A peek inside The 9 - Cleveland's new urban resort

CLEVELAND -- Its façade hasn't changed, but the space inside is getting a major facelift.

Welcome to The 9 Cleveland -- an all-new urban resort right in the heart of downtown.

Keith Halfmann, the Chief Operating Officer of Geis Hospitality Group, says The 9 will soon bring new life to the historic space.

"This whole complex, The 9, will ignite this block which has been dormant for such a long time."

The 9 is an enormous project taking place in the former Ameritrust Tower and the attached Cleveland Trust rotunda on the corner of East 9th and Euclid.

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Hoping to draw more downtown living, there are 104 planned apartments.

And this is luxury living.

"There'll be a fireplace in every unit," Halfmann says.

No space is wasted, either.

"This wall right here, will be covered in mirrors," Halfmann explains on a recent exclusive tour with WKYC. "When the TV's on, you'll see the TV coming through, and when the TV is off, you'll just see the mirrored wall."

Depending on which side you're on, views include the theater district, the lake and Progressive Field -- you're view is so close, you might be able to watch every play of the game.

"If you're a baseball fan, this is definitely where you want to be."

Apartments will start at around $1,600 a month and go up from there.

For those only needing a night stay, check out one of the 156 hotel rooms and suites, which also showcase amazing views.

The luxury even extends to pets. Right inside the 29th floor, there will be an indoor dog park known as "Bark" -- the only one of its kind in Cleveland.

"If someone has a dog and you live in an urban environment, you don't always want to go outside, especially when it's cold," Halfmann adds.

There will be a stage showcasing live dinner theater, as well as 3-D and indie movies.

In the lobby, an art gallery will feature local artwork.

Not enough yet?

Adega, a Mediterranean restaurant on the ground floor, will also feature outdoor dining space along E. 9th.


"On the 12th floor of the hotel, we connect to Azure, which is our rooftop bar," Halfmann says. "Sundeck by day, a more high-energy lounge at night."

Azure take its guests 150 feet above the street level, perfect for outdoor skyline gazers.

But that's not all… Azure will also transform the connecting granite wall into a massive movie screen where films and laser light shows will ignite the night life.

Down a few floors, there will be a ballroom and in the basement, a classic speakeasy in four vintage bank vaults.

"They range in different sizes and each one of the vaults can be a meeting room, it can be a breakout space, it can be a private dining room," Halfmann explains.

One of the most anticipated elements of The 9 is a Heinen's grocery store -- part of which will bustle under the glow of the Tiffany-glass ceiling inside the former Cleveland Trust rotunda.

With all The 9 has to offer, Halfmann says you could wake up, work, dine and be entertained without ever leaving the structure.

"That's what it's really going to take what the city Cleveland once was and bring that back again with the importance of people living downtown and coming back downtown."

The building will be move-in ready on Sept. 1, a little less than a year after construction started.

Film fans might recognize the building's exterior, which was heavily featured in Marvel's "Avengers" movie.

Official site: The 9 Cleveland


WKYC's Eric Sever contributed to this report


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