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“Beautiful house, attentive host” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Parker House Bed and Breakfast

The Parker House Bed and Breakfast
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The Parker House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 16 Cincinnati B&B and Inns
Pasadena, CA
Level Contributor
54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Beautiful house, attentive host”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

I just realized to my dismay that I neglected to review this very special property after my stay there a few months ago. This is a B&B that deserves more reviews. Our rate was excellent and the location near UC is terrific. The neighborhood is a bit dicey (no great choices near UC) but that all faded away the minute we stepped inside this remarkable house. It was like stepping back in time to the turn of the last century -- in a good way -- and very quiet. The house has been meticulously restored and contains many interesting features stemming from the original builder's ownership of an iron foundry. The spacious bedroom (we were in the Gold Room) and common areas were ours to enjoy, and we did. The breakfast provided was good and ample, and our host went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and is just generally an interesting guy! Off-street parking was provided. I recommend this property highly.

Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Longmont, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2011

My daughter and I stayed at the Parker House since we were in Cincinnati for her audition for CCM. It was the perfect place for us, since it's in walking distance to UC (but the owner was so kind as to drive us since it was quite cold in the early morning!). The house is absolutely beautiful and very interesting, the hosts are very hospitable and accommodating, and the breakfast is delicious! If my daughter is accepted to CCM, this will be my place of choice to stay when visiting! They took great care of us and we couldn't have asked for more!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank robi5
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Cambridge, MA
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2009

Given the amazingly low rates of the Parker House compared to those of other B & B's in the vicinity, I had some skepticism about it but couldn't pass up the opportunity to be a mere block away from friends I was in town to visit. No sooner did I step inside than my skepticism was dashed.
Although the house doesn't appear to be all that unique or distinctive from the exterior, the inside proved to be both. Its first owner had commissioned painted ceilings by a local muralist, and the current owners had those ceilings among many other things restored to their original luster. If furniture or fixtures in a room didn't date back to the first house, chances are something from roughly the same era was installed in its place. The common areas are well-stocked with plastic plants to add greenery - "We got tired of racing to mop water off the antique furniture, so..."
Both owners are outgoing persons, as befits folks in their position as innkeepers. The husband in particular is a font of information and a source of countless entertaining yarns. It's he who has a knack for renovating and restoring buildings; "The entire basement here is full of stuff in case something needs to be added or replaced." If you like tomatoes, their backyard garden produces such a bumper crop that he's eager to give you a bagful when you leave. He's also the one to take suggestions for a main course at breakfast to go along with the generous plate of sliced fresh fruit.
(Matter of fact, the Parkers' hospitality went so far as to allow my nearby friends to join me for the morning meal at no extra charge one day.)
Although the Parker House is situated close to the UC campus, none of the neighborhood noise a large student population brings infiltrated the walls. For the most part it was only crickets that could be heard at night. The well-shaded front porch was conducive to relaxation even on the hot August days when I was in town.
Public transportation in Cincinnati is rudimentary at best, and infrequent - also not recommended to use - at night. But the inn's location near the university and downtown does mean that you can avail yourself of numerous "Metro" bus routes within short walking distance. If you bring your own vehicle, there's ample off-street outdoor parking available on the property. Just don't veer into the tomato plants.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Spensworld
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Koror, Palau
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2008

The rooms are spacious with 12 feet ceilings and victorian decor. The owners are lovely people who made this place feel like home. This is the first time I've been to a B&B and it is far superior to hotels that are more costly. As a lone woman traveler, I found it is more secure than less expensive options.

  • Liked — the room
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank mkn006
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Port Charlotte
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2008

When my husband and I came in town two years ago to visit our son who attends U.C, we found that the Parker House was the closest place to stay to be near our son's apartment and the university. We were pleasantly surprised to stay in an absolutely beautiful bed and breakfast. Every time we have visited our son, we stay there. The owners were extremely friendly and they even allowed us to have our son eat breakfast with us in the mornings. It's a treat when we get to visit our son, and staying in such a great place is the icing on the cake.

  • Liked — the room we stayed in was soundproof and the bathtub was large to relax in
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank musicpeople
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Titusville, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2007

The owners are hospitable and friendly, and the place is gorgeously decorated in period furnishings, accessories and the wallpaper, paint and plasterwork has been restored to period.

Our room was very quiet, as the house is so well built noise does not come in from outside. There is also a guest kitchen, dining room and living room so you can really be at home.

The guest dining room is decorated with photos of music students who stayed there, and the hosts view them almost as family.

We had a lovely breakfast and some wonderful conversations with the hosts.

We recommend staying there, but you have to hurry, as the house is going on the market soon.

  • Liked — The decor
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Elaine S
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Additional Information about The Parker House Bed and Breakfast

Property: The Parker House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 2323 Ohio Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219-1612
Location: United States > Ohio > Cincinnati
Amenities:
Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Cincinnati
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the green belt of Clifton Heights in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Parker House Bed and Breakfast is located just two blocks south of the University of Cincinnati and one mile north of downtown. This beautifully restored Victorian mansion was originally built in the 1800s and still maintains its old-world charm today. ... more   less 
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