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In the heart of the Great Lakes region, Ohio makes a strong case for offering everything to give visitors a taste of authentic America. With the Appalachian Mountains in the south, Lake Erie in the north, numerous state parks - fantastic in the fall - and cities offering a swathe of cultural options, no-one could argue they will be bored. So, decide whether you want to be in the big outdoors or the heart of the city and then check our choice of the best places to stay in Ohio.

Cleveland, on Lake Erie, offers a bit of both. Site of the Cleveland Museum of Art, with its renowned collection of masterpieces, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - check out Jimi Hendrix’s Stratocaster and Keith Moon’s platform shoes - it also has the Great Lakes Science Center that includes the 1973 Apollo capsule.

Lake Erie offers beaches, fishing and bird-watching, the latter particularly good for the spring migration, plus, if you dare, the Cedar Point Amusement Park, one of the world's best amusement parks, with 16 adrenaline-pumping roller-coasters.

Cincinnati is something of a hip city with the American Sign Museum, the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center and a series of indie-band festivals and beer festivals, including a German Oktoberfest. For the best view of the city, head up to the observation deck on Carew Tower, the world’s tallest tower from before the Second World War. Gaze across the Ohio River into Kentucky or look down onto Cincinnati's architecture.

If you love the outdoors, you won’t be disappointed in Ohio. There are over 70 State Parks and 130 State Nature Preserves, some 50 rivers, plus creeks and lakes which, together, offer hiking, mountain-biking, kayaking, rafting and fishing, amongst other activities. The countryside ranges from the gentler terrain in the North West to the more challenging Appalachian Foothills in the South East. Two popular areas are the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Hocking Hills State Park.

Summer and the fall are popular months to visit Ohio and some of the best places to stay in Ohio can get booked up. Don’t leave it too late!

The best historic hotels in Ohio

  • The Victorian Cincinnatian Hotel, built in lavish French Second Empire style, was a landmark when it opened in Cincinnati in 1882, and remains so today. With a grand staircase, sleek rooms with huge bathtubs, and an opulent restaurant, this is a return to grand hotel living.
  • The Schofield in downtown Cleveland offers a historic exterior, but bang up to date interiors. Plus there's a great restaurant offering American classics with a French twist.

The best hotels for couples in Ohio

  • With a modern art gallery and stylishly furnished rooms with a retro feel and cool neutral colours, the 21c Museum Hotel is a very grown-up retreat. Ineffably elegant, it also offers a gym and spa plus is walking distance to Cincinnati’s downtown cultural hot-spots.

For more choices, browse our list of the best places to stay in Ohio, or contact a friendly guru for advice.

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  • The Granville Inn Granville, Ohio 39 rooms from £75

    Romantic Break  -  Romantic packages include dinner for two, a Granville Inn wine and 1/2 pound box of handmade Goumas chocolates
    Local exploring  -  The inn is just a short 30 minutes from Columbus, Ohio and nearby to the State Parks
    Great walks  -  Hike the trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve, Taft Reserve, or Morris Woods Nature Preserve
    Kayaking  -  Kayak, canoe or SUP on Mirror Lake at Infirmary Mound Park
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    An elegant hotel set in Granville, a charming New England style village. Spacious and comfy rooms feature luxury linens, fluffy towelling robes and sweeping vistas of the garden. Dine at the Oak Room with its creative menus and sophisticated ambience and visit the tavern for a hand-crafted cocktail. See More

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  • The Barn Inn Millersburg, Ohio 11 rooms from £124

    Country Escape  -  A charming and quaintly old fashioned inn set in the heart of Amish Country Ohio
    Local markets  -  There are several farmers' markets in the area that are a great place to witness rural life and sample local produce
    Adult Only  -  Very much an adult-only feel but on prior request children are sometimes allowed to stay
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    A charming barn conversion set in pretty rural Amish Ohio. Individually styled rooms are cosy and characterful with old fashioned wood fans, sink-into beds, and exposed beams; most lead onto a large shared verandah. Homemade breakfasts are served in the double-storey lounge. A tranquil rural base. See More

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  • Hotel Leveque Columbus (COLUMBUS) 149 rooms from £126

    Local exploring  -  Well placed in downtown with the artsy Short North Arts District and historic German Village nearby
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    A chic boutique-style hotel located in central downtown. Stylish rooms feature gilded mirrors, monochrome hues, crisp white linen, and white tiled bathrooms with exposed brass fittings. A French/American modern restaurant with a superb craft cocktail bar is a fun evening spot. A luxury choice. See More

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  • The Schofield Cleveland 122 rooms from £126

    City Style  -  Victorian-era red brick facade on the outside, contemporary decor and modern facilities on the inside.
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located in downtown Cleveland, close to several sights
    Sights nearby  -  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Playhouse Square theatre district are a moments away
    Local markets  -  In the downtown area, close to interesting market places
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    A historic building renovated tastefully, decorated with natural tones offers comfortable accommodation. Interesting art-works on display, some rooms have private hot tubs and views of the city. In-house restaurant and bar, a chic and lively hotel in the heart of the city. See More

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  • Glidden House Cleveland (Ohio) 60 rooms from £140

    Local exploring  -  A perfect location for exploring Ohio's trendiest areas such as Little Italy, Tremont and Ohio city
    Sights nearby  -  Situated next to Cleveland's beautiful bontanical gardens and a must-visit is Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Great walks  -  Enjoy walking through Cleveland Metroparks with stunning sunrises over Lake Erie
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    An historic, boutique hotel situated in the lively area of the University Circle. Rooms are classically elegant with tasteful antiques. The complimentary breakfast is delicious with a great range of options. Take yourself on a tour of the beautiful artworks that line the hotel. Great for exploring! See More

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  • Glenlaurel Rockbridge, Ohio 21 rooms from £162

    Active Holiday  -  Guests are spoilt for choice with activities with canoeing, horse riding, boating, scenic air tours, golf, and year-long hiking
    Romantic Break  -  Couples can enjoy private hot tubs, whirlpool tub, and gas log fireplaces
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic town of Nelsonville less than 30 minutes from Glenlaurel
    Private Hot Tub  -  All the crofts and cottages come with their own private outdoor hot tub
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    A charming Scottish themed hotel set on a rural 140-acre estate. Elegant and romantic cabins, cottages and rooms with fireplaces, the best with private outdoor hot tub or whirlpool bath tub for two. A restaurant serves incredible gourmet dishes with Scottish flair. Superb. See More

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  • Gervasi Vineyard Luxury Suites Canton, Ohio 48 rooms from £187

    Active Holiday  -  Partake in on-site winery and distillery, tours, tastings, pairings, culinary classes and events
    Cooking classes  -  Experience a three-course cooking class with the on-site renowed chef
    Great walks  -  Discover local walking trails
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    A Tuscan-inspired upscale boutique hotel set on a vineyard. Rooms feature plush linens, heated floors, cosy fireplaces and stunning views of the lake. Three restaurants with more of an Italian vibe, plus wine and spirit tastings on site. A chic gourmet choice. See More

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  • The Cincinnatian Hotel Cincinnati 112 rooms from £187

    Sights nearby  -  Only 5 minutes' drive from the Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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    The Cincinnatian Hotel is a stalwart member of Ohio's third city's hotel heritage. Lovingly decorated rooms and suites in neutral tones with rich crimson accents, featuring oversized bathtubs and comfortable beds. On-site restaurant and bar serve sumptuous fare, afternoon tea and cocktails. Gym. See More

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  • Welsh Hills Inn Granville, Ohio 5 rooms from £194

    Local exploring  -  From beautiful golf courses to hiking, shopping, and sightseeing – there’s something for everyone
    Fishing  -  Fish the stocked pond where you’ll find bluegill, sunfish, perch, small and largemouth bass, catfish, and hybrid stripers
    Local markets  -  Enjoy Granville’s Saturday morning Farmer’s Market from May-October
    Great walks  -  Hike the trails through our 10-acres of woodlands
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    A charming and idyllic countryside inn set in Welsh Hills in a pretty village. Comfortable and luxurious rooms feature original artworks, antique furnishings, cosy fireplaces and spacious bathrooms. Take a dip in the pool and explore the wooded gardens. Farm-to-table cuisine completes the picture. See More

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  • 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Cincinnati 156 rooms from £202

    Sights nearby  -  The Aronoff Center for the Arts is located just a short walk away, and the Taft Museum of Art is less than 2km from the hotel.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children can be accomodated at the hotel.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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    Chic, sleek accommodations with an onsite modern art gallery. Laid-back elegance defines the interiors, where splashes of colour cut through a neutral palette to create a fresh ambiance, and with carefully selected furniture to complete the look. Gym, spa. Sustainable fare served in the restaurant. See More

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  • The Lytle Park Hotel Cincinnati 106 rooms from £247

    Local exploring  -  Lytle Park historic district offers museums, theatres, historic architecture, performing arts centres and leafy city park
    City Style  -  Enjoy contemporary drinks and dining in impressive and inviting historical setting with bags of style and character
    Roof terrace  -  Vista at Lytle Park offers stunning panoramic views over the Cincinnati skyline
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    Grand historic downtown property exquisitely converted into on-the-pulse contemporary wonder. Rooms are the epitome of elegance with soothing blue tone colour scheme, luxury amenities and top of the range facilities. Lobby and Vista bars are stand-out, offering stunning settings and atmosphere. See More

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  • Inn at Cedar Falls Cedar Grove, Ohio 9 rooms from £281

    Total relaxation  -  It's hard to imagine somewhere more relaxing; enjoy rambling gardens, the sounds of nature, whirlpool tubs & forest-view porches
    Back to Nature  -  Forget the stresses of modern life and settle into bucolic bliss surrounded by woodland, nature reserve, waterfall and caves
    Romantic Break  -  Perfectly suited to special weekends away; enjoy roaring fires, romantic walks, cosy cabins and indulging spa treatments
    Families  -  The newly built luxe lodges have plenty of space for all the family and come with spacious wrap-around porches
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    Luxury cabins, yurts, cottages and lodges set in acres of woodland as well as rooms within the inn. Rustic romantic decor combines wood-burning stoves, paisley rocking-chairs and antique furniture. Very special restaurant and spa located in original 1840s log cabins. An idyllic country retreat. See More

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