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First Look: The Hilton Downtown Columbus

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The new 532-room Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel officially opened on October 19th, and has seen a flurry of activity in its inaugural weeks since then. It hosted this year’s CMH Fashion Week event, was ground zero for the local Democratic watch party on election night, and even accommodated President Obama during one of his many Columbus visits prior to his re-election victory.

Located adjacent to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the new 14-story $140-million hotel is the visual new centerpiece on High Street that anchors the north end of Downtown, the Arena District and the Short North. With the North Market located around the corner, and Park Street nightlife only a block away, there’s a new level of energy rippling from the hotel to its surrounding neighbors.

Inside, a grand design echoes throughout the wide-open atrium that provides skylit views down into the restaurant and lobby spaces below. Sleek modern hallways and guest rooms are punctuated with over 225 pieces of local artwork from 135 local artists. Amenities include an indoor pool with a High Street view, fitness facility and 32,000 square feet of meeting and conference space connected to the Convention Center.

We were recently provided with a tour of the hotel’s facilities, rooms, kitchens, lobbies and more. Photos from the tour can be found below.

Click here to read more about the Gallerie Bar & Bistro located on the second floor of the hotel.

More information can be found online at www.hilton.com.

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4 Responses to First Look: The Hilton Downtown Columbus

  1. djsmoove67 November 12, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm

    i likey. ;-)

  2. Porky
    Porky November 13, 2012 8:30 am at 8:30 am

    I agree, looks very cool, gonna have to arrange an overnight there soon.

  3. columbusmike November 15, 2012 8:04 am at 8:04 am

    What, no skywalk picture!? :)

  4. Walker Evans
    Walker November 15, 2012 9:33 am at 9:33 am

    I’m still not a big fan of the concept of skywalks, but I do think this one was artfully done. The ribbon cutting for the skywalk actually takes place tomorrow evening when they’ll turn on the LED lights in it for the first time, which should extend the ambiance of the Short North arches.

    Also, now that I’ve been inside the new hotel and have toured the meeting, conference and event spaces there, I can see where it makes sense to have an indoor connection directly between the hotel and convention center, so they can be sold as one package when talking to potential convention host clients. It’s a nice facility extension of what’s already there and will hopefully be leveraged well to attract more visitors to Columbus, benefiting that entire area and the rest of Downtown as well.

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