What’s up and coming in Ohio

This state is on fire.

Ohio is a state known for its six U.S. presidents, its universities, and the Reds and the Bengals. The Cincinnati metropolitan area extends into Kentucky and Indiana, while the Steubenville metropolitan area extends into West Virginia. The Toledo metropolitan area extends into Michigan, and the Youngstown metropolitan area extends into Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, the state is also on the shortlist for Amazon HQ2. And regardless of what happens on that front, Ohio is definitely riding high on the hotel development front.

In an exclusive report shared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, there are 30 projects and 4,232 rooms in the pipeline forecast for Ohio. Among the state’s cities, Columbus tops the list, followed by Cincinnati and Cleveland. Twenty-two projects are first class/four-star properties, while eight are luxury/five-star properties.

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The 163-room AC by Marriott Columbus opens in Q4/2018. The hotel would include a first-floor bar and restaurant, plus more than 5,000 square feet for a commercial tenant. The top floor would have a large outdoor terrace. The 511 Park Street property will be the second for the AC brand in the area after the one at Riverside Drive in Dublin.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macedonia

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macedonia Ohio Rendering courtesy of Rama Tika Management

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macedonia Ohio is being developed by Rama Tika Management/Oakwood Hospitality. The three-story, 84-unit, all-suite hotel owned by Oakwood Hospitality is set to open in Q1/2019.

The Graduate Columbus is opening in the spring of 2019. Owned by AJ Capital Partners, the hotel brand famous for its properties across college towns, will open at the site of the Bollinger Tower. According to columbusnavigator.com, “The Graduate Hotel Columbus will have 171 rooms, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and two food & beverage outlets. Additionally, the ground floor of the hotel will offer retail space along N High Street.”

Aloft Columbus is also opening in Q1/2019. The boutique hotel is coming up on a 2.9 acre space. Located at 1299 Olentangy River Road, the 135-room project includes two levels of structured parking, shared common areas on the third floor, and two separate hotel towers on the floors above. It will also have the xyz bar. The brand opened their first hotel in Westerville earlier this year. According to columbusunderground.com there are speculations of a third Aloft opening, too, in Central Ohio at the Easton Town Center. This would be the fourth hotel at the Center. “We chose the South State Street Corridor to be strategically placed for commuters traveling I-270,” said Robby Ryan, general manager at Aloft in the report. Aloft Columbus is being developed by Indus Hotels.

Indus Hotels is also developing the 168-room Canopy by Hilton which is scheduled to open in Q1/2019. The hotel will replace a two-story site that served as the headquarters of HER realtors. The property will provide a comfortable stay for guests in search of thoughtful local experiences in Columbus’ vibrant Short North–Arena District neighborhood. The hotel will offer innovative, flexible meeting space with an adjacent board room and elevated outdoor terrace. “The Columbus Short North Arts District’s thriving but colorful personality is a perfect fit for Canopy by Hilton,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton.

Canopy by Hilton

Canopy by Hilton Rendering courtesy of Indus Hotels

Curio by Hilton Hall of Fame Hotel Canton, the 243-key football-themed property, will include a grand lobby that will serve as the “living room” for Hall of Fame Village with 40-foot ceilings, a fireplace, oversized furniture, and technology incorporated to accommodate huge projection screens. A VIP perch and meeting space will overlook the lobby. The ballroom will allow for 600 people for dinner and also include breakout meeting rooms. The project is set to open in Q2/2019. Investors believe these efforts will catapult the center, built in 1963, into becoming a theme park destination of the future, welcoming NFL fans and players alike: “A Disney World of Football,” according to the developers, Industrial Realty Group.

Moxy Hotels Columbus Short North is projected to open at the corner of the Hubbard and High in Short North by early 2018. This is the former site of the sushi restaurant Haiku. The Marriott hotel brand is part of an office-and-lodging project at 800 North High Street. It is being developed by Crawford Hoying, a real estate company based in Dublin, which acquired the land for $4.1 million in 2016, according to columbusnavigator.com. To maximize the development on the tight urban site, a valetonly garage will pack 143 cars onto one-anda- half floors utilizing a combination of lifts for increased efficiency. Covered queuing and valet lobby will make parking at 800 North High convenient for all visitors.

800 North High

800 North High Image courtesy of Crawford Hoying

A new Hampton Inn is under construction at the corner of Broadway and 12th street in downtown Columbus. President of Pezold Management, Jack Pezold, said, “After a series of stops and starts, Pezold Companies is now ready to move forward with plans for a new downtown Columbus Hampton Inn,” in a February report by Ledger-Enquirer. The site was formerly occupied by Aaron’s Rents and Phenix Finance. The hotel will have 88 hotel rooms, an indoor pool, and feature Hampton’s newest exterior design. There is no confirmation on the opening date yet.

There are also speculations of a boutique hotel opening at the historic German Village. According to Columbus Underground, “A proposal was recently submitted to the Historic Review Commission for conceptual review, which could bring a new hotel building to Livingston Avenue if approved. The plan calls for the construction of a fivestory building at 33 East Livingston Avenue that would house 129 guest rooms.”

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Gervasi Vineyard announced that a distillery and boutique hotel are underway in Canton, with the two new buildings situated on the south end of the 55-acre estate. The boutique hotel, The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard, will be built immediately behind the cleverly named distillery, The Still House. This project is scheduled for completion later this year or early in 2019, according to CantonRep.com.

The Still House

The Still House Rendering courtesy of the The Casa at Gervasi Vineyard

The 18,000-square-foot single-story luxury hotel will host 24 large, luxurious suites. This Tuscan paradise features mission décor, including off-white stucco with a dark roof, wood accents, and wrought iron.

The Casa will offer a shared lobby exercise facility for Gervasi guests. Lavish guest suites will showcase high end amenities and features. In addition, each guest suite will have a covered veranda with a direct view of―and access to―a private courtyard and pond with beautiful gardens. Guests may order Gervasi wines, specialty foods, and flowers to be delivered to their room.

AC by Marriott Pinecrest Orange is scheduled to open this spring. The 145-room hotel will provide luxurious and contemporary boutique hotel hospitality to overnight guests wanting to relax and recharge for multi-day business trips or for an extended stay mixing business with leisure. According to construction management company Cleveland Construction, “The hotel will be centrally located in the upscale Pinecrest development, that will feature 400,000 square feet of retail on 58 acres. The new boutique hotel, an 81,280-square foot, 145-room hotel will feature clean, simple, and crisp lines, combined with a sophisticated European style and a modern feel.”

AC by Marriott Pinecrest Orange

AC by Marriott Pinecrest Orange Rendering courtesy of DelMonte Hotel Group

The Lytle Park Hotel, an Autograph Collection is currently under redevelopment. The historic building built in 1909 will have 106 rooms and is scheduled to open this year.

The Lytle Park Hotel

The Lytle Park Hotel Rendering courtesy of Winegardner & Hammons

The hotel is being managed by Winegardner & Hammons.

The Kimpton Hotel is anticipated to have a 2019 opening. The hotel will give new life to downtown Cincinnati’s historic Traction Building. It will feature 153 rooms, a signature restaurant, rooftop bar, fitness center, and nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space. “The building’s 1902 elegance will be well preserved, with some modern Kimpton moxie infused into the design,” according to the hotel blog.

Hampton Inn & Suites Xenia Dayton is expected to open by December 15 this year. The hotel is currently accepting reservations. The 88-room hotel is located off of US-35, just minutes from Wright-Patt AFB, The Greene, and historic downtown Xenia.

The Cincinnatian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is currently under renovation. It is currently accepting reservations starting from July 1, 2018. The building first opened in 1882. Formerly “The Palace” and a landmark among the Historic Hotels of America, The Cincinnatian Hotel blends French Second Empire style with today’s amenities.

Image courtesy of The Cincinnatian Hotel

Image courtesy of The Cincinnatian Hotel

The state is soaring high with redevelopment and newer brands coming in.

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By Dhwani Pathak Dave