One of only five hotels in the United States built to United States Green Building Council LEED Platinum standard, The Hotel at Oberlin is the first hotel in the nation to incorporate solar, geothermal and radiant heating and cooling. Using locally sourced materials and provocative design, The Hotel at Oberlin is a celebration of the community's rich history and progressive vision toward the future.
The American elm is a historic nod to Oberlin's founding & inspiration for the Hotel's logo
We think lots! From our cool tree-house evocative architecture to wood features throughout the building hailing from a dismantled 19th century farmhouse and incorporated by local Mennonite carpenters, there are stories of history, local-sourcing and environmental sensitivity throughout The Hotel at Oberlin and 1833. There are some obvious touches including locally produced bathroom amenities in large format bottles to cut down on small plastic bottle waste so often associated with hotel accommodations; and guestroom furniture locally crafted by Amish tradespeople. And there are some tucked away elements including a large geothermal well field and rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation.
Perhaps one of the most significant parts of every guest experience is the Hotel's commitment to new technology through the use of radiant heating and cooling. Radiant systems are different than traditional hotel air conditioning and might take a little adjustment. But they are more effective and healthier than the traditional approach that conditions space by circulating hot and cold air (and dust and germs) to change the ambient air temperature. Radiant systems change the surface temperature within the space by using infrared energy that travels from "hot" to "cold" throughout a space. A person can feel the effect of radiant panels regardless of the ambient air temperature, much like a person can fee the impact of a bonfire even with the surrounding air is cold. And in the reverse, radiant cooling allows us to feel more comfortable at warmer ambient temperatures because of the effects of cool surfaces. But for those guests who like the feel of a little breeze, each guestroom is appointed with a ceiling fan.
A permanent three-part sculptural installation by Ohio-born artist Maya Lin (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) will be erected in the lobby and exterior in 2017. The installation is inspired by the local climate and landscape, the final part of Lin's "Ohio Trilogy"