Hilton Cleveland Downtown

Why here?
Cleveland has seen some dramatic changes over the past several years, thanks to more than $3.5 billion in tourism-related infrastructure completed or underway since 2011 in the city and surrounding county. The new 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown (pictured) opened in June.

• The Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square recently updated all of its 205 guest rooms, along with adding an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a fitness center and a sauna.

• The 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown, in the Historic Gateway district, has wrapped up a $12 million renovation that refreshed all guest rooms and all 3,000 square feet of meeting space.

The InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Presidential and Ambassador suites, which now meet the latest U.S. Secret Service lodging requirements.


Local Update
 The 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown opened on June 1 in a gleaming 32-story tower on the shore of Lake Erie. The convention hotel connects to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and is adjacent to the Global Center for Health Innovation. The Silver LEED-certified building is designed to fill many of the guest rooms and meeting rooms with natural light and offer impressive views of the lakefront. The hotel has more than 50,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,778-square-foot grand ballroom.

 The Drury Plaza Hotel debuted in April in the renovated historic Cleveland Board of Education Building -- the result of a three-year, $52 million project. The 189-room hotel provides 3,900 square feet of meeting and event space, plus an on-site restaurant, the Teacher's Lounge. The stately marble-lined, two-story lobby features large Depression-era murals themed around education.

 The 166-room Residence Inn Cleveland Avon at the Emerald Event Center debuted in March of this year. Near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the hotel offers spacious suites with kitchen areas. The connected Emerald Event Center has 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 7,000-square-foot main function room that can accommodate 500 to 700 people.   

 In May, the Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic opened for business on the clinic's campus in the thriving University Circle neighborhood. The modern 276-room property offers another lodging option for families visiting the clinic and attendees of events in the surrounding area. The hotel has 1,300 square feet of meeting space.

 The Flats East Bank complex is in the midst of a multiyear, $750 million rejuvenation project. Phase II of the project added a wooden boardwalk alongside the Cuyahoga River and a wealth of dining and entertainment venues. The next phase will see the addition of a movie theater, retail outlets and as many as 100 new residences. No timeline has been set for planned Phase III developments.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recently opened a new outdoor plaza, complete with a stage, a café and a beer garden. It's just the first phase of updates to be rolled out at the venue.

The Buckeye State's first Kimpton -- the 122-room Kimpton Schofield Hotel -- debuted in March. Occupying the repurposed 1902 Schofield Building, the property offers 3,800 square feet of meeting space and a 120-seat modern American restaurant, Parker's Downtown.

Meeting Hotels: Among properties with ample meeting space in the downtown district are the 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown; 491-room Renaissance Cleveland Hotel; 484-room Westin Cleveland Downtown; 400-room Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center; 379-room DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown-Lakeside; 269-room Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade; 240-room Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown; 205-room Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland; 205-room Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square; 189-room Drury Plaza Hotel; 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown; and 156-room Metropolitan at the 9, Autograph Collection.

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

Airport Transit: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, about nine miles southwest of the downtown area. Transfer cost by taxi, approximately $16 to $20 to downtown. Limousine service must be arranged in advance; for a list of licensed providers, click here.

Taxes: Room tax, 8.5%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16.5%

Group Venue: The home to Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field debuted $30 million in updates for this season. Among the many improvements is the new Infiniti Club that sits behind home plate; it's an upscale lounge with great field views and is available for private events. Among other ballpark venue options are two other clubs, and even the field can be rented for a catered gala -- on non-game days, of course.

Contact:Destination Cleveland, (800) 321-1001