Hotel of the Month: Homewood Suites in Downtown Enquirer Building

homewood roomOne of the most fabulous buildings…..which once housed the Cincinnati Enquirer, is home to a brand new concept in Cincinnati: The Homewood Suites (along with The Hampton Inn…a duel hotel). This new gem in the Queen City’s crown features a 105-room Homewood Suites situated on the buildings’ newly renovated upper floors. The historic integrity of the structure and its interior were preserved as much as possible.


When you enter the building, the first floor lobby features marble surfaces, bronze ornamentation, stone-carved detail work and large chandeliers. Motifs featuring elephants, dragons and squirrels are displayed throughout, and a two-foot diameter brass sculpture (“The Naked Printer”) is embedded in the floor. Guests can walk up the “grand stair” or take the elevator to the second floor, which is where you check in and enjoy the fitness center, library, business center, billiards and the separate Homewood and Hampton lounges.

Hampton Inn is housed on floors nine through 15 (there is no 13th floor, of course) and caters to business and weekend leisure travelers. Homewood Suites on floors four through eight focuses on extended-stay travelers; each room has fully-equipped kitchens. Both hotels offer complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Valet parking is available in the Macy’s headquarters garage, adjacent to the hotel. You’re just a 17-minute drive from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport via I-75 and in walking distance of Cincinnati’s popular eateries, lively nightlife and unique shopping opportunities. The hotels are also close to entertainment venues such as U.S. Bank Arena, Great American Ballpark, Paul Brown Stadium, the Taft Theatre and the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Business…pleasure…leisure…it doesn’t matter what you’re coming to Cincinnati for, the new Homewood Suites in Downtown Cincinnati, along with the adjoining Hampton Inn, will fit the bill.




Cincinnati-themed artwork and art inspired by the newspaper and its former building are on display throughout 617 Vine.



The Cincinnatian Hotel

Cincinnatian RollsThe Cincinnatian Hotel enjoys a long history as a premier place to stay in Downtown Cincinnati. Built as

The Palace Hotel in 1882, the 8 story structure then was the tallest and perhaps the most luxurious in the city at the time.

The hotel, designed by Samuel Hannaford, incorporated 300 guest rooms, with shared baths at end of corridors….they’ve come a long way!! Major renovations in the 1980’s converted the hotel to 146 guest rooms with private baths, and eight suites. The center of the hotel features a striking atrium with a vast skylight, creating a spray of natural illumination during daytime hours.

The GM at the Cincinnatian, Martin Pittman, and Miranda Bottom, Lead Concierge, go above and beyond for their guests. Not only do they make reservations at restaurants around town, they’ll even go and meet the restaurant GM for the personal touch.   Especially with all the wonderful, new restaurants popping up all over Cincinnati!

Service for guests at the Cincinnatian covers a wide range, from simple requests to planning an entire schedule of activities during the stay. A guest may want two tickets to a live show, the symphony, or a concert….transportation to get there, maybe a pop in at a restaurant or two, or even a surprise evening for a special occasion. Guests at the Cincinnatian are typically used to impeccable service, exactly what the staff excels at…….making sure all details are worked out perfectly. It’s the goal of all the staff at the Cincinnatian, from the GM, to the concierge, and the entire crew…. impeccable surroundings and service, with a smile.

21c Museum Hotel: Luxurious and cool!


21c Museum Hotel is a 156-room luxury boutique hotel in Downtown Cincinnati that was rated the #1 hotel in the Midwest in 2014 by the Reader’s Choice Awards in Conde Nast Magazine. With a fabulous location, right next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, this hotel is the perfect blend of elegance and culture.

In March, the 21c is offering free docent tours with the Contemporary Arts Center, Saturdays at 1pm. Guests can join the docents in the hotel lobby, and enjoy a 30-minute guided tour through the 21c galleries. Afterwards, the tour will continue at the CAC. Also in March, their latest exhibition, “Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait as Light” will open; this exhibition is co-curated by the CAC and 21c and will shown at both venues.

21c’s in-house restaurant, Metropole, is starting a new dinner series called “Sunday Supper”; the special menu will feature family-style comfort foods with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients, with new menus weekly. On March 29th, Metropole Bartender Catherine Manabat will be hosting a gin-themed Sunday School – join this exciting monthly cocktails class series to learn how to make fun and trendy drinks!

Looking to relax and unwind? 21c has a fabulous fitness center and spa available for your peaceful enjoyment. From facials and massages to pampering spa packages, there is something here for every desire. There’s even a couple’s Cincinnati spa suite with an en-suite whirlpool tub, steam shower with skylight and heated floors that’s perfect for spending quality time with that special someone. They also offer wedding packages, a menu of services for men and express treatment options for those who need some “me” time but don’t have a lot of time. Guests at The Spa at 21c will be impressed by the installation by artist Ryan Wolfe…“Field of Grass”, which spreads across the stairway wall leading up to the spa. The work recreates the feel of a windswept, grassy expanse. Blades of grass are activated by wind data, and viewers can watch as a gust of air moves across the entire installation.

21c is the ultimate place to stay while in Cincinnati. Stay, connect, relax, experience…it’s all possible at the 21c.

Holiday Inn Express

hotelofmonthfeb2015hotelofthemonthfeb2015-2Business travelers to the Northwest Corridor will find only the best in accommodations when staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Mason. This non-smoking 106-room hotel caters particularly to the business set, offering a business center, fitness center, free high speed internet access and indoor pool to help round out their stay. A continental breakfast is available every morning, and every afternoon at 3 hot, fresh Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and coffee are laid out to enjoy when checking in or coming back from a day of meetings – all free of charge.

Russell Krouse, General Manager, is proud of his hotel, and prides himself on its cleanliness and dedication to excellent service. This hotel has consistently been 6-7% above the brand standard for cleanliness and service, coming in with a score of 92 over the average 85. And thus far this year, they have had zero service-related issues to contend with.

The Holiday Inn Express is in a convenient location, close to I-71. It is near many restaurants and shopping centers as well as a movie theater; Graeter’s is even located right in their parking lot. For families enjoying a stay at the Holiday Inn Express, Kings Island Amusement Park and The Beach Waterpark are but minutes away.

Whether coming for business or leisure, the Holiday Inn Express will provide you with the best possible environment for your stay.

Cincinnati’s Residence Inn… A spectacular downtown property

hotelofthemonth-1-2015Cincinnati’s downtown Residence Inn positions itself in first place among all other Residence Inns in the Marriott chain. There are 652 of them, and being #1 is quite an accomplishment. Just in case the number-one ranking inside the Marriott chain might not be enough….Cincinnati’s downtown Residence Inn was ranked by Trip Advisor at number 19 in customer satisfaction among 85,000 lodging properties nationwide in 2013.

“We take very good care of our guests, and we try to make absolutely sure that no guest ever leaves this hotel feeling less than fully satisfied,” said Jason Druso, general manager. “We want everyone who stays with us to feel at home and know that we care about their comfort and satisfaction.”

Druso states that the hotel has many outstanding amenities. For one thing, this Residence Inn is a downtown property, but on the fringe of the hustle and bustle of the downtown grid. The entrance overlooks a park and walking/jogging trails are nearby. Few lodging properties anywhere have that going for them, much less a city-based one.
Another advantage is that the property is a suite hotel in Cincinnati’s downtown, so many of the hotel’s guests are longer stay. There’s a high concentration of business guests staying at the property, many of whom are repeat customers. Suites are 30% larger than most suite hotels in the area, and feature kitchens. Vacationers and sports fans also make up a sizeable portion of the guest list at this Residence Inn, because of it’s convenience to Great American Ballpark, US Bank arena, the Taft Museum of Art, OTR, and to the Banks entertainment area of the city.

The Residence Inn Downtown also has an expanded restaurant service, offering a complimentary breakfast to guests, and an evening menu for those who want to eat at the hotel. There is a lush, yet cozy lounge area adjacent to the restaurant where guests can socialize.

In addition, the hotel features a rooftop bar called Top of the Park. The bar is a focus for private parties and business meetings, as well as being open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, when not booked for private events. The Top of the Park offers panoramic views of Mount Adams and the Ohio River and Kentucky shoreline.
If you’ve never been, just stop in and take a peek……what a gem in Cincinnati!

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

hyatt-regency-12-2014There is a lot to love about the newly renovated Hyatt Regency hotel on 5th Street in Cincinnati’s downtown grid. The hotel chain spent $10 million+ to renovate all rooms and public spaces, while adding the Red Roost Tavern, a market area, Starbucks and a lobby library. The makeover has transformed the hotel to one of the City’s gems for guests coming to the city.

“There is so much to be excited about at this hotel, and our guests appreciate the quality of the experience here,” said Kenneth Mendelsohn, manager of the restaurant and market areas of the hotel. The renovation included all guest rooms, where new mattresses and furnishings add to the comfort of every guest.

Mendelsohn noted features that hotel guests appreciate, even though they may go unnoticed. “We have the fastest wireless in the downtown area,” he said. That’s a simple thing, but guests appreciate the convenience and quality of the wi-fi experience at the Hyatt.

The hotel installed a salt-water system for the heated indoor pool, making the pool experience a cut above the norm. “Saline is better on the skin. It gives the same chemical effect (as chlorine), but it’s much softer and gentler. It takes more effort and expense on our part, but it’s better for our guests. So we do it.”

The fitness center and business center were also renovated. Both are open 24/7, and attract guests at all hours of the day and night. The fitness center is equipped with elliptical machines, treadmills, free weights and more, along with HDTV screens to make the exercise routine more enjoyable.

The lobby area is designed to provide convenience and choice to guests. The library features hundreds of current books that guests can read in the comfort of the library, off the lobby, or take to their rooms.

For late arrivals or early risers, there’s room service until midnight and Starbucks opens at 6 a.m. The Red Roost Tavern opens at 6:30 a.m., and is a full-service breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant. The eatery was founded on farm-to-table philosophy. On the menu, there’s a list of the purveyors who supply the restaurant, which lives by a commitment to “food thoughtfully sourced, carefully served.” Mendelsohn said his favorite is the fig flatbread, featuring boursin, walnuts, spinach and a port reduction, along with the figs. The restaurant is know for its crab cakes, and dishes made from local produce, such as pan-seared squash gnocchi, pumpkin ravioli, and beer-braised beef short ribs.