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cleveland hotel and itinerary recommendations, please :)

my mother (age 80), my friend, and i are planning a weekend in september to visit little italy and the west side market. what hotel(s) would be the most convenient to both of these places? would it be more advisable to visit west side market on saturday and little italy on sunday or vice versa? i know our time is short, but are there any other places of interest that we should visit?

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1. Re: cleveland hotel and itinerary recommendations, please :)

The west side market is not open on sundays so def go saturday. Any of our numerous downtown hotels will be a good location for you to stay.

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Go to the West Side Market on Saturday as early as possible. It will get very busy and crowded by about 10 a.m.

There are free parking lots just west of the market. However, driving to and from the market may involved ingress and egress charges, or at least valet fees, as all of the downtown hotels charge for parking. It also is difficult to find parking in little Italy.

So, when considering a downtown hotel, consider those with reported good shuttle service in the TA reviews. The Wyndham Playhouse Square reportedly offers shuttle services within 5 miles of the hotel. You could check with the Doubletree Lakeside to see if they provide shuttle service to Little Italy and the West Side Market.

The Doubletree has an attached garage, but I don't know it it offers free ingress/egress. The Wyndham does not have an attached garage, but it offers shuttle service from its garage if you want to self park. As in any large downtown area, you need to consider parking issues carefully when considering a hotel. You also could use taxis.

IMO, Little Italy isn't easy to reach using public transport, especially for an 80-year-old. However, the West Side Market is across from the West 25th St. rail station. RTA day passes are $5. Your mom might enjoy taking an RTA rail line to Shaker Square and dining at the Balaton or one of the several other excellent restaurants at Shaker Square.

The downtown RTA rail station is at Tower City, where the Ritz and Renaissance are located. There is a "Healthline" bus rapid that runs 24/7 down Euclid Ave. There is a station in front of the Wyndham. This Healthline bus rapid also would take you to Tower City, where you could catch a rail rapid.

The Marriott isn't far from Tower City. The Holiday Inn Express is a short walk to Tower City, is across from East 4th St., and is near a Healthline bus rapid station. The Holiday Inn Express does not have attached parking.

The Doubletree is a few blocks from a Waterfront rail rapid station, which only runs on weekends. It would take you to Tower City.

Have you considered seeing an event at Playhouse Square in September? If you decide to do so, this would make the Wyndham even more convenient.

www.playhousesquare.org/default.asp…

I would think that your group might enjoy visiting the following:

1) The Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the nation's best and with free admission.

2) The Cleveland Botanical Garden, also excellent.

3) Lakeview Cemetery, near Little Italy, especially the Wade Memorial Chapel with its Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass masterpieces. Some "Lolly the Trolley" tours include Lakeview and a stop at the Wade Memorial Chapel. These tours are greatly enjoyed by many and should be pleasant on a cool September day. If coming during Leaf Turn, Lakeview is spectacular.

4) Check out the restaurants and entertainment venues on East 4th St.

http://www.east4thstreet.com/dining

Enjoy Cleveland!

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thanks so much for the help/advice/suggestions. :)

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This article may provide you some ideas of what to do in the vicinity of the West Side Market.

cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2011/07/ohi…

Bar Cento, a charming restaurant with a family business during the day, is across West 25th St. from the West Side Market and opens at noon on Saturday (check); Bar Cento is well known for its gourmet pizza. Crop, one of Cleveland's very best restaurants, is scheduled to reopen somewhere near the West Side Market, probably by September. I don't know what Saturday hours it will have after reopening.

Here also is the 2011 compilation of Northeast Ohio's 100 best restaurants by the Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper:

cleveland.com/top-restaurants/…incart_hbx

The list contains reviews, links, etc., and complements well TA restaurant reviews/ratings.

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Another possible activity for Saturday or Sunday is visiting the observation deck of the Terminal Tower, until 1964 the tallest building in North America outside New York City.

…cleveland.com/metro/2011/05/view_from_termi…

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There will be a very special event in downtown Cleveland on 9/11, commemorating the terrorist attack. It will feature the renown Cleveland Orchesta, one of the world's best. If you plan to attend, bring folding chairs and plan to arrive at least an hour early. I would make post-concert reservations for dinner somewhere on East 4th St., to avoid the post-concert crowd. Reservations for some East 4th St. eateries need to be made weeks ahead of time, especially in anticipation of an event such as this one.

clevelandorchestrablog.com/2011/06/911-comme…

Taking the Healthline bus rapid would be a great way to reach the concert.

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thanks, again, for the help. :)

are most, if not all, of the bakeries/restaurants/shops in little italy open on sunday?

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You should make a list of what you want to see in Little Italy and check their hours. The only bakery I like in Little Italy is Presti's. Their website (see bottom of page) says they are open on Sunday, but seasonal hours apply (winter?).

http://www.prestisbakery.com/Welcome.html

Personally, I don't go to Little Italy much, and never to shop!

www.littleitalycleveland.com/directory.html

Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, a short drive from Little Italy, is another neighborhood that you might enjoy visiting.

http://www.coventryvillage.org/

Have fun!

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Two restaurants to consider in Little Italy are Il Bacio and Trattoria. Trattoria importantly has a parking lot if you drive there. Parking is a scarce commodity in Little Italy.

Michelangelo's often is considered Little Italy's best restaurant and one of Cleveland's very best Italian restaurants. Mia Bella also made the list of Greater Cleveland's 100 best restaurants published by the Plain Dealer, Cleveland's daily newspaper.

cleveland.com/top-restaurants/…incart_hbx

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