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WHY GRAND RAPIDS? Simply put, because it’s the best. But don’t take our word for it – Lonely Planet ranked Grand Rapids as number one on its list of top 10 places to visit in 2014 as did Groupon in 2015. Whether you’re in search of a beach, a craft brew, unique cuisine or the world’s biggest art competition, Grand Rapids and western Michigan have something for everyone.
Grand Rapids is easy to get to by plane, train and car. Seven airlines offer more than 120 daily non-stop flights to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. The airport is located at the intersection of 44th Street and Patterson Avenue SE, just 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids
Uber Grand Rapids
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Amway Grand Plaza Hotel ~ uberX $15-20; uberXL $25-33
- Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to Van Andel Research Institute ~ uberX $4-5; uberXL $7-8
Wait times are up to 60 minutes; plan to make reservations ahead of time to avoid long wait times.
Rates are approximately $32¬¬-$35 from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and approximately $5-$8 from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to Van Andel Research Institute (VARI).
- Metro Cab Phone: 616.827.6500
- Yellow Cab Phone: 616.459.4646
- Great Lakes Taxi Phone: 616.241.5150
Dash Hill Shuttle
RUNS Monday - Friday ONLY; Cost: $Free - no ticket required
MAP: Dash Hill Route is Green
Service Times: 6:30 AM to 6:00PM (Runs every 15 minutes)
Stop nearest Amway Grand Plaza Hotel: Near corner of Monroe Ave and Lyon Street
Stop nearest Van Andel Research Institute: Medical Mile Station - Third stop on Michigan Ave (when picking up from the hotel), just past Ionia Ave. Drops off on north side of VARI (please walk around to main entrance doors on Bostwick Ave)
Silver Line Bus
RUNS Daily; Tickets and Fares: Single Ride $1.75; unlimited 1-day pass $3.50; 10-Ride Ticket $13.50
Weekdays: 5:10 AM to 12:00 AM (Visit schedule for run times; Saturday: 5:40 AM to 10:00 PM (Visit schedule for run times); Sunday: 6:15 AM to 7:00 PM (Visit schedule for run times)
Map & Stops
To get from Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to VARI: TAKE SOUTHBOUND Silver Line Bus FROM Monroe / Louis Station Stop #283 to Medical Mile Stop
Stop nearest Amway Grand Plaza Hotel: Monroe / Louis Station Stop #283
Stop nearest Van Andel Research Institute: Medical Mile Station - (#273) (Stop immediately after DeVos Place Stop). Drops off on north side of VARI (please walk around to main entrance doors on Bostwick Ave)
Car Rental at Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Parking near Van Andel Research Institute (conference venue) is available at the Michigan Street Development (MSD) Parking Garage RAMP 1 located on the north side of Michigan Ave near the corner of Bostwick Avenue and Michigan Street (public entrance is on Michigan Ave, Look for “Ramp 1” sign). Cost is $2 every half hour; $20 daily maximum; $20 after 6pm.
Please visit the links below for additional downtown Grand Rapids Parking information.
The 2016 NPA Annual Meeting will be held at Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), located on the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 333 Bostwick Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Seminars and workshops will also take place at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Secchia Center, which is located directly across Michigan Ave from VARI (accessible from sky bridge). VARI staff will be available to escort and direct conference attendees between the two venues.
NPA Conference Contact at VARI:
Beth Resau, Scientific Meeting Planner ● Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VARI Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) Contacts
Dr. Jens Forsberg, Scientific Project Leader & OPA Director ● Email: email@example.com
Kim Cousineau, Executive Assistant & Assistant to OPA Director ● Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 NPA Conference Local Host Committee
Jens Forsberg, Ph.D. - Scientific Project Leader, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Jana Hall Ph.D., MBA - Chief Operations Officer
Kim Cousineau, MPA - Executive Assistant
Beth Resau MBA, - Scientific Meeting Planner
Directions to VARI
Driving Directions - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to VARI
4 minutes – 0.7 mi
- Head east on Pearl St NW toward Campau Ave NW – 0.3 mi
- Turn left onto Division Ave N – 0.2 mi
- Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Crescent St NE – 0.1 mi
- Turn left onto Bostwick Ave NE (Destination will be on the left – 0.1 mi
Walking Directions - Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to VARI
9 minutes – 0.48 mi
For shortest walking distance, depart AGPH on Monroe exit near Starbucks
- Head north on Monroe Ave NW toward Lyon St NW – 131 ft
- Turn right onto Lyon St NW – 0.3 mi
- Turn left onto Bostwick Ave NE – 0.2 mi - Destination will be on the left)
Smoking is permitted in Crescent Park (just south of VARI). Please note VARI prohibits smoking, vapor and chewing tobacco anywhere on its property. Smoking is also prohibited at the Secchia Center and on Spectrum Health hospital property located across from VARI on Bostwick Avenue and Michigan Street.
VARI Lactation rooms are on secured floors. Please contact Beth Resau at email@example.com if you will need access during the conference.
- Phase 2, Level 1, Room 1016W (next to the Women’s room)
- Phase 2, Level 2, Room 2078W (across from the library, next to Men’s room)
- Phase 2, Level 5, Room 5028W (next to passenger elevators)
Please contact Beth Resau at firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific facility accessibility needs and/or to request special accommodations.
Lodging for the meeting will be at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
A special rate of $159 per night (plus tax) has been negotiated for NPA meeting attendees. This rate is good through February 2, 2016, and while rooms last. Make your reservations today!
The Experience Grand Rapids website is a great resource for information, maps, events, things to do and places to see in Grand Rapids. A few suggestions are listed below.
The B.O.B. is the local host’s top suggestion for dining and entertainment under one roof. The B.O.B. is 0.2 miles from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. It can be reached from the climate controlled sky bridge that leads from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel (and beyond) which is directly across the street from The B.O.B.
Nightlife / Breweries / Restaurants
Recommended Restaurants (All listed are also Friday night dine-around locations)
For a restaurant map and additional restaurant listings, please visit the restaurant page on the Experience GR website
Bistro Bella Vita (Mediterranean Country Cuisine; Locally grown foods) - 0.4 miles from the hotel
44 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.222.4600
San Chez Bistro (European/Mediterranean Tapas Bistro) - 0.5 miles from the hotel
38 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.774.8272
Tre Cugini (Italian Restaurant) - 0.2 miles from the hotel
122 Monroe Center Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.235.9339
Charley’s Crab (Seafood Restaurant) - 0.4 miles from the hotel
63 Market Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.459.2500
Hop Cat (Beer Bar – “#3 best Beer Bar on the Planet”) - 0.3 miles from the hotel
25 Ionia Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.451.HOPS
Reserve Wine & Food (Restaurant; Local food menu, great wine menu) – 100 ft from the hotel
201 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.855.9463
Bar Divani (Restaurant/Wine bar; Local food) - 0.3 miles from the hotel
15 Ionia Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.774.9463
Grand Rapids Brewery (Local foods; USDA-certified organic brewery) - 0.3 miles from the hotel
1 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.458.7000
Founders Brewing Co - (Beer Bar/Brewery – “#3 best Brewery in USA”) - 0.6 miles from the hotel
235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.776.1195
The B.O.B. – Judson's Steak House (Steakhouse) - 0.2 miles from the hotel
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ● 616.356.2000
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