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.
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 earned the American Automobile Association (AAA) prestigious Four Diamond Award for lodging seven 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.
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center was named Best Banquet/Event Facility for 2018 by the Corridor Business Journal. CBJ readers voted for their favorites among 50 categories, ranging from the region’s best professional firms to the best eateries. Nearly 3,000 people responded – one of the best turnouts in the history of the competition. The Hotel has made the list three times.
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.
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.
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. Kasi began her career as a Kirkwood student, then became an adjunct instructor in the Hospitlity 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.
John Benefield, Front Office Manager With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, John's expert experience brings The Hotel's personalized service to the highest level. John is a proud Veteran of the United States Navy and received his Masters degree from Upper Iowa University. From assistance with reservations to special accommodations, John and the front office team will make your stay at The Hotel one to remember. Contact John toll-free for your reservations needs at 877-751-5111 or book online here.
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.
This facility is designed as much for the student experience as college and public guest options. It serves as a learning laboratory for Kirkwood Community College Hospitality Arts. 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 our guests.
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 will see them. Once they leave our programs, they will be even better prepared to enter the workforce.