What We Love
- Live music with a side of small plates and creative cocktails
- Indulgent fare in the Palace Restaurant
- Time-tested service honed over more than a century
What To Know
- Happy Hour at the Cricket occurs Sundays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
- WiFi is free
- Valet parking with in-and-out privileges is available for $28 per night
- While the hotel is on Vine Street, valet welcomes are at the Sixth Street entrance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A grand marble and walnut entry staircase announces this French-style hotel’s pedigree. Now, following a $25 million renovation, this eight-story 1882 landmark has secured its place in both the city’s past and its future. The Cricket Lounge sets a swanky tone with afternoon harp music leading into evening piano or jazz, ideal soundtracks to the small plates and cocktails on offer. The Palace Restaurant, long a city favorite, serves hearty fare like duck confit with pine syrup and pear or rack of lamb with chorizo ragout and black garlic sauce. Queen city views, soft colors and period-style furniture make all the difference in the guest rooms.
In the Area
With a boomtown history along the Ohio River, Cincinnati is regaining its urban charm today. The downtown area—framed to the north by the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood—makes for an easy spot to spend your days (and late nights). The 1871 Fountain Square, with its bronze-fountain centerpiece, is a grand backdrop for outdoor performances, and the Weston Art Gallery wows with 3,500 square feet of commissioned installations. To close out the day, fill up on first-class fare (like Amish Chicken with truffle risotto) in the rustic, exposed-concrete dining room at Boca, followed by creative concoctions along Scene Ultra Lounge’s 30-foot mahogany bar.
How to Get There
We went to Cincinnati for our anniversary and I was very excited to stay here. Last time we stayed it was not a Hilton. The positives: The room renovations are VERY nice. The bed was super comfy and great pillows. The bathroom was also great and had great water pressure. The Bad: The noise!!!! There was a party going on our floor and we could hear everything. Around 11 they all left but returned after the bars closed. One huge problem is the doors to the rooms slam when they shut. So I woke up to doors slamming up and down the hallway and people being super loud. You could hear everything in the antrium as well. It all started up again around 6am. The front desk seemed shocked when we told them at check out about all the noise, however their desk is near the atrium so I find it hard to believe they could not hear all the noise.
I've stayed in most of the downtown Cincinnati hotels on business, most recently at this newly renovated hotel.
Hilton acquired an renovated this property with more "modern" décor. Some of it works; some of it doesn't. My room definitely had the feel of a modern package being inserted into an older space. In some cases, such as electronics, this was a positive, but much of the hotel's charm was lost in the newer materials, surfaces, and decorating style. My room was OK, but I can't say much better.
There is a smaller restaurant downstairs and I don't think they were yet fully up to speed with the new space. After waiting 30 minutes for our breakfast, we simply had to leave for an appointment. There are plenty of other places to grab breakfast in the area - including a Panera Bread on the opposite corner.
If you are looking for a classic hotel that has more of a feel of one, consider the Netherland Hilton, only a block or two away. The lobby of that hotel is one of the grandest inside spaces in Ohio.
My wife and I travelled to Cincinnati to see "HAMILTON" at the theater near the Cincinnatian. We had stayed there before, this time our stay was not as nice, mostly due to rowdy guests or patrons of the hotel's bar. Once the bar closed the "patrons" continued there conversations as though they thought we should be able to hear them. It lasted about an hour Between 1:00 and 2:00 am. I blame the patrons more than the hotel, but it diminished our experience.
We were given a free nights stay coupon for our terrible trip last year while they was remodeling. Upon arrival we were checked in without problems and told our room won’t be ready at 3. When I came back our room was rented to someone else and the clerk” different lady than before “ told us we had never checked in and she knew nothing of a free room or discount room. If we wanted our reservation we would have to pay full price. After 30 minutes of argument we received a $150 credit. Room was $229 plus $45 parking. Breakfast was French toast, sausage and orange juice my wife had yogurt and coffee and it was $38. Never returning. Horrible horrible customer service.
They need to reconsider some of their design choices in rooms that make the experience frustrating. No solid bathroom doors...are fixed slatted doors. No soap holders in shower so you have to leave soap on floor. Shoer door opens wrong way. Marble floors so slippery when wet. Handicap sink in bathroom so is very low and therefore you have to bend down to use make-up mirror. Minor things but put together make for a frustrating experience. Lovely hotel otherwise.