Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel is officially open

Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel is officially open
Mayor Frank Jackson at the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Mayor Frank Jackson at the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Grand Opening of the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Grand Opening of the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)
Hilton Cleveland Downtown. (Source: WOIO)
Hilton Cleveland Downtown. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - With the Republican national convention coming to Cleveland many things must come into place first. One of those is the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The $272 million, taxpayer-funded hotel opened its doors Wednesday and forever changed the Cleveland skyline.

The building cost $272 million and took more than two years to build. It was funded with money left over from the Convention Center project. County leaders said the hotel would be crucial for the center's success, luring business and groups from around the world.

The mainly glass 32-floor structure features 600 rooms, most with views of the lake. Each will feature one of 12 murals from Cleveland landmarks, such as West Side Market and the Guardian of Transportation.

Rates for standard rooms start at $149 per night.

The banquet halls consist of two levels of space -- totaling 50,000 square feet -- that can be divided into smaller or larger group meeting or event spaces. The rooms are named after Cleveland bridges.

Another neat feature, a Cleveland-themed mural of 2,800 selfies in local spots in the form of the Hope Memorial Bridge to the undercarriage of the Main Avenue Bridge can be seen in walkway from Hilton to Convention Center.

Bar 32, on the top floor of the hotel, opens in July.

More than 300 people work at the Cleveland Hilton, and a handful of jobs are still available.

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