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
  • 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, wedding, 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 every need.  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 projector and screen, microphone and podium.
  • 446 Theatre Style
Geneva Room
Lecture hall with projector and screen, microphone and podium.
  • 129 Theatre Style
Scandling Center Common Room
Dining Room space with projector, screen, microphone and podium.
  • 76 Banquet Style
  • 76 Conference Style
Scandling Center Creedon Room
Boardroom style meeting room, can accommodate up to 12.
  • 12 Conference Style
Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center
Multi-purpose event space with 5 screens, projectors, audio and streaming capabilities.
  • 300 Banquet Style
  • 500 Classroom Style
Winn-Seeley Gym
Gymnasium with a capacity of 300 banquet - style.
  • 300 Banquet Style
Winn-Seeley Dance Studio
Dance floor; CD player, piano, projector, screen.
  • 33 Classroom Style
Seneca Room
Beautiful lake views with a projector and a screen.
  • 45 Classroom Style
Bartlett Theater
Multi - purpose space with stage and accessible bathroom.
  • 120 Banquet Style
Sanford Room
Lecture hall with projector and screen, microphone and podium.
  • 70 Theatre Style
Melly Lobby, Gearan Center
Large event space with high ceilings and sound system.
  • 150 Theatre Style
Bristol Gym
Gymnasium with a capacity of 500 banquet - style.
  • 500 Banquet Style
Field House
Large athletic center and event space. Fitness Center and track.
  • 5000 Theatre Style
Blackwell Room
Capacity of 18, conference style tables and chairs.
  • 18 Classroom Style
Large multi - purpose event space with wet bar/kitchenette.
  • 150 Banquet Style
Houghton House

Food & Beverage Options

Saga Dining Hall
Our all - you - care - to eat dining hall is open year - round and has a great variety of options, freshly prepared in our kitchen. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are always available.

Catering options

Catering Services
From morning breakfast baskets and freshly brewed coffee to casual meals and elegant hors d'oeuvres, our catering team can create creative, fresh, and contemporary menus. We'll work with you to create those that work best for your event and guests. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are always available. Whatever your event - breakfast meeting, conference, retirement party, wedding 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: 1500
  • Number of Overnight Rooms: 1500
  • 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


Featured Amenities

  • A/V Equipment
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Car Charging Station Car Charging Station
  • Chairs
  • Complimentary Parking
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • Flexible Floor Plan
  • In-House Catering
  • Kitchen Access
  • Laundry
  • Linens
  • Near Water
  • Outdoor Space
  • Overnight Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Pool
  • Rooftop Space
  • Scenic Views
  • Sports Facilities
  • Tables
  • 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 – 60 minutes
Watkins Glen – 40 minutes

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: 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:
    • LCD Projectors
    • 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, IT services and more. Our expert staff will partner with you to create an event that's tailor - made just for you!
Mail/package services
HWS has an on-site post office that also offers UPS services.
All overnight accommodations include free access to laundry facilities right in the building.
On-site IT services
IT staff is available during regular business hours to assist with setup, connection and troubleshooting. Use of in - room technology is included in space rentals. Other items or services are available for a fee.
Catering Services
Whatever your event, our culinary team will provide fresh ingredients, creative preparations, elegant presentation and thoughtful service. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any special dietary request.
Print Services
Full print shop services are available
Registration Services
Our team can provide registration services for your conference, camp, or event. Badge creation and customized reports are available, along with complete access to your event for real - time information and communication.


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