Olympia Hotel Management Named as New Operator of the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

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Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is uniquely placed to serve both the college and the community

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"Our goal will be to reimagine each of the key elements that contribute to making the hotel, restaurant and meetings experiences relevant and specific to Kent State University,” said Sara Masterson, President, Hotel Management, for Olympia Hotel Management.

Olympia Hotel Management (OHM) is proud to announce the addition of the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in Kent, Ohio, to its third-party portfolio.

The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the city, offering accommodations, dining, and meeting facilities adjacent to the Kent State University campus. Kent State has more than 36,000 students, and the property is uniquely placed to serve both the college and the community.

Owned by the Kent State University Foundation, the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center was designed to welcome faculty, alumni, students and their families, as well as visitors to Kent. The hotel is within walking distance to downtown Kent’s bars, restaurants, shops and galleries, and the campus itself.

“The Kent State University Foundation welcomes the opportunity to work with Olympia Companies in managing the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center,” said Rob Risman, Foundation Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Hotel Sub-committee. “Olympia is a very impressive organization, and we look forward to our new partnership with its team as it positions the Kent State Hotel for continued success in today’s dynamic, ever-changing marketplace.”

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center features 94 guestrooms, each one with a comfortable workspace with iPad/iPhone docking station, a refrigerator, microwave and a coffeemaker. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi with PrinterOn for Wireless Printing from laptops, iPads and smartphones.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Nineteen10, was named for the year the university was founded. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner under Executive Chef Steve Meister and can be booked for private parties. Hotel facilities include a pool, a gym and 5,000 square feet of event space, with four meeting rooms. On-site catering choices for events include Kosher and vegetarian menus.

OHM was selected by the Kent State University Foundation for its impressive track record with independent, campus-based hotels. OHM currently manages a portfolio of award-winning campus properties, including The Alfond Inn at Rollins College, The Hotel at Oberlin and The Inn at Swarthmore.

“It is an honor to add this prestigious affiliation to our growing campus hospitality portfolio and to become part of the Kent State University community,” said Sara Masterson, President, Hotel Management, for OHM. “We look forward to working with the property to enhance its boutique hotel charm and position it as a vibrant player in the downtown economic development landscape. The street-facing location of Nineteen10 restaurant presents a prime opportunity to connect with the local community and for hotel guests to get an authentic sense of place in this dynamic college town. Our goal will be to reimagine each of the key elements that contribute to making the hotel, restaurant and meetings experiences relevant and specific to Kent State University.”

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is located 17 miles from Akron-Canton Airport and 41 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, 215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, Ohio 44240 330.346.0100 https://www.kentstatehotel.com/

Olympia Hotel Management(OHM) is a division of The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in high-profile real estate development, equity investment and hospitality management projects in the U.S. Currently working with a portfolio of 26 properties nationwide, OHM is known for managing a new breed of customized campus hotels such as The Alfond Inn at Rollins and The Hotel at Oberlin; independently-owned luxury boutique hotels like The Glen House, SOPHY® and Inn by the Sea; and for receiving multiple best-in-class awards for its work with such select-service brands as Best Western, Wyndham, Hyatt, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn. For more information, visit https://theolympiacompanies.com/services/hotel-management/

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