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Matchbook prints in a Schofield Room under construction.
The downtown Kimpton Schofield Hotel at the corner of Euclid Avenue and E. 9th Street is days away from hosting its first overnight guests. Travelers, suburban tourists or curious locals can reserve rooms at the newly renovated boutique-style hotel for stays beginning March 8.
The 122-room hotel, named after its original designer, local architect Levi Schofield, has been under renovation for the past five years. Among other things, the construction zone has complicated our walk from Scene
HQ on Bolivar to the Cleveland Pickle. But the renovations of the original terra cotta exterior are sensational, and for our money, worth the wait.
(It's a reminder that though it requires time and expense to repair, an old brick building is really nice to look at. Certainly nicer than the Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters, down the street.)
What you've probably heard about the Schofield — and what you may know about the Kimpton brand if you're a regular guest at their hotels — is that the vibe is deliberately local. Sales and Marketing Director Jeff Andrews took Scene on a tour in February
and gave us the laundry list of Northeast Ohio flair: a "loaner guitar program"; local craft beers in the mini-bar; American Splendor comics in the lobby; prints of vintage matchbooks from Barber Match Co. in every room; etc.
The rooms themselves are modern and geometric, with artisanal touches like ottomans made from recycled saris. And there are 13 different room configurations and types.
Andrews said that no two Kimptons are alike, down to the fonts on the room numbers and the carpeting in the corridors — in Cleveland, the Schofield features a "sock monkey" carpet design. One of the hotel's taglines is "leave your mark," and on that theme, Andrews said room lamps (like the one pictured below) will be equipped with magnetic letters so guests can leave custom messages.
In general, Andrews said, the "left-of-center" Kimpton brand appeals to friendly, creative people who would rather experience local flavor than the mass-produced comforts of other national chains.
"Some people like that," he said, "they want their nightstand here and their bed there. But that's not us. We really want to wrap our arms around our guests and give them a unique experience."