Press Release 4 August 2014
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center recently marked four years of success in the Creative Corridor.
This facility is designed as much for the student experience as college and public guest options. It is built as a learning laboratory for students to be better prepared when they enter the professional hospitality industry.
minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and Interstates 80 and 380, eastern Iowa’s newest boutique hotel offers everything a traveler desirers. Plus, a little bit more.
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center has again earned the American Automobile Association's (AAA) prestigious Four Diamond Award for lodging. The Hotel is one of only three hotels in the entire state to earn this superior designation for upscale amenities and high quality.
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The Hotel at Kirkwood Center Lobby
From being voted this year's number one meeting and event venue in Cedar Rapids to again earning AAA's 4-Diamond designation and graduating hundreds of successful hospitality leaders, The Hotel has been surging full speed ahead since itslow-key, on-schedule "soft" opening in 2010.
"The Hotel is a showcase for Midwestern hospitality and luxury, plus a shining example of where the hospitality industry is headed. This is what our graduates see as they begin their careers," General Manager Lee Belfield observed. "We are setting the bar for both service and training."
The core of Kirkwood's philosophy in hospitality education was the key reason the college chose to build its own full-service hotel. The $30 million hotel and teaching facility focuses on the philosophy of "learning by doing."
"That idea of getting first-hand experience alongside a professional staff is a time-honored philosophy. It goes hand in hand with teaching hospitals and the entire internship method of learning. Our students get that rich experience not just for a month or a semester. Our students now see one of the best hotels in the Midwest, serving and exceeding our guest and diner expectations on a daily basis. This is an exciting time and place to see this educational plan come together," Belfield said.
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