Inspector Pick (Eclectic/Unusual): The cosmologist in me enjoys the images of stars and planets projected onto the lobby ceiling each evening.
Built in 1924, this soaring Art Deco tower is a monument to the exuberant spirit of America in the Roaring Twenties. Lovingly restored, it now combines historical features with modern conveniences. This hotel is furnished with numerous art objects with a celestial theme (zodiac symbols on the brass elevator doors, sunburst light fixtures in the rooms and zodiac artwork in the rooms); these evoke the era when this hotel was the tallest structure between New York and Chicago. The spacious guest rooms have plush, ornate furnishings, including gilt framed mirrors, glass showers and upholstered headboards. Some of the rooms and suites on the upper floors command a splendid view of the Scioto River and the city center; it's an especially enticing view at night. Public areas are graced with some 1920s-era murals on the ceilings and walls. The gas lights in the lounge are another decorative reference to the past. Of course, they were an anachronism even in the 1920s, but they really are an entertaining touch. If you do stop in the lounge, order an "Amelia," a cocktail made with rye and absinthe. It honors the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart who used this illuminated tower as a nocturnal reference point for navigation while flying across the continent.
Smoke free premises. 149 units. 45 stories, interior corridors. Accessibility (Call).