Hotel LeVeque opened its doors on March 24 in downtown Columbus, greeting guests with a modern, starry take on the sophistication of the building’s art deco pedigree. Part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Hotel LeVeque joins the distinguished portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels around the world that are exactly like nothing else. Bringing the brand’s values of vision, design and craft to Columbus, the esteemed hotel marks the collection’s second hotel in Ohio.
With its sweeping views of the Columbus skyline and the new the Scioto Mile riverbank, the 149-room boutique hotel occupies floors five through 10 of the striking and iconic LeVeque Tower - the most iconic star on the Columbus horizon since the historic tower opened in 1927 as the nation’s fifth largest building. Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc. owns and operates Hotel LeVeque under a partnership agreement with Robert J. Meyers and Don Casto of Tower 10.
The hotel’s dramatic period architecture sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind arrival experience. On the first night of their stay, guests will be invited to enjoy a starry night in the hotel’s gleaming lobby, as the hotel’s mammoth sculptural chandelier dims, twinkling star patterns spark across the ceiling. Guests will receive a welcome cocktail and a special quote designed to inspire meaningful memories, along with a special invitation to enjoy a themed cocktail menu that awaits them in the Hotel LeVeque bar, The Keep. The experience continues when guests return to their room to find starry nightlight glittering against the dimly lit ceiling, as well as a turndown card tucked alongside specialty treats, one sweet and one savory, crafted by a talented local pastry chef.
“We’ve created a graceful good night that will help our guests relax and unwind as they escape the frenetic pace of daily living,” said Geri Lombard, General Manager, Hotel LeVeque. “Hotel LeVeque is part of Autograph Collection Hotel’s distinct portfolio of strikingly independent hotels, each carefully selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details that embody a unique sense of place. The Starry Night Experience at Hotel LeVeque will bring that to life for our guests.”
Originally built in 1927 as the American Insurance Union Citadel, the LeVeque Tower was architect Charles Howard Crane’s masterpiece. At the time, the LeVeque Tower was the tallest skyscraper between New York City and Chicago, and the fifth tallest building in the world. It was home to the graceful Deshler Wallick Hotel and later became known as the Lincoln LeVeque Tower, then simply the LeVeque Tower after its purchase in 1945. Clad in unusual terra cotta relief tiles, the LeVeque Tower's spectacular art deco architecture remains the city's most recognizable feature and is among Columbus' most photographed and revered architectural treasures. Illuminating the night skyline as a soaring tower bathed in light, its architectural beauty is carefully preserved and highlighted in elegant design by Columbus-based Schooley Caldwell architects.
For more information about Hotel LeVeque and Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com.