DoubleTree by Hilton takes over the former Radisson downtown


In September 2023, the DoubleTree by Hilton Lansing welcomed guests for the first time into its 257-room, 11-floor property at 111 N. Grand Ave., which had previously been the Radisson since 1986.

It was announced that the Radisson would undergo a rebranding in 2021, when Waramaug Hospitality, a privately held investment company, purchased the property from Block 100 Limited Partnership for $12,018,000. After almost a year of renovations, the DoubleTree is in full operation and will host a formal ribbon-cutting and grand reopening event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 10.

The only major changes to the layout came in the form of a new bar and restaurant and a Hilton-branded Made Market coffee and sandwich shop on the first floor. The updated decor, which includes room doors painted Michigan State University green and lobby walls adorned with automobile-themed metal sculptures, has been catered to reflect the region.

“The feeling here is an homage to the fact that the auto industry is here and so important to Michigan, and the fact that we’re in Sparty’s home. You’re going to see a lot of the Spartan colors throughout, subtly. You’re going to see nods to the motor industry and to the fact that we’re here in the capital,” general manager Patrick Perry said. 

The building retained its second-floor connection to the Lansing Center on the east side of the Grand River. It also offers 10,000 square feet worth of meeting and event space, headlined by the 6,900-square-foot Capitol Ballroom and including several smaller rooms with scenic views of the riverfront.

“Hilton is very targeted on the business travel market. It’s really one of their strongest points,” Perry said. “That’s good for us because there are a number of state and national businesses that have headquarters here or are prominent in the area. Business travelers make up the largest portion of our business. Another is lobbyists coming in to meet with representatives. Then, of course, you have Michigan State University.”

Football game days will be some of the busiest of the year, Perry said, with teams like the University of Nebraska having already booked stays in 2023.

“We’ll have seven or eight football teams come to town each season, and they need to stay in a place that accommodates their needs. At 100 rooms at a time over a weekend, that’s a large piece of business,” Perry said. “Then you’ve also got all the fans who come to town for those days, too.”

Perry said the DoubleTree team has been working closely with Lansing Center staff to attract new conventions and other large-scale gatherings in 2024. 

“We’re looking to add future business by attracting groups that could come to town for events and bring business and revenue in throughout all of downtown, not just at the hotel and the conference center,” Perry said. “It’s been a fantastic partnership so far, and I know the town is absolutely thrilled to have an upscale hotel property in a historic location.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Lansing

111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing



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