As far as Midwestern city destinations go, it doesn’t get much better than Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland offers a little something for everyone from sports fans to art lovers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. With friendly people and lots of great places to eat, Cleveland is a family-friendly city that’s affordable and that has many excellent places to stay. There are lots of top-notch hotels right downtown so that you can explore all the city has to offer, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, various professional sporting events, and the dozens of local breweries creating awesome craft beer. Here are our top seven picks for hotels to call your home base next time you visit Cleveland.
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This is a new boutique hotel in downtown Cleveland that’s located in a landmark building. The historic building dates back to 1902 and is now in the midst of lots of farm-to-table restaurant, coffee shops, and cultural attractions. When you stay here, you’ll be less than a mile from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Public Square, and Progressive Field. Unique amenities here include a complimentary guitar rental program and special rates for indoor cycling and yoga at GrooveRyde nearby. This is a pet-friendly hotel that offers bikes to ride around town, morning coffee and tea service, social hours with wine hosted nightly, yoga mats in every room, and in-room spa services. Other perks include an on-site fitness center, overnight laundry and dry cleaning, and valet parking for $36 per night. The onsite restaurant, Parker’s Downtown, serves Ohio favorites with a modern twist and an extensive drink menu.
The Metropolitan at the 9 is a luxurious downtown Cleveland hotel that is unique, artsy, cutting-edge, and boldly designed. Guests can stay on the hotel’s private top floor, in the suites, or in the deluxe rooms. Onsite dining options include Adega, which serves modern Mediterranean cuisine, and the family-owned Heinen’s Market for local and farm-to-table products. Sip a cocktail and enjoy conversation at Ledger Bar, take in the city views at the Azure Rooftop Lounge, and savor handcrafted cocktails at the upscale cocktail lounge of the Vault. Guests enjoy the Energy Fitness Studio with 24-hour access, the indoor dog park called Bark, and the Alex Theater performances while staying here. Package deals are available that include a hotel stay and a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This is a Marriott hotel that is sophisticated and also located downtown. You can walk to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from here and also enjoy traditional cuisine at the modern steakhouse called Urban Farmer here. In total, there are 23 floors in this hotel, which includes 446 rooms and 38 suites. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and public areas, and parking ranges from $15 to $34 per day. Dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome here, a hot breakfast is served from $22, and 24-hour room service is available, as well as a Starbucks onsite. To get active while staying here, guests can use the onsite fitness center and head over to the Big Met Golf Course, which is about 13 miles away.
Another iconic Cleveland hotel is the Ritz-Carlton, which is a popular downtown wedding destination with meeting event spaces too. Onsite, hotel guests will find the TURN Bar + Kitchen, Core Fitness Club, an in-house art collection, and 206 guest rooms and suites that overlook downtown. Before booking a room, you can compare room types on the hotel’s website. You’ll get amazing views of Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and downtown Cleveland from here, as well as Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes, complimentary overnight shoeshines, and a 24-hour business center. Dogs under 50 pounds and cats are welcome here for a fee of $125 per room, per stay. The restaurant, TURN Bar + Kitchen serves contemporary American cuisine with happy hours and a DJ.
Meanwhile, the Glidden House Inn offers a luxury boutique experience for travelers who want to soak in the historic charm of the city. This is an AAA-rated Three Diamond hotel that offers free hotel-wide Wi-Fi, a complimentary European-style breakfast, business center, art collection, and spaces for meetings and weddings. The breakfasts include frittatas, smoothie shooters, an oatmeal/quinoa creation station, waffles and French toast with syrup, and more. There is also a restaurant on site called the Tretina Restaurant, which is the sixth restaurant of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathon Sawyer and his wife, Amelia Sawyer. This hotel’s history dates back to 1910, and it is a romantic place to stay for a weekend getaway. All of the rooms here have 50-inch HD televisions, work desks, coffeemakers, and irons with ironing boards. Package deals are available here that includes dinner for two, local tours, and access to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The InterContinental is also a great place to stay in Cleveland because it is also home to the convention center. This hotel has nine floors, 295 guest rooms, and 27 suites. It offers complimentary W-Fi, has 145 spaces available for parking, and only allows service animals but not pets. The onsite restaurant is Table 45, which features the creations of Zack Bruell and the Chef’s Table for Eight, where you can watch the culinary team prepare specialties. There is also a fitness center with free weights and a sauna here.
This Crowne Plaza hotel also has a lot to offer Cleveland travelers, including free Wi-Fi, daily valet parking for $30, a fitness center, sauna, and indoor pool. The fitness center is fully equipped and open 24-hours daily. The onsite dining option is the Ghost Light Restaurant and Lounge, which serves all meals daily. Nearby attractions include Playhouse Square, First Energy Stadium, Progressive Field, and the Great Lakes Science Center. For business travelers, there are also eight meeting rooms and 13,079 square feet of total meeting space.