AC Hotel Columbus Downtown

AC Hotel Columbus Downtown

Bridging historic and modern

Located on the edge of the North Market Historic District, the hotel uses dynamic layers of historical materials and modern forms to create a progressive and timeless guest journey.

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AC Hotel Columbus Downtown Lobby

The hotel honors the neighborhood’s legacy by restoring and incorporating a cohesive group of buildings at the streetscape level. The most significant historic feature of the buildings — the scale of the landmark streetscape elements — is maintained and understood at the pedestrian level. The guest floors and rooftop bar are set back and minimal in their articulation, serving as a backdrop to the existing buildings below.

The historic buildings use brick, cast iron, and stone materials which seamlessly transition from the exterior into the lobby. The classic materials are balanced with repeating linear elements, including pendants, floor patterns, and lighting fixtures, creating rhythm and progression. At the same time, furnishings are timeless and neutral to showcase these built elements and emphasize the spacious ceiling height.

AC Hotel Columbus Downtown
AC Hotel Columbus Lobby
AC Hotel Columbus Downtown

The hotel’s design celebrates the neighborhood’s history by juxtaposing hard and soft, new and old, rigid and fluid.

AC Hotel Columbus Downtown Rooftop Bar
AC Hotel Columbus Downtown Rooftop Bar

The 160-key hotel and its custom rooftop bar provide a seamless, thoughtful experience that harmoniously blends with the area’s vibrant surroundings. It builds on the city’s attractions and history to create a unique guest experience.


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  • CityColumbus, Ohio
  • Client Joint venture with CBC and Concord Hospitality, CREC
  • Size of Project 110,000 SF, 160 Keys
  • Recognition IIDA Columbus Play Honor Awards 2021
    IIDA Ohio Kentucky Chapter Play Honor Award 2022
  • Collaborators Prater Engineering, Jezerinac Geers, AMBIA Lighting Design, Advance Civil Design, EDGE