As I prepared to surprise my boyfriend for a weekend in Cleveland and a trip to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, I did some research right here on trip advisor! I decided to book this place because it looked pretty from the pictures, it was right downtown, and about $40 more expensive than places that looked half as nice. Boy did I make the right decision.
I got the package that included tickets to the rock hall, and it was great! $217 total with tickets to the hall and a buffet breakfast in the morning that included fresh made-to-order omlettes in the Brasserie restaurant on the first level. It was worth every penny!
The room was great! It was "small," but I considered this to be COZY. There was an oversized desk with two large chairs, a little blue chaise-type chair, and a great big comfy king sized bed in our room. I requested a high floor room with a view of the square, and that is definitely the way to go. It was gorgeous at night and in the foggy morning too! We could see Lake Eerie as well. The bathroom was pretty cool too - Separate shower and bathtub, marble floor and walls. It was just pretty! I was super satisfied with the room. The only problem that I noticed was that our faucet leaked a little bit if you didn't make sure it was tightly shut off. Also, the door was thin, so we could hear people in the hallway - we only heard the housekeeping ladies knock on the door directly across from ours, and although it was clear as day, I didn't hear another thing from the hallway all night.
I read several reviews of the place saying that it looked "outdated." Let me put those worries to rest right now - A Holiday Inn that has lampshades from the nineties is outdated, not a RENAISSANCE Hotel with gorgeous chandeliers, gold faucets, and ANTIQUE looking decor. I thought the place was elegant and beautiful. Also, the sitting area to the left of the front desk is gorgeous, just as a side note.
Pool - Awesome. Very small, only four feet at its deepest, but very very cool. The way that they designed the space for the pool is incredible! (see photos). Just wish it would've been a little bit warmer, as it's february and there wasn't a hottub - but either way it was still fun to swim in!
Business Center - Didn't use it, but it looked really nice! Flat screen computer moniters, nice separate room...
Food - The room service stuff looked pretty reasonable (still $7 for a burger, but for convenience's sake...) Sans Souci looked delicious, but we wanted to go out of the hotel for food (Eat at Le Petit Triangle and Caffe Roma!!!). Brasserie was great in the morning! The buffet breakfast was delicious, and they gave us two shotglasses with a strawberry-banana smoothie in it, which was yummy...
Parking - Small parking garage, but it was attached and I was fine with it! Didn't feel unsafe or anything, just looked like an old parking garage (other reviews were quite dramatic about it...I didn't stay at the Renaissance Hotel to park, did I??)
When I walked into the place, I thought to myself, "Wow, I did a good job." (as far as choosing which hotel to stay in, never having been to cleveland.) When I got into the room I thought, "I did a REALLY good job." When we got to the pool I thought, "I did an AWESOME job." If and when I come back to Cleveland, I will definitely choose to stay here again. It was beautiful, and for $30 or $40 more, totally worth it over a truly outdated place.
*ONLY complaints* - Update the TVs - I know it's expensive to do, but I think that many people (ahem, US) would've probably purchased an on-demand movie if it had been a nicer tv. Up the temperature in the pool too...minor details in our wonderful stay, however!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sophisticated downtown Cleveland hotel is located on Public Square and is connected to Tower City Center's exclusive boutiques, restaurants and cinema. Within walking distance to Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Renaissance's luxury hotel features vaulted ceilings, high arched windows and a beautiful marble fountain. A city landmark, the iconic Renaissance Cleveland Hotel was built in 1918 and its architecture reflects Cleveland's unique style and rich history. Plush, spacious, newly renovated rooms with well-appointed and upscale amenities await guests at this luxury hotel. Experience Sans Souci, serving guests award-winning cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Perfect for conventions and wedding receptions, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel offers an abundance of elegant event space and a magnificent Grand Ballroom. Discover Cleveland's landmark social and business address at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cleveland Renaissance
- Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Ohio