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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –

With the Republican national convention coming to Cleveland many things must come into place first. One of those is the Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

The $272 million, taxpayer-funded hotel opened its doors Wednesday and forever changed the Cleveland skyline.

The building cost $272 million and took more than two years to build. It was funded with money left over from the Convention Center project. County leaders said the hotel would be crucial for the center’s success, luring business and groups from around the world.

The mainly glass 32-floor structure features 600 rooms, most with views of the lake. Each will feature one of 12 murals from Cleveland landmarks, such as West Side Market and the Guardian of Transportation.

Rates for standard rooms start at $149 per night.

More than 300 people work at the Cleveland Hilton, and a handful of jobs are still available.

 

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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