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“Decent, but odd...” 3 of 5 stars
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Cincinnatian Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   601 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 48 Hotels in Cincinnati
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17 hotel reviews
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“Decent, but odd...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Stayed here after a New Years Eve wedding- so to be honest, we didnt really sleep all that much in the hotel. However, the time we did was pretty darn good! We had two double beds and the sheets were very nice, and the room HUGE. Oddly set up and the furnishings while well maintained and clean were 80-s wedding singer chic. The only TV was in a separate area from the beds and was so far away it made watching it pointless if you wanted to see it from bed. There were two sinks, one out of the shower room and one in a separate divided area, which was great with three people sharing the sinks. Nice Molton Brown toiletries.

The food in the restaurant for breakfast was good, but the service VERY hit or miss. Some great people and some really questionable people who just didn't get that the customer always comes first. I used to work in the service industry so, yes I get it, but deal! You can do it! The guest is paying your check so dont tell her that she is wrong! ;-)

The design of the hotel is kind of opulent and old timey "luxury" in some places and sketch 80's glam power suit in others. There are strange neon things around and this huge atrium that has primary colours and odd installations all over. It just looks super dated, and if they were to update to be a bit more botiquey- they might benefit.

Front desk staff while efficient, kind of abrupt and not chatty at all.

Room Tip: We had guests overlooking the atrium and they said it was very noisy all night. We faced out on the...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mildura
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25 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The room was a little small but with luxurious bedding and towels. Staff were helpful when asked but didn't offer any information freely - they have a complimentary taxi service which we found out about later - very valuable! Staff at the associated Cricket Lounge were not very friendly at all which just leaves a bad taste in my mouth, especially in Cincinnati where everywhere else we went we were met with delightfully friendly and sociable people.

That all said, no complaints on cleanliness or quality of the room, and the food at the Cricket Lounge was superb. If you are a light sleeper don't go for an atrium room - you get the noise coming up from the lobby and Cricket Lounge.

Room Tip: Atrium rooms get all the noise from the lobby and Cricket Lounge.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed here on our 10th wedding anniversary and even though I'm sure it was obvious to them that we normally could not have afforded to stay there, they made us feel special. They sent chocolate-covered strawberries to our room and the concierge was fantastic. He even sent someone to get a horse-drawn carriage to pick us up in front of the hotel so we wouldn't have to walk to Fountain Square. It was an excellent experience. The Palace and Crickets were great places to eat too.

Room Tip: If it's a special event - tell them!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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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New Lebanon, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was recommended this hotel by a coworker and thought it was nice from the website. I reserved a room online which I did so by the picture of the room on the reservation page. It was NOT the room that was advertised. It stated a Queen bed but it was a double with a nice view of dumpsters out our windows next to a nasty building. We and other people we were inline with during check out complained about people getting really loud and keeping us up all night. The front desk didn't really care other than a I am sorry. I will NOT pay $265 for room in this hotel ever or visit it ever again. I paid way too much for a tiny room with a nice bathroom that was falsely advertised.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We decided to take a quick overnight trip and chose this hotel because it is a prefferred property. Boy were we glad we did. The hotel was beautiful and well maintained. The staff was courteous and very professional. With our prefferred membership we got a comp upgrade and it was incredible. We were in a deluxe balcony king room. The room was clean and the bed comfortable. We could hear the Jazz trio playing in the bar. We went to the lounge for dinner and it was out of this world. If you go in expecting bar food you will be surprised. The salmon was the best I have ever had and the short ribs were tender and tasty. My only dissapointments were that I was quoted a different rate than they had at check in but they corrected it quickly. The other was that I had called and ordered a rose for my room that did not make it to my room and I did not receive my prefferred amenity. They were apologetic and removed the charge for the rose.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Each trip to Cincinnati we try a different hotel...this year we stayed here this year due to the convenient location. Staff very nice and efficient, we ordered breakfast room service which was delicious and well worth every penny. Will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brilynn79
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Snagged the deal on Hotwire.com

Excellent location right near Fountain Square. Found parking near the hotel off of Vine and 7th for $12 per night. Lobby was beautifully decorated for Christmas, but was rather small.

Friendly staff throughout. Palace restaurant was very good, but seemed to draw an older crowd. We were unable to secure reservations for the holiday tea. I had tried a few times to make them earlier in the month, but could not get through on the phone line.

Was surprised to actually have a room key. Nice size room and large bathroom for a historic hotel. Huge bathtub. Loved the toiletries, huge soft bath towels, and robes.

Turn down service had to be requested. It came with a delicious chocolate chip cookie and odd cloth on the floor- maybe a prayer cloth or bare feet?

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 601 Vine St, 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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cincinnati
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cincinnati
#9 Business Hotel in Cincinnati
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cincinnatian Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, luxury boutique hotel built in 1882 and listed on the National Register of Historic places. Proud member of Hisotric Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels International, The Cincinnatian Hotel celebrates its 130th year this September. Boasting of a wide range of accommodations, this namesake hotel of Cincinnati is the perfect home away from home destination for those who want something simple or something grand. Call for details. ... more   less 
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