We go behind the scenes at the still-under-construction hotel inside the quintessential building.

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 inside the historic building aims to be a fresh take on luxury overnight accommodations right in the heart of Downtown. This will be the newest addition to Marriott International’s boutique chain, the Autograph Collection Hotels. We peeked inside some of their guest rooms and toured the space during a media tour Jan. 12.

The first thing you notice in the lobby is the 800-pound, gold abstract sculpture hanging 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).

The 47-floor skyscraper will house 149 guest rooms on floors five through 10. Rooms will be offered in 15 different layouts; all will feature luxury furnishings, smart TVs and Bluetooth keyless entry. The hotel also will offer a full-service in-house spa.

Hotel LeVeque’s prime Downtown location will be ideal for out-of-town wedding guests or even your wedding party, especially if your wedding is at a Downtown venue that doesn’t offer on-site accommodations. The spa gives you the option to have a pamper session the night before your big day. (Which we fully recommend, by the way!)

The mezzanine level will have an upscale restaurant and bar/lounge area that will be open to the public, as well as the building’s residents and guests. Dubbed The Keep, it will feature French-American cuisine and a Prohibition-style, speakeasy-themed atmosphere. The mezzanine and second floor also will include three event spaces totaling 1,800 square feet, which can be used for meetings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or even an intimate wedding reception for about 50 people (depending on your seating arrangement).

Steeped in history, the LeVeque was built in 1927; at the time, it 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 building’s art deco exterior has stood the test of time, making it unique in the Columbus skyline.

Hotel LeVeque is slated to open to the public on Feb. 15.