The hotel is situated just a minute walking from the central Fountain square in downtown Cincinnati. The general inside appearance is definitely “classical”, with lots of dark panels, shiny decorations and a lot of art deco style. One can easily picture oneself being projectiled into the 30s of last century. Fortunately I had a suite, since collegues mentioned their room being quite small. My 2 (!) bathrooms were small, too, with barely space to put my travelling necessities: evidently the suite was created by just installing a door between two adjacent rooms, without any further renovation. Check-in was swift. Sound insulation is very good: hardly any sounds from outside can be heard. Internet (free to Hhonors Gold and Platinum) is not very expensive, costing just some $ 5 a day. A nice touch, at least in my room, was the extra block of 6 wall outlets available right under the desk: often in hotels there are way too few outlets!
Friendly staff and swift service: the shades in my room were blocked in the “down-position” making my room very dark, but this was fixed within minutes after calling the front desk.
I cannot comment on the food in the Orchids restaurant. Dinner menu options seemed a bit above average, with entrees starting at $ 26, but then, around the Fountain square there are ample alternatives if you’re on a budget.
Breakfast buffet choice was rather limited: mostly sweets and the usual hot items, but no assorted cheeses, cold meats, smoked salmon, tomatoes and the like.
There were no free water bottles in the room: I have stayed in many Hilton or related hotels as a Gold or Platinum member and this is the first time as far as I can remember. Coming from Europe I definitely do not appreciate the chlorinated tap water in the US. Fortunately free bottles were available in the Belvedere, the Executive lounge on the 16th floor. Then again, other than in European (notably German) Hilton hotels, alcoholic beverages were available only for a charge. Also, unlike in Europe, that lounge is closed during the day (10 am – 4.30 pm) and after 10 pm. Too bad, since the lounge is the only place with an outside sun deck!