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Jun. 25, 2013

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center Finally Open

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in Kent, Ohio, officially opened its doors to the public on Friday, June 14. The project was finished on schedule and is a centerpiece of the $100 million redevelopment of downtown Kent.

The 94-room hotel enjoys a great location at 215 S. Depeyster St., right in the heart of the city’s recently renovated downtown and adjacent to the Kent State University campus. It features king and double queen rooms, as well as three executive suites and a presidential suite, with room rates starting at around $139 per night.

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center also offers its guests more than 5,000 square feet of flexible conference space for meetings, parties or weddings. Other amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a heated indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, as well as an on-site restaurant and lounge.

The restaurant was named Zenas in honor of Zenas Kent, the patriarch of the Kent family. His grandson, William, played a key role in the establishment of the university. Zenas is a Greek name that means “hospitable.” The lounge, 1910, was named after the year when KSU was established. Both the restaurant and the lounge opened for business on June 17.

“This has truly been a culmination of hard work and dedication from so many organizations, entities and individuals, and we are so excited that our efforts are finally coming to fruition,” said Mike Riccio, general manager of the Kent State Hotel. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to the KSU Foundation, Pizzuti, Riley Hotel Group and all the people who were involved in this project from start to finish. We couldn’t have done it without each and every one of them.”

The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center is a partnership between The Pizzuti Cos. and the Kent State University Foundation. Riley Hotel Group, a U.S. top-100 hotel management company from Medina, Ohio, will manage the property.

Photo credits: http://www.kentstatehotel.com.