The 9 Complex Opening September 2014

September 3, 2014

THE 9 OPENING IN SEPTEMBER, SETS NEW STANDARD AMONG LUXURY RESORTS

CLEVELAND - (August 29) - Downtown Cleveland continues to thrive with the addition of the luxury resort, The 9. It opens this September, making it a game changer for Cleveland's reorganization. It's out-of-the-box amenities, and bold designs make it a marquee destination for locals and guests. The former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda have been transformed into The 9, which houses the new Metropolitan Hotel for travelers and Concierge Living apartments for residents. The locally owned grocery store, Heinen's Market, will be located inside the rotunda. The dining and cocktail environments, combined with one-of-a-kind special event spaces, will redefine how Clevelanders and their guests live, work and play in the city.

The Metropolitan Hotel is located inside The 9 and is affiliated with Autograph Collection®, Marriott International's exclusive collection of more than 50 independent hotels that have been carefully selected for their chic decor, distinct style, guests' travel interests and experiences. The hotel has 156 boldly designed rooms and suites. The 9 introduces many first-time lavish amenities to its hotel guests and residents, such as access to an indoor dog park, 24-hour housekeeping, valet and concierge services, spa and gym.

Guests won't need a passport to experience fine, modern Mediterranean cuisine if they choose to dine at Adega. The restaurant features a12-foot wine vault, chef's table and the largest outdoor dining patio in the city. Adega also features 3 private dining rooms for groups up to 80. The 9 has over 14,000 feet of total event space. Each space features cutting-edge technology, creative catering menus, live entertainment, stylish décor and an expert event planning staff. From the 68-seat, high-end Alex Theater to the lavish 5200-square-foot Mint Ballroom, there are many options for weddings, meetings or special events. During the week, Vault at The 9's high-energy lounge and Speakeasy can be used for meeting rooms.

"The 9's style and amenities create a cosmopolitan lifestyle, setting it apart from any other luxury resort in the country," said Greg Geis, CEO of GEIS Companies. "Bold and unexpected is the norm at The 9, blurring the lines between everyday and escape," Geis added.

In basement of the former Cleveland Trust rotunda, four historic safety deposit rooms have been transformed into The 9's probation-era bar and lounge, Vault. Completely separated from Vault, there is the exclusive Speakeasy. It is invitation-only and will only cater to Cleveland's elite. Guests that want to have a drink 150 feet above the street may do so at Azure. It is the largest rooftop bar and sundeck in the city. Extensive views of Cleveland's skylines can be seen from the roof of the newly renovated 1010 building on Euclid Ave.

"Vault and Azure provide a vibrant nightlife for guests to see, and be seen. The 9 is a place to come to celebrate Cleveland's rich history and exciting future," explained Geis.

Residents of The 9 can choose choos from 104 spacious Concierge Living apartments. There are 16 custom-designed Sky Suites with massive windows that provide panoramic views of downtown Cleveland. All residences within The 9 will have full access to the Metropolitan Hotel's guest services including an indoor dog park, 24-hour housekeeping, valet, private chef and concierge services, spa and gym. Bellmen at The 9 have intuitive technology to recognize and anticipate the needs of residents and visitors.

Located on Euclid Ave., the newly renovated 1010 Building is also a part of The 9. The building has been completely transformed into The Boutique Suites, consisting of 90 chic, market-rate apartments. Selections of The Boutique Suites are available to its employees at a subsidized rate to promote its "work-live environment" downtown.

Cleveland-based GEIS Companies teamed with Sandvick Architects of Cleveland (a consultant on the project that specializes in revising historic structures) and brought new life to an abandoned area of the city. The team not only preserved the iconic architectural features of the historic buildings but incorporated the original designs with modern technology to create an old-meets-new design. GEIS Property Management, urban construction offices and GEIS Design Center are now located inside The 9. However, its headquarters will remain in Streetsboro, Ohio.

GEIS Companies expanded its services by creating, GEIS Hospitality Group and partnered with Denver-based Greenwood Hospitality Group to manage The 9 and Metropolitan Hotel. The group plans to seek and develop similar projects around the country using The 9 as a prototype.

About GEIS Companies
Founded by in 1967 by Erwin Geis, GEIS Companies is now managed by sons Fred and Greg. The company has five independent divisions, including GEIS Construction, GEIS Properties, GLSD Architects, Hemingway Development and its most recent expansion, GEIS Hospitality Group. GEIS Companies has constructed more than 40 million square feet of space and more than 700 projects since its inception. The company is headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio. More information can be found at www.the9cleveland.com.

About Geis Hospitality Group
Founded in 2013, Geis Hospitality Group, is a full-service hospitality management company, lead by Keith Halfmann its Chief Operating Officer, with its first project being The 9, Cleveland. Halfmann is known for creating dynamic restaurant and bar concepts that cater to the local and hotel guest, and in return increases the value of the asset.

About Greenwood Hospitality Group
Greenwood Hospitality Group is engaged in the acquisition, repositioning and management of upscale, full-service and select-service hotels throughout the United States. Greenwood's portfolio includes The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn, Mich. Greenwood operates 2,100 rooms and 1,200 associates out of its Denver headquarters and offices in Hartford, Conn., Harrisburg, Pa., and Houston, Texas. Greenwood's management team includes industry veterans and principals Tom Conran, Aik Hong Tan, Bill Zollars and Bill Kohl, who together have more than 125 years of industry investment and management experience. The company's vision is to set new excellence standards regarding the relationship it forges with its investors, property-level associates and the communities in which they work. More information can be found at http://www.greenwoodhospitality.com

About Autograph Collection®
The Autograph Collection® is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about the independent spirit:
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About Marriott International
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