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Case Western Visit-where to stay, what to do?

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Case Western Visit-where to stay, what to do?

Greetings: We will be visiting Cleveland for the first time for 2 days next month to visit CWR. Can anyone suggest a hotel convenient to the university, yet also to some nice places to walk around? Also, we'll have 2 teenage boys with us, and are looking for suggestions for a couple of places to visit in our one free day....and some nice areas to see to get a feel for the city.


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1. Re: Case Western Visit-where to stay, what to do?

CWRU should have a list of hotels that they recommend, but the most obvious are the Glidden House which is on campus, next to a number of museums that are worth visiting (if your guys like cars, the Crawford Auto & Aviation museum is a 5 minute walk!). Glidden House is not a cheap place, but to be in the middle of campus is an advantage, because you can walk to so many parts of campus.

Another choice, up the road in Cleveland Hts. is the Alcazar Hotel, it's a residential hotel that can accomodate visitors as well. It's in a charming area of shops and restaurants (very safe), a bit farther to walk to campus though. I don't think it would be as expensive as the Glidden House, if that's a consideration.

The Alcazar ia also within walking distance of an area called Coventry in Cleveland Hts., a long street with MANY local restaurants and unusual local shops, a place that your son will probably get familair with if he chooses CWRU!

Other than that are the hotels around the Cleveland Clinic or in downtown cleveland, but you will want to have a car to get to campus.

As for what to do on your free day, visiting the museums in the CWRU campus area can take up a whole day, or you can do 1 or 2 museums and then drive downtown to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on the waterfront, that can easily take 2 hours-plus, if R&R is your thing.

Any other questions, just ask!

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2. Re: Case Western Visit-where to stay, what to do?

I second the Glidden House but it's not cheap, and the Alcazar, which is not as nice but will be less expensive. It's not really a close walk to the campus though and weather here is very iffy through May so it could be snowing. If you plan to rent a car, that would be best. There's an Omni about 10 minutes away that's v. close to the Cleve Clinic, but it's not nice to walk around.

Near the Alcazar are several restaurants and a Jillian's billard hall that your boys would probably like so that might be good for you. There's a v. good Lebanese place called Aladdin's there as well, we have several Aladdin's throughout the state, and they offer great, fresh, healthy food. There's of course a Starbucks right there too, aren't they everywhere?

It's also pretty close to Little Italy, which is an area on Mayfield Road, which is v. near Case, that has a lot of very good restaurants. It's a small area but has a nice old world Italian feel. I recommend Battuto if you are in the mood to spend a little, Trattoria for middle of the road and a Cleveland "institution" and Mama Santa's if you want some cheap but good pizza.

If you get a car and come downtown, the Rock Hall is great to see and you can get a "feel" for the city/downtown itself. I recommend parking at Tower City center, which is a mall downtown, and taking the train (5 minute ride, I think it's 75 cents each) down from inside Tower City to the rock hall, it's the Waterfront Line. Tower City is connected to the Renaissance hotel in Cleveland, which is definitely the nicest hotel lobby in town and is a must-see. Note that if you do rent a car, don't speed while in or near Cleveland Heights, which is where the university, little italy and the Alcazar are, the police are notorious ticketers there and the speed limit is 25.

Let us know if we can help with any other recommendations!

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3. Re: Case Western Visit-where to stay, what to do?

Other posters' suggestions excellent. I'll add some options:

a) You can stay at the Omni at the Cleveland Clinic. Pricey, excellent food. 5 minutes from campus

b) Save money and Priceline downtown. You're still only a 10-minute drive. Go only for the 4-star and you'll get the Renaissance. It will cost you $60 to $75 per night via Priceline.

c) Check out the West Side Market, an enormous ethnic indoor/outdoor stew of fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses, whole goats, pierogies, etc. Vintage, yet hip, Cleveland. Either snack your way through or grab lunch across the way at Great Lakes Brewin Company. This was around long, long before the trendy breweries popped up across the contry. And they make their own rootbeer (teens).

d) I don't know precisely when you'll be here, but snag tickets to a Tribe game. The opener is mid-month. If you like this idea, it's even more incentive to stay downtown.

e) If you're here on a weekend, check out the gospel brunch at the House of Blues downtown...or just go there for a meal. Across the street is a funky place called Pickwick & Frolick. If your kid stays in Cleveland, these will soon become familiar.

Welcome to Cleveland...you'll be pleasantly surprised by out depth and diversity : )