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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has unveiled plans for a new hotel in downtown Cincinnati, in a building originally designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. Slated to open in in spring 2019, the conversion of the 115-year-old Traction Building into a hotel will be spearheaded by Ave Bradley, Kimpton’s senior vice president of design, in partnership with Poesis Design and Chamberlain Architects.

Project participants say many of the property’s historic elements will be preserved. The hotel will include 153 guest rooms, about 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a signature restaurant, a rooftop bar and a fitness center.

“The redevelopment of this historic landmark presents an opportunity to expand the limited boutique hotel offering in the Queen City, giving visitors and locals in Cincinnati a one-of-a-kind lodging and dining experience they’ve been craving,” says Gary Parkes, principal of Parkes Development Group, LLC, the hotel’s owner and developer. “As the boutique industry pioneer with an inspiring approach to heartfelt hospitality, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants was the obvious best-in-class brand partner for us. We aim to make Mr. Burnham proud of his reinvigorated architectural legacy in the center of the great and bustling city of Cincinnati.”

Adds Kimpton ceo Mike DeFrino: “This is a very significant time for us as we increase our presence in the Midwest. We’ve had great success with our recent openings in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Chicago that Cincinnati seemed like the natural next step. This will allow us to introduce our spirited hospitality and incredible food and beverage program to a brand new audience. We’re delighted to partner with Parkes Development Group on this unique addition to the city.”

The conversion of the Burnham building is the latest hotel project to take place in Cincinnati, whose market dynamics were examined in a State of the Industry roundtable discussion that was detailed earlier this year in Boutique Design. In addition, the city recently saw the opening of a new AC Hotel in its downtown.


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