COLLEGE PARK, MD—A new luxury hotel and conference center will soon open directly across from the main entrance to the University of Maryland campus here. Slated to open in July, The Hotel at the University of Maryland will begin accepting reservations in mid-April.
The 297-room hotel is the vision of developer David H. Hillman of Southern Management Corporation, a privately owned residential property management company. The 10-story hotel will offer 43,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 18 meeting rooms, two boardrooms and three ballrooms. All these spaces have been named for key figures in Maryland and university history or symbols that are important to the region. For example, one of the boardrooms will honor Orville and Wilbur Wright, who taught the first military pilots how to fly at the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, which is close by. The Terrapin Ballroom is a tribute the university’s mascot and the state’s official reptile, while the Calvert Ballroom will pay homage to the family that founded Maryland and whose descendant was the driving force behind establishing the university.
January 31, 2017