Luxury Hotels in Cincinnati, Ohio
On your next trip to the Queen City, be sure to admire the Cincinnati skyline at twilight | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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 offer a refined stay inthis unique Midwestern city.
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
4.6/5 (946 Reviews)
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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 gives you a bird’s eye view of downtown, with plentiful creative cocktails and raw seafood to enjoy.
The Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection
5/5 (45 Reviews)
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Repurposed from a classic 1909 building, this elegant hotel 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.
Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel
4.5/5 (900 Reviews)
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Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this hotel 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.
The Summit Hotel
4.5/5 (805 Reviews)
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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. The rooftop terrace and garden views at Overlook Kitchen + Bar are best enjoyed with signature wings and craft cocktails in hand.
Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
4.8/5 (960 Reviews)
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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. The 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.
Kinley Cincinnati Downtown
4.4/5 (32 Reviews)
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Kinley Cincinnati is distinctly recognizable from the exterior alone. Part of the 1970s Urban Walls Project, the hotel 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.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
4.1/5 (1025 Reviews)
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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.
Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn
4.8/5 (231 Reviews)
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This striking Tudor-style hotel 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.
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
4.3/5 (993 Reviews)
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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 the hotel’s location close to both Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park.
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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.
These recommendations were updated on June 17, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.