Le Meridien Breaks Ground on New-Build Hotel
Thursday August 22nd, 2013 - 3:37PM BG
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COLUMBUS, OHIO--Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. debuted Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, at a groundbreaking ceremony held today in the city’s arts district.
Owned by The Pizzuti Companies and operated by Wischermann Partners, the new-build 10-story hotel will offer 135 guestrooms with all of the brand’s signature amenities and services. Located in the Short North Arts District, the city’s cultural center, Le Méridien Columbus is slated to open in early 2015.
“The uptick of Le Méridien hotel deals we’re seeing underscores the success of the brand’s recent repositioning and its popularity among cosmopolitan travelers,” stated Allison Reid, SVP of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We are delighted to partner with The Pizzuti Companies and expand our relationship with Wischermann Partners as we work together to bring this contemporary design-led brand to Columbus.”
Le Méridien Columbus will feature a full-service restaurant, signature bar, two spa suites and 1,200-sq.-ft. 24-hour fitness center. The hotel will be equipped with nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.
Le Méridien Columbus is expected to anchor a new mixed-use Joseph development complex that is slated to open in 2014 and will include a six-story office building with 60,000 sq. ft. of premium office and retail space, a 313-space parking garage adjacent to the office building.
Located at 620 North High Street, Le Méridien Columbus will be one block north of the Columbus Convention Center and within walking distance to the art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and nightclubs of the Short North. The hotel will also offer close proximity to The Ohio State University campus and the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Healthcare and the Limited Brands.
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