by Agatha Gilmore | July 01, 2014
Why Here?
The Midwest is awash in new and revamped hotels. Cleveland, for example, is experiencing its first surge in new hotel development in nearly 15 years, while key property renovations in Indianapolis (above) are helping to make that storied city more attractive to planners.

INDY News Flash 
The 100-room Historic Canterbury Hotel will reopen this fall as Le Méridien Indianapolis, following a $9 million renovation that began last December. Features include a newly art-infused lobby and a roving "coffee cultural ambassador" for caffeine junkies.

This month will see the opening of Tinker Street from famed restaurateur Peter George, in the Old Northside neighborhood. The eatery will be "mostly meatless," he says.

Roll Green 
In May, Indy rolled out its first bike-share and electric car-share programs. The vehicles are available at key locations throughout the city, including the airport, convention center, hotels and more.

In Sharonville, part of the metropolitan Cincinnati area, work will soon begin on a $14 million, 120-room hotel at the Sharonville Convention Center. The center itself underwent a $25 million expansion and renovation in 2013.

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Local Update

 Columbia Sussex Corp. will spend $32.2 million to convert the historic Bartlett Building into a 312-room luxury hotel, the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel. The new property, scheduled to open this month with coveted LEED Silver status, is just four blocks from the Duke Energy Convention Center.

 In downtown, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati completed $23 million in renovations to its lobby and all 491 guest rooms last September. The extensive updates included crisp, modern design throughout the hotel, as well as the debut of the Red Roost Tavern, a new upscale farm-to-table-style restaurant.
 Two new Hilton hotels are being carved out of the historic Cincinnati Enquirer Building. A 105-room  Homewood Suites and a 144-room Hampton Inn & Suites. The project is expected to be completed by year's end.

• The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza last year completed a $10 million revamp that added new furniture and wireless Internet to the 561 guest rooms. The hotel has more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space.  

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 561-room Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 491-room Hyatt Regency Cincinnati and 456-room Westin Cincinnati. To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Convention Center: Duke Energy Convention Center; exhibit space, 750,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 30; (513) 419-7300

Airport Transit: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 13 miles from downtown. Cost by taxi to downtown, $25

Taxes: Sales tax, 6.5%; county lodging tax, 6.5%; city lodging tax, 4%; total tax on hotel rooms, 17%

Contact: CincinnatiUSA, (513) 621-2142 or (800) 543-2613



Local Update

 In the historic Arcade shopping mall, Skyline International Development Inc. has invested $6 million to renovate the 293-room Hyatt Regency. Already completed are 113 guest rooms, which now sport new fixtures and furniture. The remaining rooms will close in spring 2015 and come back online by that summer.

Meeting Hotels: Properties include the 491-room Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and 242-room Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel.

Convention Center: Cleveland Convention Center; exhibit space, 225,000 square feet; meeting rooms, 35; (216) 928-1600

Airport Transit: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nine miles from downtown. Cost by taxi to downtown, about $31

Taxes: Cuyahoga County sales tax, 8%; occupancy tax, 3%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Contact: Positively Cleveland, (800) 321-1001