Undergraduate students in the Hospitality Business Fellows program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business were treated to a “hard hat” tour of The Hotel at the University of Maryland on April 28, 2017. Dressed in hard hats and reflective vests, the students were honored to be the first group to tour the new hotel.
The visit started on the first floor, where they saw the early stages of a terrapin-themed bas relief being installed behind the reception desk and observed workers building the bar. The first floor will feature several restaurants, owned and managed by local entrepreneurs, to differentiate the hotel from others in the area. Exploring the upper floors, they viewed guest rooms, watched workers constructing the new Elizabeth Arden spa, and learned about the Zen garden being planted to help meet LEED standards.
The tour culminated on the tenth floor, where the students were treated to a stunning view of the University of Maryland campus from the penthouse balcony. One important takeaway was that the hotel will offer hospitality services not only to its guests, but also to the University of Maryland and College Park communities. The tour was led by the hotel management team, including Kelly Curry, hotel manager; Sam Selvi, rooms manager; Brian Duncan, front office manager; and Bilal Soyunmez, executive housekeeper. The Hotel at the University of Maryland is scheduled to open in July 2017.