New boutique hotel opens in iconic Columbus landmark.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hotel LeVeque opened its doors on March 24 in downtown Columbus, greeting guests with a modern, starry take on the sophistication of the building’s art deco pedigree. An Autograph Collection property, the 149-room boutique hotel is located in the LeVeque Tower and features dramatic period architecture that has been the most iconic star on the Columbus horizon since the historic tower opened in 1927 as the nation’s fifth largest building.
This one-of-a-kind hotel, with its sweeping views of the Columbus skyline and the new the Scioto Mile riverbank, will occupy floors five through 10 of the striking 47-story tower. Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc. owns and operates Hotel LeVeque under a partnership agreement with Robert J. Meyers and Don Casto of Tower 10.
“Bringing this incredible architectural treasure back as a beacon of hospitality was a natural fit for our depth of expertise in adaptive reuse,” said First Hospitality Group CEO Bob Habeeb. “In a city that’s grabbling international attention for its outstanding arts, culture, fashion and culinary offerings, Hotel LeVeque will be an exciting part of that cultural experience for guests.”
Hotel LeVeque has curated a gracious guest experience that reflects the Columbus’ creative and fashionable maker spirit. Hotel staff uniforms were created by a local fashion designer and shampoo, soaps and other amenities were handmade by a Columbus craftsman from all-natural, local ingredients.
A welcome that’s “exactly like nothing else” has been carefully designed for Hotel LeVeque guests. On the first night of their stay, they’ll be invited to enjoy a starry night in the hotel’s gleaming lobby. As Hotel LeVeque’s mammoth sculptural chandelier dims, a twinkling star patterns will spark across the ceiling, enhancing the hotel’s celestial theme. Guests will receive a welcome cocktail and a special quote designed to inspire meaningful memories, along with a special invitation to enjoy a themed cocktail menu that awaits them in the LeVeque bar, The Keep.
While guests relax and socialize in The Keep, or enjoy a night on the town, Hotel LeVeque staff will execute a special turndown. Guests will be inspired as they return to their room at night to find the lamps are darkened and a starry nightlight glittering against the guestroom ceiling, complete with shooting stars, familiar constellations and the Milky Way. Motion graphics will drift dreamily across their TV, accompanied by a series of starry, inspirational quotes. A turndown card will be tucked alongside specialty treats, one sweet and one savory, crafted by a talented local pastry chef.
“We’ve created a graceful good night that will help our guests relax an unwind as they escape the frenetic pace of daily living,” said Hotel LeVeque General Manager Geri Lombard. “Hotel LeVeque is part of Marriott International's boutique collection of hotels, each carefully selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details that embody a unique sense of place. The Starry Night Experience at Hotel LeVeque will bring that to life for our guests.”
Originally built in 1927 as the American Insurance Union Citadel, the LeVeque Tower was architect Charles Howard Crane’s masterpiece. At the time, the LeVeque Tower was the tallest skyscraper between New York City and Chicago, and the fifth tallest building in the world. It was home to the graceful Deshler Wallick Hotel and later became known as the Lincoln LeVeque Tower, then simply the LeVeque Tower after its purchase 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 and revered architectural treasures. Illuminating the night skyline as a soaring tower bathed in light, its architectural beauty is carefully preserved and highlighted in elegant design by Columbus-based Schooley Caldwell architects.
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About First Hospitality Group
First Hospitality Group, Inc. (FHG) is a leading hotel management, acquisition and development company with more than 30 years of award-winning experience. FHG’s unique people-driven professional culture fosters a team of highly skilled and motivated hospitality experts who consistently deliver outstanding property level performance, as well as memorable and engaging guest experiences. Headquartered in Chicago, FHG’s portfolio features 19 brands and 42 properties throughout the Midwest. Recognized in Forbes America’s Best Midsize Employers 2016, FHG received a #28 ranking out of the 250 best midsize employers in the country, #1 in the travel category, and #3 amongst all of America’s best travel companies. For more information, visit, www.fhginc.com. Follow FHG on Facebook at FHGinc and Twitter at FHGroup_Inc.
About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 100 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Instagram Twitter Facebook.
About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Guadalajara, Mexico; Panama City, Panama; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Santa Fe, Argentina, and Sanya, China. Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 28 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com