown area, the traffic will narrow to two lanes. Stay to the right. It then adds an exit only lane on the far right. Stay in the center lane and follow the signs that say "downtown" (the extreme left and right lanes will exit). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Pearl Street. Cross over the river and the Hotel will be your left (approximately one quarter of a mile from the highway). Valet parking is available on the left, self-parking is available on the right
From I - 96 Westbound (from Lansing/Detroit)
Follow I-96 West to the Grand Rapids area. Take I-196 West (also called the Gerald R. Ford Freeway) to Downtown Grand Rapids. Then take exit 77-C, Ottawa Avenue. Go three blocks to Pearl Street. Turn right. Go one block and a half. The Hotel is on the corner of Pearl and Monroe.
From Chicago/Indiana via I - 94 East
Take I-94 to I-196 North/East to Grand Rapids. Continue on I-196 (also called the Gerald R. Ford Freeway) into downtown area. Take Exit 77-C, Ottawa Avenue. Go three blocks to Pearl Street. Turn right. Go one block and a half. The Hotel is on the corner of Pearl and Monroe
From Holland via I - 196 East
Take I-196 East to Grand Rapids. Continue on I-196 (also called the Gerald R. Ford Freeway) into downtown area and take exit 77-C, Ottawa Avenue. Go three blocks to Pearl Street. Turn right. Go one block and a half. The Hotel is on the corner of Pearl and Monroe.
From Gerald R. Ford International Airport
As you leave the airport, take a right at the first traffic light, Patterson Avenue. Go about two miles to 28th Street and turn right. Go about one-half mile to I-96 West to Grand Rapids. Then take I-196 to Downtown Grand Rapids. Take exit 77-C, Ottawa Avenue. Go three blocks to Pearl Street. Turn right. Go one block and a half. The Hotel is on the corner of Pearl and Monroe.
Use the link below to access a Google map of the Amway Grand Plaza's location. If you enter your address, you'll get driving directions that will ensure your arrival to the hotel is hassle-free.
Rental car agencies are located at the far end of the airport's east ticketing wing. Rental car ready & return spaces are located within walking distance of the terminal building
National Car Rental..........................800-227-7368
Calder City Taxi..............................616-454-8080
Fare to downtown Grand Rapids is approximately $25 (U.S.).
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room Amenities
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After those hours, you can contact the front desk for assistance with your business needs.
Located on the Glass Tower side of the hotel, on the fourth floor. It features an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, sauna, full-service locker rooms, full cardio workout facilities, tennis courts, a racquetball court, dumbbells and weights. Unlimited use of the center is only $5 per day, per room for up to 4 guests.
Fitness center hours:
Monday - Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Browse the Plaza Essentials Gift Shop for a great selection of merchandise or stop in the Plaza Men's Shop for a wide range of business and casual attire and accessories. You can also explore several boutiques, shops, and art galleries including: Boutique Emmanuel, DeJonge Portrait Studio & Gallery, and Eastern Floral & Gifts
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Dining
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - The 1913 Room
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Cygnus 27
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - The Grill at 1913
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - GP Sports Bar
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Bentham's Riverfront Restaurant
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Cornucopia Deli
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Garden Court Lounge
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Lumber Baron Bar
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Starbucks
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Downtown Grand Rapids Starbucks
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