On the site of a vast 1860s complex of warehouses, factories, mills, and a Confederate arsenal, this hotel is a key component of the Columbus Ironworks Convention and Trade Center just across the street. The rooms and public areas have been renovated—the lobby has huge skylights that allow natural light to pour in onto the marble floors and the original brickwork of its grist-mill origins. Rooms are simple but tasteful, and many overlook the Riverwalk Park. With a terrific
location between Broadway's Victorian district and the Riverwalk, and a Houlihan's restaurant, the Marriott is a focal point of the city's downtown revival.