New Hilton breaks into Cleveland's hotel scene

(Hilton Cleveland Downtown)

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown is officially opened to the public. The 600-room hotel is located on Lakeside Avenue in downtown Cleveland, connects to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and is adjacent to the Global Center for Health Innovation.

“The opening of Hilton Cleveland Downtown signifies not only a historic occasion for the city of Cleveland, but for Hilton Hotels & Resorts,” said Shawn McAteer, VP, global brand management, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “This is the first hotel for Hilton Worldwide’s flagship brand in Cleveland, opening as this city continues to transform into a must-visit destination. The hotel’s sleek, contemporary design embodies a new era of Hilton hotels and represents our future.”

The project is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Council, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council and the City of Cleveland. Hilton Hotels & Resorts will operate the hotel and provide day-to-day operations support, including sales, marketing and customer service.

“Today marks the opening of this exciting addition to Cleveland, a reflection of the hard work and determination of this community and the hotel’s more than 350 team members,” said Teri Agosta, GM, Hilton Cleveland Downtown. “With all of the energy and buzz surrounding this city, we could not think of a better place to be right now.” Agosta continued, “We have assembled a top-notch best-in-class staff and look forward to welcoming locals and travelers alike to this impressive hotel.”

The 32-floors hotel overlooks Lake Erie, and was designed by architectural firm Cooper Carry. The silver LEED Certified building incorporates sustainably-minded features such as smart thermometers and occupancy sensors.

Onsite amenities include an indoor pool and fitness room on the sixth level, as well as Hilton Fitness Guestrooms with in-room yoga and/or cardio and strength training setups. Exclusively commissioned artwork of Cleveland landmarks and monuments are located in guestrooms and throughout the hotel, including a collage comprised of 2,800 selfies submitted by Cleveland residents to create a mosaic depiction of the Cleveland skyline. The hotel also has a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Suite, which was designed in collaboration with the Cleveland-based museum. The hotel is also equipped with a business center, in-room Wi-Fi, in-room dining and laundry valet.

The hotel also has more than 50,000 square feet of function space, including a 20,778-square-foot Grand Ballroom and a 15,729-square-foot Junior Ballroom. The third and fifth floors also offer banquet space.