Hilton is opening Columbus, Ohio's first 1,000-room convention hotel in June 2022. Hilton Columbus Downtown is adding a tower, which will allow Columbus to attract new meetings and events business, helping the economy.
"A city having a thousand-room convention hotel is becoming more and more critical to attracting large groups. By having this additional hotel inventory, we’ll be able to host high-profile, national events that will continue to highlight Columbus as a top destination," says Christian Coffin, general manager.
Coffin says Columbus is the largest and fastest growing city in the Midwest. In 2018, the city booked a record 553,653 room nights for meetings, conventions, group tours and sporting events, an increase of 9 percent from 2017. The city has also hosted large events such as the NCAA Women’s Final Four, the National Urban League and just completed the 2019 American Society of Association Executives, an event that attracts more than 4,000 Association Professionals & Industry Partners. "With Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority making a significant investment in the meetings industry by adding a 1,000-room hotel, Columbus will continue to attract even more large-scale meetings and events," Coffin adds.
"The location of our hotel makes Hilton Columbus Downtown ideal for meetings and events as the existing tower is conveniently connected to the Greater Columbus Convention Center via an enclosed skybridge and the new tower will flow directly into the convention center. For guests looking to explore Columbus, the property is located in the vibrant Short North Arts District within walking distance to more than 300 dining and entertainment venues," Coffin says. "Guests looking to host an event on-property have a variety of spaces to choose from, thanks to 75,000 square feet of meeting space. All meeting rooms will feature natural light, with flexible space with interactive kitchens to create inspiring meetings."
Currently, guests of Hilton Columbus Downtown can enjoy the hotel's million-dollar art collection featuring more than 225 original works from more than 100 local artists.
"When we open our additional tower in 2022, the property will continue to be a dining destination with new food and beverage outlets, including a new lobby bar and rooftop bar featuring an innovative mixology program. Easily accessible from North High Street, guests and locals will enjoy a new wood-burning, open-fire concept restaurant, something that Columbus hasn’t seen before," Coffin says.