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Destination Columbus: A New Convention Hotel

Hilton Columbus Convention Center Hotel
Columbus, Ohio, USA

“The Hilton Columbus Downtown reflects the creative spirit and energy of Ohio's capital city. The property features a sleek and contemporary look, and offers the perfect combination of comfort, convenience and affordability, setting the tone for guests’ and visitors’ expectations.”

Christian Coffin
General Manager, Hilton Columbus Downtown

The Hilton Columbus Downtown has positioned Columbus as a best-in-class destination for national conventions and events.

Named by New York Magazine as one of the city’s best places to stay, the 13-story hotel is in the heart of Columbus, within the historic Short North Arts District and the Arena District.

The building’s exterior complements the lower-scaled masonry and glass buildings, as well as the taller glass-, stone- and steel-clad high-rises nearby. A glass canopy at the main entrance creates an entrance facade on a steeply sloped site.

The building plan maximizes interior efficiencies. A ring-shaped guest tower sits atop a rectangular three-story podium that accommodates 31,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. A 105-foot-long glass pedestrian bridge links guests to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

 A 400-seat restaurant is on the third story, or “roof,” of the podium. This also serves as the base for a soaring, 10-story atrium framed by the guestroom wings and capped with skylights that flood the space with natural light.

The team designed the hotel for both LEED-NC Gold and Green Seal certifications. In addition to the focus on daylight, sustainable design strategies include high-efficiency boilers, building automation systems, daylight and occupancy sensors, low-flow fixtures that help conserve more than 1 million gallons of water per year and use of local, recycled materials.

HOK was the design architect, with Moody Nolan serving as architect of record for the interiors.




500,000 sq. ft. / 46,452 sq. m.
532 guestrooms


Master Planning


American Institute of Steel Construction – 2015 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Award

Engineering News-Record Midwest
Best Project of the Year – Residential/Hospitality


Reduction in energy use


Reduction in water use


Construction waste recycled



18 November 2013
“Best Residential/Hospitality Project: Hilton Columbus Convention Center Hotel”
Engineering News-Record Midwest

19 October 2012
“Hilton Columbus Downtown Announces Opening”
Hilton News