Amway Grand Plaza HotelEdit profile
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is named after Amway Corporation, which is based in nearby Ada Township.
Originally known as The Pantlind Hotel (founded in 1913), Amway Grand Plaza Hotel reopened in 1981 after extensive renovations done by Marvin DeWinter & Associates including the addition of a 29 story glass tower. The Pantlind was fashioned after Englishman Robert Adams architecture by designers Warren & Wetmore and in its prime was rated as one of the top ten hotels in the US. The hotel is home to several well-known restaurants in Grand Rapids, such as Cygnus and the 1913 Room, Michigan's only AAA Five Diamond Award restaurant.
The hotel is owned by Amway Hotel Collection, a subsidiary of Amway's holding company Alticor.Grand River Promenade
The Grand River Promenade, the official name for the skyway, goes between the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Van Andel Arena. The skyway is on the hotel's second floor as well as the hotel's parking ramp.Trivia
- In honor of U.S. President Ford, one of the ballrooms in the hotel is named after him.
- Until September 2008, The Rapid ran the Grand Rapids Air Porter - a shuttle between the hotels in downtown Grand Rapids and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Routes 9 Alpine, Route 11 Plainfield, and two DASH routes stop near the hotel.
- WZZM-TV 13 originally had its studios at the Pantlind until a new facility was built and completed in Walker, Michigan.
- The 1913 Room is the only restaurant in Michigan to be awarded 5 diamonds by the American Automobile Association.
- The hotel is prominent in the background in Trees, the third NOOMA film featuring Rob Bell.
- A Ruth's Chris Steak House will replace The 1913 Room in the fall of 2011.