A family who travels together stays together. COVID-19 has made it difficult, but not impossible, for families to travel together. Overnight stays in local hotels allow families to get away with avoiding airplanes, trains, and crowds. Cincinnati has some great hotels for families who can spend a few nights away from home without leaving town.
21c hotel The 609 Walnut St., Downtown offers hotel guests a free art museum, free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant called Metropole. The hotel is close to the Center for Contemporary Art and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. To combat the spread of COVID-19, improved cleaning has been carried out and guests are being checked for temperature by a greeter. Staff and guests are required to wear masks in public areas. 21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati.
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Comfort Inn & Suites North Kentucky There are four restaurants within walking distance of 10 Country Drive, Wilder. The inn has an indoor pool, exercise room, and free breakfast. The hotel has implemented new measures to prevent COVID-19, including increased cleaning and disinfection, especially of public areas. Staff wear masks and there is minimal contact check-in process. Guests are asked to reserve times to use the pool to maintain social distance and to allow staff to close the pool area for 20 minutes every two hours so they can clean and disinfect the pool and fitness center areas. choicehotels.com.
Courtyard Cincinnati Midtown / Rookwood Located in Norwood, 3813 Edwards Road features free WiFi, an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, media capsules and the hotel’s restaurant, The Bistro. The hotel is within walking distance of Hyde Park Square and Rookwood Commons, which have 10 restaurants. Due to COVID-19, there is improved, more thorough cleaning and temporarily no valet parking, the staff are wearing masks and the pool is closed. Only two guests can use the gym at a time and the gym will be wiped down afterwards. marriott.com.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown / University District 2500 S. Market St., Clifton Heights offers free WiFi, free breakfast, a fitness center that is currently limited to three people, and an indoor pool that is temporarily closed. The hotel follows standard Marriott protocols to combat COVID-19. marriott.com.
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Big wolf lodge 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason is a hotel with a water park, MagiQuest, arcade game room, mini golf, three sit-down restaurants, three pick-up restaurants, a bar, gift shop, and activities for children. To combat COVID-19, employees have created contactless environments to minimize surface contact and avoid unnecessary touch. They have also increased the frequency of cleaning and improved disinfection protocols with cleaning products for hospitals. Employees wear masks and gloves if necessary. Great Wolf Lodge has an app that enables online pre-arrival check-in, contactless food ordering and collection, and access to entertainment and activity information. You must pay by credit card or bracelet as cash is not accepted. Guest rooms are only cleaned when the rooms are vacant. All desired items are hung on the door handle in a bound bag. The hot tubs in the water park are closed. Buffet service is no longer available, but guests can have the same dishes served by the staff. All menus are made of paper. greatwolf.com/mason.
Hampton Inn Cincinnati Eastgate 858 Eastgate North Drive, Union Township offers a temporarily closed indoor pool, free WiFi, free breakfast, and a fitness center with limited capacity due to COVID-19. All Hilton hotels have implemented the Hilton Clean Stay program, which was developed in collaboration with Lysol manufacturer RB and the Mayo Clinic and represents a new standard for cleaning and disinfection. hilton.com.
Hampton Inn & Suites Newport / Cincinnati 275 Columbia St., Newport features an indoor pool, free WiFi, free breakfast and a fitness center. The Hampton Inn is a five-minute walk from Newport on the Levee and directly across from downtown Cincinnati. All Hilton hotels have implemented the Hilton Clean Stay program. hilton.com.
Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati 701 Broadway St., Downtown offers an indoor heated pool, fitness center, and a restaurant called Spoon & Cellar. The IHG pledge is used to fight COVID-19. They have partnered with Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey to develop new science-based protocols to improve the IHG way of clean. ihg.com.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Airport Cincinnati South Florence The 1090 Vandercar Way in Florence offers a fitness center (limited capacity), indoor pool (limited capacity), free breakfast, free WiFi and free putting green golf. All suites have kitchens with pots and pans. All Hilton hotels have implemented the Hilton Clean Stay program. hilton.com.
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati At 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, there is a restaurant called the Red Roost Tavern, a fitness center, and an indoor heated saltwater pool. The hotel is adjacent to the Duke Energy Convention Center and two blocks from Fountain Square. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hyatt has increased its security and cleanliness protocols. In addition, limited poolside services and take-away food and bars are available. hyatt.com.
The COVID-19 guidelines for swimming pools, gyms and other amenities are subject to change at any time. Call the hotel and ask before booking. Cincinnati hotels have taken great steps to improve their cleanliness and promote social distancing.