After a $7.5 million renovation the Haworth Hotel, formerly known as the Haworth Inn and Conference Center, which is located on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, has reopened.  What’s described by the college as a “transformational project” has remodeled all conference and hotel rooms, rebuilt the lobby and created a full-service coffee shop.

With 48 guestrooms and 14 conferences spaces, for a total of 10,000 square feet of meeting space, the Haworth Hotel is a blend of the commercial and the residential. The largest meeting space, the Haworth Hotel ballroom, accommodates 350 guests. Attendees wandering into the lobby between events will encounter a grand spiral staircase connecting the first two floors of the building.  The lobby has been designed to encourage interaction; a variety of spots to meet, read, chat and linger create an inviting environment for both work and relaxation. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet is available throughout the entire facility.

The renovation was led by Patricia Urquiola, an award-winning designer and architect based in Milan, Italy. This is her first hotel design in the United States. Haworthhotel.com

It began as the first Cadillac dealership outside of Detroit, then became a roller rink in the 1950s. Now, the High Five GR is reopened as a premier event space in downtown Grand Rapids. The original roller rink hardwood floors remain, as do the vaulted ceilings and oversized arched windows that showcase the city lights. What’s new is a state-of-the-art a/v system and an event team that can create custom floorplans and organize set up/teardown and load in/out logistics.

 

The Townsend Hotel has been stacking up kudos in 2021. Maintaining AAA Four-Diamond status throughout its 34-year history and earning a Forbes Four Star rating for the last eight consecutive years, the 150-room luxury property in the walkable neighborhood of Birmingham and just 20 miles from downtown Detroit, was awarded the Travelers’ Choice Award by Tripadvisor in May, recognition that its positive review and ratings over the past 12 months placed it in top 10 percent worldwide of all hotels.

 

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