Grand Rapids
Curio Local Guide

Grand Rapids

Authored by Ryan Postel
Ryan Postel
Professional Photographer

We sent Ryan Postel, photographer extraordinaire, to Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for the city of Grand Rapids. It’s full of tips and local secrets, just for you.

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Museum of Contemporary Art
Hotel Room at Amway Grand Plaza
Bar at Hotel La Jolla

My Perfect Day

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck
Cignus 27
Cygnus 27
Cygnus 27

 My perfect day in Grand Rapids would be in early fall. You can take advantage of a wide range of outdoor options in beautiful weather in a setting of vibrant autumn colors.

I would  wake up early and have brunch at Cygnus 27, the restaurant on the top floor of Amway hotel with a captivating view of the Grand Rapids riverfront.

I would then recommend spending the early afternoon hitting a few of the local breweries, a staple of Grand Rapids. The patio at Founder’s Brewery is my top recommendation. Arrive early before the crowd does. On a clear day, in the late afternoon I would recommend taking a walk along the historic Riverwalk and enjoy the beautiful views of the Grand River. There are plenty of parks within walking distance from the hotel.

If up for a quick drive, I’d suggest heading to the Meijer Gardens (only 10 minutes away) to check out the Japanese gardens. This is an incredible and scenic hidden gem of Grand Rapids.

In the evening, grab a drink or snack at the Lumber Baron Bar at the hotel and you cannot go wrong with the amazing cuisine at The Kitchen for dinner. Just down the street are some great local bars (and karaoke) to finish off the night.

Where to stay

Hotel La Jolla exterior Amway Grand Plaza lobby Amway Grand Plaza Concierge Tower
Amway Grand Plaza logo

Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

Discover historic charm and modern comforts at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton. Nestled downtown by the Grand River for nearly a century, the hotel boasts original iron and woodwork, English Adams architecture, and a 29-story glass tower. Enjoy skywalk access to Van Andel Arena for concerts and Grand Rapids Griffins hockey. DeVos Place Convention Center and DeVos Performance Hall are steps away.


From the moment we stepped inside, I was immensely impressed and left in awe of my stay at the Amway Grand Plaza. The hotel contains such rich history which you can see in all the minute details, decorations and architecture. The hotel is something of a paradox, with a side that is traditionally ornate and historic, and another that is modern and fresh. Our room was both spacious and well updated with all of the amenities any savvy traveler would appreciate.

I had an especially relaxing and comfortable stay at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, which was first class in every way. We enjoyed walking the bright hallways and exploring the hotel. The historic hotel lobby is one of a kind and its must-see facade contributes to its character. If you have a chance, check out the President Gerald Ford conference room and the touches of his presidency on display throughout the hotel’s lobby. Our absolute highlight was dinner at The Kitchen by Wolfgang, which is situated right on the riverwalk and gives a perfect view of the sunset over the Grand River.