Text: R. Collins // Photography: Elemental Media, The Morton Hotel
In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, on Ionia Avenue, an addition to the city’s burgeoning hotel district took shape amid pandemic to offer one special service to the hotel scene. The Morton Hotel is Grand Rapids’ newest residential style hotel dedicated to travelers who want to bring their pups along. The space opened in this March 2021 and offers modern, Bauhaus-inspired, extended-stay lodging options with home-like amenities including washers, dryers, and a full kitchen.
“We’ve seen a tremendous spike in popularity and occupancy through word-of-mouth and resounding good feedback we’re receiving from local guests and people traveling through Grand Rapids,” said Ross Bartlett, regional general manager at the Morton Hotel and Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton. “It’s been spectacular; we’re definitely off the ground and accelerating faster than we thought the recovery for the whole industry would be.”
The hotel houses 25 rooms including studio, one-and two-bedroom arrangements. Each room has durable, midcentury-inspired furnishings for pet-friendly relaxation, making the hotel’s interiors and offerings unique among the hotel district’s growing portfolio of properties.
“Everything contains bright colors and clean edges. The furniture is midcentury designed and thoughtful; even the bed is designed at a height for most dogs to get into,” Bartlett said. “The rooms also contain beautifully done artwork by Maddy Jackson, which is custom-made for the hotels; you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s a beautiful layout and most people really appreciate the design touches throughout the hotel.”
The hotel staff and design team thought through each dog-centric touch for the interior, as well as hotel amenities like an indoor pet and relief area for cold winter nights and hot summer days. There are also no additional pet fees on top of room rates at the Morton Hotel, and rooms are open to all breeds with minimal restrictions. Everything about the Morton Hotel is designed for comfortable human travel supporting man’s best friend along the way, instead of arranging travel around the stress of kennels. Find info organized by the Morton Hotel about nearby dog-friendly parks, beaches, and patios on their website; stay up to date on hotel programs and offerings—or just view ample photos of traveling pets—on the hotel’s Instagram page and at mortonhotelgr.com.
“I think having two dogs myself and knowing the stress and sadness I feel leaving them behind—on my part and their part—I was able to hypothetically approach how well this hotel would be received by those folks who do want to travel with their dogs and see the city of Grand Rapids,” Bartlett said. “We’ve brought this city to a point of being a tourism destination, from our food scene to other attractions and [expressing] the culture of Grand Rapids.”