The Hotel at Oberlin

The Hotel at Oberlin opened for guests in mid-May 2016. One of a handful of properties built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Rating, it is one of the most environmentally sustainable hotel projects in the US. Located in Oberlin, Ohio and owned by Oberlin College, the hotel's official opening will be in September 2016. 

Sustainability: LEED Platinum status and the only LEED Platinum hotel owned by a college. The hotel uses a combination of solar photovoltaic and geothermal power for its energy needs. Radiant cooling and heating are used. The hotel also incorporates “Back to the Future” technology in conjunction with the new technology, so there are windows that can open (even in public spaces) and use of ceiling fans to aid and abet new high tech innovations. Materials are locally sourced. One nod to the local community is that wood from a dismantled 19th century farmhouse outside of town was incorporated into the hotel’s design by local Mennonite carpenters.

Art: A permanent three-part installation in the lobby and exterior by famed artist Maya Lin (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) wil be finished in 2017. The installation is focused on local climate and landscape and is the final part of Lin's "Ohio Trilogy."

Backstory: The incredible vision of Oberlin College Professor David W. Orr is behind this project. He is a world leader in green building technology and the founder of The Oberlin Project, a joint effort of the City of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of the community. The Oberlin Project's aim is to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development. It’s an all-encompassing joint venture by the town and College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community in Oberlin. The Hotel at Oberlin anchors the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the cornerstone of Oberlin’s Green Arts District, an ongoing development conceived by the City and College to transform Oberlin into a model for environmentally aware economic development based on education and the arts. 

Rooms: The hotel has 70 rooms and suites.

Rates: Doubles from $129

Dining: There is a hyper-local approach to food at 1833, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. Chef Jim Barnhart grew up in surrounding Lorain County. A veteran of both The Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square and The Ritz Carlton Cleveland, Chef Barnhart is also a small farmer who brings his produce to the weekly Oberlin Market. Locally grown and locally sourced fare is the mandate. "1833" refers to the year that both the hotel and the college were founded.

Entertainment: The Jazz Club, located on the lower level, will open later in 2016.

Where and Why Go: Oberlin, Ohio, just 35 miles from Cleveland. A bucolic college town with locally owned shops and cafes, the world class Allen Memorial Art Museum, and one of the most dynamic music departments in the United States. There are multiple concert halls and more than 500 concerts throughout the year, with allegedly more Steinway pianos in Oberlin than anywhere but the Steinway factory in New York City. The hotel is located just 35 miles from both the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Cedar Point amusement park on Lake Erie. It’s an ideal weekend getaway for Midwesterners and within driving distance of many cities.

Architect: SCB (Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz) of Chicago.

Developer: SMART Hotels.

Management: The Olympia Companies.

The Hotel at Oberlin
10 East College Street
Oberlin, OH 44074