Local honeymoon suites, packages to make your perfect day complete
This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in June 2018.
You're sweaty, tired and your ears may even be ringing a little, but this is your wedding night and you want it to be as memorable as the whirlwind day that preceded it. That's why selecting the right place to spend your first night as a married couple should not be an afterthought.
“Couples spend so much time planning their wedding and catering to the needs of family and friends, and oftentimes booking their own room is one of the last things on their list,” says Austin Ackerson, sales manager for Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph.
Don't let that be you; read on for a look at what some Central Ohio hotels and inns are doing to pamper newlyweds on their wedding nights.
The Buxton Inn
This historic 26-room inn on Granville's main street provides one of its largest and best rooms to couples who book a full-service wedding at the property.
“The one that is most used for honeymooners is our Granger Suite,” says general manager Jennifer Valenzuela.
This first-floor king suite features a marble walk-in shower, 500-thread-count sheets, hardwood floors and a decorative fireplace.
“Every room at the Buxton is different,” Valenzuela says, noting that some overlook the courtyard's flower gardens while others have a private porch or balcony.
Couples can add locally made chocolates, a bottle of wine or a cheese board to their wedding suite package as well.
“The inn is very private, because it is not set up in the traditional way a hotel is,” she says. “The rooms are in historical homes that have been converted into hotel rooms. People are always amazed, because honestly there is no comparison. Why not experience something different?”
Hilton Columbus Downtown
At the ultra-modern Hilton Columbus Downtown, great views can be had inside and out. The hotel's location—at the nexus of the Short North, Arena District and Downtown—affords sweeping views of those neighborhoods from its upper floors. And quality, contemporary art throughout the public spaces and in the rooms provides visual interest even when the skies are gloomy.
Couples who host their wedding at the hotel receive an upgrade to a deluxe suite, along with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries (or another favorite snack) and turndown service, says marketing manager Presley Patterson. The suites also include a king bed, separate lounge area, wet bar, blackout curtains, glass-enclosed shower and additional half bathroom. And the art you'll find inside? It's all commissioned from Ohio artists.
For extra accoutrements, book a room on the executive level to gain access to an exclusive lounge, which offers continental breakfast and evening snacks and beverages.
Giving newlyweds room to unwind after their big day is one of the goals at Hilton Columbus/Polaris.
Those who hold their reception there receive a complimentary, 520-square-foot king suite with a parlor and extra-large shower for their wedding night.
“You're going to be down in the ballroom until midnight, so it feels good to have a little space to relax for the night,” says Lauren Hayes, catering manager. “I love that we give not only a room, but one of the nicest rooms we have as a thank-you for inviting their friends and family to enjoy their night with us. It's always received extremely well.”
The Hilton also sends up Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries or some other “good-night” gift for the couple, she adds.
A couple's massage in the on-site Papillon Day Spa can also be added to the newlywed package, Hayes says, as can late check-out and a farewell brunch.
“We do the brunches in a private space, so you don't have to have breakfast with other overnight guests getting in the way of your family time,” she says. “We want to make sure we're giving them the best experience possible.”
Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph
A large soaking tub, along with a pair of posh bathrobes and a bottle of Champagne, highlight the complimentary executive king suite available to couples who have their reception at Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph.
“The suite also offers floor-to-ceiling windows,” says sales manager Austin Ackerson, adding that the hotel's spa suite is available for brides and their 'maids to get ready on the wedding day.
The spa suite is a unique space within the hotel that allows for customized spa treatments in a private setting. It features a stone-tiled rain shower, a mirrored wall with spa chairs and candles, plus a heated mosaic chaise lounge overlooking the Short North. The suite can be rented for a minimum of four hours for $400 and includes two bottles of bubbly, but is not an overnight sleeping room.
Couples who have their reception in another location, but want to spend their wedding night at The Joseph, also can get pampered.
“We offer a romance package including a Champagne toast at check-in and a rose petal turndown with chocolate,” Ackerson says.
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
No request is too small if it will make a wedding night complete for couples hosting their receptions at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center.
“We can have their dinner from the wedding reception brought to their suite and put in a warmer box because, a lot of times, the couple doesn't have time to eat at their own reception,” says Bryan Wright, director of catering. “We recently had a wedding where the groom absolutely loved mac 'n' cheese, but the bride refused to have it at the reception, so she arranged for us to have a huge family-style serving of it waiting in the room for him. The options are endless.”
Nationwide also provides newlyweds with a complimentary overnight suite with some bubbly and chocolate-covered strawberries.
“It's always a pleasant surprise [for the couple] when that little detail is covered for the night,” Wright says. “And with our 15-acre campus and all the greenspace, it's a nice getaway that's still centrally located.”
No matter where couples opt to spend their first night as newlyweds, Wright suggests selecting a spot that will be memorable for years to come.
“Every venue is different,” he says. “Just find somewhere with character or somewhere that's meaningful to you.”