Cincinnati is a city steeped in history and tradition. The architecture is beautiful and the neighborhoods are quaint. Cincinnati is also known for its good manners and European influence. It’s a city that prides itself on the arts, from museums to music halls, and also has a rich culinary scene.
Downtown is undergoing a renaissance. It has always been cool, but now it’s becoming cool again. Over-the-Rhine and Northside used to be downtrodden, but now they have become the new hot spots for cities to visit.
This city offers several types of hotels, but this one is the most expensive. They are a group of alternatives. A hip hotel in a former department store, a boutique spot that doubles as an art gallery, and a music-themed mansion are all available. While hotels in anonymous conference centers still dominate, these options exist.
1. Symphony Hotel
This hotel is located in a hip neighborhood. The local area was originally populated by German immigrants, but it was revitalized through the creation of an inviting, personality-driven boutique hotel. The property was once home to musical instruction and boarding houses, but after a complete restoration, it now serves as a venue for guests to enjoy Cincinnati’s vibrant music scene.
A hotel in New York has 9 beautifully decorated rooms, each of which is dedicated to a famous composer. If you are staying at the hotel, you can wear plush robes and eat complimentary snacks. Jazz fans should visit the lounge, which serves seasonal cocktails and has live music three nights a week.
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2. The Westin Cincinnati
Right in the middle of downtown Cincinnati, the Westin is a top choice for business travelers. The rooms are big and modern with marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and panoramic views of the city. Try to get a room facing Fountain Square with its iconic Tyler Davidson fountain for the best view in town.
When you stay at the Westin, you’ll sleep in heavenly beds that are perfect for a good night’s sleep. Their signature curtains will block out light so you can rest. If you want to get wet, there is a heated pool. For real decadence, book a spa experience in your room. If you get hungry, you can eat at the deli or seafood restaurant. Or if you want a nightcap, visit the lounge.
3. Six Acres
A hotel with a fascinating past! (Duh.) Located 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, this property is spread over six acres. It’s a striking buttercup yellow color, and its location in the diverse suburb of College Hill makes it even more interesting.
The owners of the house were originally Quakers who built it as a part of the Underground Railroad to help runaway slaves. You will find their passion for and knowledge of the house infectious. The guestrooms are large and comfortable, with soft sheets and private bathrooms.
4. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
The Hilton is a hotel and residence in Carew Tower, downtown Cincinnati. The building is an Art Deco masterpiece, with a historical past that includes Winston Churchill and Elvis Presley. It has been impeccably restored, with the lobby filled with bas-relief sculptures, exquisite rosewood paneling, and elaborate ceiling frescos.
The hotel rooms are very simple, but they are modernly furnished with all the amenities. Pick up a brochure in the lobby and tour the historical features of the hotel first. Then, go to Orchids at Palm Court for dinner. This restaurant has won several awards.
5. The Inn of Hyde Park
It’s like staying at a traditional B&B, but better. It’s an intimate inn in the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park. It has the best restaurants and shops nearby.
The hotel is designed to make guests feel at home. It has a bodega with coffee and phone chargers, and even a do-it-yourself bar. The rooms are decorated in blues and greys and come with polished hardwood floors — plus a clean en suite. The breakfast is also popular, with fresh pastries and organic treats.
6. Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn
This Best Western is a small meeting hotel with an unusual exterior. It has an incredibly Swiss Alps-meets-Tudor Revival façade that looks more like Verbier than southern Ohio. The building is from 1926 and it features bedrooms that are firmly in the mock-Tudor style, with fireplaces and huge TVs hidden behind roll-up tapestries.
For some of the best food around, check out The National Exemplar. It’s been wowing customers with its fresh take on prime rib and linguine. Also make sure you look around Mariemont. It’s full of eye-catching architecture and it’s quirky. Mariemont even has the only elected town crier in the U.S.
7. The Cincinnatian
The Cincinnatian is an oasis of old-world elegance. The eight-story atrium lobby is a grand marble and walnut masterpiece. It’s been open since 1882, offering the classiest lodgings in town. Over a century later, you’ll be overwhelmed by the grandeur when you step into this impressive space.
The hotel has been recently renovated and the rooms now boast ornate furniture, luxurious linens, and cosy fireplaces. However, it is the gracious service and unique touches that continue to make it special. Guests are given fresh baked cookies, and a London cab is available for complimentary travel across the city.
8. 21C Museum Hotel
The hotel is located right next to the Contemporary Art Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It’s a gallery that changes its own art, because it rotates its curated exhibits in the lobby walls and gives guided tours of the art.
The Metropole Hotel building has been completely redesigned to reflect the spirit of Cincinnati. The hotel is located in the city’s historic district, and it features custom artwork, Nespresso machines, and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Guests can enjoy a drink at the roof terrace bar.
9. The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown
Located in the neoclassical Bartlett Building, formerly home to a bank, the Renaissance opened in 2014. This is a conference-focused hotel, with Burnham Hall that can accommodate a huge number of guests (over 700!) from all over. Yet this place doesn’t feel impersonal at all. For example, I met an amazing concierge who made my trip to Cincinnati a great experience.
The space is generous and stylish. The rooms look like they’re from modern art. There are stylish workspaces and large, posh bathrooms with Aveda toiletries. The restaurant is called D Burnham’s after the building architect. It has a signature burger that is incredibly tasty.
10. Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
Covington, Kentucky is the new Cincinnati. The historic department store Monmouth Row Hotel is a trendy new hotel in the region. The gorgeous hotel combines contemporary decor with classic touches. The space is as stunning as the Cincinnati skyline and has a large, bright interior window display.
In the lobby bar, sip on a craft cocktail and mingle with the local creative class. If you want to eat here, check out the revamped southern classics like collard greens or fried catfish. If the weather’s nice, head out to the patio for lawn games or outdoor movie screenings.