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Le Méridien Hotels have been crazy busy this year, replanting their flag in major North American cities likes Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte. And now they're heading to Cleveland.
Due to open in January 2016, the Le Méridien Cleveland will be located at 1001-1101 Euclid Avenue, in an area formerly known as "Millionaire's Row." The hotel will also be a part of the adaptive re-use project of the historic 1901 John Hartness Brown Building and another office building from 1915. Below is a bit more on the Le Meridien's surrounding neighborhood:
Situated in the heart of the city’s bustling theatre district, Le Méridien Cleveland will be adjacent to Playhouse Square, the second largest theatre complex in the United States, and walking distance to the newly developed Horseshoe Casino and Cleveland Convention Center. Nearby attractions include the city’s vibrant East 4th Street entertainment district, Progressive Field and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Guests will enjoy easy access to the rest of the city via the HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Cleveland’s RTA Free E-Line Trolley.
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Fresh off last week's ribbon cutting, we buzzed by Cincinnati's new 21c Museum Hotel on its first Saturday in business for a quick tour. Our visit was so fresh, in fact, the paint literally hadn't even dried yet (we saw a guy running around spot-touching the walls).
When we arrived at 5 o'clock the hotel was booked solid and curious passerby were parading in, some having just caught "The Nutcracker" matinee at the performing arts theater across the street. Or checked out the latest exhibits at next door's sprawling Contemporary Arts Center (designed by Zaha Hadid). Or just pounded few brewskies at Toby Keith's bar around the corner.
In other words, the location's choice and the masses welcome! 24/7, in fact. The 10-floor, 156-room property, just like its Louisville sibling, doubles as a contemporary art gallery whose exhibition spaces are free for anyone to peruse, any day, at any time.
What kind of art do you stick in your lobby if you're a Great Lakes resort perched near the entrance to a major harbor, with several famous lighthouses within easy driving (or boating) distance? Well, if you're the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, you don't just hang a giant painting of a stormy lighthouse scene; you take the entire lens of one and install that.
This is the original 1904 glass lens for the Toledo Lighthouse, made in Paris by Barbier and Bernard. Its beam of light was visible 16 miles around. Eventually it needed replacing and was removed in 1995, eventually ending up here at Maumee Bay in 2008. These days the lighthouse utilizes a lens made of plastic.
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Hilton Columbus Downtown is getting ready to wow downtown Columbus, Ohio this fall with a 532-room hotel, located conveniently next to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The glass and steel structure is nearing completion, and renderings on the website offer a peek inside the guest rooms and public spaces.
One neat tidbit about the hotel is the fact that all guest rooms will feature ceiling art by a range of contemporary (and deceased) Ohio-based artists. So if you do feel the need to experience some "culture" while you're in Columbus, you needn't look further than your bed.
Or, to be exact, above it.
Here at HotelChatter, we don't just love luxury and brand new hotels, nosiree. We've also got a serious fascination with retro spots, hotels of yore and even drive-up motels. This week, we'll be exploring a few such hotels through found postcards and pamphlets from the 1950s and '60s
There once was a time when you could sleep over at a Holiday Inn in almost every major US town and quite a few foreign cities as well. They were mainly drive-up, motel-style affairs, but their slogan spoke to a higher ambition: "The World's Innkeeper."
She's the only Golden Girl we have left, bless her soul, and she's everywhere, from Snickers commercials to SNL and now on TV Land every Wednesday night in her new sitcom, Hot In Cleveland. But what we're wondering is: Can Betty White make Cleveland hot enough for a brand new boutique hotel?
It's a tall order, sure, but if anyone can do it, she can. Hell, we'd even go and see her in that awful-looking movie coming out this fall, You Again, just to watch her say, "I'm on The Twitter." (The trailer is here. You're welcome.)
But we digress. The reason we got all excited about Betty's great White hopes (ha) for the city of Cleveland is that Kimpton is coming to town.
Oscars time is right around the corner, and if you're dying to see whether Meryl will beat out Sandra for best actress or whether Avatar will sweep all the categories, watch the show in style. This week, we'll look at Academy-sanctioned hotel shindigs where you'll be able to dress up, see if you won the office Oscar pool and help raise cash for charity.
Hollywood may have the glitzy Oscar parties, but we just might be tempted to pass up the chance for star sightings to attend the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza's 1950s/B-movie-themed bash and after-party on March 7.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We've once said before that being locked out of a killer view is an anti-view so the same will have to be said for a dirty window. HotelChatter Flickr Pool member Ajbelongia writes of Room 416 at the Sheraton Independence Hotel in Ohio:
Is it a view or an anti-view if you can't see out of the dirty window ??
Do we even need to share our answer? By the way, the hotel is actually no longer a Sheraton and is now owned by Skyline. Hope they gave it a thorough washing when they took it over. Rooms start at $91 a night.
The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville.
A reader in Ohio tipped us off last night about this excellent news for downtown Cincinnati--The 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky will open its second hotel in the old Metropole Hotel next year. And in living up to the museum part of its name, the new hotel will play a huge role in the city's burgeoning contemporary art scene.
Here are some detes from the press release:
The new 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will be located adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. 21c Museum Hotels is working with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation on the restoration, scheduled to begin next fall. The total expected cost for the project is $45 million.
21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will offer 160 rooms, an 8,000 square-foot contemporary art museum open to the public free of charge, and a Proof restaurant and bar serving contemporary cuisine made with locally grown ingredients.
This just in, dispatched from a tipster road warrior who is currently traveling across the country visiting different baseball stadiums (how cool is that?): there appears to be a Holiday Inn Express in Cleveland, Ohio with absolutely ridiculously large rooms. The Holiday Inn Express Downtown Cleveland, specifically.
He sends this snapshot over to us, along with this description:
So far, I've talked to four different employees and all have been fantastic friendly and polite. The room itself definitely seems like a value, given the square footage (or, more accurately, the cubic footage, given the super-high ceiling) and the fixtures. I'm normally a no-frills traveler, but I do enjoy feeling like I'm in a nice place as opposed to a run-down motel.
This bad boy goes for exactly $125.34 this evening, and we're totally impressed with space and the hardwood floors. There's also a desk that wouldn't fit into the frame here. Apparently, the hotel is actually inside a 19th century historic Guardian Bank Building and was renovated in 2004.
Another pleasant surprise from the budget chain that seems to be turnin' heads this year.
[Photo: T.J. Ryan]
If Liz Lemon ever went to Cleveland and happened to get together with her adorable ex-flame Floyd (just to grab a drink! Really!), we think both of them would for sure be into the surprisingly cheap treats and eats at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland's Lobby Lounge.
Our girl Liz Lemon is definitely not the type who's into too-fancy, unpronounceable foods or anything expensive or pretentious (and, well, Floyd lives in Cleveland), so we think the two ex-lovers should grab a couple glasses of pinot grigio and catch up at happy hour in the hotel's sixth-floor lounge without worrying about who picks up the tab.
We got the idea from Cleveland.com's Plain Dealer blog, who reports plopping down at the Ritz bar and feeling pretty classy for not a whole lot of money: think glasses of wine and six-for-$6 price tags on satisfying, not-too-fancy munchies like popcorn chicken with bleu cheese sauce and fish tacos.
Liz and Floyd together again! Well, in a perfect world. And, um, in a perfect world they wouldn't be in Cleveland. But hey, we can dream.
What about those buckeye trees? Yes, nobody ever thinks of Ohio when it comes to trees turning, but The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that mid-October is going to be a choice time to see the colors change before the leaves drop.
There's no place better to snuggle up than in a picturesque, hilly college town, with peaceful sidewalks perfect for strolling, and one of the best beer bars in the entire state...
That place is Granville, Ohio, a half hour's drive from Columbus and home to Denison University.
The Granville Inn has 30 guest rooms, with deliciously low rates that start at $99. The rooms are equipped with free internet access, cable, and crammed with antiques. Although, we do admit it does give off a "night at Grandma's" sort of vibe.
But there's alcohol! Wine Spectator has given wine list an Award of Excellence for four years straight, and the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also purported to be haunted. So you could have some ghost-hunting to go with your leaf-peeping too.