KALAMAZOO, MI– A new six-story hotel opened Monday, Nov. 30, inside the historic Rose Street Market building in downtown Kalamazoo. This week, the Hilton Garden Inn opened the first of three phases of the project, which is set to be completed next year.
In phase one, 54 rooms are available for booking. An additional 60 rooms will be opened in February as part of a second phase, and a third and final phase will bring 106 additional rooms in May, as home suites for extended-stay guests.
Plaza Corp, the city of Kalamazoo and Indiana-based hotel developer Dora Hotel Co. partnered on the restoration project.
The building was originally built from 1913-1915 by famed architectural firm Spier & Rohns, and the structure was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Prior to its time as Rose Street Market, the structure served for nearly five decades as a Masonic temple, and also as a U.S. Army induction center during World War II.
The new downtown hotel will have a full-service bar and restaurant in addition to a breakfast buffet. Dining is currently limited to takeout orders due to Michigan’s coronavirus restrictions.
Also in accordance with current coronavirus restrictions, the hotel requires guests to social distance and wear masks when in public areas. The pool and fitness center are limited to one person or household at a time to allow staff time to sanitize in between uses.
Each room in the hotel is marked with a sticker after housekeeping has sanitized the room. Guests can scan the QR code and learn about Hilton’s Clean Stay policy.
Hilton has identified 10 high-touch surface areas to focus on in addition to sanitizing all hard surfaces in the room and use laundering, General Manager Chris Bebee said.
Premium rooms will feature an up-close view of the building’s most notable exterior feature — large, round windows that look out over Rose Street below.
In partnership with Heritage Guitars, a local guitar-maker formed by former employees of the iconic Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo, the Hilton property’s artwork features guitars and scenes from the factory.
A hotel of similar size and scale is planned for the Heritage Guitar factory property in 2022, director of sales and marketing Kara Kearns said.
Hilton staff were able to tour the Kalamazoo factory and photos from that tour were commissioned to create the artwork that appears in each room, General Manager Chris Bebee said.
Click here to see all the photos from MLive’s tour inside the new downtown hotel.
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