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Summer Recap: 3 New Graduates Join the Family

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It hasn’t been all BBQs and road trips with the Mutt Cutts van for the Graduate Hotels crew this summer. We’ve been moving and grooving to add a few new towns to our roster.

We’re pumped to announce three upcoming additions to the Graduate family — Graduate Eugene, Graduate Annapolis and Graduate Palo Alto. Read on to discover what’s inspiring our design team in each fresh locale.


Graduate Eugene | Opening Summer 2019

Graduate Eugene Hotel Rendering

We’re making a little nest for ourselves among the Ducks. In a town steeped in track and field history and surrounded by so much outdoorsy goodness, our spot near the University of Oregon is going to have some athletic flair.

Expect nods to Nike co-founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman — and Bowerman’s iconic waffle iron, of course. The University of Oregon campus was also the filming location for “Animal House” so that’s giving our design team plenty of college-vibes inspo. Toga! Toga!

The hotel sits on 6th Avenue in the heart of downtown Eugene. Whether you’re in town for a game at Autzen Stadium or a show at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Graduate Eugene is going to be your go-to place to stay.


Graduate Annapolis | Opening Fall 2019

Anchors aweigh, Annapolis! Renovations start soon to transform the Hotel Annapolis into Graduate Annapolis. In the meantime, we’ve been wandering along the waterfront, exploring Maryland’s capital city and soaking in the nautical atmosphere.

Channeling a freshly pressed Naval uniform, Graduate Annapolis will be a bit more buttoned up and polished. The nearby Chesapeake Bay also plays a role — the design team is working on a color palette inspired by Maryland crabs, with watery blues, orangey reds and sage tones.

Around the hotel, you’ll find lots of museums, art galleries and tasty restaurants. Our prime location in the Annapolis Arts District is less than a mile to the U.S. Naval Academy Yard and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.


Graduate Palo Alto | Opening 2020

graduate palo alto exterior drawing

At Graduate Hotels, we love restoring historic buildings and putting our own spin on iconic landmarks. For Graduate Palo Alto, we’re thrilled to be reimagining the President Hotel Apartments, originally known as the Hotel President.

Wondering where the name Hotel President came from? Completed in 1929, the hotel was named to honor then-President Herbert Hoover, who was in the very first class of students to enroll at Stanford University. His major? Geology. #rocksforjocks

When it reopens in 2020, Graduate Palo Alto will offer 100 guestrooms, a lobby café, and shops on the ground floor. We also plan on restoring the building’s original rooftop garden.

Overall, Graduate Palo Alto will channel California cool, with pops of punchy Cardinal red and nods to the forever-funky Stanford Tree, mascot of the university’s band. More trees — the region’s big ol’ redwoods — are inspiration for the hotel’s rustic elements.

The Spanish Colonial Revival style building was designed by beloved California architect Birge Clark. It sits on University Avenue in the center of downtown Palo Alto, close to Stanford Stadium.



Our two almost-open hotels are getting their finishing touches. The art deco-inspired Graduate Seattle opens in September, with pink walls, checkered floors and nods to UW-alum Bruce Lee. And did you see the 40-foot-long purple plaid couches planned for the lobby?

Graduate Seattle Lobby Rendering

Back in the Midwest, Graduate Bloomington is gearing up for its big opening on the Indiana University campus. One of our favorite details here? Bicycle wallpaper in honor of IU’s Little 500 tradition.

Bike wallpaper for Graduate Bloomington

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