Looking for a swank hotel when staying in Ohio? Starwood Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, in Ohio. Owned by The Pizzuti Companies and operated by Wischermann Partners, the new-build hotel will be located in the Short North Arts District, the city’s cultural center.
Le Méridien Columbus is slated to open in early 2015, and today’s ground-breaking ceremony, attended by representatives from Pizzuti, Starwood, and Wischermann Partners, marked the start of construction for not only Le Méridien Columbus but also the office and retail building and parking garage that make up Pizzuti’s The Joseph mixed-use development project.
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 be close to The Ohio State University campus and the corporate headquarters of Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Healthcare and the Limited Brands.
The hotel will have a full-service restaurant, signature bar, two spa suites, and 1,200 square foot 24-hour fitness center. For meetings and events, the new Méridien will have nearly 8,000 square feet of space that can be used for social occasions and business functions.
Le Méridien Columbus will be the centerpiece of a new mixed-use development complex that is slated to open in 2014 and will include 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. Good to know for shopping fans: Pizzuti announced last month that women’s apparel and accessory retailer Anthropologie will have a store on the first two floors of the office/retail building.