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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.