Travel & Lodging

Travel

Grand Rapids is located in the heart of West Michigan, about one hour from Lake Michigan.

Basic Travel Info for Getting into Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids is easily accessible by the Gerald R. Ford International airport which is about a fifteen-minute drive from Calvin College. The campus is also conveniently located off I-96 making it an easy location to drive to as well.

For information on flying or driving into Grand Rapids, check here.

Transportation Options: Getting from the Airport to Calvin College

  • Shuttle Service: A local volunteer will provide scheduled shuttle services to and from the Grand Rapids Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Calvin College Campus on Thursday, July 25, Friday, July 26 and Sunday, July 28. Please complete this form to register for airport shuttle. There is a $10 USD fee each way.
  • Uber: Download the app for this flexible transportation to the Calvin College Campus. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still login to your account and request a ride by visiting their website, uber.com. The fee will be approximately $11.50-22.00, you can split the fee if you have several people in a vehicle.
  • Taxi: Grand Rapids has several local taxi options. The average fee from the airport to Calvin College is approximately $25.00.
    • Metro Taxi: 616-827-6500
    • Boss Taxi: 616-303-0141
    • Yellow Cab: 616-459-4646

Lodging

Lodging is on your own. During registration, you may select and pay for on-campus housing. Please note that lodging on campus is not air conditioned, however fans are provided for every room. Calvin College is conveniently located to many hotels within five to ten miles of campus.

On-Campus Housing

Most rooms are suites of four, accommodating two people in each room with a shared bathroom in the middle. Towels, washcloth, a bar of soap, and a hand towel are provided. Sheets, a blanket, and a pillowcase with pillow are also provided.

  • Block: A block of rooms is available at Calvin College until July 15, 2019.
  • Rate: $30 USD/night. Private suites are $60 USD/night and a room to yourself with a shared bathroom is $45 USD/night.
  • Reservations: To reserve a room, simply register and pay for this during the Conference registration process.

Prince Conference Center

Across the Beltline from College College. An overhead bridge crosses the Beltline if you choose to walk. Complimentary continental breakfast is included for overnight guests. A fitness facility and free WiFi is available as well complimentary airport pickup. View their website here.

  • Block: A block of rooms is available until June 25, 2019
  • Rate: $129-139 +tax/night for double queen or king room
  • Reservations: Call Prince Conference Center at 616.526.7200. Ask for the GEMS Conference rate.
  • Check-In: 3:00pm / 11:00am check-out
  • Address: 1800 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Area Hotels

Many hotel options are available within five to ten miles of campus. Here are a few options:

Hilton Garden Inn Grand Rapids East

A 2-3 minute drive to Calvin College. This Hilton Garden Inn features complimentary WI-Fi, a fitness center and a full-service restaurant on the property (meals not included). A pool and indoor/outdoor hot tub are also on site

  • Block: A block of rooms is on hold until June 26, 2019
  • Rate: $139 +tax/night for double queen
  • Reservations: Call 616.608.8800 and ask for the GEMS Conference rate or click here to make a reservation.
  • Check-In: 3:00pm / 11:00am check-out
  • Address: 2321 East Beltline Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East:

Approximately 2.5 miles/ 4 minute drive to Calvin College. Amenities include a complimentary, hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, Fitness Center, Indoor Pool and Hot Tub

  • Block: A block of rooms is on hold until June 27, 2019
  • Rate: $171.99/ night for double queen
  • Reservations: Call 616-942-7000 and ask for the GEMS Conference group rate
  • Check-In: 3:00pm / 11:00am check-out
  • Address: 3251 Deposit Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Other Lodging Options

Check out these local home rentals that can be found near Calvin College.