Hobart And William Smith Colleges - Geneva, NY | Unique Venues
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Expo/Competitions
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Youth Parties
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Located on the shore of Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region, our campus offers the ideal setting for an outstanding conference or event. The combination of our unique housing accommodations, diverse event spaces, and top-notch dining services provide our guests with a setting designed to suit the specific needs of our visitors and their event/conference. Equipped with the most recent technological amenities, our classrooms, auditoriums, boardrooms, athletic facilities, and banquet rooms are guaranteed to fit your event or conference needs.  Nearby attractions include New York State Parks, fishing, boating, hiking/ biking trails, public golf courses and the Finger Lakes wine trails.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 120
  • Largest Theatre Style: 500
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 458
  • Largest Arena Seating: 500
  • Largest Seated Reception: 300
  • Largest Standing Reception: 500
  • Academic Year Largest Group: yes
  • Rooftop Capacity: 20
Albright Auditorium
Lecture Hall with technology can seat up to 446.
  • 446 Theatre Style
Library - Geneva Room
Library room with technology that seats up to 129 lecture style.
  • 129 Theatre Style
Houghton House 112
Accommodates up to 35 people banquet style. Microphone, PA and podium available.
  • 35 Banquet Style
Bristol Gym
Seating for up to 1,500 in bleachers and 400 banquet style.
  • 400 Banquet Style
  • 1500 Theatre Style
Scandling Center Blue Room
40 seats, meeting style/dining. PA, microphone and podium, piano.
  • 40 Conference Style
Scandling Center Common Room
PA, Microphone and podium
  • 100 Banquet Style
  • 100 Conference Style
Scandling Center Great Hall
This hall can accommodate up to 160 people and features microphones, PA and podium.
  • 160 Conference Style
Barn 1st Floor
The barn can accommodate 526 standing, 414 chairs only and 193 tables and chairs banquet style.
  • 193 Banquet Style
  • 414 Theatre Style
Scandling Cafe
The cafe can accommodate 100+ for casual dining/meetings.
  • 100 Banquet Style
Scandling Center Creedon Room
Boardroom style room can accommodate up to 18.
  • 18 Conference Style
Sport and Recreation Center
The Bristol Field House can accommodate 300 - 1,000 in bleachers.
  • 1000 Theatre Style
Centennial Multipurpose Room
Located in the Centennial Center for Leadership, this room can accommodate 50 meeting style; full technology available.
  • 50 Conference Style
Houghton House 212
Accommodates up to 35 people. Microphone, PA and podium available.
Houghton House 300
Accommodates up to 23 people. Microphone, PA and podium available.
Bristol Pool
Indoor pool; mic and PA. Seating for 300-1,000.
Bristol Field House Sport and Recreation Center
Indoor field; mic and public address system. Accommodate 300-1,000.
Bristol Dance Studio
Dance floor, mic and PA system. Accommodates 30-40.
Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center
300 seats. Multi-purpose/meeting style/banquet, piano.
  • 300 Banquet Style
Winn-Seeley Classroom 130
Technology rich classroom with tablet arm chair seating for 35

  • 35 Classroom Style
Winn-Seeley Gym
Gym. Seating for 300; piano.

  • 300 Banquet Style
Winn-Seeley Hall of Honor
Accommodates 10, meeting style.

  • 10 Conference Style
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio
Dance floor; CD player, piano, projector screen
Coxe Hall
Choose from four classroom style rooms, equipped with modern technological equipment.
Demarest Hall
Choose from eight classrooms/meeting rooms/banquet-style rooms. All include a variety of technological amenities.
Smith Hall
Choose from four meeting-style rooms, all of which include a variety of technological amenities.
Stern Hall
Choose from 11 classrooms/meeting rooms/banquet-style rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 55 guests. All include a variety of technological amenities.
Trinity Hall
Choose from three technology rich meeting style/classroom style rooms, the largest of which can accommodate 39 guests.

Food & Beverage Options

Area Restaurants
Located in the City of Geneva, just walking distance from campus, you will find a wide selection of cuisine. Whether you are in the mood for Italian, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, up-scale or casual, the City of Geneva can satisfy your appetite. For a listing of local restaurants visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.genevany.com/content/view/eat.html
Saga Dining Hall
We are proud to offer a dining program complete with signature brands and menu selections that include just about every item you can imagine. Saga's hours vary depending on how many groups are on campus; the Office of Conferences and Events can let you know its hours specific to your visit.

Saga is the essence of choices in dining... salad bars, simple, honest entrees and sidekick vegetables, soups from scratch, and fresh baked desserts.
Catering Services
Our catering staff will be happy to work with you to develop a menu that meets your group's budget and meal planning needs. Whether you only need a simple continental breakfast or will want to design a menu around every meal time during your stay, we can accommodate. Be sure to talk to us about special nutritional needs such as gluten free and vegan/vegetarian dining.

Catering options

Catering Services
From morning breakfast baskets and freshly brewed coffee to casual meals and elegant hors d'oeuvres, our catering guides are filled with fresh and contemporary menus. We'll work with you to create those that work best for your event and guests; vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Whatever your event - a breakfast meeting, a faculty luncheon, a retirement party, or a special celebration of any sort, you will find that we offer fresh ingredients, creative preparations, elegant presentation, and thoughtful service.


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 1200
  • Wi-Fi in Guest Rooms: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Guest Room Cost : Free
Overnight Room Attributes
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Air-conditioned rooms available
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Refrigerator
  • Towels
  • Washer/Dryer
  • WiFi


Bampton House
This house features two living rooms, a full kitchen and handicap access. Laundry facilities are located in the basement.
  • 17 Beds
Blackwell House
This house features two lounges, a TV rom, four bathrooms, a soda machine, kitchen and laundry facilities.
  • 35 Beds
Brent House
This house features a lounge and dining room.
  • 8 Beds
Bartlett Hall
Features 64 beds, laundry facilities, bathroom on each floor and soda machine on ground floor.
  • 64 Beds
Caird and de Cordova Halls
These two halls both feature 96 beds, a lounge on each floor, air-conditioning, laundry facilities, small kitchen and vending machines
  • 94 Beds
Sherrill Hall
This residence hall features 124 beds, Study/TV Lounges and bathrooms on each floor, kitchen area, laundry facilities, soda machine. Handiapped access.
  • 124 Beds
Emerson Hall
86 beds, lounge, small kitchen off lounge, laundry facilities, 2 classrooms in basement, elevator and handicapped access.
  • 86 Beds
Geneva Hall
47 beds, Study/TV Lounge, game room, bathroom on each floor and laundry facilities.
  • 47 Beds
Hirshson House
91 beds, ballroom, galley kitchen off ballroom, TV lounges and bathroom on each floor, study room, soda and snack machines and laundry facilities on ground floor.
  • 91 Beds
Village at Odells Townhouses
48 Townhouse units on campus with 4-5 beds per unit. Living/dining room, kitchen with appliances and two full bathrooms per unit.
  • 200 Beds
Comstock House
97 beds, two lounges, TV room, small kitchen, soda vending machine and laundry facilities.
  • 97 Beds
Medberry Hall
59 beds, 5 separate sections with bath in each. Split doubles.
  • 59 Beds
Durfee Hall
Features 62 beds, laundry facilities, bathroom on each floor and soda machine on ground floor.
  • 62 Beds
Hale Hall
Features 62 beds, laundry facilities, bathroom on each floor and soda machine on ground floor.
  • 62 Beds
Jackson Hall, Potter Hall
Two of three connected buildings (Jackson, Potter, Rees). Bathrooms, lounges and study rooms on each floor, full kitchen on third floor of Rees Hall. Large lounge area on first floor of Rees Hall for all three buildings.

115 beds each in Jackson Hall and Potter Hall.
  • 115 Beds
Rees Hall
One of three connected buildings (Jackson, Potter, Rees). Bathrooms, lounges and study rooms on each floor, full kitchen on 3rd floor. Large lounge area on first floor.

  • 86 Beds

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Eco-Friendly
  • In-House Catering
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Paid Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Running Trails
  • Sports Facilities
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


300 Pulteney Street,
Geneva, New York 14456


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Rochester/Syracuse - 45 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Rochester/Syracuse - 45 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes
  • Car Charging Stations: Yes

Nearby Cities

Rochester – 45 minutes|Syracuse – 55 minutes|Ithaca/Corning – 50 minutes

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes


Conference amenities available, including internet access/wireless and audio visual presentation technology. Many smart classrooms available.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Laptops
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes


This was the fourth year that the Harrisburg Bicycle Club has stayed at HWS for its Finger Lakes trip. Geneva is perfect for us because of the availability of nice scenic biking roads, good restaurants, Wegmans, and proximity to many attractions including an excellent bike shop and wineries. The townhouses at HWS work well for our group because they are comfortable, offer single rooms and allow us the opportunity to mingle in both the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The location around the pond is very scenic and relaxing. We also appreciate the convenience of having two bathrooms in each unit as well as a full kitchen. We are granted use of the Barn for our breakfasts and evening social activities and that is very important to us, since we love to share our Finger Lakes experiences with each other and make connections with riding partners. The staff at HWS, including the Conferences & Event staff, the student housekeepers and security officers, has always been very helpful and have worked quickly to resolve any problems we have had.
Marilyn Chaste, Harrisburg Bicycles club
We could not have asked for a better group of people to work with. Tammy and Erica were always ready to handle whatever we requested of them. The summer interns were very helpful to the Envirothon committee in setting up the testing sites and anything we needed. The food was great and the feedback from the team members and advisors was great. Overall, everyone enjoyed their stay at HWS and we would hold another event there again.
Blanche Hurlbutt, Envirothon


Event Planning
The Office of Conferences and Events at HWS is a year-round one-stop destination for event planning, from reserving space to coordinating catering, and our expert staff will be happy to talk to you about ways we can tailor a program for you.
The Colleges feature three convenient, on-campus ATM locations.
Mail/package services
There is an on-site post office as well as a UPS office.

School-year hours:
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
(closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch)

Summer hours:
9 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed noon–1 p.m. for
lunch) Monday–Friday.
There are several coin-operated laundry facilities available for your use during your stay on campus.
Airport/transportation shuttles
Our experienced staff can provide your group transportation to and from the airport and/or the bus station.
On-site Audio Visual Technicians
Available to assist you with any technical issue.
Executive Chef
Whatever your event, you will find fresh ingredients, creative preparations, elegant presentation and thoughtful service. We will work with you to accommodate any special dietary request.
Print Services
Can assist you in any printing-related project you are working on while on campus.


Audio-Visual Equipment
A wide range of AV equipment and services are available including:
  • Public Address Sound Systems and Microphones.
  • Smart boards/rooms
  • Print services available
  • WIFI
  • Mac/Pc labs available
  • Projectors
  • Laptop computers
  • Blu-ray/ DVD player
  • Mic system/sound system
  • IT services