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OUR INNHamilton’s Most Iconic Hotel

With a history woven into that of Hamilton’s own, it’s no surprise that Colgate Inn serves as an exemplary symbol of the Village of Hamilton. Our central location, locally inspired decor, and strong connection to Colgate University maintain our status as an important village landmark and meeting place.

Hotel Amenities

  • • The Tavern restaurant & bar
  • • Continental breakfast
  • • Onsite parking
  • • Beekman 1802 toiletries
  • • 24-hr front desk
  • • Access to campus fitness facility
  • • Meeting & event space
  • • Pet-friendly
  • • Accessibility & Features, Learn More

Our History

The Colgate Inn was built in 1925, replacing Hamilton’s first hotel, Park House, which had stood on the same site for over a century. Years later, Colgate University recognized the need for a truly excellent local inn and undertook a major renovation of the property. Today, the Inn continues to act as the symbolic front door to the University. 

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Our Timeline


Built by Elisha Payne, The Park House opened its doors at the intersection of Broad and Lebanon Streets. It stood for over a century, surviving the Great Fire of 1895 that greatly damaged the town of Hamilton.



The Dutch-colonial style Colgate Inn was opened in the center of the historic village of Hamilton, replacing the Park House.


Under the direction of Colgate University, Colgate Inn was purchased by Colgate Inn LLC. The hotel has been a fundamental part of the town, providing a true Hamilton experience for guests of the University.



The Tap Room, formerly known as The Payne Street Corner and the Salmagundi Bar & Restaurant, was renovated to provide top-notch hospitality to guests and the community.



The hotel underwent a complete renovation, including guest rooms, dining and banquet spaces, The Tavern, the patio area, and our meeting rooms.


The parlor, meeting spaces, and lobby received a massive renovation in order to paint a welcoming and lasting first impression to guests of the hotel.