Columbus to get first boutique hotel

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Columbus, Ohio is to get its first boutique hotel - The Joseph, an 11-storey, 135-room property.

It will form part of a US$59 million dollar project in the city's Short North area. The Joseph is the brainchild of developer Joel Pizzuti, who had the idea for it while staying in boutique hotels in other US cities while traveling on business.

"All the top markets have them," the president of Pizzuti Cos told The Columbus Dispatch. "Miami is littered with them, Nashville and Louisville have one, Des Moines has two. Columbus needed a full-service boutique hotel that will be as dynamic as the ones you find in New York, San Francisco and Chicago."

The average room price for the Joseph, which is set to open in 2014, will be around $185 a night, and its market will be "high-end business travelers, tourists and a small percentage of the people attending conventions".

"I think Columbus is ready for an upscale boutique hotel," said Eric Belfrage, a hotel specialist with CB Richard Ellis. "It won't appeal to the masses, but they're eclectic and small enough that they won't have to sell blocks of hundreds of rooms like the (almost-completed and 522-room Hilton Columbus Downtown) will have to sell."



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