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“True suites at very reasonable prices” 4 of 5 stars
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Garfield Suites Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Garfield Place, Downtown, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 48 hotels in Cincinnati
Buffalo, New York, United States
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“True suites at very reasonable prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We needed to stay in Cincinnati with our two young children and anyone who has tried to cram themselves into a hotel room with kids knows it's hard to get them to actually go to sleep when you're all in one room. When I found the Garfield Suites, I was ecstatic. Many hotels claim to have suites at high prices when all they really have is a half wall separating the beds from the couch. These are real and true suites, with actual separate rooms, more like an apartment really. We got a two bedroom suite that was better priced than many standard hotels. The bedrooms are a good size. The living room area is comfortable. The full kitchen is incredibly helpful, especially the dishwasher for all those baby bottles! There was even a nice little balcony that overlooked the beautiful library across the street. We ate at the restaurant once and enjoyed it. There was a lot we could walk to and it was a short drive to the Newport Aquarium. The staff was kind and helpful. If I had a complaint at all, it was just that we had to walk to a ramp to get our car, but it's a downtown hotel in a major city, so that's really to be expected. There's actually a tunnel we could take from the hotel to the ramp. It was a little confusing to get through, but can save the trouble of having to walk outside to get there. I would and have highly recommended the Garfield Suites to others.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I stay at the Garfield numerous times a year on business trips to Cincinnati, and consistently have found it to be a comfortable, secure, and pleasant experience. Above all, the staff is makes the place, from the desk help to the shuttle drivers and restaurant service, each ready to help as needed.

Some reviewers note that the place can use updating; perhaps, but the rooms are always clean (and if not, it is quickly addressed) and certainly have ample space. I found the ambience much more appealing than the cookie-cutter sameness of many other area hotels. And the location allows for a wide experience of the downtown area, with numerous choices for restaurants and activities within walking distance.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Garfield Suites Hotel through a room block for an event we were attending in the neighborhood. The good: true apartment sized suite had plenty of room--two bedrooms to be exact. The bad: the suite had the look and feel of a college apartment. It was fully equipped--full-sized appliances, etc., a wide screen TV in the living room, but old-picture tube style sets in the bedrooms. It could be a great place if the ownership would sink millions into a renovation to bring it up to current hotel standards. Our suite was fine, but shabby. Don't book here if you are used to hotel luxury and high thread count bedding.

It's in a convenient, downtown location. Self-parking with in-out privileges at $10 per night is available in an attached public garage, not a bad price for a downtown hotel in a large city.

Looking at the other reviews, many seem to feel it's a love it or hate it kind of place. For the price it rates a not bad.

One kind of quirky thing that we noticed is a fairly constant 2-3 guest line at the front desk. Be prepared to wait awhile whenever you want to talk to a desk clerk or to have your parking ticket validated.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We have stayed at several hotels in Cincinnati that are priced in this range that are much cleaner and well maintained. The room was dirty, dingy and smelled horrible. Appeared to be an old apartment building (layout) that has not received any care for 20 years.
On a positive note, if you are looking for space, this is big and roomy for sure!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

The accommodation at this downtown hotel is truly huge. The room I was in consisted of a large bedroom and additional large sitting room. The bathroom was on the small side but completely adequate, and there was a full kitchen complete with oven, cook top, dishwasher and full size fridge. If you want to self cater this is definitely the hotel in Cincinnati to book, and although the mini mart across the road is expensive and not well stocked, the hotel has a free shuttle bus that can take you to the markets over the Rhine for good value fruit, vegetables and meats if you do want cook for yourself. The only downside is that the rooms have not been updated for several decades and the kitchen in particular has that definite 1970s "vintage" look and feel. However, the rooms were spotless, comfortable and well kept, and the vintage feel was more a source of humor rather than annoyance.

The other positive of this hotel is the staff. In all conversations I had, they were polite, efficient and very keen to please. All in all this is a good mid priced downtown option for Cincinnati.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

I had wanted to stay at this property in spite of all the multiple bad reviews about it. However, I will never stay there now after my experience. I first received inaccurate information from booking a reservation through a .com service. When I learned I was given false information about this hotel's limited shuttle service needed for my doctor's appointment I tried to cancel. I was put on hold for so long I had to hang up. After a day of flying to reach Cincinnati I called this hotel again. Not only can you not expect a "normal, average, quality" room that you can find at the same rate at a modest chain, but you also cannot expect the same quality, professionalism in the tone and attitude of some of their staff. Expect Motel 6 (worse if you read the reviews) without the light left on for ya.

Stayed November 2012
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GarfieldSuites, Director of Sales at Garfield Suites Hotel, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thanks for posting this! This is a good and fair warning to everyone. There are many third party companies on the internet phishing for commissions. Always ask your operator if they are physically IN the hotel you are calling and not located in some offsite 3rd party call center. If the operator is NOT physically in the hotel you are calling find the correct phone for the hotel and ask to speak to an in-house reservationist. Garfield Suites is proud to be consistently ranked among the top 10 hotels in Cincinnati year after year.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Nice downtown location, allowing easy access to at least one very good restaurant and to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre; Rooms were clean and reasonably well appointed; 15th floor was quiet; because we were going out to dinner and to a play, we didn't bother with the beer/wine reception and can't comment on it; staff was polite; checking in and out went smoothly; preferring to walk a few blocks to restaurant and theatre, we didn't use their shuttle but probably would have, in the event of inclement weather; overall, we'll probably stay there again. It's not a luxury facility, but it's quite reasonably priced for that location.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Garfield Place, Downtown, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Location: United States > Ohio > Cincinnati > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 48 hotels in Cincinnati
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Garfield Suites Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garfield Suites Hotel is one of Cincinnati’s best hotels for leisure and business travelers alike, as well as for extended-stay guests. Rated the #1 Cincinnati hotel by TripAdvisor, The Garfield Suites Hotel is the only downtown Cincinnati hotel offering multiple room condo-suites compared to the standard hotel rooms that the national chains offer. If you want a lot of space and convenience at budget-friendly prices, The Garfield Suites Hotel is the best choice in downtown Cincinnati Ohio hotels. ... more   less 
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