Classic Comfort and Elegance at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan #ExperienceGR

I’ve been thinking about our next family vacation more and more lately.  We had some fun adventures last year and can’t wait to do it again!  Last summer, my family  ventured to Grand Rapids, MI for a weekend stay.  The whole brood came along for the ride – my husband and myself, my teenage daughter, my toddler son, and my mom.  Naturally, with the varying age groups in my family, we look for vacations that offer something fun to do for all of us (which is much harder than it sounds!).  On our trip to Grand Rapids we stayed at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel located close to many major attractions in the downtown area.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Hotel: My first impression upon entering this hotel was “Whoa!”  I was immediately impressed by the décor and grand chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.  The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel first opened as the Pantlind Hotel in 1913.  Since then, a 29-story glass tower was added to the building and the hotel still maintains its old-world charm, combined with all the modern amenities.  The inside is definitely classy and elegant – I almost thought that my toddler would somehow destroy it! LOL  But we did see other toddlers (and even some babies) at the hotel too.

Amway Grand Plaza Addition

Here’s the addition to the Amway Grand Plaza hotel.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Interior 1

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Interior 2
When I learned that access to the pool wouldn’t be available during my stay at the Amway Plaza, I was a little bummed.  The photos looked great on the website, but unfortunately, due to maintenance being performed on the pool area we had to walk the Skyway to the JW Marriott to use the pool.  My kids look forward to a little pool time whenever we’re on vacation so we took the 5 minute walk to the neighboring hotel.  I was disappointed with the Marriott’s pool area as the floor tiles were VERY slippery, making it easy to slip and fall.  Also, towels weren’t immediately available (it took more than 20 minutes after another guest called to get towels sent to the pool area), and there wasn’t a locker room area we could use so we changed in a bathroom.  Not exactly the pool experience we had in mind.  But again, this was at the JW Marriott pool that was available for us to use.

Room:  We were fortunate to secure two adjoining rooms – one with a king bed and the other with 2 queens.  This worked out great for my family since my husband and I, along with my teenage daughter, could watch movies late at night without disturbing the toddler that was trying to sleep.  Unfortunately, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel does not have a movie pay-per-view service (or the ability to check out over the television) so we had to stop by a nearby Walmart to purchase some DVDs (and a cable to connect to the TV) to watch movies on our portable DVD player.  No biggie, but a staff member did tell me that they were looking into this option for the future.  The room was very clean and I did not notice any stains or rips in the upholstery.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room Beds

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room Chair

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room Desk

One of my favorite aspects of our room stay was the information (and chocolates) provided with turn-down service.  A small sheet of paper with the weather forecast for the next day was a really nice touch.  I also liked the fact that the hotel offers free WiFi to guests, as we needed it for my son to view content on our tablet.  My family’s favorite aspect of our room stay was definitely the soft and plush mattresses and pillows.  They were heaven!

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Turn-Down Service
Room Service: Like all room service options, the items on the menu are a bit pricey.  We opted for room service on our last morning at the hotel out of sheer convenience – we didn’t want to have to get out of the room early and come back to pack up before check-out.  I’m so glad we ordered in!  The food was delivered within 30 minutes and we had a FEAST!  Pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, yogurt – I felt like we tried it all!  And it was all delivered at the perfect temperature and was simply delicious!  My only gripe with our room service was that we were shorted a set of silverware so my husband and I had to share until another set was delivered.  But the food was so good that I overlooked that a bit.

Location:  My entire family loved the location of our hotel.  We were within walking distance to some major attractions like the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.  Seriously, all within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel.  And that’s not even mentioning all of the great restaurants within walking distance too!  The location of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel was just perfect for exploring the city of Grand Rapids.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room View 1

Aren’t these views gorgeous?!?!

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Room View 2

That’s the Grand Rapids Public Museum – just steps from the hotel!

Restaurants:  There are a total of 8 restaurants on the hotel property – from breakfast and coffee, to a deli for lunch and steak for dinner – the Amway Grand Plaza hotel can cater to a wide variety of cravings.  Personally, having a Starbucks in the building was a huge perk for me.  One of my biggest peeves when visiting a hotel or resort is cruddy coffee in the morning.  Thankfully, the Starbucks was just a short walk from our hotel room.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Starbucks
We also dined at Cornucopia for breakfast (oatmeal, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches) and lunch (salads, paninis and pizza).  There was plenty of seating available, but we opted just to take it back to our room.  The food was good, but we mostly enjoyed the convenience.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Cornucopia

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Cornucopia Menu

Cornucopia’s Menu

We had one “fancy” dinner at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House on the property.  Going in with a toddler, we were a little apprehensive because we thought he would be too loud and disturb other guests.  The service at the restaurant was so awesome that they sat us in a louder section of the restaurant and checked in every so often to see if we were doing alright.  The food at Ruth’s Chris was so delicious and we enjoyed getting to spend some family time together at a nice restaurant.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Ruth's Chris
Overall:  Our stay at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel was pretty great.  I do wish that they had more amenities available to children, but I would definitely recommend this hotel to any family wishing to visit the Grand Rapids area – the location alone can’t be beat!  We enjoyed our Grand Rapids trip so much since there are so many amenities in the area that appeal to varying age groups.

Disclosure:  My family received complimentary accommodations in order to facilitate this review and I was not required to state a particular point of view.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Love those photos. I’ve never been to Michigan, but it’s definitely on my to-do list. Now I know where I want to stay!
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  2. that hotel looks amazing. such gorgeous decor and rooms
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  3. I would definitely love to stay in a hotel like that. It looks super classy.
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  4. Thanks for this review, it was a great review. That hotel looks amazing.

  5. What a beautiful hotel! I’ve never been to Grand Rapids but I think maybe I will need to look this place up when I am in town!
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  6. that hotel looks so grand. same out the tv not having movies,
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  7. What a great view from the hotel. Also, those beds look really comfy!
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  8. who knew Grand Rapids had so much to do. It looks like a blast and your hotel looks phenomenal.

  9. In a perfect world these hotels would start offering breakfast room service for free. In a perfect world!

  10. I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but now if I get a chance to visit, I know where to stay! What a beautiful property.
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  11. I’ve never been there, but the hotel looks so awesome and posh
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  12. Wow, the hotel looks so elegant! I love how roomy it is.

  13. Grand Rapids is just a short distance from me and easily one of Michigans most beautiful cities. I love the mixture of old and new and all of the experiences it has to offer.

  14. That’s a beautiful hotel! Never been to Grand Rapids before…
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  15. Such a beautiful hotel! A friend of mine are going to Grand Rapids in a couple of months from now. This will be helpful to her and her family.
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  16. Beautiful hotel! We love Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse too, delish!
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  17. I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but we love to visit Presidential Libraries and Museums. Your room looks lovely and what a great view.
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  18. Beautiful room and view! I love that red accent chair.
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  19. What a gorgeous room. I love the feast rolled in with room service. Wow!
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  20. I really need to do a family vacation with my boys and you really reminded me. thanks for the reminder, beautiful pictures too I might add.
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  21. So pretty!!! What a nice view, and I bet it’s relaxing to stay in
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  22. It looks like a great place to stay, very clean and nice room. I do try to find places with more for the kids to do just in case there are bad weather days.
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  23. That looks like a great hotel. I love the views! They are breathtaking!

  24. Ruth Chris is my family’s favorite restaurant. That is one of the things we look at when we are looking for a good hotel. This one looks fabulous.
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  25. This reminds me of how badly I need a vacation, and soon! This looks like a beautiful place to stay and a great place to visit with the whole family.
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  26. This looks like a great hotel for the family! Looks like fun!
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  27. That looks like a nice hotel. I love that they have the adjoining rooms…that’s always great when you have kids. Bummer about the pool and the pay per view though. I love to read hotel reviews!! When we head through that part of the US, we’ll know where to look up!

  28. Wow, looks like you had an amazing stay. I always like to splurge a little on room service for convenience too.
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  29. Looks like a great place to stay. I love the view!
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  30. This hotel is beautiful and the views are fantastic! I have friends who live in Grand Rapids. I’ve never visited, but I may have to and stay here. :)
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  31. What a beautiful place. I hope to visit one day.
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  32. I’ve never been to MI, but I hope that if I were to go, I’d be able to stay at this hotel in Grand Rapids!
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  33. Wow what a gorgeous place to stay – I love that there is so much choice as well! Fantastic. x
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  34. This is so wonderful and classy!
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  35. This looks like a beautiful place to stay with the family. I’m always looking for family friendly hotels to add to my list of places to stay with the kids.
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  36. Looks like a great place to stay! If I ever make it to Grand Rapids, I will have to remember this hotel.

  37. Whoa is correct! This is gorgeous! My mother used to take us to hotels for quick getaways. If I’m ever in Grand Rapids, I certainly know where I’m staying.
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  38. Looks like a beautiful location to stay. Will have to keep it in mind if we make it up to Grand Rapids!
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  39. I am in complete awe at how elegant that hotel is! All those chandeliers! WOW! Absolutely stunning. I love it.

  40. Beautiful hotel, I love the view! I’ve never been to Grand Rapids before!
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  41. Our big family vacation is in June. I absolutely can not wait!
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  42. Wow, the hotel is so beautiful. I am sure you had a wonderful time. I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but I’ve heard it’s a nice city.

  43. That hotel looks beautiful! I’ll put it on my “must visit” list for sure – the beds look amazing.

  44. This looks like a really nice hotel. I’ll have to remember it for my travels.

  45. This looks like a fantastic hotel. Great pics!
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  46. The room looks really nice and a great size for our family of 5. We would have been unhappy about the pool too, since that’s the only reason our kids ever want to go to a hotel, lol. Hopefully it was fixed very quickly. :)
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  47. What a great hotel! We always need plenty of room when we travel since there are 5 of us.
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  48. Everything looks really nice! I hate it too when the pool’s out of commission during a stay, that’s def. one of the perks of staying at a hotel. :)

  49. That looks like quite the hotel! I am not sure if I will ever make it to Grand Rapids, but if I do, I know where to stay :)
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