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Cincinnatian Hotel


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Cincinnatian Hotel Review

A sedate 1882 French Second Empire–style hotel, the Cincinnatian offers contemporary elegance along with gracious personal service. The marble-and-walnut staircase is original, and ornate furniture and fine linens fill the spacious rooms. You can have afternoon tea or dine in the Palace Restaurant. It's not the largest hotel in Cincinnati, but it is the best.

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  • 147 rooms, 4 suites.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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    Cincinnatian Hotel Review

    It has been years since I have been to Cincinnati but I needed to come back to Ohio for a funeral and decided to stay in Cincinnati versus Dayton (where I’m originally from and where my parents still live). The funeral services were a little closer to Cincy and because of the lack of nonstop flights to Dayton at this point, it made the choice easier (especially since I was able to get a 25,000 round trip mileage ticket at the last minute).

    When I started looking for places to stay I immediately found, "The Cincinnatian" on several travel review sites. In all my years in Ohio and multiple trips to Cincinnati over the years I had never heard of it in spite of it having been here for many years. It is a beautiful, historic hotel and considered on the "boutique" side at this point.

    I decided to save 30% on my stay and booked an upgraded room classified as an, "Executive Deluxe King". It was a "pay-in-full at the time of booking" rate but I was very pleased with the rate discount for the 3 nights.

    Unfortunately I had to rent a car so I could drive to the funeral services while I was here. So when I arrived out front of the hotel, the valet was quick to get me in and immediately took my vehicle to the lot with no problems. The cost of the valet parking (with unlimited in/out privilege’s was $24 a day).

    Upon arrival the staff was extremely attentive and the front desk representative really did a great job reviewing my reservation, the rate, and other tidbits. He also gave a quick briefing about the hotel and the services available. Once that was complete he handed me an old, brass key that is still used. I thought it would be a drag but I actually quite liked it for a change.

    I immediately went up to my room as I was eager to see it. I had been told at the front desk during check-in that my room had been renovated in the last few weeks prior to my arrival. As soon as I opened the door I could smell the fresh pain, flooring, etc. The little sitting area had very nice, new, modern furniture and the bed was really nice as were the linens (I hear they were 400 thread count but not sure). Then I went into the bathroom which I had seen online and WOW, just WOW!! The shower was huge and had two rainshower heads on the ceiling as well as several side nozzles which created a full-around shower experience. Within the first 5 hours I was in the hotel I was in the shower twice! There was also a very nice Jacuzzi tub marble/granite trims and a really great vanity/sink area. The bathroom also had a flat screen TV up in one corner and a huge, elaborate stereo system with a CD player built into one wall of the bathroom. The towels and bath soaps/shampoos/lotions were incredible and very high-end. As for the bed itself, I slept like a baby and it was VERY comfortable. All the light switches on the walls had dimmers so you could adjust as needed. There were also several table lamps (which I prefer over ceiling lights). In the closet was a very small safe which locked by an additional key. This was a little annoying because it wasn’t big enough for my laptop or iPad…it was literally big enough for passports, wallets, etc. But at least it was something and it didn’t hinder my experience whatsoever. The HUGE flat screen TV in the main room was built into a giant dresser drawer and storage unit. There was a remote near the bedside which actually lowered the TV into the unit and could be completely stowed if necessary. I thought it was interesting that such a feature was in a
    room like this but I suppose it was cool.

    I ordered room service several times while at the hotel. The first time was simply to have a tea service sent up. I was expecting $12-15 for some tea bags and hot water. But they sent up several tea bags, a large carafe of hot water, lemons, sugar, cream and nice linens and cups. And get this, this bill came to $5.00 and some change! They basically just charged for the tea bags I was told. So I had tea sent up two other times while I was at the hotel. I also had a couple of side dishes from the dinner menu for a late dinner/snack one evening that was incredible. Fried green tomatoes and a couple of other tidbits which I loved. The prices of the menu and service was very, very reasonable and in fact, some of the most reasonable prices I’ve ever seen for room service.

    Overall I would HIGHLY recommend, "The Cincinnatian" if your travels take you to Cincinnati. It was a huge surprise to find such a place and I was extremely pleased with the service, accommodations, food, and pretty much everything. I can’t wait to stay here again sometime in the future.

    by scottyhouston1, 2/19/12

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