Art Deco meets high-end library for a laid-back vibe
Opened in 2017 in a historic landmark building on the downtown Columbus skyline, Hotel LeVeque is a chic and elegant boutique with a low-key vibe. Its Art Deco design can be found as soon as you walk in: original murals still hang in the arched entryway, and the front desk features gold-and-navy art depicting constellations, a motif that continues throughout the hotel. The burgundy marbled lobby feels more like a high-end library than you’d expect from your average luxury boutique — you won’t feel out of place settling into a good book here — and there’s plenty of light, cozy leather couches and high ceilings that accentuate the laid-back feel. (There’s also a more lively bar upstairs from the lobby, too.) If you’re visiting Columbus and trying not to be swept up in all-things Ohio State, this hotel will do the trick.
Surrounded by office buildings but convenient to trendy arts district
The hotel stands apart as one of the most stunning buildings in an otherwise modern downtown Columbus. It’s a 15-minute walk to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, making it ideal for groups and meetings. The hotel is also a short walk from public transportation, including COTA and CBUS stops on West Broad Street. If you’re in the mood for a scenic stroll, there’s the Scioto Greenway, a promenade that runs along the namesake river. When you’re ready to check out all there is to do in Columbus, see our guide.
Here’s what to know that’s close to the hotel:
- The hotel is within walking distance to plenty of food options. Brioso Coffee, a local cafe and roaster, is your place for coffee and pastries. Veritas has a creative tasting menu that changes often, along with creative cocktails. The Citizens Trust is a former bank building-turned-cocktail lounge attached to Veritas. Ringside Cafe dates back to 1897 and is covered in photos and artifacts from its storied history. The restaurant has burgers named after famous boxers, along with sandwiches and salads.
- The hotel is surrounded by Columbus’ historic performance venues, including the Ohio, Southern, Lincoln and Palace theaters, all dating back to as far as 1896. The Southern even hosted the likes of Mae West, Al Jolson and Anna Pavlova. All operated as movie theaters in the past, but today they showcase musicians, opera, symphony, comedians and plays.
Soak up the ’20s glam-meets-starry night
Hotel LeVeque has 149 rooms and six suites, all of which are nonsmoking, spread across floors five through 10. The remaining floors have residential and commercial spaces. The hotel is pet-friendly with a $100 nonrefundable fee.
All guest rooms have smart televisions with streaming, free Wi-Fi, a telescope, desk, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. The large marble tile bathrooms come with plush robes. Nightly turndown service includes a light that imitates the night sky, another nod to the celestial theme.
- Classic Hotel Rooms: These 350- to 400-square-foot rooms come in double queen or single king arrangements, some with Scioto River views. There are also connecting and accessible rooms.
- King Bed Suites: These 800-square-foot rooms have an additional living area with a sofa bed, a wet bar and an additional half bathroom.
- Queen Bed Suites: The queen suites are the same size with the same features as the king, but with a smaller bed.
- Junior Suites: The 640-square-foot suites have two queen beds and a sofa bed in the living area.
Relax in the lobby or take advantage of room service
Guests can earn points through Marriott Bonvoy since Hotel LeVeque is part of the brand’s Autograph Collection. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and a salon within the tower. Newspapers are available every day in the lobby. Valet parking is also offered for $35 per day.
The Keep Kitchen and Liquor Bar is the hotel’s restaurant, on the second floor, with French- and American-inspired dishes like steak frites and burgers. It’s open for breakfast and dinner and also offers room service and happy hour. Don’t miss the panel of old wallpaper in the bar from the building’s early days. There’s also a Starbucks in the lobby area.