Location: Oxford, Ohio
Size: 55 guest rooms and suites
Meeting Space: More than 10,000 square feet
Access: Northwest of Cincinnati in Oxford on Ohio Route 27
Anyone who has watched the sun set behind the Miami University Sundial or walked the trails of the Formal Gardens as the tulips are coming into full bloom would likely agree with poet Robert Frost, who once described this Oxford, Ohio, university as “the most beautiful campus ever there was.” Named after the Native American tribe who once lived in the Miami Valley region of Ohio, the university was founded in 1809 and has grown over the years to include more than 2,000 acres of manicured grounds and stunning architecture with eight buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The university has nearly 18,000 undergraduates and a thriving Greek life; five social Greek-letter organizations were founded on the campus. But it wasn’t until 1981 that the university became home to its first and only on-campus hotel: the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center. The hotel was funded entirely by private donations and features brass plaques throughout the expansive property that honor the donors. Built as a replica of the Wren building on the campus of William and Mary in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the Marcum Hotel is a beautiful option for guests that want to stay on campus. It’s also a fantastic choice for on-site meetings, with more than 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The hotel was renovated in 2012 to feature 55 rooms of varying sizes, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast buffet for overnight guests, a lobby bar with local artisanal spirits and unusual wines, and access to a state-of-the-art fitness center in proximity to numerous trails. The hotel is within walking distance to all university facilities and just a short walk to uptown Oxford, making it easy for guests to get around once on campus because of its central location. The hotel has become a favorite for family, alumni and even businesses, who use it for conferences, training events, retreats, meetings, banquets, receptions, reunions, weddings and more.
Most of the meeting spaces at the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center are on the first floor, and many can be combined to accommodate larger gatherings. Spaces include Rooms 108-110 for up to 120 guests combined; Room 112, for up to 75 guests; Room 124, for up to 15 guests; Room 126, for up to six guests; Room 154, for up to 85 guests; Room 158, for up to 120 guests;, Rooms 154-158, for up to 275 guests combined; Rooms 180, 184 and 186, for up to 250 guests combined; Rooms 180-184, for up to 130 guests combined; Rooms 184-186, for up to 200 guests combined; Room 180, for up to 36 guests; Room 184, for up to 80 guests; and Room 186, for up to 120 guests.
Miami Catering, the exclusive catering team for the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center, is composed of graduates from some of the top-rated culinary schools around the country. The team can handle groups of any size and customize menus for any time of the day, whether it’s a casual lunch or a formal dinner or reception. Vegetarian options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner; favorite dinner items include mushroom ravioli with Gorgonzola cream sauce or cheese enchiladas on the Southwestern buffet option. A selection of wine and beer is available for sale at the guest services desk, and full bar service can be added to any catered event.
Aside from audiovisual equipment and meeting supplies, the meetings team at the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center specializes in creating team-building activities for groups that include everything from ropes courses and escape rooms to fitness class options. Their Outdoor Pursuit Offerings take groups outside to solve problems together in a risk-free, natural environment in Miami University’s Natural Areas. The team also offers team-building events with food, including a fire chili cook-off, a Farm to Fork experience and a recipe challenge that promotes communication and teamwork. Groups work together to follow a simple recipe, with a few tricks and challenges to solve along the way.
Before and After Events
On-site amenities at the Marcum Hotel and Conference Center include access to the Miami University Recreational Sports Facility on campus, an outdoor gazebo that is also available to rent and a vibrant lobby bar. Guests of the hotel also have unlimited access to more than 17 miles of walking and hiking trails. Guests can enjoy the Conrad Formal Gardens adjacent to the hotel or head indoors to the five museums and two galleries on campus. Self-guided walking tours of the campus are available online or at the front desk, and nearby Uptown Oxford is easy to navigate without a map.