Friday October 11th, 2013 - 2:55PM
CLEVELAND—Hilton Worldwide plans to operate a convention center headquarters hotel in downtown Cleveland.
Cuyahoga County has awarded Hilton Worldwide the rights to manage this Hilton Hotels & Resorts property adjoining the new Cleveland Convention Center in the city’s downtown. Cuyahoga County is the owner of the hotel, which would consist of 600-650 rooms, and financing the project with a combination of tax-exempt bonds and other tax-revenue sources.
The project is the flagship brand’s first managed new-build project in the U.S., since the opening of the Hilton Columbus Downtown last fall, which is also a convention center-style property.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald said in a statement, “In combination with the new Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, the hotel represents another step forward in the revitalization our region. Close to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and FirstEnergy Stadium, we look forward to this hotel connecting our growing set of assets in downtown Cleveland. The hotel stands to be the flagship of our Convention Center complex and we are thrilled to be working with Hilton Worldwide to bring that vision to life.”
Situated at the current location of the Cuyahoga County Administration Building, the hotel will feature subterranean links to both the Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation.