Luxury Hotels to Book in Cincinnati, Ohio

On your next trip to the Queen City, be sure to admire the Cincinnati skyline at twilight
On your next trip to the Queen City, be sure to admire the Cincinnati skyline at twilight | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
Emily Roethle

Though perhaps not the first destination that springs to mind when you think of a luxury hotel getaway, Cincinnati offers plenty of high-end options boasting some serious splendor. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

On the banks of the Ohio River, straddling both Ohio and Kentucky, the Queen City is proving it’s not a flyover city but a destination in its own right. With a bustling art scene, dozens of craft breweries and distilleries, iconic art deco architecture and of course, sporting events galore, this two-for-one city really offers something for every traveler. Whether you opt to stay downtown or in a neighboring bucolic village, these luxury hotels in Cincinnati offer a refined stay in this unique Midwestern city.

1. 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

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A hotel bed against an overside wooden headboard and a lounge sofa at the 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati – Mgallery
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21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is a one-stop shop for art, dining, spa experiences and luxury accommodation. Bright and modern rooms feature original works by artist Laura Lee Brown, while the onsite contemporary art museum hosts rotating curated art shows from the art world’s up-and-coming talents. The airy Cocktail Terrace on the rooftop makes this property one of Cincinnati’s best hotels with a view of downtown, with plentiful creative cocktails and raw seafood to enjoy.

2. The Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection

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A rooftop terrace with a large fireplace and seating at the Lytle Park Hotel, overlooking downtown Cincinnati
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Repurposed from a classic 1909 building, this elegant hotel in Cincinnati brings the outdoors inside. With the lush greenery in the lobby, large atrium skylight, wood accents and distinct emerald green booths, the hotel extends the Lytle Park Historic District. Imbibe fireside on cocktails at Vista, like the subtly sweet Crown Jewel, while enjoying views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River before grabbing traditional Italian fare at Subito.

3. Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

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A midnight-blue lounge with dark velvet seating and a contemporary light fixture at Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
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Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this luxury hotel in Cincinnati transforms a historic building into a contemporary and elegant retreat with opulent art deco details and chic black-and-white accents. The sleek and modern rooms offer large windows with skyline views of neighborhood attractions, like Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati Zoo and the waterfront. Don’t forget to send a love note from the hotel’s historic mailbox before embarking on your next adventure.

4. The Summit Hotel

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The sprawling roof terrace and exterior of the Summit, a Dolce Hotel, Cincinnati
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Equally as vibrant as its Madisonville neighborhood, the Summit is synonymous with sophistication. The bold red-, white- and black-hued nine-story atrium greets guests before they head into the lobby-adjacent art gallery, featuring carefully curated collections of contemporary art from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky artists. The gallery isn’t the only sight to behold at this Cincinnati hotel. The rooftop terrace and garden views at Overlook Kitchen + Bar are best enjoyed with signature wings and craft cocktails in hand.

5. Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront

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Tables and chairs behind lounge seating and in front of the bar at the Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
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Hotel Covington effortlessly combines vintage touches, like its lived-in brick façade, with modern accents, such as in-room tablets and structured, contemporary furnishings. This Cincinnati luxury hotel’s signature restaurant is situated in the former high-fashion Coppin’s Department Store and continues to pay tribute to the area’s history – fashion, food and otherwise – with sleek black and copper decor and a menu highlighting local farmers. Weather abiding, escape to the restaurant’s patio for a cozy evening replete with string lights, fireplaces and plush throw blankets and pillows.

6. Kinley Cincinnati Downtown

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A contemporary hotel room with modern artwork and a monochrome color palette at the Kinley Cincinnati Downtown
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Kinley Cincinnati is distinctly recognizable from the exterior alone. Part of the 1970s Urban Walls Project, this hotel in Cincinnati offers a contrast to the brick-laden downtown buildings, with an unmistakable bright and vibrant mural. Meanwhile, rooms are sleek with contemporary wall art and crisp white and navy furnishings. After exploring the hip neighboring Over-the-Rhine district, grab a table at Khora for Midwestern-inspired modern pasta dishes, like the Ohio semolina.

7. Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

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The grand dining room and bar area with rosewood-panelled walls and a large fountain at the far end at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.
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As a National Historic Landmark, the downtown hotel is America’s shining example of authentic French art deco design. With rare Brazilian rosewood, lavish marble, Egyptian and floral motifs and restored fountains, no detail is left out at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The hotel’s most opulent setting is its Hall of Mirrors. The ballroom wows with a high ceiling, gold-backed mirrors and a stunning balcony.

8. Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn

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A tudor-style exterior of a hotel in Cincinnati.
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This striking Tudor-style hotel near Cincinnati offers a taste of European grandeur in the American Midwest. Tucked within the tree-lined village of Mariemont, just under 10mi (16km) from downtown Cincinnati, the timber-and-brick Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn boasts historic collectible antiques and original artwork. Cozy up on classic English barrel chairs by the original 1920s fireplaces to enjoy the quaint historic charm.

9. Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

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A simple hotel room at Hyatt Regency Cincinnati with a double bed, a gray carpet, a gray couch, a writing desk and downtown views
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Adjacent to the Duke Energy Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati is in the heart of downtown’s action. The luxe rooms offer panoramic views of the river and city, while the indoor pool and lobby billiards offer endless options for entertainment. There’s also a library, while sports enthusiasts can take advantage of this Cincinnati luxury hotel’s location close to both Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park.

10. Graduate Cincinnati

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A room with blue walls and red drapes, a red sofa, two patterned armchairs, a dining table in the background and tall windows at the Graduate Cincinnati
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Graduate Cincinnati cues up collegiate nostalgia. A lifesize sculpture of the hippopotamus Fiona in the lobby and murals celebrating the toy brand Kenner, Neil Armstrong, Roy Rogers and Skyline Chili honor local landmarks and icons. The celebration continues in the rooms, with pops of red, local album artwork and distinct geometric patterns paying homage to UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. For sports fans, visit the conference level decked out with basketball court flooring from Fifth Third Arena.

Still searching for the perfect place to stay in Cincinnati? Our guide to its best hotels is packed full of the top places to stay to explore the city, or treat someone you love to a stay at one of Cincinnati’s most romantic hotels instead, all bookable on Culture Trip. Or if you’re on a budget, check out our pick of the best cheap hotels in Cincinnati, bookable with Culture Trip.

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