Graduate Hotels: Where to Stay in College Towns

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If you’ve been to a college town lately, then you’ve probably heard about Graduate Hotels.

This is a relatively new chain of hotels that target college towns.

Thus their name.

Right now, there are more than three dozen locations.

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How I learned about Graduate Hotels

So, how did I learn about this unique chain of hotels?

When I started writing my roundups of hotels near colleges with Peloton bikes.

You see, the majority of these hotels have Peloton bikes in the hotel gym.

However, not all do.

What makes these hotels special

Each location is decorated to reflect the college it is located near. Or at least the town in which it is situated.

For example, the Graduate Hotel Eugene is close to the University of Oregon.

So, don’t be surprised if you see the Oregon Duck worked into the hotel motifs.

Also, with the school’s colors green and yellow, you’ll see lots of decor in those hues.

It’s the same with the Graduate Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Except in this instance you’ll find a makeshift basketball court woven into the lobby carpet to celebrate the UNC Tar Heels.

In case you didn’t know, basketball is a big deal here, as it is in many other college towns.

Finally, if you visit the Graduate Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you’ll see maize and blue everywhere.

Also, it helps that the property is literally on the edge of the University of Michigan campus.

Usually, you’ll see those college colors made into a unique plaid pattern.

michigan theatre ann arbor

Location in the United States

As of this writing (2023), there are 31 Graduate Hotel locations in the United States open.

Many of these are hotels with Peloton bikes.

You’ll find this uniquely collegiate lodging in the following locations.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Graduate Ann Arbor

Annapolis, Maryland

Graduate Annapolis

The Graduate Annapolis hotel is located in the heart of the Annapolis Arts District and very close to the U.S. Naval Academy. Like many Graduate hotels in college towns or near universities, the Graduate Annapolis has Pelotons in the hotel gym. In fact, it has two, shown below.

two peloton bikes in front of mural wall at graduate annapolis hotel

Athens, Georgia

Graduate Hotel Athens

Berkeley, California

The Graduate Berkeley

The Graduate Berkeley hotel has one Peloton bike.

Also, the hotel has three electric car charging stations for guests to use.

This article focuses on California hotels with EV chargers.

Bloomington, Indiana


Graduate Hotel Bloomington

If you want to work out at the Graduate Hotel Bloomington, you can take an Orangetheory Fitness class at the Orangetheory attached to the hotel.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Graduate Hotel Chapel Hill

The Graduate Chapel Hill has multiple Peloton bikes in its fourth floor fitness center for Tar Heels who want to keep their Peloton streak going.

Charlottesville, Virginia

Graduate Hotel Charlottesville

Located across the street from the UVA campus, the Graduate Hotel Charlottesville has a Peloton bike in its fitness center.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Graduate Cincinnati

I can confirm that the Graduate Cincinnati hotel has two Peloton bikes in its 24-hour fitness center. See the Facebook post below.

graduate cincinnati peloton bikes hotel ohio

Columbia, South Carolina

Graduate Columbia

Right on the campus of the University of South Carolina is the Graduate Columbia hotel. It’s dog friendly, hip and has at least one Peloton bike.

Columbus, Ohio

Graduate Hotel Columbus

You’ll find one Peloton bike at the Graduate Hotel Columbus.

East Lansing, Michigan

Graduate East Lansing

According to the Expedia page for the Graduate East Lansing, there is one Peloton bike in this hotel’s fitness center. FYI, the Graduate East Lansing is super close to Michigan State University.

Eugene, Oregon

Graduate Eugene

When I checked out the Graduate Eugene, I watched a video of the University of Oregon duck mascot riding the Peloton bike in the hotel gym.

Evanston, Illinois

Graduate Hotel Evanston

Near Northwestern University, the Graduate Hotel Evanston seems to be the only hotel with a Peloton bike in this college town on Lake Michigan.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Graduate Fayetteville

The Graduate Fayetteville hotel is quite close to the University of Arkansas campus. Also, it has Peloton bikes in the fitness center.

Iowa City, Iowa

Graduate Hotel Iowa City

The Graduate Hotel Iowa City is walkable to the University of Iowa campus and has multiple Peloton bikes.

Knoxville, Tennessee

Graduate Hotel Knoxville

There is at least one Peloton bike at the Graduate Hotel Knoxville.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Graduate Hotel Lincoln

Madison, Wisconsin

Graduate Hotel Madison

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Graduate Minneapolis

Located near the University of Minnesota, the Graduate Minneapolis hotel has one Peloton bike in the fitness center. You’ll find the gym on the first floor of the hotel, and it’s open 24 hours.

Nashville, Tennessee

Graduate Hotel Nashville

The Graduate Hotel Nashville is close to Vanderbilt University. It has one Peloton bike. A Facebook friend just stayed there and confirmed there are two Peloton bikes.

New Haven, Connecticut

Graduate Hotel New Haven

New York City, New York (Roosevelt Island)

Graduate Hotel NYC

The Graduate Hotel NYC on Roosevelt Island has a single Peloton bike in the hotel gym.

Oxford, Mississippi

Graduate Oxford

Located just a mile from Ole Miss, my sources tell me that the Graduate Oxford is a Peloton hotel.

Palo Alto, California

Graduate Hotel Palo Alto

Providence, Rhode Island

Graduate Providence

The Graduate Providence hotel used to be the Biltmore. However, despite the recent name change, the hotel still has at least one Peloton bike on site.

Richmond, Virginia

Graduate Hotel Richmond

Seattle, Washington

Graduate Hotel Seattle

State College, Pennsylvania

Graduate Hotel State College

The Graduate Hotel State College has a single Peloton bike on premises.

Storrs, Connecticut

Graduate Hotel Storrs

The Graduate Hotel Storrs is right on the University of Connecticut campus. A friend stayed there recently, because her high schooler was touring UConn.

She sent me this picture of the two Peloton bikes in the hotel gym.

Tempe, Arizona

Graduate Hotel Tempe

The Graduate Hotel Tempe, adjacent to Arizona State University, has one Peloton bike in its fitness center.

Tucson, Arizona

Graduate Hotel Tucson

List of Graduate Hotels locations in the United Kingdom (UK)

Currently, there are two of these hotels overseas.

They are both in England in the following places:

Cambridge, England

Graduate Hotel Cambridge

The Graduate Hotel Cambridge near the University of Cambridge has a Peloton bike in the fitness center.

Oxford, England

Randolf Hotel by Graduate

Graduate hotel locations coming soon

Right now, there are two new locations that should be opening soon.

One is in Princeton, New Jersey, because, you know, Princeton University.

The other is in Dallas, Texas.

That’s because it will be located near SMU or Southern Methodist University.

Previously, it was the Lumen Hotel.

Surprisingly, there is not a Graduate Hotel location in Austin, where the University of Texas is.

Maybe at some point in the near future there will be.

In fact, if you’re aware of places that I have not included in this article, please let me know.

Finally, if you’d like to have the hotel experience from home, check out this hardcover book on the chain.

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