The Hilton Columbus Downtown is putting the final touches on a new 28-story tower, giving the property a total of 1,000 guest rooms and making it Ohio's largest hotel. The expansion, which accounts for more than half of the total room count, could open for business as soon as this week.
The property should be of special interest to large groups, as it is connected directly to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. An additional 75,000 square feet of its own meeting space is available, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom.
The hotel will soon offer four new food-and-beverage outlets, most notably the new signature restaurant, FYR. The centerpiece of the two-story venue, accessible from High Street, will be its wood-fired grill; the kitchen will offer a menu of specialities cooked over an open flame.
The 28th-floor Stories on High, an upscale rooftop lounge, will provide panoramic views of downtown Columbus as well as an extensive menu of cocktails and small plates. The lobby-level Spark will serve lighter fare along with a full bar menu, while the Market Supply Co. will be the grab-and-go option, also on the lobby level. All of the restaurants will be helmed by executive chef Sebastian LaRocca, who worked alongside Jamie Oliver at Barbecoa London when the restaurant earned a Michelin star.