January 27, 2021

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Hilton Garden Inn to open in downtown Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kalamazoo is set to open at the end of this month.

The new hotel at 303 N. Rose St. will open its doors to guests Monday, Nov. 30, according to a news release from the hotel.

PlazaCorp, the city of Kalamazoo and Indiana-based hotel developer Dora Hotel Co. partnered on the project to restore the historic Masonic Temple Building and create the new, six-story hotel with 114 guest rooms, the release said.

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The hotel also features an indoor saline pool, an on-site restaurant, outdoor courtyard, 2,100-plus square feet of banquet space, a fitness center, lounge, business center and parking garage connected by a skywalk, the release said.

Dora Hotel Co. Principal Tim Dora said, in a statement, that the company cannot wait to connect with and service citizens and visitors to Kalamazoo.

“We felt there was a genuine appetite in the community for an ambitious concept of this magnitude, and it’s been well executed from start to finish,” Dora said. “City officials and PlazaCorp have been a pleasure to work alongside.”

The room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee makers, microwaves, mini-fridges, televisions and MP3 clock radio docking stations.

The hotel will operate at about half capacity when it first opens because of the coronavirus pandemic.

An adjoining eight-story building will be home to Home2Suites by Hilton Kalamazoo Downtown. Set to open on May 10, 2021, the hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and similar amenities as the Hilton Garden Inn.

“We’re equally excited for the opening of the Home2 next year,” Dora Hotel Co. Regional Manager Wendy Bland said. “It’s a gorgeous hotel in its own right that perfectly complements its historic neighbor. Between the two, we’re proud to bring 220 new hotel rooms to downtown.”

The project was announced in 2017 and is expected to create both full-time and part-time jobs in the community.

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