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“30's art deco glamor” 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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New York City
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“30's art deco glamor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

central downtown location. guest rooms recently resized from small to much larger. main attraction are the lovely 1930's public rooms, grand and uniquely art deco in style. great live music on weekends sets the tone for the entire property. rooms are clean and quiet, but better away from elevator area.

Room Tip: if parking on a budget, there is a 24 hr garage across the street and save on valet parking
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Many other visitors have commented on the beautiful art deco style of this wonderful property. The lobby alone is one of the most amazing and impressive in the United States.

The rest of the hotel is in keeping with the date of the decor, and that is either a good or bad thing depending on your outlook.

The good? I have stayed here at least a half dozen times and have gotten a different kind of room every time, ranging from huge rooms that are larger than the suites at other hotels to smaller, queen bed rooms that are less than half as large. You really don't know what you'll get until you open the door. All of the rooms, large or small, seem well appointed to me. I like the fact that it isn't just a big box full of identical, cookie-cutter rooms.

The bad? As much as I hate to say it, the general lack of wi-fi. There is high-speed internet in every room, for a $10 fee. I know this is a profit center for hotels, but, really, I need an internet connection more than I need the TV. And, unfortunately, it is not wi-fi but, rather, you need to connect directly (they provide a cord). I would have docked the hotel a star, but there is free wi-fi in the fantastic lobby, so it gave me an excuse to spend an hour or so in the very attractive setting.

The hotel is perfectly situated in downtown Cincinnati, more or less on Fountain Square and within steps of many terrific restaurants.

If you want sterile and no surprises, look somewhere else. If you are prepared for some minor inconveniences in exchange for beauty and a bit of history, stay here.

Room Tip: Ask! There is a wide variety of rooms in terms of views and size.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Stayed here for my first ever business trip in October. The hotel was quite lovely and had that spooky old-hotel quality (which I love.) Concierge was wonderful- helping me with all of my "ums" and "I don't know...s" since it was my first business excursion and my expense account was making me super nervous. Had the room service- just a soup and salad but it was delicious. Comfy beds, but limited TV channels and wired internet that costs $10/day- neither of these was a huge deal to me though.

The only "con" to this place that actually bugged me is that the "business centre" on the third(?) floor is maddening. (There is also one in the lobby, which looked a little nicer but I was in my pajamas, so...) The computers are old, one of the usb ports was irreparably bent (and I'd already paid to use that terminal) and the printer charged me for four copies when I only made one. The good news is the customer service for the business centre (which is an 800 number) was cordial and apologetic, and refunded my mischarges at once.

All in all, would stay again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Spent 2 nights for a Wedding we attended. Location was great, parking easy, hotel clean and well kept for such an old hotel. Our room was roomy, but some are small. Be sure to ask at reservation. Beds where comfy. Only complaint is the bar doesn't stay open long enough and the food was good but not great.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I've stayed at the Hilton Netherland a few times in the past few months. The rooms are very spacious and the service excellent. I love the decor, it's a nice change from standard hotels. The bathrooms are smaller than normal because the hotel is old, but it adds to the charm and doesn't cause any problems.
There are several good restaurants within walking distance, including a few diners in the ajoining mall. If you stay in, the food at the hotel is good as well, especially if you eat there for dinner. The bar in the lobby is wonderful, and I recommend coming in for a drink or just to see the lounge if you're in town. The art decco style is fun and different.
A few things to point out: the HHonors lounge is well equipped and comes with the standard food. It offeres a good view of the city, but the balcony area is often windy so I don't think sitting out there is enjoyable for too long. Valet or garage parking is required, and can run up the bill a bit. Lastly, there is no wireless in the rooms. You have to plug in and pay for internet. But, there is a Starbucks just around the corner if you need to log in for short amounts of time.

Room Tip: If you can, try to get a high floor with a river view.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Irvine, CA
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226 reviews 226 reviews
80 hotel reviews
Reviews in 96 cities Reviews in 96 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

I stayed her for a conference in November, 2011. The property is an older, historic building that has been meticulously preserved and renovated. The public spaces are extraordinary and evoke Art Deco elegance. On the other hand, the rooms are smallish and not on a par with the public spaces. Room service was fast and reasonable. All in all, an excellent hotel for a Downtown Cincinnati stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, CA
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193 reviews 193 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

As other reviewers have noted, this hotel has great historical interest. The lobby and meetings rooms have beautiful period art deco design with intricate embellishments. It's all really quite breathtaking. But the accommodations are just about adequate...small rooms (unless you book a suite) without wireless internet (ethernet only)...in-room Lavazza coffeemakers (comes out terrible)...no mini-bar...very limited room service menu...bed linens are kind of thin. There are beautiful views from the upper floors...bring your Hilton Honors membership number...request a river view. Didn't get to use the gym although it is supposed to be quite nice. There are lots of restaurants nearby and a Starbucks around the block. Valet parking at the hotel is pricey or you can park across the street for slightly less (if you're coming in a car). Lots of shopping in the area as the hotel is connected to a shopping mall.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a river view...much nicer than the views on the other side.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
#2 Family Hotel in Cincinnati
#3 Romantic Hotel in Cincinnati
#4 Business Hotel in Cincinnati
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 561
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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