Visited this hotel for business this week and was surprised to hear they'd renovated the top floor. This is an old hotel with lots of luxury touches and wide hallways. The staff is working extra hard to make your visit to Cleveland a special experience.
My room on the 14th floor was clean, spacious, and well-appointed. I appreciate the Aveda bath products and the robe in the room. If I lived in Cleveland, I'd do a weekend stay in the winter just to hang out in the atrium and pool area. (warm and moist and faintly tropical) for a day. There's shopping nearby, and some excellent restaurants both in walking and a short cab or drive. You can ask the Concierge for recommendations. I'd suggest Crop Bistro, The Flying Fig, and Lola.
The hotel restaurant, Sans Souci, is quite good. The wine list is conservative and the cocktails & food are expensive, but it's a hotel restaurant so having tasty food is really a plus. I'd take a business associate there without hesitation, and enjoyed eating there myself. Staff is very attentive and the kitchen is on it.
The THING about visiting Cleveland on a business trip, is that aside from trained staff like you find at the Renaissance and the airlines, the rest of the people you'll run into seem a bit... well, discouraged. Taxis are filthy and the drivers vary from 'interesting' to surly. The rental car drivers leave the shuttle bus doors hanging open... which is great if you're worried about catching the bus, but not so great if you're sitting there for ten minutes in the cold. The bus drivers don't help you with luggage, and they don't really seem to grasp the whole "timeline" thing. Or they do and there aren't enough buses to keep the rotation going. Whatever.
Driving downtown is a bit challenging with odd one-way streets, time-bounded no left turns, and a bus lane with rules I never quite figured out. Parking in the downtown area can be chancy, and expensive.
But this is about the Renaissance - where the parking is... um, expensive ($24/day for self parking and $30 for valet). I pay that in Honolulu and Chicago, so go figure.
The fitness center is comfortable, nicely equipped and decently laid out. Valet service is prompt and friendly. Housekeeping does a lovely job.
All in all, I wouldn't hesitate to return. If I wanted to stay in the city for some special event, I would most definitely book a stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sophisticated downtown Cleveland hotel is located on Public Square and is connected to Tower City Center's exclusive boutiques, restaurants and cinema. Within walking distance to Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Renaissance's luxury hotel features vaulted ceilings, high arched windows and a beautiful marble fountain. A city landmark, the iconic Renaissance Cleveland Hotel was built in 1918 and its architecture reflects Cleveland's unique style and rich history. Plush, spacious, newly renovated rooms with well-appointed and upscale amenities await guests at this luxury hotel. Experience Sans Souci, serving guests award-winning cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Perfect for conventions and wedding receptions, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel offers an abundance of elegant event space and a magnificent Grand Ballroom. Discover Cleveland's landmark social and business address at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cleveland Renaissance
- Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Ohio