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Where Should I Stay In Downtown Cincinnati?

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As the owner of Riverside Food Tours, I often get asked “Where is the best place to stay in downtown Cincinnati?”
Below are my top choices for downtown hotels that are within walking distant of the major sites and downtown landmarks. Since I live downtown, I have not personally stayed in the following hotels. But, many of the guests on our food tours have shared their experiences and positive feedback. I can assure you these hotels are located in the best areas downtown.  Welcome to Cincinnati!  From the Banks of the Ohio River to historic Over the Rhine, you’ll find parks, restaurants, museums and a handy streetcar to ride throughout the city.  Here are my favorite hotels and why:

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21c Museum Hotel 609 Walnut Street

21c Museum Hotel is a multi-venue contemporary art museum, an award-winning 156-room boutique hotel and home of Metropole restaurant.  It is situated across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts and is right on the streetcar route, which makes navigating downtown Cincinnati quick and easy.  Plus it was named one of the Top Hotels in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler.

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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 35 West 5th Street

Open since 1931, the Netherland Plaza is one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco design.  Designed by theater designer George Unger, the ambiance is like stepping back in time! Situated in the heart of the city, this National Historic Landmark hotel offers 40,000 sq. ft. of unique event space. Enjoy Happy Hour at the opulent Orchids at Palm Court or splurge on a dinner for two.  This hotel will leave a lasting impression.

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Marriott Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel 36 East Fourth Street

Built in 1901 by renowned Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, this landmark construction, was known as the Union Trust Building. This hotel is within three blocks of more than 65 restaurants and entertainment venues, and two blocks north of the Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium and Smale Riverfront Park on the Ohio River.

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AC at the Banks 135 Joe Nuxhall Way 

This is the newest Marriott Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.This stylish modern hotel boasts the best views in the city of Smale Riverfront Park, the historic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River from their Upper Deck – the largest hotel rooftop bar in downtown! Step out the door to the Great American Ball Park and dozens of restaurants located on Freedom Way, which is “party central” after a Red’s home game!

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The  Westin 21 E Fifth Street

The Westin is located directly across the street from Fountain Square in the center of the city and features 465 rooms. Each room offers striking views of the city skyline or historic Fountain Square.

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Homewood Suites Hampton Inn 617 Vine Street

Both Hilton brand hotels share space in the former Cincinnati Enquirer Building built in 1926. Converted to hotel space in 2015 at a cost of 30 million dollars, the hotels are located in the heart of the city.  Both hotels offer a budget friendly option, complimentary breakfast and an indoor workout facility.  The two 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.

Quality Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown 800 West 8th Street, Cincinnati

Don’t be fooled by internet searches. This Hotel is not within walking distance of downtown Cincinnati. The name  is misleading!


What are you waiting for? Cincinnati was ranked #8 as the Best City to visit by the New York Times in 2018.  We love showing off our beautiful city.  We recommend you book a 3 hour food and culture tour at the start of your visit.  A Riverside Food Tour is the best way to see the history, learn the history and enjoy wonderful local dishes along the way. Tours are offered 7 days a week!  Riverside Food Tours is the highest rated Food and Culture Tour in the City on Trip Advisor.

For more information: call Laura 513-289-0035.