TMI Hospitality opens Courtyard by Marriott Portage/Kalamazoo

October 3, 2013

TMI Hospitality, a leading hospitality management company based in Fargo, N.D., has opened the newly constructed Courtyard by Marriott in Portage, Mich., located at 400 Trade Center Way. The 90-unit hotel features the brand’s innovative lobby and room design and is located conveniently halfway between Chicago and Detroit, with easy access to downtown Kalamazoo and the retail and fine-dining establishments of Portage. Business guests will appreciate the property’s proximity to the world-wide headquarters of Stryker, Pfizer and Zoetis.

The hotel employs approximately 35-full and part time staff under the leadership of general manager Robert Schmidt. Schmidt previously served as general manager of the TMI Hospitality owned and operated Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids and has 10 years of industry experience. “Being a part of opening this hotel has been an amazing experience,” said Schmidt. “This is a perfect combination of factors including a great community, an advantageous location, TMI Hospitality’s years of development expertise and the incredible Courtyard by Marriott brand. We are opening a hotel that will impress our guests and allow them to stay, eat and work as they choose. From the media booths and communal table in the Bistro, to our Media Center and Terrace fire pit, there is a comfortable place in our hotel for each traveler. As Bill Marriott Jr. said recently, ‘This is not your father’s courtyard!’.”

The Courtyard’s guest rooms are thoughtfully designed to provide the optimum balance between work, relaxation, comfort and sleep. A separate seating area enables guests to relax and unwind and each room’s large work desk with bright lighting enhances productivity. The hotel’s Bistro offers healthy breakfast selections and light evening fare, as well as snacks, freshly-brewed Starbucks coffee and a full-service bar. In the hotel’s sophisticated and inviting public “living space,” guests are welcome at all times to enjoy flexible seating options (including media booths with high-definition televisions and a semi-enclosed lounge area) and will have access to the hotel’s GoBoard which provides relevant up-to-date news, weather, maps, airline arrivals/departures, restaurants, events and other local information.

Additional amenities include an on-site business center, exercise room, free high speed Internet, complimentary guest laundry, indoor pool with Jacuzzi, an on-site Market and a meeting room that seats between 20 to 35 people and boasts a built in projector, large LCD flat screen with DVD capability and doors that open to the hotel’s courtyard.

For more information or reservations, call the Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids directly (269) 382-5808, the Courtyard toll-free number at (800) 321-2211, or visit