Under $14M hotel renovation unveils new restoration and hiring plan

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A $14 million hotel renovation project near Gerald R. Ford International Airport is nearing completion.

(A rendering by Gensler Architecture Design Company shows what the lobby of the Sheraton-Grand Rapids Airport Hotel might look like.)

the Sheraton by Marriott-Grand Rapids Airport Hotel & Conference Center is expected to open by June 30, when its first booking is expected. The newly renamed hotel at 5700 28th St. SE, just east of I-96, replaces the former Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport & Conference Center.

“We are very excited to bring a newly renovated, high-end branded hotel and convention center to the Grand Rapids community and reinvent a property…that has long been a part of Grand Rapids hospitality and travel.” , Sheraton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel Food and Beverage Director Stacie Hackney said in a press release.

The Sheraton Grand Rapids Airport Hotel is hosting two job fairs over the next week in hopes of filling dozens of openings, including front desk, operations, banquet and housekeeping. The events are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 23 at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce in downtown Grand Rapids. Managers say the starting rate for untipped positions is $15 an hour with higher wages based on experience. Job descriptions will be published on Indeed.com. Interested persons can also submit their resume and find out more by emailing [email protected].

Marshall Hotels & Resorts started renovations to the former Crowne Plaza Hotel at the end of last year. Gensler, the same architectural firm that managed the recent renovations of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotelalso works on the Grand Rapids Sheraton.

Plans for the 259-room hotel include upgrades to guest rooms, exterior signage and public areas.

The project includes the replacement of the Aryana restaurant and lounge with a new restaurant concept called Flight directly managed by the hotel. Hotel managers say Flight “is a neo-American style restaurant with global tastes and local experience.” The restaurant has a new bar, a slightly different layout and new furniture. Hackney says the aim is to make the restaurant a local draw, attracting members of the community in addition to hungry hotel visitors.

The new Sheraton hotel will also have a bistro serving Starbucks beverages and “health-conscious” snacks.

The Sheraton by Marriott-Grand Rapids Airport Hotel & Conference Center will include 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a new Sheraton Club Lounge for Sheraton Club-level rooms, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness area fit and an airport shuttle that runs every hour.

Mike Marshall, president and CEO of Marshall Hotels & Resorts, said last year that the project would proceed in phases to minimize disruptions for guests.

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