JW Marriott Hotel Prepares for September Opening

It's been changing the skyline of Grand Rapids for months now. It is the JW Marriott hotel along the Grand River. Full Story
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Dominic

Bad Axe, MI

#1 Aug 27, 2007
Very impressive. Congratulations. What a great addition to our city.
Fro

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Aug 27, 2007
I agree, good for Grand Rapids. This hotel will be a fun little get-away for my wife and I.
Lucy

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Aug 27, 2007
Think about the amazing jobs this beautiful hotel will create!!
Leaving MI soon

United States

#4 Aug 27, 2007
Did we really need another hotel downtown? It's not as if DeVos Place is really seeing any visitors. They'd like you to believe it's always booked, but it's not.
Taxpayer

United States

#5 Aug 27, 2007
Great jobs. Oh, yes. Those $8.00 service industry jobs will really bring the brainpower to GR!
Lucy

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Aug 27, 2007
Typical. Everyone wants to make mega bucks, and when they can't get what they want, they take unemployment and/or welfare.

Some people really DO appreciate whatever work is available.
Doug

Hope, MI

#7 Aug 27, 2007
Give me a break. At $240 a night minimum, just who do you think is going to be taking up all those rooms? Any one who pays that much just for a place to sleep deserves to be taken for a ride, and then straight to a mental health clinic for a complete exam.
just call me cracker

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Aug 27, 2007
Doug wrote:
Give me a break. At $240 a night minimum, just who do you think is going to be taking up all those rooms? Any one who pays that much just for a place to sleep deserves to be taken for a ride, and then straight to a mental health clinic for a complete exam.
All of the team IBO's filing their cases in appeals court, oh thst's right it's owned by Alticor. Team peoples are probably not allowed to stay there!
Beth

Manistee, MI

#9 Aug 27, 2007
Good for GR. I would rather hear about this than yet another shooting in GR. And yes, it will bring jobs. Hopefully anyone with a work ethic will take a $10/hour job versus sitting on welfare and leeching off the rest of us. If welfare is paying better than $10/hour then maybe that is the quickest, best way to fix our state's budget shortfall!
Bobbie -Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

#10 Aug 27, 2007
I used to work in the hotel industry (front desk). I just hope they are paying their housekeepers more than minimum wage. Housekeepers are the MOST important people in the hotel business...and are usually underpaid. I guess I won't be staying there anytime soon. It is totally crazy to expect people to pay $240 a night for a hotel room. But I guess if there are those crazy enough to pay it...I can't blame the owners for raking it in.
Mudman

Encino, CA

#11 Aug 27, 2007
Who owns,(owners), it will benefit. Who works for owner, will not.
Kurt

United States

#12 Aug 27, 2007
Well, I'm glad it will bring work to Grand Rapids, BUT, at $240.00 a night. I'll pass. I would rather spend a romantic night with my wife for free wit hthe kids at thier Grandparents, than to spend That kind of money. Guess you can call us Conservative, and for which we are.
Beth

Manistee, MI

#13 Aug 27, 2007
I agree, housekeeping is the most important group of personnel at any hotel. It doesn't matter if it is a $69/night Travelodge or a $2500/night Marriott, if the room is dirty I wouldn't return! Crumbs on the floor, pubies in the bathroom, slept on sheets, leftover food in the fridge, etc. is unacceptable.
Beth

Manistee, MI

#14 Aug 27, 2007
**** = 'Sixty - nine dollars.....'
Jeri

Grand Rapids, MI

#15 Aug 28, 2007
People like Lucy need to know when taking a job at $8.00 per.hour.Which I have done.You can't even pay your power bill or fill your car with gas to get to work. It's not just making the "big bucks". People just want to be able to pay their bills. It's very hard to do on that income. I have over 20 years in the hotel industry (not in this state)but wages here lower then what I was making 20yrs ago. Nobody want's to be on welfare.

Since: Jul 07

Madison, WI

#16 Aug 28, 2007
I won't be staying there unless I get a free night there, no room is worth $240 a night. I might eat there sounds like a nice resturant and sounds like the chef is trying to help out the local farmers who have been struggling through the years. Kudos to you chef!
Lucy

Grand Rapids, MI

#17 Aug 29, 2007
Jeri wrote:
People like Lucy need to know when taking a job at $8.00 per.hour.Which I have done.You can't even pay your power bill or fill your car with gas to get to work. It's not just making the "big bucks". People just want to be able to pay their bills. It's very hard to do on that income. I have over 20 years in the hotel industry (not in this state)but wages here lower then what I was making 20yrs ago. Nobody want's to be on welfare.
I can't agree with you more. Because I am in your shoes. But, isn't it better working, even from just a pride standpoint, rather than living off the state?
Leaving MI soon

United States

#18 Aug 29, 2007
"Nobody wants to be on welfare" - according to the post from Jeri. Think again, sweetie. Lots and lots of people make it their personal career to apply and reapply for welfare, food stamps, heating credits, rent vouchers and free lunch for all of their kids they cannot support. Don't tell me that they are forced into poverty. In the 1930's you either worked, or you starved. It should be the same today. Support yourselves and be a decent citizen, not a pig.
Lucy

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Aug 29, 2007
And Jeri, I stay in constant contact with my creditors; they WILL work with you, especially if you have children. Sometimes it means, for me, relying on my church and family for food, but you'll never see me applying for food stamps or welfare. Not when I CAN work.
KME

Grand Rapids, MI

#20 Aug 29, 2007
Lucy wrote:
And Jeri, I stay in constant contact with my creditors; they WILL work with you, especially if you have children. Sometimes it means, for me, relying on my church and family for food, but you'll never see me applying for food stamps or welfare. Not when I CAN work.
So Lucy, you ask the church and family....who pays for the internet? Maybe some people need to get back to reality! Rent, food, utilities, etc. before the cell phone, cable, internet.

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