Graduate Hotels: A Class Of Their Own

We’ve got a major crush on Graduate Hotels. This fast-growing group is not your average hotel chain; in fact, they’re anything but! These carefully-curated and hand-crafted hotel "campuses" can be found in some of the most vibrant University towns across America. Think cool college kid meets local history buff...and falls madly in love. These boutique hotels have done their homework—ensuring you'll feel like a local even if it's your first time in town.

They have a cozy "home away from home" vibe with eclectic rooms, super-comfy beds, and cheeky décor that references the character and culture of each city. And while we could write an entire thesis on what makes Graduate the smart choice when looking for a unique wedding venue or hotel for out-of-town guests, check out our CliffsNotes below on how these properties have set the curve for the hospitality industry.



THE ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENT SPACES



Graduate Nashville

Nashville, TN

Celebrate in style in the Hippodrome Ballroom, which features sleek, modern styling and its own private terrace. Keep the party going downstairs at the animatronic karaoke bar—where anyone can be a Grand Ol' Opry star!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Providence

Providence, RI

Designed by the same architects behind Grand Central Station, the opulent ballrooms are dripping with 1920s glamour.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Graduate Seattle

Seattle, WA

The event rooms feature gorgeous design details like intricate, Art Deco-inspired floor coverings, opulent draperies, and cool custom chandeliers.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA

Effortlessly elegant celebrations in the Piedmont Ballroom with this neutral palette and wall of windows, or keep it casual at the Camp Ten Four Rooftop + Bar perfect for intimate gatherings.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$


THE VIBE



Graduate Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Desert Resort-like feel that seamlessly blends modern accommodations with funky-fresh Southwestern decor.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

Set right on campus, this location celebrates local legends and the city’s standout architecture in every room with playful and colorful decor.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


THE PRIME LOCATIONS



Graduate Athens

Athens, Georgia

Nestled into the musically famed Foundry building at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this location is the perfect mix of gorgeous views and Southern-style with an industrial flair.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Graduate Annapolis

Annapolis, MD

Located just steps away from the Naval Academy and the Chesapeake Bay, this hotel features fun collegiate prints and subtle, nautical-themed touches

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate State College

State College, PA

One block from Penn State University and a stone's throw from Old Main, the stately accommodations feature sturdy wood furniture, vintage art, and rich botanical prints.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Tempe

Tempe, AZ

Situated across the street from Sun Devil central—the famed Arizona State University, and just a short walk to all of the bustling Mill Avenue stops and shops. Take in all the sites from the Rooftop (which also provides an awesome spot for outdoor affairs!) with its built-in bar, shade-providing pergola, and spacious lounge areas.

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Madison

Madison, WI

Nestled between the bustling shops and stops on State Street and majestic Capitol Square, it's the perfect spot for a intimate gatherings in the Main Cabin or the rooftop bar overlooking Lake Mendota and the Capitol building.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


THE AMENITIES



Graduate Richmond

Richmond, VA

Keep the party going at the rooftop pool and bar, or head down to the game room for a fun round of Shuffleboard, Foosball, or Ping Pong.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Enjoy the panoramic views from the sprawling Jack & Diane terrace and invite your guests to partake in a game of shuffleboard or corn hole, then explore the city on one of their complimentary bikes.

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Oxford

Oxford, MS

Chill out in the 3,000 square-foot lobby with comfy seating, stacks of vintage reads, and a chic lounge bar. Or take it the rooftop terrace bar and enjoy some live blue with light bites and signature craft cocktails.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Graduate Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

This reimagined heartland retreat boasts pet-friendly accommodations, a tried-and-true Tiki bar, vintage pinball and arcade games, and an indoor pool with a wrap-around deck.

Catering: In-house
Price: $

Graduate Iowa City

Iowa City, IA

Get your game on in the Topgolf Swing Suite then indulge in some creative cocktails with your nearest and dearest at the laid-back throwback bar, Gene's.

Catering: In-house
Price: $


THE ROOMS



Graduate Eugene

Eugene, OR

The Presidential Suite is ideal for entertaining thanks to the spacious living room outfitted with a sleeper sofa, dining table, wet bar, half bath, and two generous sitting areas.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Graduate Storrs

Mansfield, CT

The guestrooms are designed with a mix of classic plaids with locally inspired art that celebrates UConn traditions and campus legends.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$


THE EDUCATION


Through CLASS®, their dedicated public-private partnership program, the Graduate Team provides business and real estate consulting services to colleges and universities - helping them manage, operate, finance, and develop assets in the hospitality field - including hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality facilities.


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