by Michael J. Shapiro | August 15, 2019
The 532-room Hilton Columbus Downtown has broken ground on a new tower that, when complete, will make the convention property the largest hotel in Ohio. The new, 463-room tower, which will add 47,000 square feet of meeting space to the existing facility, is slated to debut in 2022. At that point, the Hilton will offer 1,000 rooms (some current rooms will be reconfigured) and 79,000 square feet of meeting space in total - as well as direct access to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, which exists already in the form of an enclosed skybridge. 
"The addition of the tower to the Hilton Columbus Downtown will allow Columbus to attract new meetings and events business," noted Don Brown, executive director of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. "With the additional hotel inventory, we'll be able to host high-profile, national events that will continue to highlight Columbus as a top destination."

All of the property's new meeting rooms will feature natural light, and much of the new space promises flexible layouts as well as interactive kitchens that can be integrated into the general event agenda.

The new hotel tower promises to be a destination for the local community as well as hotel guests: Four new food-and-beverage outlets will include a new lobby bar and rooftop bar; a wood-burning, open-fire concept restaurant, and a new grab-and-go market connected to the convention center. A green roof will serve as home to urban beehives as well as Chef Bill Glover's garden, which will provide fresh, seasonal ingredients to the on-site restaurants.

In addition to the convenience offered by its proximity to the convention center, the hotel is within walking distance to more than 300 dining and entertainment venues in and around the Short North Arts District. The hotel will remain open throughout the new tower's construction.