Cleveland’s Growing Hotel Scene Ranges from Chic Boutiques to Convention-sized Classics
By Erin Toohey Naso, Image by Cody York
Hotels and meeting spaces need not be dull and lifeless. Cleveland's hotel packages offer everything from urban lake views in the middle of hopping nightlife to modern amenities conveniently close to the convention center to intimate seclusion near national parkland.
CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL
Cleveland’s newest addition to the skyline—offering Superman-worthy views from its full-service 32nd floor Skybar—is the $276 million, 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Connected to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, the Hilton offers more than 46,000 square feet of meeting space (including nine flexible meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a 20,825 sq.-ft. Grand Ballroom and a 15,908 sq.-ft. Junior Ballroom). A $34-million underground connector from the nearby Huntington Park Garage to the hotel is also in the works.
RECENT DOWNTOWN OPENINGS
One block from the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, the Westin Cleveland Downtown offers 484 guestrooms, 20,000 square feet of meeting areas and a 9,000 sq.-ft. ballroom for extra banquet space. Ultra-cool farm-to-table restaurant Urban Farmer punctuates the lobby along with local art. Just up East 9th Street, Metropolitan at The 9 offers 156 rooms and 22,000 square feet of stylish meeting space. The 9 promises plenty of distractions, too—from Adega, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, to the Azure Sun Lounge, Cleveland’s most fashionable sun deck retreat.
FROM LANDMARK TO BOUTIQUE
Several Downtown landmarks have found new life as posh boutique options. Cases in point: the $50-million restoration of Kimpton Schofield Hotel (122 rooms and 3,800 square feet of banquet space) and the $30-million investment to Drury Plaza Hotel (once home to the historic Board of Education building, now with 189 rooms and 3,500 square feet of meeting space). Plans are in the works for two mixed-use mega-projects: a $280-million transformation of the 925 Building to a high-end hotel (open in 2019), residential and office space and the $430-million NuCLEus development of hotel, apartments, retail and parking at East 4th and Huron.
UNIVERSITY CIRCLE AND SUBURBS
Just minutes from Downtown, several new suburban hotels amplify city center options. East of Downtown, the $40-million Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic at University Circle provides 276 rooms and 13,000 square feet of meeting space. Situated in a premier shopping district, Hyatt Place at Legacy Village offers 135 rooms, as well as ample meeting space. Just south but still easily accessible to Downtown, Springhill Suites offers 121 suites and two meeting rooms; neighbor Home2Suites has 105 extended-stay suites (each with kitchen and work area). Minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Aloft Cleveland Airport recently opened—adding 134 rooms and 1,200 square feet of meeting space.
The opulent Ritz-Carlton is in the midst of a major renovation—extending from the front drive to all 206 guestrooms and public space. The evolution includes innovative enhancements to its 20,000 square feet of meeting space with smartboards and interactive cooking area. Local landmark Renaissance Cleveland Hotel began a massive renovation in early 2017 that will reinvent all 491 guest rooms and 64,000 square feet of meeting space. Outside of Downtown, the Four Points by Sheraton Cleveland Airport recently completed a $12 million renovation to its 147 rooms and more than 7,000 square feet of meeting space.