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Expansions & Renovations

First Hospitality Group, Inc., Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Residence Inn Grand Rapids West

Hotel celebrates its grand reopening after $2 million renovation

GRANDVILLE, MI. August 16, 2017 - First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG), a leading hotel management, acquisition and development company, announced the grand reopening of its Residence Inn Grand Rapids West hotel in Grandville, Mich. following an extensive $2 million renovation. To celebrate, FHG hosted a grand reopening event on Thursday, August 3. First Hospitality Group, Inc. President and CEO Robert Habeeb made the announcement.

Renovations of the hotel offer modern and spacious upgrades to the public area and each of the hotel’s 90 guest rooms with new flooring, wall vinyl, paint, furniture, case goods, mattresses, window treatments and lighting.

“We wanted to make sure our hotel accurately reflected a modern, unique and comfortable atmosphere for our guests from the moment they check-in to when they check-out,” said Habeeb. “We are confident that between the renovations made to the hotel and the close proximity it offers to the entertainment, dining and shopping of downtown Grand Rapids, guests are sure to love staying at the Residence Inn Grand Rapids West.” The grand reopening event included tours of the newly renovated guest rooms and public areas. It also included a donation presentation, in which FHG presented a $500 donation in addition to 3 large boxes of food items and 150 decorated lunch bags to Kids’ Food Basket, a charity that provides food and nutrition to children in need.

Located at 3451 Rivertown Point Court, the hotel is minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and right across the street from RiverTown Crossings Mall. The Residence Inn Grand Rapids West is also located near other popular attractions like Lake Michigan Lakeshore, Van Andel Arena, West Michigan Whitecaps, Tanger Outlet Grand Rapids, Frederick Meijer Gardens and Cabela’s. The hotel includes a fitness room, outdoor pool, complimentary same day grocery shopping and dry cleaning, a basketball and tennis court, guest laundry, full kitchen in each room, breakfast seven days a week and a complimentary evening social from Monday-Wednesday. Experience the newly renovated guest rooms for yourself by visiting http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/grrrw-residence-inn-grand-rapids-west/.

Having been recognized in 2016 as No. 1 in Travel in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016, No. 28 overall, and No. 3 amongst all of America’s best travel companies, FHG moved up to a No.19 ranking out of the 250 best midsize employers in the country in 2017 and No. 1 in the travel category for the second year in a row. FHG is one of only 25 companies to ever place on the Forbes list two consecutive years. For more information about FHG, visit www.fhginc.com or follow them on Facebook at @FHGinc and Twitter at @FHGroup_Inc.

First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG) is a leading hotel management, acquisition and development company with more than 30 years of award-winning experience. FHG’s unique people-driven professional culture fosters a team of highly skilled and motivated hospitality experts who consistently deliver outstanding property level performance, as well as memorable and engaging guest experiences. Headquartered in Chicago, FHG’s portfolio features 19 brands and 46 properties throughout the Midwest. Having been recognized in 2016 as #1 in Travel in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016, #28 overall, and #3 amongst all of America’s best travel companies, FHG moved up to a #19 ranking out of the 250 best midsize employers in the country in 2017 and #1 in the Travel category for the second year in a row. FHG is one of only 25 companies to ever place on the Forbes list two consecutive years. For more information, visit,www.fhginc.com.

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