Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened the Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, located in Downtown Columbus at 620 North High Street, in the Short North Arts District.
Owned and developed by The Pizzuti Companies and managed by Wischermann Partners, the new 10-story hotel was designed by Miami-based firm Arquitectonica to complement the historical aesthetic of Columbus’ Short North neighborhood.
Le Méridien is set to open more than 10 hotels around the world in 2015.
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph has 135 guestrooms, including 10 Executive Suites, two Spa Suites and a Presidential Suite. The hotel also offers nearly 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space (including the Michael B. Coleman Grand Ballroom, hosting up to 250 guests); Columbus’ new lounge, Soul; and a 24-hour fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Short North and Downtown Columbus.
The hotel’s two-story lobby follows the design principles of the brand’s Le Méridien Hub, blending art, design and architecture while including pieces by international artists KAWS, Rob Wynne, Nari Ward and Fred Wilson throughout the bar and reception areas. Towering columns reach from the ground floor lobby to the second floor gallery and event reception space, offering a selection of artwork curated especially for the hotel and on loan from the private art collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti. Hallways boast wallpaper designed exclusively by Brooklyn artist Almond Zigmund, while the three event spaces feature the art of their namesakes, Ohio artists Aminah Robinson, Denny Griffith and Ann Hamilton .
The Pizzuti family commissioned more than 31 new pieces of art from 15 Ohio artists for use in the hotel’s guestrooms, hallways and lounges. Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph also collaborated with the Pizzuti Collection to offer guests – through the use of their room keycard – access to the Pizzuti Collection’s exhibitions and events near the hotel.
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph is also home to restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s The Guild House. The restaurant seats more than 140 guests, including unique dining spaces, a full-service bar and private dining room.
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph anchors a mixed-use development complex that includes The Offices at The Joseph, a six-story cubist-inspired building with 60,000 square feet of office and retail space, a 318-space parking garage adjacent to the office building, and the Pizzuti Collection, a nonprofit exhibition space dedicated to the public presentation of contemporary art from the collection of Ron and Ann Pizzuti.
PHOTOS FROM LE MÉRIDIEN COLUMBUS, THE JOSEPH