Hotels perched on the periphery of college campuses generally aren’t known for being welcoming, nor do they need to be. Their goal is to move a largely seasonal flow of guests—prospective students and their parents, visiting lecturers, folks in town for the big game—in and out with efficiency, ease, and very little, if any, flair.
Haworth Hotel, which is located essentially on the campus of Hope College in downtown Holland, Michigan, upends this arrangement. Emerging from a transformative renovation led by Holland-headquartered furniture manufacturer Haworth in partnership with the Milan-based studio of designer and architect Patricia Urquiola, the 48-guest-room property (formerly the Haworth Inn and Conference Center), is a rare example of a college-adjacent hotel that doubles as a vibrant social space. It’s a place where hotel guests, Hope College students and staff, Haworth clients, and the larger Holland community are compelled to linger, lounge, and interact.