Room to Grow
Hotel Development Continues to Thrive Downtown
By Stephanie Ricca
With so many meetings, conventions, and entertainment options drawing people into the city, Cleveland's hotel scene is busy building to meet demand. Six hotels are under development in the downtown core, ranging from funky boutiques to amenities-laden convention hotels. Add in the flexible meeting spaces and signature dining spots, and these hotels become destinations in themselves.
Cleveland's Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation will soon be welcoming visitors to the adjacent Hilton Cleveland Downtown (set to open by 2016). Hilton Worldwide will operate the $272-million hotel, which will sit high above Lake Erie. With underground connectivity to the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland and Global Center for Health Innovation, the hotel will boast 600 guestrooms and suites and 55,000 square feet of meeting space.
The fully renovated Westin Cleveland Downtown started welcoming guests in May 2014. Now with 484 guestrooms, 20 conference spaces, and a 9,000-square-foot ballroom, the $64-million hotel and farm-to-table Urban Farmer steakhouse are just one block from the convention complex.
The recently opened Metropolitan at the 9 on East 9th St., affiliated with Marriott International's Autograph Collection, added 156 rooms, along with plenty of flexible meeting and dining spaces. Down the street, developers are converting two historic buildings into a boutique 122-room Kimpton-branded hotel, set to open in late 2015.
Two others in the mix: A luxury 206-room Le Meridien hotel is set to open in late 2016 on Cleveland's revamped Euclid Ave. corridor, and a 180-room Drury Plaza hotel will enter the city's historic Board of Education building by late 2015, just a block from the FirstMerit Convention Center of Cleveland.