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Ritz or Marriott Key

Hello, Planning a 2 night stay - would like to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the new Horseshoe Casino

We are in our late 40's, like a clean, comfortable bed close to the above.

Which hotel in order

Thanks!

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1. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

The Ritz probably is considered a notch above the Marriott, but is likely more expensive. The Ritz and the new casino both are inside Tower City, so you wouldn't need to walk outside. The Marriott is a five-minute walk to the casino, and five minutes closer (perhaps 10-15 minutes walk from the Marriott) to the Rock Hall. The Ritz culinary experience is more acclaimed, and there also is a Morton's and other restaurants in Tower City.

Are you driving or flying? If flying, the Tower City RTA rail station is connected to the airport station by the Red Line. It's a short indoor walk to the Ritz. That rail station also can be used to visit the West Side Market and Shaker Square (but again the station is only a five-minute walk from the Marriott). On weekends, the Waterfront rail line runs from Tower City to the Rock Hall. The 24/7 Healthline bus rapid runs between Public Square (minutes from both the Ritz and Marriott) stations to such destinations as Playhouse Square (check out "Sondheim on Sondheim" at the Hanna Theatre, one of the best performance spaces in the U.S.) and the University Circle cultural attractions.

Read through this forum for more.

Good planning!

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2. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

The Ritz is the closest as you don't even have to go outside to get to the casino. Our Ritz is very small. I don't even think they have an amenities/snack/gift shop, but the Marriott does, it is much larger. The restaurant in the ritz (muse) is better than the Marriott restaurant, but I personally wouldn't eat much hotel food if I were coming to Cleveland when there are so many other better choices in and near downtown. The casino does have a buffet featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner and sunday brunch, as well as 3 very good local food stands in their small food court.

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3. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

You might also wish to consider the Renaissance Hotel, also directly connected to Tower City Center and the new casino.

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4. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

Thanks for the input.

We also may take in a Cleveland Indians game - is that close to The Ritz?

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5. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

Yep.

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6. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

There is a covered walkway from Tower City (where the Ritz is located) to the Gateway District (where Progressive Field is). It is near the food court & movie theaters.

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7. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

That is awesome - I love that I can park the vehicle at the hotel and walk to my destinations. Casino, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a ball game.

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8. Re: Ritz or Marriott Key

You don't have to walk to the Rock Hall, even though it's only about a 15-minute walk. On Saturday and Sunday, the RTA Waterfront rail line operates between Tower City and Rock Hall. During business hours on weekdays, you could take a free B-line trolley to Lakeside and East 9th St. and be only a couple blocks with a nice view of the lakefront from the Rock Hall.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s303/Cleveland…

With a $5 RTA day pass, you also could easily explore University Circle, Shaker Square (Balaton, if you like Hungarian food), and West Side Market (including Great Lakes and Market Garden breweries).

If you walk to the Rock Hall, sites to see along the way include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the southeast quadrant of Public Square. Continue on Euclid Ave. to East 4th St. (a great place to dine or relax before or after a baseball game). On the north side of Euclid Ave. across from East 4th St. is the entrance to The Arcade, one of the nation's architectural gems, now largely a Hyatt Hotel. Walk through The Arcade to Superior Ave. Head east, then take East 9th St. north to the Rock Hall. On the east side of East 9th St. note the Galleria Arcade. It's a good place to lunch while visiting the Rock Hall, as most persons don't like the Rock Hall's cafeteria.

clevelandskyscrapers.com/cleveland/arcade.ht…

http://www.east4thstreet.com/dining

Definitely consider visiting the Steamship Mather (buy tickets at the Great Lakes Science Center next to the Rock Hall) and the U.S.S. Cod (check Cleveland TA "Things to Do"), both very short walks from the Rock Hall.

Enjoy Ohio's North Coast!

Edited: 1:07 pm, June 05, 2012
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