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Located on the Ohio River, Cincinnati is a beautiful city with plenty of museums and attractions – not to mention their famous, five-way chili. Travelers can visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Great American Ballpark, as well as the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, to name a few. When it’s time to rest, visitors will find that many historic, art-deco era buildings have been transformed into popular name-brand hotels. Here are the nine best hotels in Cincinnati.
Best Overall: Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn
With an exterior that looks as if it belongs in the Swiss Alps, the 45-room Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn isn’t your typical chain hotel. However, with meeting facilities, a fitness center, as well as a bar and lounge, the Best Western is a good pick for both business or leisure travelers. Room amenities include memory foam beds with wooden headboards, fireplaces, mini refrigerators and rain shower heads in the spacious baths. Rollaway beds and cribs are available for families with little ones. TripAdvisor members loved the Mariemont neighborhood and noted that there was a movie theater right across the street, as well as several dining options. An on-site restaurant serves American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Best for Families: Courtyard Cincinnati Midtown Rookwood
Located near Xavier University, the Courtyard Cincinnati is a top choice for families visiting students (or for anyone looking for a convenient and comfortable base when traveling with kids). The 113-room hotel has an on-site restaurant for American breakfast and dinner favorites, while soundproof rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimum of 312 square feet of space. Rollaway beds or cribs are available. Parking is additional, but very reasonable (compared with some downtown options). There's also an indoor pool and fitness center. TripAdvisor members like that there are a number of restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel.
Best Budget: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Cincinnati
For an affordable stay without sacrificing space, the 72-room Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Cincinnati is an excellent choice. Located in Sharonville near I-75 and I-275, the hotel about a 15-minute drive to downtown Cincinnati. A number of amenities add to the overall value of the hotel (think free adult beverages during the social hour, free parking (as well as RV parking) and Wi-Fi). Guests can lounge by the indoor pool, work out in the fitness center or utilize the barbecue grills. A breakfast buffet is also included. Spacious suites have fully equipped kitchens, separate living areas and modern décor. TripAdvisor members appreciated the quiet location, low prices and the excellent sleep quality.
Best for Business: Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati
Once the former Cincinnati Enquirer building,Homewood Suites is situated in the heart of the central business area – making it a great choice for business travelers. The convention center, University of Cincinnati, Taft Theater and U.S. Bank arena are just outside the doors. A full breakfast buffet is included with every stay, as well as an evening social hour during the week for a chance to meet other travelers. All 105 suites have separate living areas, full kitchens with dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators and premium beds. In addition, there are business and meeting facilities, as well as a 24-hour fitness center. Valet parking is available for an additional charge.
Best City Center: 21C Museum Hotel
Located adjacent to the Contemporary Art Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the 156-room, 21C Museum Hotel is an attraction in itself (every corner covered in contemporary art). The historic hotel offers modern, residential-style rooms adorned with unique artwork, plus amenities such as docking stations, glass-enclosed showers and plush bathrobes. The hotel also features a rooftop lounge, restaurant and bar and a spa with three treatment rooms. The hotel is in the heart of “Cinci” within walking distance to the Great American Ballpark, Jack Cincinnati Casino, Fountain Square, and the Taft Theater. Guided art tours are available on select days.
Best Boutique: Symphony Hotel
The musically themed, Symphony Hotel consists of nine luxurious hotel rooms. It's a hidden gem in the “OTR” neighborhood (Over the Rhine). Steps away from Washington Park and next door to the Cincinnati Music Hall, the hotel is housed in a Victorian building from 1871 and is a perfect home base for taking in a show. Rooms are a tad on the small side, but are beautifully decorated with vintage furnishings and antiques. On weekends, sample bourbons and fine wines by the fireside in the cozy tasting room, listen to live jazz or enjoy a five-course dinner at the fabulous American restaurant. A daily breakfast is included.
Best Nightlife: Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Downtown
Set in the historic Phelps Building in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, the Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Downtown makes a perfect base for seeing the city nightlife. Guests can mingle at the two-level rooftop bar and restaurant before going out for a night on the town. The hotel is within walking distance to many popular lounges and bars (and is also just a short cab away from the casino). A breakfast buffet is included. All 134 rooms have a minimum of 500 square feet of space, views of downtown, fully equipped kitchens with stovetops, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as separate dining and living areas.
Best Luxury: Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
For a more luxurious stay in Cincinnati, the 29-story, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza features opulent French Art Deco designs and is a designated National Historic Landmark. A connecting “sky walk” makes shopping at boutiques or dining in fabulous restaurants a breeze. An award-winning restaurant and bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch in a gorgeous setting (sultry jazz music kicks off on weekends). Guestrooms have premium bedding, posh bath products, mini refrigerators and soaking tubs (in some). Guests can also utilize the indoor lap pool and fitness center. Parking is additional. The hotel is located in the central business district next to the Duke Energy Convention Center.
Best for Romance: The Renaissance Cincinnati
The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown is a popular hotel for weddings and an excellent choice for couples on a romantic getaway. Perched in the heart of the central business district just steps away from the Smale Riverfront Park and the Great American Ballpark, the historic hotel dazzles guests with beautiful decor and stunning views. Built in 1901, the 283-room hotel has a gorgeous Art Deco themed lobby and lounge with modern furniture. Well-appointed rooms feature plush bedding, room service and designer lighting. Couples can dine in the signature restaurant and bar that serves locally inspired dishes and hosts a lively happy hour. TripAdvisor members noted that valet parking is on the pricey side, but with Cincinnati at your doorstep there’s no need for a car.