Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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January 2017 7 Hotel LeVeque Opening in Historic Columbus Tower COLUMBUS, Ohio – An iconic star on the Columbus horizon is being transformed into a new boutique hotel. Hotel LeVeque is expected to open this month with 149 guest rooms and suites in the historic LeVeque Tower at 50 E. Broad St. in the heart of downtown in Ohio's capital city. Part of Marriott International's boutique collection of hotels, this hotel will have sweeping views of the city's skyline and a new ribbon of park land that hugs the Scioto Mile riverbank. Hotel LeVeque will occupy floors five through 10 of the 47-story Art Deco building, with a gleaming lobby welcoming guests on the first floor and a fine-dining destination restaurant occupying the second-floor mezzanine. Other floors of the building will feature residential and office space. The hotel's three meeting rooms will offer a combined total of 1,741 square feet of meeting space and accommodate up to 71 attendees. "Hotel LeVeque will shine a light on Columbus' incredible design, art and creativity, really bring- ing the spirit of the city to life for our guests," said general manager Geri Lombard. "We're looking at everything from having a local maker create a special line of soaps, lotion and amenities for our guests to working with a Columbus fashion designer to create signature staff uniform features." In addition to special locally crafted features, Hotel LeVeque is also crafting guest experiences designed to immerse them in Columbus' creative culture. Special getaway packages and offerings, such as culinary tours or a fashion immersion experience, will ensure that every hotel guest can experience the city's essence. Originally built in 1927 as the American Insurance Union Citadel, the LeVeque Tower was architect Charles Howard Crane's masterpiece and, at the time, was the tallest skyscraper between New York City and Chicago and the fifth-tallest building in the world. It became known as the Lincoln LeVeque Tower, then simply the LeVeque Tower after it was purchased in 1945. Clad in unusual terra-cotta relief tiles, the LeVeque Tower's spectacular Art Deco architecture remains the city's most recognizable feature and is among Columbus' most photographed architectural trea- sures. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cmhak- hotel-leveque-autograph-collection

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