The building lobby of the former Cincinnati Enquirer is filled with stunning architectural details — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Downtown Cincinnati is undergoing a hotel renaissance these days, with over 500 new hotel rooms added in the last year or so.
But rather than constructing new buildings, the latest trend for hotel newcomers is to revitalize historic buildings in the city.
Bar at the new Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Opened in 1926, 617 Vine St. was widely known by Cincinnati residents for many years as the location of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the city’s primary newspaper. The 14-story building held both the offices and the printing operation.
After the building's $30 million restoration and renovation, visitors can now lodge in this stunning building. The two Hilton-brand hotels share the first three floors. The fourth through eighth floors are designated as Homewood Suites, while rooms for the Hampton Inn are found on the upper floors.
Front doors of the Cincinati Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
The elaborate architectural details here grab your attention before you even enter the building. The majestic front doors open to the elevator lobby.
Before stepping onto the elevator, be sure to admire the intricate designs on the ceiling and on the elevator doors.
Grand stairway in the former Cincinnati Enquirer building — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Take the elevator or the staircase around the corner to the second floor, where you’ll find the registration desks and public spaces for both hotels.
While each hotel has its own lobby and breakfast area, they share a fitness room, billiards room, meeting spaces and a bar.
Billiards room — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Both hotels offer many amenities that make them a great value. Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the lobby around the clock.
Both hotels serve a free hot breakfast in the morning, too. And all rooms have free Wi-Fi Internet access.
Complimentary breakfast in the Hampton Inn & Suites — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
While there are no restaurants on the premises (typical of Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn), there are around 55 eateries within walking distance of these Cincinnati hotels!
There is, however, a bar on-site that's open from 4:30 p.m. until midnight, which makes this hotel stand out from other Hampton and Homewood properties.
A 24-hour convenience store in the lobby also sells snacks, drinks and sundries.
Fully equipped kitchen at Homewood Suites — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Designed as an extended-stay property, Homewood Suites features stylish and spacious one-bedroom suites. Each suite includes a living area with sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bedroom with either a king-sized bed or two queens.
All rooms have ceiling fans – perfect for guests who need white noise in order to fall asleep.
Complimentary grocery shopping service is provided, making it easy to prepare your own meals. Dinner and drinks are served Monday through Thursday in the lobby. The public area also includes a library.
Homewood Suites Cincinnati rooms all have ceiling fans — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
Rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites offer mini refrigerators, microwaves and coffee-makers.
Standard rooms have either a king-sized bed or two queens. Studio suites have a sleeper sofa and can sleep up to six people, an ideal option for large families.
Studio suite at Hampton Inn & Suites — Photo courtesy of Sree Hotels LLC
The developer did an admirable job of creating comfortable and modern hotel rooms, while maintaining the building’s original beauty and also paying tribute to its original use. Art throughout the building relates to the city of Cincinnati or to the press.
Even the carpeting in one of the meeting rooms is designed after a Cincinnati street map!
Although these hotels are not considered full-service hotels, their many amenities and convenient location make them an attractive option in the downtown Cincinnati hotel market.