This hotel is right off the freeway, so it isn't exactly scenic, but it is right in the main Blue Ash area so it is conveniently located to a lot of great restaurants and the mall and shopping area in Kenwood. Our room, king bed with a sofa, was spacious, and comfortable, and it was really surprisingly quiet. Kudos to the shower with great water pressure and plenty of hot water - that was very much appeciated.
There were a few things about the room that could use updating. The window was rather drafty, so when the heat kicked off, it got a little chilly quickly, so we ended up keeping the thermostat little higher than we would have otherwise. The in room coffee pot worked well, but the lid to the water chamber was slightly warped from heat/steam, and the hinge was broken. The toilet had a poor quality plastic-y lid that would give way a bit if you sat on the closed lid, and the flushing mechanism was extremely loud and rough to use (kind of like flushing an airplane toilet, but not nearly as successful). The shower curtain was hung very high (because the room had wonderfully high ceilings), but as a result the liner barely lapped the edge of the tub, so it was hard to keep it in the tub (and avoid getting water on the floor). For the size of the king size bed, I would have preferred more and/or better pillows. And, as with many hotels, there simply were not enough accessible outlets in the room for people with cell phones, lap tops and other techno devices in need of recharging at night.
We had a weekend package that included the full breakfast buffet in the restaurant. Better to eat earlier in the breakfast hours than later, as some of hte food was not as hot later in the morning. I think they use powdered scrambled eggs, which were adequate, but better when served up to temperatuure. The fruit was quite fresh and flavorful, not an easy feat for February! The wait staff in the restaurant was attentive and quite friendly.
The hotel bar was nice enough and seemed decenlty populated with locals during a local college basketball game. Very collegial atmosphere.
All in all, this hotel provided a nice, relaxing place to get away for a couple of nights at a reasonable price (with the package) and enjoy the local restaurants and activiities.
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- Quality and convenience found at Cincinnati, Ohio hotel! The best of Cincinnati awaits you at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Cincinnati - Blue Ash, winner of Intercontinental Hotels Group's Renovation of the Year award. While lodging in our Cincinnati hotel rooms, you can enjoy close proximity to many local attractions such as the Reds' Great American Ball Park, the NFL Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium, Kings Island and Beach Water Park. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the area with a tour of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, or experience Cincinnati culture with a trip to Newport on the Levee. Our Cincinnati, Ohio hotel is minutes away from Ethicon, Toyota, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Coca Cola and other major corporations in Blue Ash. Our hotel can meet your business and meeting needs with free high-speed, wireless Internet access, a 24-hour business center and more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space with audio/visual equipment. You can have all your needs met at our Cincinnati hotel with amenities that include the Town Square Atrium Restaurant, a lobby lounge, an indoor pool with sky lights, a poolside lounge and a 24-hour fitness center. Our Crowne Plaza Cincinnati - Blue Ash staff look forward to serving you. Book your Cincinnati hotel reservations now and enjoy our excellent hotel deals and rates. ... more less
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