COLUMBUS, OHIO—Hilton Hotels & Resorts announces the opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown. The 532-room property is located at 401 North High Street, conveniently positioned in the center of the city’s most admired neighborhoods, including the Short North Arts District and the Arena District.
“Today is a significant milestone in the longstanding relationship between Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the City of Columbus and our distinguished business partners involved in this monumental project,” said Major Michael B. Coleman. “Hilton Columbus Downtown will attract millions of new visitors and make Columbus a best-in-class destination for national conventions and events.”
The $140 million convention center hotel features a large atrium in the lobby with skylights to give an indoor-outdoor feel. As part of the Hilton brand’s commitment to sustainability, the property is designed to attain both LEED and Green Seal certifications.
“Hilton Hotels & Resorts values its partnership with the City of Columbus and Franklin County,” said Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “This area is a growing center of tourism and events in Central Ohio. The opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown is an important and exciting addition to the Hilton family of properties.”
Hotel Connects to Convention Center
The hotel includes 48 suites and 31,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space connected by a pedestrian skybridge to the 1.7 million square feet of meeting space in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The 380,000-pound skybridge stretches across North High Street and is designed with a glass walking surface.
“The new, full-service convention hotel significantly enhances our convention package and allows Columbus to compete for a larger share of the state, regional and national convention, meeting and tradeshow market and sporting events,” said Brian Ross, vice president of sales, Experience Columbus.
“We are thrilled about the opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown in the heart of Columbus, Ohio’s dynamic capital city,” said Bill Jennison, executive director, Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. “The hospitality industry represents 60,000 jobs in Franklin County and has a considerable economic impact that we want to continue to grow year after year. The on-time and on-budget completion of Hilton Columbus Downtown will help us do just that.”
“The opening of this grand hotel puts more Franklin County residents to work and exemplifies the public-private partnerships we have invested in to create new jobs and economic opportunity,” said Franklin County commissioner president Paula Brooks. “Having this hotel in our community’s portfolio adds to our vital tourism industry, which already brings in more than $7.2 billion annually to our county and reduces the tax burden of every Franklin County family by an average of $1,900.”
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