[image-1] Yesterday, Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square (formerly the Wyndham) held a media day to show off its recent renovations. Members of the media were treated to a videotaped presentation about the $200 million Crowne Plaza brand transformation initiative before getting a tour of the new rooms, lobby and restaurant.
After a $6 million renovation, the hotel, which was built in 1996, now features 205 WorkLife guestrooms designed to offer “a perfect mix of comfort, connectivity and flexibility” as the hotel strives to be “culturally relevant.” The newly designed rooms have angled beds for noise reduction, multi-function work areas that our guide referred to as “nooks” and large desks. The rooms have been streamlined, but they’re not too “matchy matchy,” as our guide put it.
The hotel also now has 18 “chandelier suites” that overlook Euclid Ave. and provide great views of Playhouse Square.
The lobby area has been redone as well and now features new furniture and better lighting. It also opens up nicely to Ghost Light Restaurant and Lounge, the hotel’s new restaurant and bar.
"The old bar just didn't have that warm community feel," says Director of Sales Gayle Zdanowicz, who adds that the restaurant's name comes from a theater tradition of leaving a light on in the theater at all times to ward off evil spirits.
Decorated with vintage photos of Playhouse Square, the Ghost Light features a menu with a theater theme. Courses are organized under headings such as “openers,” “first intermission” and “show stoppers.”
The menu includes pierogies, an artisanal cheese board, a black bean burger and a Great Lakes stout pie, among other items.
The draft beer list is rather minimal, but the Ghost Light features an extensive selection of bottled beers and a good number of wines too. Craft cocktails such as Moscow mules are also available.
To better accommodate theater-goers, happy hour runs from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.