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“Beautiful old hotel - great place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)   |  
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Campbell, Ca.
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16 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful old hotel - great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

In Downtown Cincinnati - walk to everywhere you need to go; shuttles available for $1 that take you across the river to Covington and also around downtown Cincinnati. This place is beautiful inside - opened in 1931 at the height of the depression, built in the art deco style it has a beautiful lobby, restaurant/bar area and dining rooms. The rooms are modern and I had a 2 queen bed suite which was actually 2 rooms with a large double door to connect the rooms, all for about $140 on a AAA rate - very reasonably priced for a downtown location. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Mentor, Ohio
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

We live near Cincinnati, and decided to spend a Saturday night at the Hilton to take in what Cincinnati has to offer. Check in was a breeze, my DH is a HHonors Diamond member. We had booked the Sunday Brunch hotel package which includes a King junior Suite, valet parking and Sunday Brunch at the Orchids in the Palms - not to be missed. The room was on the 16th floor with access to the Belvedere club, which included breakfast, beverages, and dinner appetizers. We did utilize the Club mainly for beverages. The room was nice, 2 bathrooms, sitting area, with a King bed separated by french glass doors.

Couple of complaints:

1 - TVs need to be updated. Little box style TVs made it difficult to enjoy watching TV in bed.
2 - Noise is terrible! We could hear EVERYTHING outside our room! The music playing outside at the Fountain went on well past 11:00pm and the windows were shaking. People intoxicated woke us up at 2:00am and did not go to bed until 4:00am!!
3 - Valet parking - not very organized upon check out, it was a mess.

All in all, it was a nice break for the weekend. The food is wonderful and most likely we will return to the restaurant. I would definately recommend the hotel for business travelers.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Step back in time to the Art Deco grandeur of the 1930s - in downtown Cincinnati! This hotel is part of the Carew Tower complex, which is Cincinnati's version of Rockefeller Center.

The hotel has been renovated recently and the rooms are modern and functional. I was expecting a small room, but was quite surprised at the size. I was on the 22nd floor with a GREAT view of Cincinnati. Everything worked, although the Wi-Fi is $10/day extra. The Orchids at Palm Court Restaurant is worth a walk-through even if you don't eat there - Art Deco splendor at its peak! Wow!!

Downtown Cincinnati is a happening place, and Fountain Square is only a block away. Concerts are nightly and last until 10:00 or 10:30 PM, so if you turn in early, beware. Otherwise, the hotel is pretty quiet.

Be sure to get some Graeter’s ice cream (there is a store at Fountain Sq), and try the local chili too. I would also recommend walking across the Roebling Bridge to KY, a real piece of history. If you like the Cincinnati Reds, you can walk to the stadium from here.

I stayed 4 nights and was sad when my convention ended.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dixon, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2011

I had read all of the reviews of this hotel and was prepared for the worst, but was pleasantly surprised after spending 3 nights there for a symposium. The place is loaded with history and glitz. Indeed, there is nothing plain about the place. It might have helped that we are Hilton Honors members that our 18th floor corner room was larger and quieter than expected. We were on the side away from the noisy music down in Fountain Square. Some friends staying on the 8th floor across from the music had to tolerate vibrating windows until 11 pm each night. Where you stay in this hotel makes all the difference. Our banquet food was great and the servers were exceptionally well trained and courteous. The other staff were quite helpful as well. Three minor gripes: (1) Old crt tv with very limited number of channels. (2) It was difficult finding the Hilton parking garage at rush hour. We ended up parking elsewhere. (3) On our final day, several huge (1 1/2 - 2") cockroaches crawled across the walls during a workshop presentation on the 4th floor in rooms F&G. We managed to kill one as it scurried across the carpet. Free wi-fi was available only in the lobby.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bollington Cheshire
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

Probably the most impressive hotel I have ever stayed in. The building is an amazing monument to the golden age of US Art Deco and has beautifully restored to its 1930's glory. Worth a visit even iif not staying at the hotel
The staff and service are equally helpful.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2011

I have over 25 hotel rooms for our company event happening in Cincy. The staff was so generous and very helpful every time our group needed something. I'm going back in the end of June and am staying there again!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

I have stayed here many times over the past 5 years. The Hilton Netherland Plaza is one of my two 'go to' hotels in downtown Cincinnati.

The good:
-architecture - really unique, classy art deco hotel
-the restaurant - great food!
-the bar - nicest hotel bar downtown
-the Belvedere Club - love the executive lounge - great deck with views!
-the service - always solid
-access to an excellent gym (not really the hotel gym but in the building so feels like it)

The less good:
-the room floorplans vary - some great large rooms and suites, but some rooms seem like the linen closet had a bathroom added to give them one more saleable room - more like a European hostel in terms of space
-the beds - not great, the beds and bedding could use an upgrade

So - depends on what you value in a hotel....

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Location: United States > Ohio > Cincinnati > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cincinnati
#3 Family Hotel in Cincinnati
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cincinnati
#4 Business Hotel in Cincinnati
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1. Opened in 1931, this updated National Historic Landmark and charter member of Historic Hotels of America is one of the world's finest examples of French art deco in existence. Located within Carew Tower with shops & restaurants and centrally located across from Fountain Square. Within four blocks of 90+ shops, restaurants, bars and attractions including Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium. One block from Duke Energy Convention Center and connected via skywalk. Renovated guestrooms feature mini fridge, safe, wifi access, flat-screen tvs with expanded high-definition programming, new seating, sound dampening blackout curtains and soft goods. Award-winning on-site dining including Forbes Four Star rated Orchids at Palm Court, named #7 Best Restaurant in the USA (OpenTable, 2014); casual dining in The Grille at Palm Court; relaxed fare, signature cocktails & private label microbrew in The Bar at Palm Court. Complimentary access to The Gym at Carew Tower, a 13,000 sq ft fitness facility located in hotel's lower level, with a pool, Jacuzzi, 10+ treadmills, 10+ ellipticals, free weights and more. ... more   less 
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