Curio By Hilton property will carry Hall of Fame name, 243 rooms and technology that adapts to fans' tastes.

CANTON Even with the recent hotel boom in Stark County, the Hall of Fame Hotel at Johnson Controls Village promises a hospitality experience that is unique, high-caliber and football-themed.

A Curio By Hilton property, this will be "a four-star-plus hotel with a luxury level that doesn't exist in Canton at present in terms of room amenities, staffing, full gym, spa, indoor pool, three-meal restaurant and room service," said Rex Carpenter, senior vice-president of HKS Architects, the hotel's design firm. 

"Everyone's excited about the stadium but wait till we get to the hotel," said Hall of Fame President David Baker. A Curio By Hilton property, the hotel is being built at Blake Avenue and 21 Street NW and is scheduled for a Summer 2019 opening.

"It has the largest lobby we've ever done for a hotel, which will serve as the living room for the Hall of Fame Village," Carpenter said. There will be a grand staircase, a large fireplace, a lengthy bar, video wall and flooring suggestive of the lines on a football field. A outer deck will offer a view of the Hall of Fame rotunda and new stadium.

The VIP lounge overlooking the hotel lobby "is a place that you could do great business in," Baker said.

The interior design, by the California firm Creative Resource Associates, Inc., "does a wonderful job of speaking to the roots of football in Canton," Carpenter said. "It's not kitschy at all, it's very handsomely done. There's been a lot of thought gone into everything." 

The 243 guest rooms can be customized to the guest's NFL tastes. For instance, if someone is a Green Bay Packers fan, LED lighting will be the team colors of green and gold, and the TV can offer a Packers highlight reel. The closet design will be suggestive of lockers. In the bathrooms, "there's TVs in the mirrors, so when you shower you can watch the game," Baker noted. There will be a two-story Commissioner Suite.

The hotel's exterior design "is full of twists and turns that speaks of motion and the fluidity of the (football) game from many angles," Carpenter said. The indoor pool and its outer deck, 60 feet above the ground and including a hot tub, will overlook the Hall of Fame Village.  

A 10,000-square-foot ballroom will hold 500 to 600 people for dinner, and doors opening from the ballroom onto the parking deck will allow for pitching a tent on the top deck for events. The hotel also will include a 65-seat theater for movies and presentations. 

Crestline Hotels and Resorts will manage the property, which will use Hilton reservation systems.