Looking for a convention destination where your attendees can meet, stay and play within a compact city footprint? Look no further than the Downtown Grand Rapids Convention Neighborhood. It encompasses a state-of the-art convention center, 2,500 hotel rooms and 200+ dining, shopping, culture and entertainment options – all within the space of a 10-minute walk!

DeVos Place

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Meeting in Devos Place
Fact: DeVos Performance Hall has a seating capacity of 2,400.

DeVos Place convention center and DeVos Performance Hall are located along the Grand River.

Photo by Brian Kelly Photography

DeVos Place boasts more than 240,000 sq. ft. of convention, ballroom and meeting space overlooking the Grand River. With input from Steelcase – a Grand Rapids company recognized as the global leader in workplace environments – it incorporates many design and technology innovations that help people and businesses make more effective connections. It also features a 2,500-seat performance arena that can be booked for meetings and conventions.

DeVos Place is conveniently connected via climate-controlled skywalk to three hotels, five parking structures and Van Andel Arena, multipurpose facility. Attendees can attend your convention, dine at 10+ restaurants, take in a show and enjoy a good night’s sleep – all without ever stepping foot outside.

Van Andel Arena

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Van Andel Arena, 2022

Van Andel Arena, a 12,000 seat venue, is an ideal space for large conventions and events.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Ranked as one of the world’s top-grossing arenas in its size category, the 12,000-seat Van Andel Arena hosts large-scale entertainment events from superstar concerts and kids’ shows to rodeos and pro hockey games. It can also be booked for meetings and conventions.

Downtown Hotels

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Convention Center and River, 2022

Grand Rapids' Convention Center is centrally located nearby plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and activities.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Thirteen downtown hotels – six brand-new within the past few years – offer a wide range of budget and amenity options. The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, JW Marriott Grand Rapids and Downtown Courtyard Marriott are linked to DeVos Place (and each other) in our skywalk system.

Additional national hotel brands include AC by Marriott, Canopy by Hilton, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hyatt Place and Residence Inn by Marriott. CityFlatsHotel and the pet-friendly Morton Hotel deliver a boutique hotel experience.

Culture vultures rejoice: The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts are all located within a few blocks of DeVos Place. These are ideal day diversions for families traveling with attendees, as they offer hours of fun and entertainment.

DGX

  • 111 Lyon St NW

60+ downtown stores cater to those in need of some retail therapy after (or between) a busy convention schedule. Shop for art, clothing, gifts, specialty food and more.  Don’t miss the Downtown Market Grand Rapids, a local foods emporium that’s home to 20+ gourmet food vendors and restaurants. From boutiques to independent bookstores to vinyl records, Grand Rapids has it all.

Restaurants

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K-Rok

  • 169 Louis Campau Promenade NW

MDRD

  • 187 Monroe Ave. NW

MeXo

  • 118 E. Fulton St.

Ding Tea

  • 45 Ottawa Ave. SW Suite A

Divani

  • 15 Ionia Ave. SW

Freshii

  • 146 Monroe Center NW

Kind Crumbs

  • Various Grand Rapids Locations

Leo's

  • 60 Ottawa Ave. NW

Linear

  • 1001 Monroe NW

LT BBQ

  • 1636 Eastern Ave. SE

Luna

  • 64 Ionia Ave. SW

Margaux

  • 235 Louis St. NW

MudPenny

  • 570 Grandville Ave. SW

PHO 616

  • 435 Ionia Ave. SW

Rad Bagels

  • 435 Ionia Avenue Southwest

Subway

  • 100 Wealthy St

Yote Lab

  • 333 Grandville Ave. SW

Grand Rapids has been hailed as Michigan’s Best Food City – and our plethora of downtown restaurants is a major reason why. There are more than 140 restaurants in the convention neighborhood, ranging from upscale steakhouses and wine bars to pizza and burger joints. Eight downtown breweries (did you know Grand Rapids is Beer City USA?) serve up fantastic food along with delectable craft beers, ciders and spirits. Many eateries are also equipped for outdoor dining – in every season! The best part is, you're always a short walk away from a delicious meal when you're downtown, so you'll have no shortage of options for lunch or dinner in between meetings.

Nightlife/Entertainment

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Divani

  • 15 Ionia Ave. SW

Midtown

  • 123 Ionia Ave. SW

PJ DA-DJ

  • Various Grand Rapids Locations

Elevation

  • 133 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW

Dozens of downtown entertainment venues present a mix of live music, DJs and dancing, comedy shows, games, televised sports action and more. The Studio Park entertainment complex includes a nine-screen movie theatre, concert space and outdoor piazza for events. Live theatre, ballet, opera and symphony companies present a regular slate of performances.

Walkability

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Convention Group Walking Downtown

Downtown Grand Rapids was named one of the 14 most walkable cities in the U.S. in 2020.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Let’s face it, every city says it’s walkable – but Grand Rapids has the receipts to prove it. We were named one of the 14 most walkable cities in the U.S. in 2020 on the strength of our downtown experience. And there’s so much to see on a leisurely stroll, from the outdoor sculptures and murals lining sidewalks to the historic bridges and natural wonders along the riverwalk. Our Downtown Refreshment Area also allows visitors enjoy a craft beverage while taking in the sights.

Convenience & Safety

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Bright pink color makes the DASH buses easy to spot.

The DASH shuttle is a convenient, free way to get around downtown Grand Rapids.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Prefer not to walk? Hop on a free DASH shuttle or Rapid busTaxis, trolleys and horse-drawn carriages are also readily available. Ride-sharing choices include Lyft, Runabouts, SteadyFare and Uber. Need advice or assistance? Look for the many Certified Tourism Ambassadors™ who staff our hotels, shops and restaurants – they’ll be wearing a CTA pin.

Your attendees can travel the campus with confidence – Grand Rapids has been named the second most secure large city in America, and roaming Downtown Ambassadors patrol the area seven days a week.

Accessibility

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Grand Rapids is accommodating to wheelchair users and other visitors with special needs. Our Accessibility Guide highlights accessibility features at 50+ hotels, attractions and other points of interest. Downtown buses are also accessible for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and electric scooters. We’re proud to have been named America’s #2 best city for people with disabilities – and we’re constantly striving to get even better.

Meet smart, stay comfortably and indulge in all kinds of play in one compact, convenient place – downtown Grand Rapids!