I spent 4 late-October days in Cleveland for a conference, with Renaissance as the conference hotel.
I love old hotels: My wedding night was spent at the old Bellevue-Stratford in Philly; the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington was our "go-to" getaway for years (no longer), and our favorite D.C. hotel is The Willard.
I really want to love the Renaissance - the public areas retain elements of grandeur, the rooms are large and comfortable, the lobby bar is a nice place to hang out, and the staff were uniformly warm and welcoming.
Old hotels are supposed be like movie sets, or grown-up versions of "make-believe" - feeling your heart jump as you watch your jeans-clad spouse transformed into a 40's matinee idol by merely sharing a table with you in a grand hotel's bar. With the Renaissance, the economic straits surrounding the hotel (the empty streets, the homeless person using a lobby bathroom as their shower) intrude into the fantasy I so much want it to be.
They do try hard - and I hope they succeed. If you're in Cleveland, consider the Renaissance as your base. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and some nice restaurants (see my reviews of XO and Blue Point Grille) are easy walks. It's just hard to close your eyes to what's around.
- 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