Graduate Hotels is on a roll, after last month two opening, another two opened this month in State College, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. Both hotels opened September 6.
“Created for travelers who seek memory-making journeys, Graduate Hotels is a thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored cities across the country. Each property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community, while offering an extended retreat to places that often play host to the best days of our lives.”
The 171-room Graduate Columbus (formerly Bollinger Tower, an affordable housing project) is located in the heart of Columbus’ dynamic Short North Arts District and a short trip to The Ohio State University campus and downtown Columbus.
Design throughout the hotel celebrates the undeniable pride that Ohioans have for the state and The Ohio State University with collegiate plaids, spirited colors and nods to historic figures and trailblazing alums. Inspired by the fact that eight U.S. commanders in chief were born in Ohio, the hotel lobby includes a variety of presidential details. The front desk resembles the 19-century Resolute desk used in the White House Oval Office. Behind the desk, a mural depicts national landmark Mt. Rushmore reimagined with iconic Ohio athletes: Jack Nicklaus, Jesse Owens, Katie Smith and Archie Griffin. A statement lighting installation made from silver instruments is a nod to Ohio State’s renowned marching band.
Guest room decor contrasts bold details with warm,residential design elements. Red plaid walls and school colors evoke an immediate sense of nostalgia. Honoring Ohio greats throughout, design includes references to Ohio senator and astronaut John Glenn as well as Olympic gold medalist and Ohio State alumJesse Owens. A statement-making gold medallion hangs over guest beds in homage to Owens’ Congressional Gold Medal, while pillows imprinted with the year “1936” are a tribute to the four gold medals he won at the 1936 Olympic Games. Beds with leather headboards and white comforters are topped with blankets resembling the Ohio state flag, while mirrored window frames give the cozy rooms a sense of depth.
Both hotels offer a Poindexter, Graduate Hotels’ signature all-day café serving coffee roasted from acclaimed Coffee Manufactory while the Columbus outpost also houses Shake Shack, a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand.