Le Méridien Opens in Downtown Columbus

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide continues to expand its Le Méridien hotel brand across the United States: Last week, Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph opened in downtown Columbus, OH, marking the brand's Ohio debut.

"Le Méridien is off to another great year of accelerated growth, set to open more than 10 hotels around the world in 2015," said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader of Starwood's Le Méridien and Westin brands. "With a burgeoning arts and culinary scene, Columbus is a perfect match for Le Méridien brand's Ohio debut as we help curious and creative-minded travelers unlock the destination through the hotel's design, cuisine, and access to local culture."

Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph follows the opening of Le Méridien hotels last year in Chicago, Indianapolis, New Orleans, and Charlotte, NC, among others. Located in the Short North Arts District of Columbus, it has 135 guest rooms, a lounge, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service restaurant, and nearly 7,000 square feet of meeting space, including a ballroom for up to 250 guests.

Keeping with Le Méridien's art-centric theme, the hotel also is home to a collection of 31 new pieces of art from 15 Ohio artists, appearing in the hotel's guest rooms, hallways, and lounges.

"We will focus on bringing a new authentic lifestyle experience to Columbus, offering personalized service excellence within the backdrop of this beautiful, luxury-boutique hotel," said Paul Wischermann, president and CEO of Wischermann Partners Inc., the hotel's manager.

Starwood acquired Le Méridien -- established in Paris in 1972 -- in 2005 and subsequently re-launched the French-born hotel brand around the themes of art and food. Presently, the brand has nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries.

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