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About Cincinnati

Cincinnati has plenty of historic charm and a European feel. The city’s elegant skyline had an impact on Charles Dickens - it was the only American city that he liked, calling it “beautiful, cheerful, thriving and animated”. While that was in the 19th Century, it is still true today. The culture is a unique blend of the Northeast, the Old South, and the Midwest, laid on top of German-Catholic heritage plus being friendly and arty.Many of the best places to stay in Cincinnati can be found in the city’s heart, among the beautiful old high-rises, but if you like the look of the city’s skyline you should see it from the city’s picturesque foothills.

What Not To Miss

  • Cincinnati is right on the Ohio River and has a wonderful river boating heritage and some colourful Downtown Basin neighbourhoods right by the river. The most famous and unique is probably Over-The-Rhine, which is where the large community of German immigrants settled in the 19th Century - some say they came because this was a great port city. Now Over-The-Rhine is a beautiful community of lovely Victorian buildings with original German signs and numerous bars.
  • Some of Cincinnati’s other highlights include the Findlay Market, Fountain Square and the 49th floor observation deck of Carew Tower - which is the world’s tallest pre WW2 structure and has a lovely Art Deco interior, and of course offers excellent views of the city.
  • If you want to learn about more about this town visit the Cincinnati Museum Centre in the spectacular 1933 Union Terminal building, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre and the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. Of course you must visit the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge and see the Contemporary Arts Centre.
  • Cincinnati also has a zoo and aquarium, a holocaust centre and a wonderful array of parks and green spaces, some littered with sculptures - they like their flying pig statues here.
  • The city is also one of the homes of baseball - the Cincinnati Reds were America’s first professional team and their stadium, the Great American Ball Park is quite something, right by the riverside. Sport is pretty big here.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Cincinnati allow visitors to really unwind after a busy day exploring this vibrant city.

The best places to stay in Cincinnati

For classic charm

  • The Cincinnatian Hotel is a classic Cincinnati hotel, known for its carefully decorated rooms and suites - there are 112 - with oversized baths, comfortable beds and crimson accents. The hotel is perfect for afternoon tea and cocktails.

Chic and Central

  • The 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is a sleek, chic hotel with an onsite modern art gallery and 156 modern, elegant rooms. The colour palate is neutral with splashes of colour and the furniture has been carefully selected for comfort and impact. There’s a gym and spa, but no children allowed.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a selection of central properties, ideal for exploring the city.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located 20km (13 miles) from Cincinnati with a selection of domestic and International links including to Europe.
  • The city is also served by Amtrak rail services including destinations such as New York and Chicago.
  • If you want to rent a car, for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - late April to early June provides visitors with typically pleasant temperatures for enjoying the city with a few festivals around this time as well.

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Best Hotels in Cincinnati

  • Graduate Cincinnati Cincinnati 203 rooms from AU$233

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for gameday weekends, college visits, and museum hopping
    City Style  -  Expect a distinct style with playful colours and fun retro design
    Restaurant  -  Poindexter serves all day breakfasts plus sandwiches and light bites
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce at Findlay Market
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    Located right on the University of Cincinnati campus, this is a trendy stay with a central location. College cool reigns throughout, expect bold colours and retro-inspired design with a distinctly Ohio touch. It may be youthful, but this hotel is polished from the amenities to the service. See More

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  • Weller Haus Cincinnati 5 rooms from AU$262

    Business meetings  -  A well equipped event centre (kitchenette, quality video & sound systems, and break-out lounge) makes this ideal for conventions
    Romantic Break  -  Rooms with whirlpool tubs spacious enough for two and working fireplaces, are a perfect setting for romance
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  All the suites feature whirlpool baths
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    A charming B&B located near the river in Greater Cincinnati. Five individually styled suites are spacious yet cosy with antiques, traditional fabrics, and most have fireplaces. Bathrooms are a serious affair and each is equipped with an enormous whirlpool tub. An indulgent base for local exploring. See More

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  • The Cincinnatian Hotel Cincinnati 112 rooms from AU$350

    Restaurant  -  It is a pleasure to dine in the Palace restaurant, with its graceful service and good food.
    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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  • 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Cincinnati 156 rooms from AU$380

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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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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  • Kinley Cininnati Cincinnati 94 rooms from AU$438

    City Style  -  Sleek and stylish with a strong sense of place; this is an in-demand place to rest your head for both business and leisure
    Romantic Break  -  Custom-made 'date night' package offers a romantic five-course dinner served in your own Corner King Suite
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the city's downtown; sites, restaurants and entertainment are all walking distance
    Groups  -  Cosy Bunk Room sleeps four across two sets of bunk beds; it can work for friends, families or colleagues
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    A luxury city hotel with rich history situated in heart of the downtown. Designer decor, chic furnishings and of-the-moment technology combine with period architecture to create an on-trend feel. High-tech gym, acclaimed restaurant and buzzing bar with Art Deco influences make this the place to be. See More

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  • The Lytle Park Hotel Cincinnati 106 rooms from AU$463

    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
    Restaurant  -  Boasts impressive dining options with Italian bistro, soaring Lobby Bar, Vista Bar and private dining options
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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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