Ever wonder what exactly is inside Haverford’s guest rooms? If you are like most students, you probably don’t even know that they exist. Recently, The Clerk sat down with Geoffrey Labe, the Conferences, Events & Campus Center Services Director, who shed some light on these secluded lodgings.
The guest rooms are located on the third floor of the John C. Whitehead ‘43 Campus Center. While there are only five guest rooms in the Campus Center, some Haverford College Apartments have been retrofitted to function as guest rooms should additional space be needed to host visitors.
Mr. Labe explained that these accommodations are almost always entirely filled throughout the school year and summer, as they are consistently requested by academic departments when hosting a speaker or an event. It is very uncommon for anyone other than distinguished visitors to stay in the rooms, as the bookings are often made over a year in advance. For guests not invited by the college, a room costs $115 a night.
According to Haverford’s website, “Each guest room has two twin beds, a personal refrigerator, cable TV, an ethernet cable, a phone for local calling (a calling card is required for all long-distance calling), a private bathroom with hairdryer and an iron/ironing board.” In many ways, Haverford’s guest rooms align with the “Quaker Aesthetic” of the college— with very modest and understated upholstery and artwork.
Guest accommodations and guest rooms are a staple at most colleges— including within the rest of the Tri-Co.
Bryn Mawr’s historic Wyndham Alumnae House was built in 1796 as a farmhouse for a Quaker widow, and continues to function as a Bed and Breakfast on campus. The Alumnae House also includes a restaurant and catering service, and has hosted celebrities including actress Katharine Hepburn and Supreme Justice Sandra Day O’Connor since the college purchased the farmhouse in 1926. While rooms at Wyndham are usually reserved well in advance (with preference given to invited guests of the college), visitors may attempt to reserve a room for $133 a night.
Swarthmore’s Ashton House, located in the northernmost part of the campus, can accommodate up to eleven guests in its six guest rooms. Like the guest rooms at Haverford and Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore’s accommodations are typically reserved for invited guests of the college and are booked well in advance.