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The 9 injects new life into downtown event scene

By Stephanie Davis  |  Photo by Doug Khrenovsky

At the corner of E. 9th Street and Euclid, The 9 destination may just be the latest, greatest place to see and be seen in Cleveland. Billing itself as a multi-functional complex, it houses an upscale hotel with ample, distinctive meeting space, luxury apartments, dining venues, bars, theater, spa and fitness, and grocery store on prime space between Playhouse Square and the Gateway district.

“In the downtown Cleveland area, there is nothing anywhere close to what The 9 can offer. It is the first residential and hotel space. All the outlets we offer are very different from what you’ve seen. It is urban resort living at its core,” Stefanie Allen, director of sales and marketing for The 9, says.

Its space occupies what was formerly the Ameritrust Tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda. The venue’s cosmopolitan, eye-catching design mixes high-art elements with its 1906 Beaux Arts rotunda and modernist 1971 tower. The overall look, developed by GEIS Companies of Streetsboro, is described as “urban chic.” Architects for the $267 million project were GLSD, also of Streetsboro, with the help of Gettys of Chicago.

The 9’s hotel, The Metropolitan, part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott and managed by Greenwood Hospitality Group and GEIS Hospitality Group, maintains 156 guest rooms and suites from 400 to 650 square feet. 

In the hotel space, corporate event planners can offer unparalleled space for guests in the heart of downtown Cleveland. 

“From the logistics side of things, we are taking a different route in what we can offer in meeting space rather than sitting around a boardroom table for  eight hours and missing productivity,” Allen says. 

The 9 complex can host corporate events or receptions in its Vault and speakeasy (6,000 square feet of space) or its Metropolitan Hotel’s 5,500-square-foot ballroom, which can host 350 guests for events and weddings. 

“For example, at the Vault, we have four massive former bank vaults and each of those can be utilized for meeting space. This is a soft meeting space environment with large furniture, coffee tables, couches, and AV equipment. It offers an environment where people can talk, walk around, and have a little more freedom to give an opinion rather than a standard stuffy setting,” she adds.

Another event planning space available at The 9 is its Alex Theater, which features live theatrical and music entertainment, as well as film screenings. 

This space can be transformed into yet another, out-of-the-ordinary meeting space, according to Allen. “Alex Theater, a 68-person high-end tech theater, can accommodate business clients during day screenings, meet and greets, event private concerts. Here, you have a day and night difference from what you typically see in corporate event spaces,” she says.

Beyond its corporate event capabilities, other features of The 9 include, for example, what is dubbed as Concierge Living at the 9, which encompasses 194 luxury apartment units ranging from 463 to 3,004 square feet of entirely customizable space. This piece of the hotel venue is replete with notable views of downtown, Lake Erie and Progressive Field. 

Dining is nothing short of an experience as well, according to Allen, starting with Adega, an upscale Mediterranean restaurant, which sports a 2,000-square-foot patio – the largest of its kind in downtown. The restaurant also offers three private dining rooms, accommodating up to 80 guests. The list of other on-site options include Azure, an 8,000-square-foot rooftop sun deck and lounge; Ledger Bar, which features small plates and global cuisine; and the aforementioned Vault. 

Additionally the complex includes a fitness center and in-house trainers, a dog park, and a full-service Heinen’s market with valet parking and pick-up service. 

The 9 conducted a soft opening on Sept. 6. The formal VIP event is scheduled for Oct. 24. 

“We have a first full-service grocery store, indoor dog park, speakeasy and more — all of this in one complex; from a-z, our offerings are unmatched in the tri-state area. We want to expose travelers to a really different type of setting. We also want to customize the corporate event group experience. What a great way to showcase Cleveland,” Allen says.  

For more information: the9cleveland.com

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