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About The Hotel at Kirkwood Center

Welcome to The Hotel at Kirkwood Center. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), Interstates 80 and 380, and downtown Cedar Rapids, eastern Iowa’s newest boutique hotel offers everything a traveler desires. Plus, a little bit more.

Stylish, Euro-chic features, an extensive, completely original art collection of hand-blown glass, student, faculty and local art — every detail, floor to ceiling, was hand-chosen to create an amazing atmosphere for you to enjoy.

However, it’s the service you'll really notice. We boast a one-to-one service employee to guest ratio. Every guest experience will exceed your expectations. And because The Hotel is also a teaching facility, our exceptional professional staff is required to bring service to its highest level. The Hotel’s vision is to prepare the finest professionals to lead the global hospitality industry. This lofty goal cannot be compromised.

The Hotel's high service standards have once again earned the American Automobile Association (AAA) prestigious Four Diamond Award for lodging. 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.

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About Our Team

R Lee Belfield, General Manager
A 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Lee Belfield is pleased to welcome you to The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, which he considers the crowning achievement of his career. “I enjoy the sense of hospitality, the pleasure of watching other people have fun, enjoy themselves, feel comfortable, feel cared for,” he said. “It would be easy to become complacent. We’ve got a beautiful building, and all the amenities our guests might like. While it would be easy to relax and just let it happen, that must never happen in a teaching hotel.”

Jean Rogers, Director of Sales
Rogers is a veteran in the hospitality and tourism industries in the Cedar Rapids area. She also teaches the practical aspects of hotel sales and catering in the Hospitality Sales & Marketing class she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Kirkwood Community College since 2005. “Having the opportunity to represent our city’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel as well as teach the bright students who are just entering our industry is truly the best combination one could ask for. This is a remarkable place.” If you would like to schedule your next corporate event or party at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, you can reach Jean Rogers at 319-848-8702 or toll free at 877-751-5111.

Nick Wymore


Nick Wymore, Director of Food & Beverage
Every great team needs a great leader, and what Nick brings to the table is 12 years of industry experience in both service and production, making him uniquely skilled to lead
all food and beverage at The Hotel and The Class Act. From planning to execution, not even the slightest detail slips by his team. Their dedication to making every experience one to remember truly shows. With his finger on the pulse of local, regional and national culinary trends, Nick’s leadership focuses on discovering the highest quality of local ingredients grown by farmers using responsible and sustainable practices.

Brian Schooley, Front Office Manager
After 14 years in the hospitality field, Brian's expert touch brings The Hotel's personalized service to the highest level. In his role as an adjunct faculty member at Kirkwood Community College, Brian trains some of the finest new professionals in the hotel management industry, equipping them to begin their careers. Under Brian's tutelage, these leaders learn to exceed every guest expectation. From assistance with reservations to special accommodations, our front office team will make your stay at The Hotel one to remember. Contact Brian toll-free for your reservations needs at 877-751-5111 or book online here.



Energy Efficiency

The many eco-friendly designs in The Hotel provide superior comfort while keeping electric and water meters in check. The energy efficient products save about $140,000 per year, versus the standard code base. Two years of these savings will cover the costs of the upgrades.

Seven pumps freeze ice in nine "ICE KUBE" units late in the 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 detect 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.


Our Students

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.

The service is second to none. These 350-plus students bring high-value hospitality to you, our guests. Excited about the industry and eager to learn, they work alongside top hospitality professionals, giving them constant, daily learning situations as they serve the traveling and dining public.

Students serve in many support roles to match their levels of progress through our programs. They fill roles of guest room attendant, concierge, kitchen staff, restaurant servers, supervisors, bellhops and caterers.

Kirkwood Community College Hospitality Arts graduates find work in everything from casual and fine dining restaurants, to casinos and large food corporations. About 90 percent of them find work within 100 miles of Kirkwood. So, this probably won't be the last time you see them. Once they leave our programs, they will be even better prepared to enter the workforce.



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