A new, 28-story tower has debuted at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, 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, celebrates its grand opening today.
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 has three ballrooms in total, ranging from 10,000 to 15,000 square feet, as well as 40 meeting and breakout rooms.
The hotel's main entrance and lobby are now in the new tower, and with the opening the property now showcases a $7 million art collection.
The addition is home to four new food-and-beverage outlets, most notably the new signature restaurant, FYR. The centerpiece of the two-story eatery, accessible from High Street, is its wood-fired grill; the kitchen offers a menu of American specialities with a Latin influence and locally sourced ingredients, cooked over an open flame.
The lobby-level Spark serves lighter fare along with a full bar menu, while the Market Supply Co. is the grab-and-go option, also on the lobby level. All of the restaurants are helmed by executive chef Sebastian LaRocca, who has relocated from Costa Rica and previously worked alongside Jamie Oliver at Barbecoa London when the restaurant earned a Michelin star.
The 28th-floor Stories on High, an upscale rooftop lounge that will open soon, will provide panoramic views of downtown Columbus as well as an extensive menu of cocktails and small plates. It will be the tallest rooftop bar in the city.