About Our Luxury Teaching Hotel
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center offers convenient access to The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) and Interstates 80 and 380; downtown Cedar Rapids is a 5-minute drive away.
Designed with chic, European influences, the hotel showcases an extensive, completely original art collection of hand-blown glass, student, faculty and local art – over 100 pieces in total, carefully chosen to create a distinguished atmosphere for our guests.
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center also has the proud distinction of being the only luxury teaching hotel of its kind in the nation, serving as a learning laboratory for Kirkwood Community College’s Hospitality Arts program. The 350-plus students in this program are excited about the industry and eager to learn; they work alongside experienced professionals who give them them constant, daily learning situations – and the students in turn deliver high-value hospitality to you, our guests.
Indeed, service is our most noteworthy hallmark. We boast a one-to-one service employee to guest ratio, and because The Hotel is also a teaching facility, our professional staff is required to bring service to its highest level. Our commitment to superior service has earned us the American Automobile Association’s (AAA) prestigious Four Diamond Award for lodging eight years in a row. The Hotel is the only Four Diamond award winner in Cedar Rapids and one of only four Four Diamond rated hotels in all of Iowa.
Environmental sustainability is important to us. The Hotel at Kirkwood Center is pleased to be a 2018 TripAdvisor Green Leader Gold Award winner.
We employ the following green hotel practices:
- Seven pumps freeze ice in nine "ICE KUBE" units late at night when energy rates are lowest. That trapped ice then melts the next day, cooling the classrooms, kitchens and Class Act Restaurant when daytime electric rates are much higher. That, along with geothermal ground heat exchanges, cool and heat the 117,000-square-foot facility.
- Advanced controls continually monitor kitchen cooking surfaces, activating air handling on low speed when any heat is detected. If smoke is detected, the fans increase in speed to dissipate the output until it is controlled.
- Six high-efficiency water heaters provide hot water delivery through a series of smart control mixing valves. These allow precise hot water supply even at low flows for the teaching kitchens, as well as hotel guests.
- A system of motion sensors detects occupancy in classrooms or other spaces, turning lights off when no one is in the room. Unoccupied guest rooms are put into a dormant mode. A new guest registration automatically re-activates the room.
Jackie Bohr, General Manager
Jackie Bohr is pleased to welcome you to The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. With over 25 years of experience, Jackie is leading her team to exceed guests' expectations. Jackie believes true hospitality is understanding what is most important to each guest and then consistently delivering that experience sprinkled with surprise and delight. "The Hotel at Kirkwood Center being a luxury hotel and a teaching institution is a very unique thing in the hospitality world. It is an exciting challenge to share my share my 25+ years of corporate hotel experience with The Hotel staff and our Hospitality Arts students." Contact Jackie at 319-848-8701 or email [email protected]
Paul Richey, Director of Sales and Marketing
A veteran of the Hospitality industry, Paul Richey joined The Hotel team after serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. and prior, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Graduate Iowa City and hotelVetro of Iowa City. “Having the opportunity to promote one of the top luxury hotels in the Midwest is certainly a privilege. As an adjunct faculty member, I have the pleasure of teaching students enrolled in the Hospitality Arts program at Kirkwood. Providing practical hotel experience outside of the classroom affords graduating students an advantage over others when launching their vocations in the hospitality world. I am looking forward to many years at The Hotel.” Contact Paul for your group needs at 319-848-8702 or email [email protected].
Kasi Tenborg, Director of Food & Beverage
With over 20 years of experience and a passion for the mission and vision of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Kasi Tenborg was thrilled to return to The Hotel after advancing her career in the Denver area. Kasi was involved in opening The Hotel in 2010. She began her career as a Kirkwood Community College student, and then became an adjunct instructor in the Hospitality Arts program. Kasi now leads all food and beverage operations for The Class Act and The Hotel. Kasi brings with her a dedication and passion to continue to keep The Hotel the leader in all arenas of food and beverage, while highlighting locally sourced food and a strong community presence. Contact Kasi at 319-848-8705 or email [email protected].
Brad Stuart, Front Office Manager
Brad Stuart joined The Hotel at Kirkwood Center as Front Office Manager in 2019. From assistance with reservations to special guest experiences, Brad and the front office team will make your stay at The Hotel one to remember. Brad is an alumnus of Kirkwood Community College’s Hotel Management program and is looking forward to mentoring current Hospitality Arts students. Contact Brad toll-free for your reservations needs at 877-751-5111 or book here.