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The Hotel at Oberlin: Paying-it-Forward with Green Meetings

October 31, 2016. Oberlin, Ohio - The Hotel at Oberlin is one of the most environmentally sustainable hotels in the world and features meeting spaces that were designed and purpose-built for today’s most discerning meeting planners and their attendees. The function spaces are at the heart of the new Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, a state-of-the-art hotel and conference center that is on target to receive LEED Platinum certification.

In October, the hotel hosted its first major conference, After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy, which brought together influential political figures and leaders in climate change.


The Hotel at Oberlin incorporates green technology and sustainability into every aspect of the building’s design and construction. Fifty percent of the building materials were sourced from within 500 miles, including reclaimed wood from a historic Ohio farm. From the geothermal HVAC systems and solar power to rainwater harvesting and the use of recycled materials, the hotel is considered among the greenest in the United States. Beyond its green hospitality mission, The Hotel at Oberlin donates all of its net profits back to the community by providing scholarships for selected Oberlin College students. For meeting planners and attendees, the green and philanthropic features of the hotel lend an extraordinary tone of goodwill and a pay-it-forward approach to business gatherings at the hotel.


The 70-room hotel offers 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space, with a flexible floor plan to accommodate groups of any size up to 350 guests. The primary conference and event room is The Peter B. Lewis Ballroom, which features 3,800 square feet of divisible space with large windows, high ceilings and panoramic views of historic Tappan Square in the heart of Oberlin. Flooded with natural light, it’s ideal for both meetings and social gatherings. State-of-the art technologies such as customized lighting, dropdown LCD projectors and screens, complimentary wired and wireless internet, and fully integrated sound provide the ultimate guest experience. The Ballroom can be divided into five separate sections for break-out space or smaller gatherings. Adjacent to the event room is 1,300 square feet of pre-function and terrace space overlooking Tappan Square. In addition, there’s a separate 850 square foot meeting room, which was designed for small business meetings.

Catering is overseen by Executive Chef Barnhart of the Hotel at Oberlin’s 1833 restaurant, who offers farm-to-table cuisine locally sourced from area farmers. The historic city of Oberlin and picturesque campus of Oberlin College are the ideal backdrop. It’s a highly walkable downtown, with easy access to shops, restaurants and the cultural attractions of the Oberlin campus. The Hotel at Oberlin is just 35 miles from Cleveland and a 30 minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, making The Hotel at Oberlin easily accessible for meeting attendees.  Rates at The Hotel at Oberlin start at $129 per night.

The Hotel at Oberlin, owned by Oberlin College, is a 70-room property that opened in September 2016. It is the first hotel in the US to incorporate solar, geothermal, and radiant heating and cooling, and is on track to qualify for the rigorous LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The hotel also includes a 6,500 square foot meeting and function space as well as 1833, a restaurant overseen by Executive Chef Jim Barnhart. The Hotel at Oberlin was developed by SMART Hotels and is managed by The Olympia Companies, who have created a new breed of sustainable, environmental and philanthropic boutique hotels that they manage, develop and/or own. Rates at The Hotel at Oberlin start at $129 per night. The Hotel at Oberlin, 10 East College Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074

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