4.0
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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

1882 charisma meets modern amenities with a live-music lounge and a historic eatery

The Lowdown

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

Cincinnatian Hotel
601 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 942 Reviews
Worst hotel experience
Reviewed 4 days ago

We paid a good bit of money for what we thought was a nice hotel room. We were supposed to have a balcony and a hot tub. We get to the room, no balcony, no hot tub. We did have a whirlpool tub, but it's no hot tub. We called the front desk about the issue and they were pretty rude about it. We didn't even mention to them how dirty the room was. We got settled and was willing to let all of this slide until.. We were just laying down for a nap and some couple walked into our room. They had double booked our room. After that happend we just didn't feel safe, we packed our stuff and left just 3 hours into our stay. The bad part is that we booked through another 3rd party site so we are not able to get a refund of any kind. The manager said he was going to try to get us a discounted rate but, I'm not holding my breath. Such a waste of money.

Just what everyone needs to revitalize
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish that I would have know that renovations are still going on,but despite of that it was amazing. Centrally located we walked everywhere great location. The room was not like any I’ve ever seen. Stayed in a king with with worlpool tub and large shower. The food in the area was wonderful, wine or beer and a hot massaging tub relaxed the mind body and soul. Best vacation ever. And not to be left for last but to make a statement the Staft is amazing, kind, helpful always smiling , you could tell that the really like working for their employer. They are genuiley pleasing

I wanted my re-try return stay to be amazing instead it was DIRTY and NOT from construction...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please note: I REALLY wanted to give an amazing review of this hotel.. out of all the hotels in downtown Cincinnati this hotel has the largest bathrooms by far ...
I am from Cincinnati and the Cincinnatian has had a long accolades of top quality.
it was where you spent your wedding night, had receptions went for your anniversary etc...(Linder Era..)
However the last time I stayed here in 2014 I saw severe changes. (see another review)
My husband and I make frequent weekend getaways downtown to various hotels
And I was a little surprised when he booked a room this weekend for Mother's Day but I thought it would be great to give the hotel another try.

As noted in other reviews, but not mentioned when you book a reservation, the hotel us under severe renovation.

It was recently purchased by the Hilton Corporation and it's going be a Curio Hotel

There's no kitchen staff, bar area or basically anything other than coffee down in the front lobby way.

The front desk staff was very welcoming and kind.
But gone are the days of the vallets in coats/hats opening your door. Now they are too busy looking at cell phones or chatting with other vallets.

The room that we got facing the Atrium was very large and for the most part updated with new furniture however the room had shown severe wear and tear. It was also very dark as no lights are on in the atrium.

I don't have a problem with the fact that their are renovations - the lack of the kitchen or bar facilities.

However, some people might appreciate knowing that especially if they're expecting luxury Boutique and they show up to lots of drywall dust.

My beef with the stay is in regards to the cleanliness of the room.
The room was straight-up dirty.

The floors were filthy. (white pergo floor)I found gum, sticky substances that I could easily wipe off with a washcloth, hair on the floor, food in the corners.. Trash in the bathroom can &
Hair in the shower.. I also found clothing inside the sofa..

Paying for a room that is dirtier than your home of 4 boys is a bit offpoint..

My husband knew I was disappointed when we walked in and I looked at the white floors and it was obvious someone skipped the cleaning of the floor. I mentioned I was going to go down to the front desk and he said he was really sorry. Totally not his fault oh, ( internally I was saying where is my precious 21c)

I went down to the front desk and ask politely if someone might be able to wipe up the floors and sweep. They apologized and said absolutely.

When we returned back that evening the floors were in the same shape and no one has visited our room.

also note: turndown service is GONE...

The hotel market downtown Cincinnati has come fiercely competitive as of lately, and even though they are renovating that does not mean rooms should not be kept to a cleanliness standard.

So Bad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the middle of renovation. Got upgraded to a suite that was “fully” renovated, veneer was peeling off the old desk, pleather footboard was dirty and the handle to the cabinet that housed the mini-bar was broken off.

If this is their version of a renovation, this place has problems. I checked out immediately and the hostess just said ok, offered to explanation or recourse. Very sad.

Amazingly beautiful hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite being in the midst of a renovation (which DID NOT affect our stay at all) the hotel was beautiful. I’m not sure what the rooms looked like before but I can tell you that they are well situated and kept. Very clean and updated. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I’m very pleased with my selection. I will be staying here the next time we’re in town.