What is the most luxurious hotel in Cincinnati?

Open since 1882, the Cincinnatian Hotel was one of the first hotels in the world to have elevators and incandescent lighting; it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, the hotel underwent a $25 million renovation and the originally 300 rooms were reduced to 146 rooms, including seven luxurious suites. The hotel’s old-world charm was retained, though — evidenced largely by the marble and walnut grand staircase that continues to impress those who enter the lobby. The accommodations are lovingly maintained and incorporate modern technology. Furnishings lean toward the contemporary, while some rooms feature balconies and fireplaces. The eight-story atrium of the Cricket Lounge serves afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The fine dining and impeccable service at the Palace Restaurant make it one of the top tables in town.

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    What are the best things to see in Cincinnati?

    Cincinnati is by far the largest city in Southern Ohio. With a wealth of fine restaurants, a redeveloped downtown with a Skywalk, its own Montmartre in Mount Adams and the beautiful Ohio River, Cincinnati has a cosmopolitan flavor uniquely its own. Check out Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Eden Park while you’re there.

    1. Cincinnati Art Museum. Founded in 1881, Cincinnati Art Museum features 88 galleries and a permanent collection of over 60,000 works of international art spanning 6,000 years. Its most notable gems include the only collection of ancient Nabataean art outside of Jordan, the renowned Herbert Greer French collection of old master prints, and a fine collection of European and American portrait museums.

    2. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. More than 500 animal species can be seen in a variety of natural habitats, including the world famous gorillas and white Bengal tigers at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Cat House features 16 species of cats; the Jungle Trails exhibit is an indoor-outdoor rain forest. Rare okapi, walrus, Komodo dragons and giant eland also are on display. Enjoy the participatory children’s zoo, animal shows, elephant and camel rides. There are also picnic areas and an onsite restaurant.

    3. Eden Park. One of the most popular Cincinnati Parks, Eden Park is more than 185 acres initially called "the Garden of Eden." It is home to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Krohn Conservatory. Popular landmarks are Mirror Lake, the Bettman Foundation and the Hinkle Magnolia Garden, which has a picturesque gazebo, memorial tree groves and paths. Four overlooks offer scenic views of the Ohio River, the city and Kentucky hillsides.
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    What are the best places to eat in Cincinnati?

    The Palace, located inside the Cincinnatian hotel, is under the direction of chef Jose Salazar. The menu features traditional dishes such as rack of lamb with crushed chickpeas, tomato and eggplant tarte tatin, or angus rib-eye with corn and mascarpone flan.

    The view of Cincinnati from its floor-to-ceiling windows is one reason to dine at Primavista, but it’s not the only one. A menu of creative but classic Italian fare, including fresh seafood, meat and veal specialties as well as pizzas and pasta dishes, are featured. Dishes include pine-nut-crusted salmon over fettuccine with pesto cream sauce and roasted tomatoes and broiled filet mignon served with calamari.

    Similarly, Celestial’s name could just as easily refer to its stunning view of the Ohio River and city as to its street address. Dining takes place in a clubby atmosphere of carved wood, and aged, hand-cut steaks are the specialty. Stop at the Incline Lounge to sip a cocktail and watch the sunset, or for live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday.
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    Where can you watch sports in Cincinnati?

    One of two National Football League teams in Ohio, the Cincinnati Bengals have been a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference since 1970. Games are played at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, which is known as "The Jungle" to locals.

    Plus, the Cincinnati Reds was baseball’s first professional franchise—they were once known at the Cincinnatti Red Stockings. They’re still a member of the Major League Baseball’s Central Division in the National League, but their name has been shortened. The Reds have won five World Series titles over the pass 120-some years. The team’s home, the Great American Ballpark, is located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati.
  • On November 11, 2011
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    What is the most luxurious hotel in Cincinnati?

    Open since 1882, the Cincinnatian Hotel was one of the first hotels in the world to have elevators and incandescent lighting; it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, the hotel underwent a $25 million renovation and the originally 300 rooms were reduced to 146 rooms, including seven luxurious suites. The hotel’s old-world charm was retained, though — evidenced largely by the marble and walnut grand staircase that continues to impress those who enter the lobby. The accommodations are lovingly maintained and incorporate modern technology. Furnishings lean toward the contemporary, while some rooms feature balconies and fireplaces. The eight-story atrium of the Cricket Lounge serves afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The fine dining and impeccable service at the Palace Restaurant make it one of the top tables in town.