Carew Tower
Carew Tower
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Melanie R
Gulf Shores, AL141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Attempted a visit but the observation deck has been closed and is closed indefinitely. Unfortunately didn’t see this information posted anywhere before we went. We did go to the I Love Cincinnati store for a couple small souvenirs.
Written February 15, 2021
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tmazionsmith
Saint Paul, MN443 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We went into the building to see the interior architecture and to find the I Love Cincinnati store. Most of the retail spots are empty, which was sad to see. I'm sure Covid played a part in that. We noticed that there was a sign stating there was an observation level, so we tried to find out how to get up there. Once we figured out where to go, we were disappointed to discover that the observation area was closed, so there was no way we could get up there.
Written June 2, 2023
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Gina S
Lebanon, TN15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
When I called in the morning, the attendant tried to discourage me from visiting. Inspite of this, my daughter and I made the trek to the top floor see Cincinnati from the observation deck. The attendant of the observation deck was extremely rude. Additionally she was closing earlier than her sign stated and refused to allow us to go on the deck. When I pointed this out she said she closed early because that was the time she got to leave. We were extremely disappointed this experience.
Written January 6, 2015
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Joel M
Burlington, KY3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
When we got all the way to the observation deck, we saw a sign that said "no credit cards accepted, cash only". The woman at the desk could have cared less...

We went back down to the ground floor and withdrew $ from the ATM (which only dispenses $20 increments) and returned to the observation deck. The elevator we had ridden for the 2nd leg of the lift was cramped and creaked and popped so much we walked up the stairs for the last 4 stories. This time there was a man at the desk, laying across the counter with his head on his arms. Without raising his head, he looked at the $20 bill I extended to him, and he said, we don't take 20's. I said it would have been nice to know this before going down the first time and also it would be nice if the Carew Tower entered the 21st century and accepted cards (even our parking meter accepts them)
His response was, "Oh well..." and he closed his eyes again. We left for the 2nd and final time and although my wife still has never been able to see the view from the observation deck, we probably never will. I've never had service that bad before. He could have at least sat up or stood up, maybe he could have even said, "I apologize for the inconvenience"....

His whole attitude said, "I hate my job and you're lucky we even let you people up here." The Observ deck could be a huge draw but I'm starting to see why downtown Cincy is struggling to draw visitors

Visit was on 8/17/14 between noon-3pm
PS. restrooms were locked, there is no wheelchair access
Written August 18, 2014
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Optiker909
Highland Heights, OH8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
Carew tower observation deck was one of the items on our to do list on our Cincinnati visit. We made certain choices like staying at a more expensive hotel, etc. It is supposed to open at 10:00AM on Sunday. After enduring a claustrophobic rickety old elevator to get to a staircase in need of a good cleaning that leads to the observation deck it was closed. So we descended the dirty stairs. The rickety lift to the 45th floor and down. If you want to open at 10:15 or 10:30 fine but be open during the published hours.
Written June 2, 2013
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GoesWithWine
Washington DC, DC14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Carew tower offers a terrific, open-air viewing deck with 360 views of downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. You'll look straight down on fountain Square. Stairs are required for the last floor, so persons with limited mobility may find this a challenge. The regular elevator goes to the 45th floor, then a tiny old elevator takes you up three of the last four levels.

The highlight of our visit was touring the Netherland Plaza hotel, with its art deco lobby and fabulous fixtures and murals. Be sure to pick up the free self-guided tour brochure, which is available at the inside entry to the Orchid Restaurant. The brochure has tremendous information about this Cincinnati gem and points out details you would otherwise miss. There are interpretive placards between the hotel lobby and the Carew tower elevators that give interesting history of the Netherland Plaza and how the hotel got its name (even as a Cincinnati native, I had no idea that was not the original name).
Written November 25, 2018
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Gatorzman
Tampa, FL224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
Our family spent about an hour on the roof of Carew Tower taking in the beautiful scenery of Cincinnatti and northern Kentucky. Some beautiful pictures and you can really see all of the buildings and the layout of the city from here. Watching ships, paddle wheelers, trains. traffic and the people in the downtown area is easy to do. You can see both the Reds and Bengals stadiums very clearly. There are no screens or fences blocking your 360 degree view. Only thing missing is a detailed picture map of what you are looking at. I would highly recommend this bargain attraction when you are in Cincy.
Written July 7, 2011
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Companion709859
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
The website states to wait for information on 2021 Spring, gives a number that they do not answer or give any information, they may be closed forever. I guess it is another Covid excuse for mediocrity.
Written July 8, 2021
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stevezeinner
Fort Myers, FL1,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
The observation deck offers great views of all the downtown and surrounding Cincy area. It costs $4 (adult) to enter and cash only. You can take one elevator for 45 floors and then a very small elevator for a few more then you walk one flight of stairs. Wish they had later hours in the summer so you could watch the sunset and see night lights.
Written June 11, 2018
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Gogoinspectorgadget
Cincinnati, OH139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We have been exploring all the views in Cincinnati, and this is the winner! From this rooftop you can see all the bridges across the Ohio River, all of downtown, the surrounding hills, and miles in every direction- all for less than the cost of a Big Mac (admission is four bucks). Carew Tower is also a beautiful Art Deco era sky scraper. This is the Empire State Building of Cincinnati!
Written June 5, 2018
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