Le Meridien Breaks Ground on New Hotel in Arts District of Columbus
Slated to Debut in Early 2015, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, to be located in the City’s Short North
Le Méridien Columbus will feature a full-service restaurant, signature bar, two deluxe spa suites, and 1,200 square foot 24-hour fitness center. The hotel will be equipped with nearly 8,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space, perfect for social occasions and business functions.
"Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph is an exciting addition to Columbus and the Short North Arts District," said Joel S. Pizzuti, president of The Pizzuti Companies. "As part of our overall Joseph development, which also includes a mix of office, retail, parking and art exhibition space, the new Le Méridien hotel will further establish the Short North as the place to be in Columbus."
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph will feature a two-story signature Le Méridien Hub™ experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate, and exchange. The Le Méridien Columbus Hub will offer both guests and locals a creative atmosphere where contemporary, curated artwork from the famed Pizzuti Collection will set the environment. Le Méridien Hub further builds on the brand's award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas to reset the mind and stimulate dialogue and curiosity; the sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, creating a unique and distinctive atmosphere; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring LM100 ™ artist designed key card collections that not only offer access to the guestroom but also to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack.
"We are delighted to partake in the creation of this modern classic design experience in Columbus, the fourth Le Méridien branded hotel in our portfolio," said Paul Wischermann, President of Wischermann Partners. "The Short North is the perfect setting, where Starwood's most loyal guests will be invited to discover, explore and engage with the local cultural scene."
Le Méridien Columbus will anchor a highly anticipated, new mixed-use Joseph development complex that is slated to open in 2014 and will include a six-story, cubist-inspired office building with 60,000 square feet of premium office and retail space, a 313-space parking garage adjacent to the office building, and the Pizzuti Collection, which houses the contemporary art collection of Ron Pizzuti, founder and CEO of The Pizzuti Companies, and will open September 7, 2013. Pizzuti announced in July that women's apparel and accessory retailer Anthropologie will occupy approximately 9,800 square feet on the first two floors of the office/retail building.
Located at 620 North High Street, Le Méridien Columbus will be one block north of the Columbus Convention Center and within walking distance to the art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and nightclubs of the Short North. The hotel will also offer close proximity to The Ohio State University campus and the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Healthcare and the Limited Brands.
About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood's then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA). For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com or www.facebook.com/lemeridien. Follow @lemerdienhotels on Instagram.
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