Cincinnati is a popular weekend destination in the Midwest and a great place to visit for fun and entertainment as a family or couple. There are tons of exciting things to do in Cincinnati, from catching a local sports game and checking out the craft beer scene to visiting museums and parks and enjoying some seriously delicious food. Whether you’re heading into town for a business conference, a weekend getaway or an overnight stop on the way to somewhere else, here are the best hotels to make your stay in Cincinnati a special one.
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For a unique stay in the heart of downtown, the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati is an excellent choice. This award-winning boutique hotel doubles as an art museum and has 156 rooms for guests. It is across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts and also home to the Metropole restaurant. The actual museum here is free and open to the public every day, with guided docent tours on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The rooms here are artsy, thought-provoking, and comfortable, and each room includes free Wi-Fi, luxury bath amenities, plush robes, a stocked mini-bar, Nespresso coffee machine, and other in-room perks. Onsite, you’ll also find a 24-hour fitness center, business center, pet-friendly rooms, and a seasonal rooftop that’s perfect for sipping cocktails with city views. The on-site restaurant serves modern twists on classic American cuisine, and there’s also a spa here that offers massage, facials, and body wraps.
This is not your average, run-of-the-mill Best Western hotel. The Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn is a premier boutique hotel is about 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati but well worth the drive. Its design is reminiscent of a building from an old-world Bavarian village, and it’s been part of the Cincinnati community for nearly 90 years. The on-site restaurant, National Exemplar, serves American-style cuisine for all meals and has an outdoor patio. There’s also the Southerby’s Bar for cocktails and wine here. When you stay here on Mariemont’s town square, you’ll have access to lots of dining, retail, and entertainment options. Guests who stay here enjoy the Tempur-Pedic beds, fireplaces, oversized walk-in showers, luxury bath amenities, and large desks with Herman Miller chairs. Stay here to explore a different side of the Cincinnati area and experience one of the most livable and lovable places in America.
The Cincinnatian is another excellent accommodation pick in town if you’re looking for style and luxury. This Hilton hotel has been downtown since 1882 and is a historic landmark. It’s easy to walk to the city’s top attractions and the streetcar from here. Onsite, you’ll find two hotel restaurants, a 24-hour market, business center, event space, fitness center, and spacious rooms with new artwork. It’s next to Fountain Square, making it easy to attend Duke Energy Convention Center events, Aronoff Center for the Arts performances, and Bengals football games at Paul Brown Stadium. Cribs and high chairs are available for traveling families, all rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, and breakfast is available.
We also recommend staying at the Symphony Hotel, a boutique hotel located in a beautifully restored 1871 townhome. There’s a restaurant here that serves New American cuisine, as well as a jazz bar and lounge that is great for pre- and post-dinner drinks. This is a hidden gem in Cincinnati and a favorite spot among music lovers. There are just nine guest rooms at this hotel, and each room is themed after famous composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven. Inside the rooms, you’ll find antique pieces, modern amenities, and a romantic atmosphere. You’ll also love being close to the Cincinnati Music Hall, Ensemble Theatre, and other local attractions while staying here. Breakfast is included with each guest’s stay, high-speed Wi-Fi is available, and flat-screen TVs are in each room.
Just on the other side of the river in Covington, Kentucky, the Hotel Covington is a favorite place to stay for people visiting Cincinnati. Although it has a Kentucky address, it is less than 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. You can even bike from here to downtown in about 15 minutes. The Hotel Covington offers riverfront views, business amenities for business travelers, a 24-hour fitness center, and pet-friendly rooms for dogs up to 50 pounds. Overnight garage valet parking is available, and Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Travelers who enjoy taking advantage of wellness amenities will love staying at the Westin Cincinnati. There’s a 24/7 fitness center and indoor heated pool here, as well as continental and full American breakfasts available. This downtown hotel is two blocks from the streetcar stop and also very close to the Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park for sports fans. Stay here to be in the central business district of Cincinnati and to also be in walking distance of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Other hotel amenities include a barber/beauty shop, room service, Cajun and seafood restaurants onsite, and full business center.
You can also stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown to be in the heart of downtown. This hotel is about 17 minutes by car from the airport and a National Historic Landmark. You’ll be within eight miles of golf courses when you stay here and just a short walk from the city’s sports stadiums and convention venues. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the Hampton Inn, a business center, fitness center, free hot breakfast daily, and a 24-hour convenience store onsite.
The last highly recommended hotel we’ll mention here is the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown. This historic hotel is over 100 years old and has been beautifully transformed with modern touches and well-appointed guest rooms. Everything you want to see and do is within a 10-minutes’ walk, and the list of amenities includes an on-site restaurant, fitness center, mobile check-in, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Aveda bath amenities. This hotel is ideal for business meetings, hosts live local music performances at the restaurant, and is home to the only Japanese-inspired karaoke bar in the city.