COLUMBUS, Ohio—Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced the official grand opening of the 532-room Hilton Columbus Downtown.
“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 Mayor Michael B. Coleman, in an announcement. “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 from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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 history of the Columbus arts community is the focal point of the hotel, which features a collection of more than 225 original art pieces as well as paintings, sculpture, and photographs from more than 128 local artists. The art is displayed throughout the property and on the ceilings in each guestroom, including Sue Cavanuagh’s piece titled, “Ori-kume #17.” Alice Schille’s piece titled, “Sea and Tidle River,” which adorns one of the Deluxe suites is a reproduction of the original found in the Columbus Museum of Art. Guests also will notice the beautiful original oil painting titled, “Landscape,” by Rick Akers as they enter the fourth floor elevator lobby as well as additional artwork by talented artists such as Donald Roberts, Aminah Robinson, and many more displayed throughout the 13 floors in Hilton Columbus Downtown.