Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront
What We Love
- The eye-catching lobby sculpture in the form of an outline of the United States, complete with wooden cutouts of Kentucky and Ohio
- The story behind the hotel’s signature cocktail, “Liquid Knowledge”: served in a locally produced Rookwood mug, it’s named after the horse on which owner John Coppin won a bet big enough to finish his department store
- The Walk Up, the hotel’s street-side “grab and go” spot, which offers window service for morning donuts or late-night ramen when you don’t feel like a full-on sit-down meal
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel patio has lawn games, nighttime movie screenings, and a creative cocktail menu, plus a roaring fire on winter evenings
- The in-room bars feature Kentucky-produced cocktail mixers and ten-year-old bourbons
- “Sunday Suppers” in the Library are themed dinners worth sticking around for; like the pairings of rare bourbons with southern-style biscuits and pork belly Reubens
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Hotel Covington began life in the early 1900s as a department store, and the high ceilings and oversized windows are a beautiful reminder of the building’s origins. An emphasis on local history can be seen everywhere, from the Carabello Coffee (which is roasted in nearby Newport) to the vintage oak barrels in the lobby, once used to age bourbon. The 114 guest rooms are comfortably modern, with a palette of navy, grey, and purple that was borrowed from traditional Covington homes and subtle nods to its roots in trash cans shaped like shopping bags and clothing racks that stand out in the open just like in a shop. The hotel restaurant, Coppin’s, mixes northern and southern styles with an emphasis on local cheese, greens, and meats: try the sweet corn fritters, whipped sorghum or crawfish corn chowder, all washed down by a Kentucky craft beer.
In the Area
Most visitors to Covington will be spending a majority of their time in Cincinnati, just across the river. But there’s plenty to see nearby as well—Covington is a charmingly small city. MainStrasse Village, a blocks-long street of shops, restaurants, and bars with a Central European bent is a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Braxton Brewing Company, just down the street, is a craft brewery with plenty of comfy sofas and super-fast WiFi—an ideal place to catch up on email over a creamy pint of “Storm” golden ale or to grab a nightcap on the way to bed. Work off all that beer and food with a run around Devou Park; less than two miles away, it’s the city’s largest park, home to an 18-hole golf course, mountain bike trails, and playgrounds.
How to Get There
Staff always so accommodating and have great attitudes. Always go above and beyond to help. I always feel like royalty when staying at this hotel. Very modern look. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great staff.
Boutique hotel- great ambience, outdoor patio, bar, food, and nicely decorated comfy rooms and bath. Walking distance to the Riverfront and to restaurants on Main Street. My good to place whenever in town.
Just to let you know where I’m coming from, (and hopefully not sounding pretentious) I’m a professional traveler. I spend 12 - 15 days a month in hotels for work. Mostly good corporate properties - Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, etc. All are typically good. Clean and comfortable, but boring. Please do yourself a favor and stay at Hotel Covington. The property itself has an interesting history and has been converted into an incredible boutique hotel. Service was excellent, attentive and prompt. An example - we had a late evening because of a concert and enjoying the bar, so we were sleeping in a bit and having a lazy start to the day. As checkout time was approaching, we were called and asked if we needed a late checkout. They have an excellent coffee shop just past the lobby. And the restaurant, Coppin’s, has a fantastic brunch. We very much enjoyed our weekend there.