Bob Driehaus

Correspondent

  • Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Bob Driehaus is a correspondent who lives in Cincinnati and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Driehaus also writes about his region and beyond through his company, Cincinnati National News & Features Ltd. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and others. Having found his way back to his native city after stints in Chicago and beyond, Driehaus embraces Cincinnati’s surprisingly diverse restaurant culture. He seeks out the best restaurants on domestic and foreign travels, happily accompanying his wife, Carrie, and their toddler, Sam, whose palate is at least as adventurous as his dad’s.

  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the design style of The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland?

    Set inside a downtown tower, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland goes for traditional design with marble floors and chandeliers, but it adds local flair in the details. Among the décor are photos, exhibition pieces and music from the nearby Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. But the Cleveland hotel keeps it sophisticated throughout the public spaces with rich carpets, marble fireplaces and tables complemented by wood-paneled walls and sleek, primary-colored furniture. Meanwhile, softer color schemes (tan, cream, gold) fill the guest rooms, though unexpected hues are injected here and there (an orange throw pillow, a deep aquamarine armchair).
  • On September 30, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland?

    At The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, the 405-square-foot standard deluxe rooms are exceptionally spacious for a downtown luxury hotel. You’ll have room to stretch out. The rooms are decorated in muted cream, gold and tan, with light-colored wood furniture. You’ll see unexpected pops of color in several places, like orange-striped throw pillows on the tan tufted beds and a dark aquamarine armchair. Full marble baths include showers and tubs, and the Cleveland hotel provides 24-hour room service and in-room honor bars. Rooms have views of Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River or downtown.
     
    The best room, of course, is the 1,063-square-foot presidential suite. It features a sitting room, dining room table, prep kitchen, whirlpool bath and, like all of the luxury hotel’s suites, a corner location with sweeping views. Regardless of the accommodations you book, all rooms come with turndown service, wireless Internet connectivity, complimentary overnight shoe shines and newspapers.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland located?

    The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is located at 1515 W. Third St., in the heart of downtown. There are more than enough nearby attractions to fill a weekend. The hotel is a convenient base for sports fans: Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Indians’ Progressive Field and the Cavaliers’ Quicken Loans Arena are all within a few blocks. Even better, the luxury hotel offers an enclosed walkway that leads to the basketball arena and ballpark. One of the city’s biggest attractions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, is only a mile from the Cleveland hotel. You’ll also find the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium, the Great Lakes Science Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum, which celebrates the Negro and women’s leagues, close by.
     
    If you’re flying into town, The Ritz is just 12 miles northeast of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and 1.5 miles west of Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at The Palace Restaurant?

    The setting may be historic — it is in fact located inside The Cincinnatian Hotel — but The Palace Restaurant has embraced a host of modern reservation avenues. Call the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant directly at 513-381-3000 or 800-942-9000, or reserve a table online at www.cincinnatianhotel.com or www.palacecincinnati.com. Reservations at The Palace are not required but are encouraged, especially for the popular Tasting Thursdays and half-off wine nights (Fridays January through October). The chef’s table, semi-private and private tables are available by reservation only, so Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you book as far ahead as possible to reserve your spot.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    When is The Palace Restaurant open?

    Breakfast at The Palace Restaurant is served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant serves breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and dinner is served from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 5:30 to10 p.m., but there is no dinner on Sunday evenings. Happy hour in the adjacent Cricket Lounge runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and in December only, an afternoon tea is served from 2 to 4 p.m. daily.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    Where is Orchids at Palm Court located?

    Orchids at Palm Court is located in the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. The hotel and restaurant are part of Carew Tower, a downtown Cincinnati high-rise built in 1931, resplendent with art deco features. The dining room is adjacent to the hotel lobby and The Bar at Palm Court. Just across the street is Fountain Square, the civic heart of the city that features the Tyler Davidson Fountain, created in 1871 by Henry Probasco, as well as a concert stage, café tables and a variety of nearly daily events, such as farmer’s markets and salsa night. The Cincinnati restaurant is spacious, with tables and booths spread at a generous distance from each other. There is generally a pleasant background murmur of voices from fellow diners, hotel guests and bar patrons that allows for conversation without feeling stuffy, along with the sounds of piano music and live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Orchids at Palm Court?

    There is a bustle that surrounds Orchids at Palm Court — the adjacent Bar at Palm Court features live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings and the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza lobby provides a welcome casual energy to offset the formality of the attentive service at the restaurant. Though it is located off of the hotel's lobby, Orchids is nonetheless an oasis from the nearby action, thanks to cleverly arranged ferns and booths. The Cincinnati restaurant serves its meals on white tablecloths and uses fine china. You’ll find a lively mix of business and leisure travelers and locals out to enjoy New American cuisine from executive chef Todd Kelly.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What is the dress code at Orchids at Palm Court?

    Orchids at Palm Court’s art deco style is reminiscent of an earlier age of dining in high style, but the dress code is slightly more relaxed. Diners would not feel out of place in black tie if the occasion called for it, as might be the case for those attending an afternoon wedding in the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (which is home to Orchids). But the Cincinnati restaurant serves hotel guests who are welcome in more casual clothes as well. While there is no formal barring of shorts and t-shirts, the norm trends toward nice pants and collared shirts for men and skirts, dresses or slacks for women.
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