Pros

  • Value hotel with lodge-inspired interiors
  • Walk to the Frederik Meijer Gardens; a 10-minute drive to downtown
  • Pleasant rooms with microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges
  • Some suites have separate bedrooms and hot tubs
  • Heated, large indoor pool and whirlpool
  • Spacious, pleasantly decorated breakfast lounge with free breakfast buffet
  • Modern gym with cardio equipment and pool views
  • Meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center
  • Free book lending library
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi throughout
  • Kids under 18 stay for free
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Cons

  • Outside downtown Grand Rapids
  • Wi-Fi can be slow in some rooms
  • Uninspiring room views
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Bottom Line

The 154-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids East is a clean and attractive value hotel within walking distance of the Frederik Meijer Gardens. It serves a free breakfast buffet and has a modern fitness center facing an indoor heated pool. Pleasantly designed rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs; suites have partially separated seating areas and sofa beds, and some have separate bedrooms and whirlpool tubs. Guests have complained about patchy Wi-Fi, but the hotel reports that it will increase its bandwidth. Travelers seeking a downtown location might want to check out the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

Things You Should Know About Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI

Also Known As

  • Country Inn & Suites Grand Rapids East
  • Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Grand Rapids East, MI

Address

3251 Deposit Dr NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546-1465, United States

Phone

(616) 942-7000

Website

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI

Scene

Value property with lovely lodge interiors and free cookies

The smell of fresh-baked cookies greets guests as they enter the hotel, a nicely designed value property with lodge-like interiors and a homey vibe. The freshly baked cookies sit on the front desk, and coffee is available 24 hours a day. Tall ceilings make the lobby feel spacious and the space has wood floors, a staircase with a wooden banister, and a fireplace in a comfortable lounge. Books can be checked out from a small lending library in the lounge. A display case by two elevators -- which service all five floors -- is loaded with military memorabilia in tribute to veterans. Green double doors lead to the large breakfast room, where kids sometimes play board games. Families make up most of the clientele, but the competitive prices, location near the Frederik Meijer Gardens, and business services also draw couples and corporate travelers. 

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Location

On the east side of Grand Rapids, beside I-96

This hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on the east side of Grand Rapids, a trip that can be completed in three minutes by car. It's a 10-minute drive to downtown Grand Rapids and DeVos Place Convention Center, and there's not much in the immediate area aside from the Gravity Taphouse & Grille, which is across the street. I-96 is right next to the hotel, and it's a 15-minute drive to the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Meyer May House. Shopping at Woodland Mall is within a 10-minute drive. Gerald R. Ford International Airport is about a 15-minute drive from the hotel, depending on traffic. Spring Lake is 30 to 40 minutes away by car and Grand Haven is a 45-minute trip.

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Rooms

Welcoming rooms and suites have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves; some have whirlpool tubs 

The 154 rooms and suites are traditionally styled, with dark carpeting, light green wooden doors, leaf-print drapes, wooden headboards, warm lighting, and floral artwork on walls. One side of the hotel offers city views, but many rooms have views of the uninspiring parking lot. Studio Suites and One-Bedroom Suites have sofa beds in seating areas, and One-Bedroom Suites have separate living rooms. Whirlpool Suites feature two-person whirlpool tubs in separate rooms. Beds have Serta Sleeper 2000 mattresses with white patterned bedspreads and handsome dark wood headboards. All rooms have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, irons/ironing boards, and desks with office chairs. Bathrooms are basic and clean, with shower/tub combos and hairdryers. Though the highway is just outside, guest rooms don't pick up any noise, and while in-room Wi-Fi can be spotty, the hotel has plans to upgrade it.

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Features

Free breakfast buffet, indoor pool, fitness center, meeting spaces, and on-site parking 

One of this hotel's stand-out features is its large breakfast lounge with a free morning buffet of bagels, eggs, coffee and tea, fruit, sausages, yogurt, cereal, and biscuits and gravy, among other items. There’s also a heated indoor pool that offers an ADA accessible lift and a hot tub as well as plastic chairs on the deck -- the pool area stays open late. Facing the pool is a small, modern gym that has treadmills, an elliptical machine, core equipment, and free weights. The hotel attracts a share of business travelers, with its five meeting rooms -- which fit up to 100 people in the theater layout -- and a 24-hour business center with two printers, two computers, and office services. Outdoor parking is also available on-site. Wi-Fi is available for free throughout the property. Guest laundry is available and same-day dry cleaning can be arranged on weekdays. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Basic Television

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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