ESPN’s Herbstreit Names Hotel at Auburn University Among “Best in College Football” in Annual List


ESPN’s Herbstreit Names Hotel at Auburn University Among “Best in College Football” in Annual List

Katy Harper Doss
Here Molly Girl

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, college football analyst, commentator, and fixture on ESPN’s “College Gameday,” has named The Hotel at Auburn University among the Best Hotels in his 2018 “Herbies.”

Each year, Herbstreit ranks his favorites from all aspects of college football – some related to teams and the game, some related to the town’s atmosphere and accommodations. Sports categories include Most Exciting Player, Breakout Star, Best-Kept Secret and Impact Head-Coaching Hires; atmosphere categories include Best Celebrity College Football Fan, Best Bands, Best Restaurants, and, yes – Best Hotel.

Herbstreit selected The Hotel at Auburn University in his top five hotels in all of college football. Rounding out the list are HotelRED in Madison, Wisconsin; The Graduate in Ann Arbor, Michigan; The Abernathy in Clemson, South Carolina; and The Atherton in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Hotel at Auburn University is the only hotel in the SEC selected for the list.

“It goes without saying that we love gameday on The Plains, but we especially love when the professionals from ESPN and ABC stay with us while in town,” said Hans van der Reijden, managing director of The Hotel at Auburn University. “To be named as one of Mr. Herbstreit’s top five favorite hotels is truly an honor, and we can’t wait to thank him in person this season.”

For more information, contact Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing at The Hotel at Auburn University:

Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, Ala., The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions. Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel’s 236 guestrooms and suites offer true Southern hospitality in an ideal setting. For a southern twist on Italian, visit AT, located inside the hotel. An open kitchen and outdoor patio seating add character to this restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch and offers take-out service. AT features an espresso bar and unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events. Located in AT, Piccolo is Auburn's only true lounge experience for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts. The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne. Live jazz performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays (except on home football game weekends). The property is owned by Auburn University and managed by Ithaka Hospitality Partners. For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit


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