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The Study at University City will open in 2016. Learn up. You will be tested.
When you’re a sleepy college student, “plush accommodations” refers to “anywhere moderately soft and not covered in spilled beer or Tostitos crumbs.” As an adult, expectations are a bit higher.
Hence the Study Hotels, a concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3, which aims to bring elevated accommodations to university markets. (No more crashing on your kid’s futon during a weekend visit, or hoping there’s “one of the nice Best Westerns” nearby.)
This week the brand announced the development of its second property – The Study at University City – after signing a long-term lease with Drexel University in Philadelphia, one of the hottest hotel markets around.
Yale students donned their caps and gowns this past weekend for graduation. To celebrate the Ivy Leaguers, the Study at Yale gave away a graduation present. Unfortunately, it wasn't a new car. But it was still pretty cool: The hotel handed out Moleskine notebooks embossed with the Study logo and with the Yale commencement 2011 insignia.
Moleskine, of course, is the mother of all travel notebooks/journals/etc. It's a favorite for its simple design, durability and infinite uses. All guests who stayed at the New Haven, Connecticut, hotel this past weekend got a big black Moleskine—a big upgrade from the usual hotel pad that falls apart when you use it.
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The Study at Yale is settling in for the 2010-2011 academic year in New Haven, Conn., but could the 124-room Ivy League hotel be gearing up for new locations as well? That's what it sounded like when we chatted with Paul McGowan, the Study at Yale's creator and owner.
The Study at Yale has already impressed us with their spacious rooms, complete with reading chairs and ottomans as well as with their seersucker bathrobes, gingersnap cookies at the front desk and reading glasses on loan. But there are even more little touches at the hotel that we learned about from McGowan.
For instance, during reunion weekends, the hotel's bellstaff will wear hats commemorating the years of the graduating classes being honored that year. The bellstaff also gets in on the college gear year-round by wearing jeans and rugby shirts.
Yet an amenity that definitely scores top marks is the hotel's Daily Events Bulletin Board which is updated every day with the events happening in, on and around campus from athletic games, to talks and seminars and art and music exhibits.
When the Study at Yale opened near the Ivy League campus two years ago, we got all excited about the fun perks at the hotel like complimentary WiFi,leather reading chairs and the bathrobe which featured a seersucker design stitched with the hotel’s logo--a pair of reading glasses.
Speaking of reading glasses, the hotel has another fun perk, well, actually it's more of a necessity. If you've forgotten your reading glasses on your trip, you can borrow a stylish pair from the hotel who has partnered up with designer Amy Sacks.
And if you like them, you can end up purchasing them from the front desk or ordering a new pair from the Amy Sacks catalogue (Frames range from $60 to $90.) Which means no more desperate purchases of granny glasses from CVS. Now that's service!
Room rates at The Study at Yale start at around $239 a night but popular weekends on campus tend to sell out quick.
A few months ago, The Study at Yale opened on campus at the Ivy League school in October and back then, we were chomping at the bit for some real photos rather than renderings. And now that the hotel has officially opened today we finally got 'em.
A ribbon-cutting is being held today at 4pm to celebrate the opening. Not sure if it will be a kegger because kids are either wrapping up their last exams or they have already headed home for the holidays.
Here's what you can expect:
At 4 pm, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano will join [Hospitality 3's developer Paul] McGowan to cut a ceremonial ribbon at the entrance of the 124-room hotel at 1157 Chapel Street. A reception featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs*, America's first and oldest collegiate a cappella group, will be held immediately after at The Study at Yale’s restaurant, Heirloom.
The a capella group! Andy Bernard is probably jealous.
The rooms at The Study do sound extremely inviting for an on-campus visit. Each guest room has a leather reading chair and ottoman, an expanded desk area, marble and glass showers and wireless internet. But what really stirs the preppy inside of us is the bath robe. Each room also comes with a custom designed seersucker bathrobe, stitched with the hotel’s logo which is a pair of reading glasses.
More photos after the jump. Thanks Susie!