Posted October 25, 2017

Midwest Heart: A New Kimpton in Cincinnati


Tucked between rolling hills and the Ohio River, Cincinnati has a few secrets up her sleeve. And now we have a new reason to get acquainted with this down-to-earth Queen City: a new Kimpton hotel is coming to the heart of Cincinnati’s vibrant downtown.

Culture, scenery and Midwestern charm can be found in Cincinnati… and now a brand new Kimpton property.

Anticipating a 2019 opening, the hotel will give new life to downtown Cincinnati’s historic Traction Building, a designated local landmark. It will feature 153 guestrooms, a signature restaurant, rooftop bar, fitness center and nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The building’s 1902 elegance will be well preserved, with some modern Kimpton moxie infused into the design.

Since the hotel stands in the heart of the central business district, guests will be walking distance to the always-happening Smale Riverfront Park, the Great American Ball Park (home of the Reds) and Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Bengals) plus Fortune 500 headquarters.

Smale Riverfront Park is a picturesque haven in the center of Cincinnati. (Photo credit: Smale Riverfront Park)

We’re Crushing on the Midwest
Cleveland, Chicago and Milwaukee have all seen new Kimpton hotels lately. Heading into Cincinnati just made sense. The city has a plethora of cool things to see and do, like…..

Cincinnati rises to the arts and culture scene with concerts, art films and cutting-edge exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center, a stroll from the hotel. Another downtown neighbor is the Taft Museum of Art, an 1820s mansion with Rembrandt, Goya and Whistler among its works. Other spots to embrace your artsy side include the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Observatory (with the country’s oldest public telescope) and the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is home to a broad collection of nearly 70,000 works of art, spanning 6,000 years! (Photo credit: Cincinnati Art Museum)

Al Fresco:
For fresh air, catch a concert at the outdoor Riverbend Music Center. The aptly named Eden Park treats you to 186 acres of green space, groves, paths, lakes and scenic overlooks of the Ohio River Valley. Or, say hello to baby hippo calf Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the second oldest zoo in the U.S.

Baby hippo Fiona — shown here with her mom Bibi — is an international superstar. She’s even been featured on Jimmy Fallon! (Photo credit Lisa Hubbard/ Cincinnati Zoo)

The Less Expected:
Don’t miss a walk through Mainstrasse Village, located just across the river in Kentucky. This picturesque neighborhood taps into Cincinnati’s strong German heritage, with a working glockenspiel, cobblestones and buildings dating in the mid-1800s. If you have a fascination with dummies, the Ventriloquist Museum is calling your name. Prefer neon? The American Sign Museum celebrates vintage signage.

An electric experience awaits at the American Sign Museum. (Photo credit: American Sign Museum)

Eating and Imbibing:
Suffice it to say that Cincinnati will satisfy every palate with the likes of Montgomery Inn’s famous ribs, small-batch Graeter’s ice cream and countless brew houses like Rhinegeist in the Over-the-Rhine brewery district which pay homage to the city’s obsession with beer. Visit in October and you’ll see.

The taps at Rhinegeist Brewery are always flowing… and the brewery boasts a steller rooftop for enjoying your beer of choice, too! (Photo Credit: Rhinegeist Brewery)

Maybe by now you’re tempted to believe Winston Churchill was right when he called Cincinnati, “the most beautiful of the inland cities of the union.” In 2019, you can come prove him right.


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  1. James says:

    So excited! I Love Cincinnati and love your hotels!!!!!

  2. Chrissy says:

    How great! Hopefully a local design firm will get to work on the project!

  3. Colin says:

    Terrific! I travel to Cincinnati often for work, and this will be a great addition.

  4. Shelton says:

    Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused .. Any suggestions? Bless you!

    • Kimpton says:

      Hi Shelton, thanks so much for the blog kudos! We use WordPress ourselves (customized template) so that’d be a great place to start for your new writing ventures. It’s user-friendly and, if you keep building it up, you can always change the domain name down the road. As for writing in general, we love jotting down our thoughts as regularly as possible. You never know when a great idea might strike so that’s our number one tip!

  5. Robin says:

    Great! Will you have a full service spa?

  6. J.M. Sorrell says:

    My family lives in the Cincinnati/northern KY area, so we are THRILLED to be able to stay at a Kimpton Hotel in Cincinnati. Please do not be remiss in linking to the National Freedom Museum–Underground Railroad. It is significant and a beautiful place to visit near the Riverfront. Besides addressing slavery and the Ohio River as a means to freedom during the 19th century, there are contemporary exhibits. Civil rights of all kinds–LGBT, race, etc. are addressed. We never miss going there when we visit. Thanks for including this as you continue to highlight Cincinnati.

  7. Kim Ackerman says:

    I love your hotels and seek them out in every city I visit!

  8. John S says:

    I’m looking to book 60-70 rooms for a May 2019 wedding. any chance the property will be open by then?

    • Kimpton says:

      Unfortunately, we don’t have a more detailed timeframe at this time, John. We’ll have more info the closer we get. Thanks!

  9. Janie says:

    Hello! Is there an anticipated opening date? I am planning on getting married in Cincinnati in 2019 and would love some insight! Thank you!

  10. Kimpton says:

    Hi, Janie! We don’t have a date just yet as the opening is still too far out (bummer, we know). Please continue to check back here for updates.

  11. Louis says:

    As a Kimpton loyalist, I am so happy to see further development plans for Ohio. With this property and the one in Cleveland, you are growing on Ohio, as it is on you. I can’t wait to try this upcoming hotel, and I hope Columbus winds up on your list soon too!