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Built in 1925, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging's Colgate Inn
in Hamilton, NY Undergoes Renovation

March 18, 2004 - The 46-room Colgate Inn is in the midst of enhancements that will yield a refurbished lobby, new public space as well as wireless Internet technology. The timing of the transformation coincides with two major efforts in Colgate Inn's hometown of Hamilton, NY: the Partnership for Community Development and the Hamilton Initiative. Renovations to this historic property, which began in fall of 2003, are scheduled for completion in mid-March 2004.
"The Colgate Inn is the gateway, literally the front door, for visitors to Colgate University," said David Grant, General Manager of the Colgate Inn. "These image and technology enhancements will ensure that our guest experience holds to the historic charm of Hamilton, while providing all the sophisticated amenities akin to a progressive learning institution."

According to Grant, the Inn's goal is to become the "cornerstone of the community," a welcome center that is comfortable and 

Colgate Inn
1-5 Payne Street
Hamilton, New York
inviting yet still retains the stature of a University environment. The changes at the Colgate Inn are designed to complement local initiatives, which include restoration of the Village Green, a renovated public library and theater, as well as improvement to facades and streetscapes in downtown Hamilton. The campus' University Bookstore, a gathering place and local attraction, is located just adjacent to Colgate Inn.

The current renovation at Colgate Inn includes the Hamilton Parlor, a former breakout room that is being converted into a cozy sitting room. It will be open to the public and will feature shelves full of rare books and a fireplace. The former fine dining venue has been renamed the Corner Grill and offers a more casual, wood fire grill menu. A new restaurant, the Salamagundi Bar & Restaurant, features Americana country cuisine and salutes Colgate University with nostalgic collegiate decor. In addition to wireless Internet technology in the meeting spaces, guestrooms will be equipped with wireless, hi-speed online access.

"The property's efforts to provide a more user-friendly facility and environment underscore ARAMARK Harrison Lodging's overall focus on service, amenities and guest satisfaction," said Mike Fahner Vice President of Sales & Marketing for ARAMARK Harrison Lodging.

Built in 1925, The Colgate Inn, which is part of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging's Collegiate Collection, is located in historic Hamilton, New York. A gateway to Colgate University, the Dutch Colonial landmark houses 46 guestrooms and 3,000 square feet of function space serving events from 2 to 200. Three restaurants include the 1840 Tap Room, the Corner Grill and the Salamagundi Bar & Restaurant. Guests can enjoy a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones-designed Seven Oaks Golf Club, rated by Golf Digest as one of the top five college courses in the nation and the 7th best public-access course in New York State. Named after the first U.S. Secretary of State, Alexander Hamilton, the community was recently named #8 on the Christian Science Monitor's list of most "Walkable Small Town's in the Northeast." Furthermore, Hamilton Initiative received the 'outstanding' award for historic preservation from the American Institute of Architects. For more information on Colgate Inn, please call (315) 824-2300.

Offering a collection of the world's most effective environments for learning, communication and personal growth, ARAMARK Harrison Lodging operates more than 50 conference centers, corporate training centers, and specialty hotels in educational environments -- each strategically located close to leading business destinations and/or institutes of higher learning. The company supports the stringent standards of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) and harnesses the power and expertise of its founding entities to expand its contributions to the industry.

ARAMARK Corporation is a world leader in providing award-winning food and facilities management services to healthcare institutions, universities and schools, stadiums and arenas, international and domestic corporations, as well as providing uniform and career apparel. 


ARAMARK Harrison Lodging

Also See: ARAMARK Harrison Lodging and John Hancock Enter Partnership on John Hancock Conference Center in Boston; Property to Invest $2.5 Million in Enhancements / February 2003
ARAMARK Harrison Lodging Enters into an Agreement with ETS on Management of Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey / June 2003

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