New hotel hopes to be “heart” of The Peninsula in Franklinton

The Junto hotel, “designed to be the beating heart” of the $250 million development called The Peninsula in Franklinton, is preparing to open, The Columbus Dispatch reports. Including 198 rooms, two restaurants, a coffee shop, multiple event and meeting spaces, The Junto (pronounced “joon-tow”) is named after “a club founded by Ben Franklin in 1727 to gather people to improve society,” according to the article. The Junto “includes nearly 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a ballroom with a dedicated kitchen that can seat 180 for dinner.” Other amenities include “a gym, patio, working spaces and the ‘Gear Garage,’ where hotel guests can borrow toys for the day including bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards, instant cameras, backpacks and GoPro video cameras.” Columbus-based private investment firm Rockbridge developed the independent hotel. For more, read the full article

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