Friday October 19th, 2012 - 9:42AM
COLUMBUS, OH—Hilton Hotels & Resorts held the grand opening of the Hilton Columbus Downtown, a 532-room property located at 401 North High St.
"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."
The $140 million convention center hotel features a large atrium in the lobby with skylights to give an indoor-outdoor feel. 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 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space connected by a pedestrian skybridge to the 1.7 million sq. ft. of meeting space in the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The 380,000-pound skybridge stretches across North High St. 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, VP/sales, Experience Columbus.
Bill Jennison, executive director, Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, noted, "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."
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.
Christian Coffin is serving as general manager of the Hilton Columbus Downtown.