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Cincinnati's Best Hotels: Architectural Gems and Modern Luxury with Welcoming Service

Choosing a hotel in an unfamiliar city can be a difficult task. This list contains ten options for visitors to downtown Cincinnati. All are great hotels; read on for guidance on picking the best fit for your needs.

Valet parking with in/out privileges is standard for hotels in downtown Cincinnati. Prices range from $24 (Residence Inn) to $35 (21c and Renaissance). Too pricey? Stay across the river at the Courtyard Cincinnati Covington which is the only hotel on this list with free parking, or choose the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza which is the only downtown hotel to offer both valet and self-parking with in/out privileges ($20).

Guests who like the convenience and value of free breakfast will find it at the Homewood Suites, Residence Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites.

Some of the hotels have a maximum occupancy of four people per room. The Hilton, Homewood Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard and Hampton Inn all have rooms that can accommodate families with three or four children.

Swimming pools can be found at the Hilton, Westin, Hyatt Regency and Courtyard.

21c and the Residence Inn offer rooftop bars with spectacular views of the city.

History buffs should consider the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and The Cincinnatian, which are both historic hotels. Newer hotels located in renovated historic buildings include the Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn and Renaissance Hotel.

The 21c Museum Hotel and The Cincinnatian are good choices for art lovers, offering both modern and traditional art, respectively.


Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
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The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown is one of Cincinnati's newer hotels, opened in 2014. It is located in a renovated historic building that was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and opened in 1901 as a bank. The Renaissance combines...  Read More

Cincinnatian Hotel
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The Cincinnatian Hotel was Cincinnati's tallest building--at eight stories--when it opened in 1882 as the Palace Hotel. Now it's known as a small boutique hotel with excellent service, fine dining and original art. The hotel has a full-time...  Read More

Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati-Covington
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The recently renovated Courtyard Cincinnati Covington is a modern hotel across the river from Cincinnati in Covington, Ky. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and plenty of convenient electrical outlets in public spaces as well as on bedside tables....  Read More

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
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In 2013, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati underwent a $23 million renovation, adding features that modern travelers desire including a library, free Wi-Fi and a small market. The restaurant was transformed into a farm-to-table tavern. Standard rooms...  Read More

The Westin Cincinnati
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The newly renovated Westin Cincinnati is a sleek, modern hotel in the heart of downtown, right across from Fountain Square. Rooms have free basic Wi-Fi (upcharge for streaming video), a mini refrigerator, a coffee maker and Westin's trademark...  Read More

Hampton Inn and Suites Cincinnati Downtown
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The Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown is a beautiful new hotel located in the elegantly restored former Cincinnati Enquirer building, along with the Homewood Suites. The 1926 building has stunning architectural details and thoughtful...  Read More

Residence Inn by Marriott Cincinnati Downtown/The Phelps
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The Residence Inn Cincinnati Downtown is a luxury all-suite extended-stay property located on the far east side of downtown. The hotel is a little further from the heart of the action than some of the other hotels on this list, but it is still...  Read More

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati-Downtown
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This stunning new hotel makes its home in the restored former Cincinnati Enquirer building, conveniently located in downtown Cincinnati. Stunning architectural details on the ceiling and elevators invite guests into the 1926 building which now...  Read More

21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
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The 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati appeals to art lovers and those looking for a decidedly different hotel experience. It is conveniently located next to the Contemporary Arts Center and across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Originally...  Read More

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
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The Hilton Netherland Plaza is a grand hotel and National Historic Landmark that has been in operation since 1931. Located inside historic Carew Tower, it has an opulent French Art Deco design. The hotel blends historic architectural details...  Read More


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Terri Weeks, a Cincinnati mother of three, is a former mechanical engineer who became a travel writer quite accidentally. She and a friend started intentionally exploring attractions around...  More About Terri