Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Size: 40 rooms
Meeting Space: More than 3,400 square feet
Access: 30 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport and accessible via train
Pennsylvania’s Swarthmore College made headlines when it opened in 1869 by providing the unprecedented chance for men and women to study together under the same roof. It continued to be a leader in the academic field and on the playing field, becoming one of the earliest adopters of a quickly developing nationwide sport called football. Over the years, Swarthmore College has consistently paved the way for future growth and success for its students and alumni, making headlines once again when it opened the 40-room Inn at Swarthmore in 2016.
The Inn at Swarthmore provides a much-needed gathering space for the greater Swarthmore community; there, faculty, students, alumni, families and more can sleep, convene and dine together in a mixed-use building. The Inn at Swarthmore was designed to LEED Silver standards, with a hybrid wood-and-steel structure that creates an energy-efficient envelope around its interiors, and white-oak flooring and furnishings from wood reclaimed from the site. The inn is part of a master plan that incorporates an on-site restaurant, a bookstore and pedestrian pathways that link the property to the campus and surrounding shops around the borough of Swarthmore.
Artwork from alumni and students at Swarthmore College lines the walls of the inn, creating a gallerylike aesthetic in the public spaces. Guest rooms are also outfitted with student and alumni artwork. Rooms are equipped with wireless internet and come with ergonomic workspaces and mini refrigerators, creating a homelike feel for the rooms. Bathroom amenities are from William Roam.
The inn also features three meeting rooms with more than 3,400 square feet of flexible meeting space, available for hosting anything from academic conferences to business workshops.
There are three dedicated meeting and event spaces at the Inn at Swarthmore, and during the warmer months, the inn’s private courtyard is also available for tented receptions and dinners. The high-ceilinged Gathering Room is the largest venue — with 2,400 square feet of divisible space for up to 150 guests total or 70 guests per room when divided into two smaller rooms — set within a neutral color palette. The Sycamore Room is a versatile space for up to 60 guests and features large floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Ingleneuk Room’s location adjacent to the Broad Table Tavern is suitable for smaller meetings of up to 16 guests.
Visitors from around the state make the trip out to the Inn at Swarthmore just for the chance to dine at the inn’s celebrated Broad Table Tavern, a chef-driven restaurant that offers seasonally inspired menus that showcase locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms, vineyards and breweries. The restaurant’s acclaimed ethos extends to the catering team as well. Locally sourced charcuterie and cheese boards entice guests before plated or buffet dinners that feature house-made pastas or tender cuts of filet mignon. Catering menus cover everything from breakfast through dinner, including breaks and dessert, and include a full bar menu.
Each of the venues at the Inn at Swarthmore is equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and features the latest in technology, like the flat-panel LCD screen in the Ingleneuk Room. On-site event coordinators are available, as are tables, chairs, votive candles and floor-length tablecloths. Guests will have access to the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store near the lobby, where they can purchase or peruse Swarthmore College merchandise, books and locally produced fair-trade gifts and mementos. The Broad Table Tavern occasionally hosts special events like a chef’s table or a holiday feast.
Before and After
Guests are free to explore the artwork throughout the halls of the Inn at Swarthmore before or after events at the inn. The property is less than a mile from many of Swarthmore College’s main sites, where guests are free to roam the campus’s 425 acres of arboretum-quality terrain filled with hiking trails and rolling lawns. Philadelphia is a 30-minute drive from the campus and a 31-minute train ride from the Swarthmore train station.