Colonial Arcade, Cleveland, Ohio
Second in reputation behind Cleveland’s historic Arcade of 1889, the Colonial Arcade was constructed less than decade later, in 1898. Originally conceived to connect the bustling mercantile street of Euclid Avenue with the former Colonial Hotel on Prospect Avenue (replaced in 2000 by a modernized Residence Inn), the Colonial Arcade was designed in Georgian Revival styling by architect George Smith, who also assisted in the Arcade’s design.
Hewing to the theme of the Colonial Hotel, The Knife and Fork Restaurant, a long-time arcade tenant, was appreciated for its Colonial American atmosphere and cuisine. However, considering its vintage and namesake, the interior of the two-story retail Colonial Arcade actually appears quite crisp and sleekly modern in its strict geometry and block-long prismatic skylight.
The Residence Inn by Marriott consists of 175 spacious suites (with full kitchens) on 7 floors. An appreciable amount of conference space is available among 5 meeting rooms. Room stays typically include complimentary buffet breakfasts and evening socials. Pets can also stay with their owners.
The $60 million redesign and redevelopment of the Colonial Arcade and its environs that brought Residence Inn into the fold also added a food court and established a connection to yet another arcade, the nearby Euclid Arcade.
An early motto of the Colonial Hotel was “the pathway of welcome leads to our doors”. Considering the nature of most Cleveland winters (and sometimes falls and springs as well), the interconnected Colonial and Euclid Arcades clearly offer a pathway of welcome to bundled and besieged Cleveland pedestrians.
Close by the East 4th Street entertainment/restaurant area.
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