Grand Rapids offers a great variety of family-friendly hotels close to attractions and transportation, and the kids get even more excited about a trip when they know it'll involve pool time and a hotel bed.

Here are some go-to hotels when visiting Grand Rapids with the kids:

Amway Grand Plaza

With an ultra-convenient downtown location, a gorgeous pool area, several on-site restaurants and free wifi, the Amway Grand Plaza is my favorite upscale - yet totally family-friendly - hotel. Take the enclosed SkyWalk to see a show at DeVos Place or take in a meal at Six.One.Six at the JW Marriott Downtown Grand Rapids.

Elegant yet functional room in the Amway Grand Plaza tower.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids

Ramada Plaza Grand Rapids

Between the Castaway Bay pool area featuring a water slide and tiki whirlpool, and an arcade game room, this suburban hotel is close to the Woodland Mall and convenient to the highway, airport, and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Holiday Inn Downtown

This budget-friendly downtown option is adjacent to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and just a short walk over the river to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Rosa Parks Circle, DeVos Place, and other downtown attractions. Parking is easy and complimentary, and kids eat free at the on-site Pearl Street Grill.

Exterior view of the family and budget friendly hotel, the Holiday Inn Downtown

Homewood Suites

Offering super-reasonable rates on kitchenette suites sleeping up to six children, this conveniently-located hotel also features free breakfast, an indoor pool, laundry facilities and free wifi.