McCarten designs The Westin Cleveland Downtown

Sage Hospitality and Optima Fund Management announced that The Westin Cleveland Downtown is scheduled to open in Spring 2014 after the completion of a $64-million renovation.

The contemporary 484 room hotel is located in Cleveland’s downtown financial district, adjacent to the new Cleveland Convention Center and Medical Mart, steps from Brown’s Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Ohio-based Marous Brothers Construction, design/builder on the project, began remodeling the property in December, with the plans including the renovation of all public areas, event space and guestrooms. The new exterior façade will have metal panels and LED lighting that rotates through a range of colors. Once completed, the hotel – which is expected to earn LEED certification – will include a fitness center, a business center and a Starbucks.

Designed by McCarten, a New York-based design firm, the property will offer a natural light throughout and use patina wood, leather and steel in its construction.


The property’s 484 guestrooms – many of which offer Lake Erie views – will have Westin’s signature Heavenly in-room amenities, including the Westin Heavenly Bed and a bathroom, along with a sectional sofa, an ergonomic work space and wireless Internet.

Sage is working with Cleveland’s LAND Studio to commission more than 1,000 pieces by local artists that reflect the nature of Cleveland. The art will hang throughout the hotel, including a major sculpture above the main entrance.

The Westin Cleveland Downtown will offer 20,000 square feet of flexible event space that can be divided into 20 separate rooms, including a 9,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom connected to the floor above by a glass staircase.

Adjacent to the hotel will be a farm to table steakhouse. Denver-based Sage Restaurant Group and restaurateur Peter Karpinski will introduce Urban Farmer – Cleveland’s Steakhouse to the local community. This will be the second outpost of their Urban Farmer in Portland, OR, which focuses on serving local, organically sourced food from the regions farmers, ranchers and foragers.

The Westin Cleveland Downtown is located at 777 St. Claire Ave. NE in Cleveland.


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