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Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Stayed at the Prince Conference Center on business - I was speaking at an event hosted there as well. Excellent meeting space - very homey with two fireplaces and friendly staff.

The rooms were excellent - quiet, clean and great for work. Loved the snack area with coffee and juice open 24 hours. This was also the breakfast area and the buffet breakfast rocked!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Dear GenealogyNinja

I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the conference facilities. We appreciate the kind words, and look forward to you coming back and staying with us again.

Thank you!

Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Once again, the Prince Center treated me like royalty. The staff is professional, helpful, friendly. The rooms comfortable, clean, quiet, with a breathtaking view of the beautiful grounds. And breakfast? Pretty amazing...with homemade cookies, fruit and coffee/beverages throughout the day. I would highly recommend this bright, cheery place for any need you may have--I've enjoyed it for our annual business conference, as well as a personal get-away. I always want to stay longer. I commend you, Prince staff and management, for making us all feel so welcome we hate to leave. :)

Room Tip: The suite just to the right of the dining area is my favorite--the 2 rooms can be joined or partitio...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Dear jgsl

It is great that you joined us again, and had a great experience! We are happy to have you come back, and hope to see you again soon. Thank you so much for the kind words.

See you soon!

Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

This is a terrific place to stay if you are in Grand Rapids. The rooms are clean and nicely appointed. The breakfast is amazing. We so enjoyed taking an early morning walk on the nature trail. Everyone is friendly, helpful and organized. The worse thing I can say about it is I could only stay one night. I would never stay anywhere else in GR.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

pattinase

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are happy you had an opportunity to stay with us. We hope to see you in the future, and for longer too.

Thank you!

Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

This was our 5th trip to Grand Rapids and the best place we've stayed by far. The room was clean, quiet and comfortable. The view from the window was of a nature preserve instead of a freeway. It was a lovely relaxing walk through the preserve.

We were there for Artprize and would have liked to be a little closer to downtown, but it was well worth the extra travel time.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Hartlanddeb
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2013

Hartlanddeb

I want to thank you for the kind words. we are happy that you were able to stay with us and experience the nature preserve and all we have to offer.

We hope to see you in the future.

Thank you!
Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

I used the recommendations on tripadvisor to choose the Prince. My friend and I enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Prince to others looking for a wonderful place to stay. The staff is friendly, the facility is well maintained and the breakfast was great. The snacks all day including coffee makes the Prince feel very comfortable and welcoming.

I agree that the shower is small but was thrilled to see a fan in the bathroom. Something I have not seen in many hotels recently. The rooms, bedding and facility is beautiful down to the floral centerpieces on the tables in the lobby and breakfast area.

The location is convenient to the Meijer Gardens and was not far from downtown and Gas Light Village and restaurants on Cherry and Wealthy Sts. Next time we stay we will explore the Ecopreserve on campus.

Congratulations to the staff of the Prince for a job well done.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Zumba2010
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2013

Zumba2010,

Thank you very much for the kind words. I am happy to see you plan on coming back, and to enjoy the Ecopreserve that is behind us.

We look forward to having you come back.

Thank you!

Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

In addition to what other reviewers have said: We enjoyed exploring the ecosystem preserve outside the hotel. The kids loved the snacks, which are available all day once breakfast is over. This is a family friendly hotel (other than a shower in the bathroom, which may be difficult for families with really small children).

The only dislike that I had: I made a reservation for a king suite. However, when I arrived, I was told that the king suite was handicapped accessible and was given to someone else requiring it. I understand this, but I wish I had known this when I made the reservation. When I expressed this, Christy quickly found us a room in a nice location and gave us a discount. Thank you, Christy! If we are in this part of town again, we would try to stay here.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 3rd floor facing the ecosystem preserve are quiet
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

MamaMay0402

Thank you for your kind words. I will make sure to discuss what you brought up about change in room type. We should be making sure you are contacted before your arrival.

I will make sure Christy is aware of the great comments about her. Thank you again, and we hope you and your family are able to come back and stay with us again.

Thank you!

Valarie Cook
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

We were a family party of 10 - 3 rooms - 2 stays in GR a week apart on our way to the UP and Mackinac Island and back. This was the nicest hotel experience on our 3,000 mile trip. Beautiful grounds, very clean accommodation (grounds, building, rooms), great beds and pillows, good size, well lighted rooms, excellent quality free breakfast. So what? Many hotels can claim this but this hotel is special because the staff cares - really cares.

Picture the difference between a family run accommodation vs. a chain hotel staffed by minimum wage employees. The Prince Center's staff makes one feel like it is a family run establishment. The staff is fully committed and actively engaged to making this your most satisfying hotel stay in GR - and they have succeeded. No, it's not a 4 Seasons, but neither is the price - about one-third of high end hotels.They are the #1 hotel on Trip Advisor in Grand Rapids because they earned it!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Richard S
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vcook521, Manager at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

rrs517

Thank you for the kind comments. We are happy you enjoyed your stay, and we hope you and your family will be able to come back and stay with us again.

Thank you!

Valarie Cook
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Additional Information about Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Address: 1800 East Beltline SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Region: United States > Michigan > Kent County > Grand Rapids
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 49 Hotels in Grand Rapids
Price Range: £70 - £77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in a peaceful, serene setting, just a bridge walk east from the main Calvin College campus, is the Prince Center. You'll find the atmosphere casual and relaxing with many windows to take in the view, two cozy fireplaces, a patio overlooking the nature preserve and a baby grand piano—all designed to make your visit a pleasant and enjoyable one. Whether you're gathering with colleagues from around the country or celebrating a special occasion with an intimate group, you'll always feel right at home at the Prince. ... more   less 

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