The iconic LeVeque Tower is going through a change that harkens back to its former glory.
The most iconic building on the Columbus skyline: The LeVeque
The iconic LeVeque Tower is going through a change that harkens back to its former glory. Hopping aboard the trend toward boutique hotels, the new Hotel LeVeque aims to be a fresh take on luxury overnight accommodations right in the heart of Downtown Columbus. This will be the newest addition to Marriott International's boutique chain, the Autograph Collection Hotels. We got a peek inside some of their guest rooms and got to tour the space during a media tour Jan. 12.
The first thing you notice in the lobby is the 800-pound gold, abstract sculpture repelling from the ceiling. There is a Starbucks to your left and a check-in desk to your right (which was being installed while we were there).
There will be 149 guest rooms between floors 5 through 10 inside the 47-floor skyscraper . Rooms will be offered in 15 different layouts, complete with luxury furnishings, Smart TVs and Bluetooth keyless entry in each. The hotel will also offer a full service in-house spa, a first among Columbus hotels. The remaining floors of the building will be reserved for newly remodeled office and residential space, which we were not able to see during the tour.
A glimpse inside one of the standard king rooms at the Hotel LeVeque
Steeped in history, the LeVeque was built in 1927 and at the time was the fifth tallest building in the world, and the tallest between New York City and Chicago. At it's opening, the tower held 600 hotel rooms to accompany the 400 that were in the then-attached Deshler Hotel, now the One Columbus building, on the corner of Broad and High streets. The terra cotta art deco-style of the building's exterior has stood the test of time, making it unique on the Columbus skyline.
In addition to the buildings new plans for the interior, the hotel has partnered with a local small business owner , Jared Friesner, to create the LeVeque's own original scent. Friesner's brand, Cliff Original, a Columbus-based all-natural grooming product line developed around a signature scented candle that will burn throughout the hotel. Soaps, shampoos and conditioners will also have the same unique scent, consisting of lavender and bergamot. Additionally, they've brought in Columbus fashion designer Liz Bourgeois to create a one-of-a-kind uniform for the hotel's employees.
On the mezzanine there will an upscale restaurant and bar/lounge area that will be open to the public as well as the building's residents and guests. The Keep will feature French-American cuisine and a prohibition-style speakeasy-themed atmosphere. The mezzanine and second floor will also include 1,800 square feet divided among three event spaces, which can be used for business or corporate meetings or private gatherings.
Hotel LeVeque is slated to open to the public on February 15.
Photos by Rob Hardin