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Speakeasy-Inspired Bar Debuts at Grand Rapid’s Amway Grand Plaza



WHY IT RATES: Guests and locals alike can relive the ’70s in style.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor

Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, announces today the opening of IDC, a speakeasy-inspired, retro-themed bar situated on the second-floor balcony of the hotel’s historic Pantlind Wing. An acronym for “I Don’t Care,” the name “IDC” is a cheeky play on words meant to elicit a recommendation to questions like “where do you want to get drinks tonight?” or “what do you want to do later?” Guests can access the funky 70’s themed “speakeasy” by signing up to receive a rotating monthly passcode at

“A first of its kind in Downtown Grand Rapids and in the heart of the Hotel District, IDC’s multifaceted theme and alluring concept is an ode to the ’70s and primed to deliver an experience unlike any other,” said George Aquino, vice president and managing director, AHC+Hospitality. “Those ‘in the know’ will appreciate the all-season, indoor-outdoor space – a rare find in Grand Rapids – and groovy tunes from decades’ past.”

Located on the second floor of the Amway Grand Plaza’s Monroe Avenue entrance, guests will find a door with a keypad requesting the secret passcode of the month. Once granted access, guests are greeted by special effect lighting from revolving disco balls and hits from the ’70s. Interior furnishings meld contemporary and art deco themes; white Carrara marble and bronze fixtures juxtaposed with flashy décor and bold red color palettes. Indoor space can accommodate up to 25 and the glass-covered outdoor balcony area – open year-round with outdoor heaters – is split into two sections and can accommodate up to 90.

The cocktail menu features elevated takes on nostalgic concoctions like the Harvey Wallbanger, Tequila Sunrise, Best Amaretto Sour and a rotating monthly special. Beer and wine selections are also reminiscent of popular 70’s sips – Miller High Life is served in a flute as an ode to its longtime slogan “the Champagne of beers.” A small bites menu includes variations of bento box-style snacks.

IDC is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Saturdays and closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information on Amway Grand Plaza and IDC, please visit and

SOURCE: AHC+Hospitality press release

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Marriott Attains Record Growth in Caribbean, Latin America



Marriott International achieved record growth in the Caribbean and Latin America last year, signing 10,000 rooms across 15 brands in 17 different countries and territories.

2019 marks the hotel giant’s fourth straight year of record expansion in the region, increasing its portfolio in the region to 268 open properties and 55,195 rooms in 34 countries and territories.

Highlights of Marriott’s epic year in the Caribbean and Latin America include 2,100 conversion rooms, the first Delta Hotels by Marriott signing in the region and the launch of the company’s all-inclusive program last August. Since then, Marriott has signed seven management and franchise agreements for all-inclusive properties representing nearly 3,200 rooms, including an 800-room Marriott Hotels resort in Jamaica and a 240-room Ritz-Carlton property in Mexico.

What’s more, Marriott’s affordable lifestyle brands—including AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft and Moxy—continue to expand rapidly throughout the region, signing a combined 1,284 rooms last year.

Marriott also completed its acquisition of Elegant Hotels Group last year. The group consists of 588 rooms across seven hotels located on Barbados’ Platinum Coast.

“We had a landmark year for hotel transactions in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2019, fueled by the hotel development community’s demand for our leading business support and loyalty program, our attractive brands and strong owner interest in our new all-inclusive brand extensions,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International, in a statement. “With a growing pipeline of 146 hotels and resorts totaling over 24,000 rooms, we are poised for solid growth in this region, providing more opportunity to drive engagement with our loyalty members.”

The record-breaking year certainly isn’t anything new for Marriott, which expanded its global pipeline to 515,000 rooms as of year-end 2019 for the first time in the company’s history.

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