Cincinnati, OH

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Cincinnati
This German-influenced city is known for its charming old neighborhoods, baseball, “five-way” chili and beer festivals.

Cincinnati gets its charm from old, hilly neighborhoods, cheering sports fans and a German heritage. This is where brother-in-laws Procter and Gamble started making soap over 175 years ago, and where America’s first professional baseball team was formed. TV personality Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnati.

The city celebrates its German roots with beer festivals and sausage-inspired cuisine. Order a locally brewed beer with Goetta sausage, or try the signature “five-way” chili. This dish usually consists of layers of chili, kidney beans, onions, spaghetti and cheese, and can be seasoned with chocolate and cinnamon.

Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and now has about 300,000 residents. More than two million people live in the wider metropolitan area. Navigate downtown as part of a guided walking tour or take a horse-drawn carriage. Rent a Segway or pedal wagon for a fun afternoon. Exploring Cincinnati is also easy by car and public transport.

Seven hills make up the city’s historical neighborhoods. Orient yourself from the observation deck of downtown Carew Tower. From there, you can see the city skyline or gaze across the Ohio River to Kentucky on the other side.

Over-the-Rhine is a charming and culture-filled neighborhood just north of downtown. Wander through its streets featuring beautiful 19th-century architecture to find attractions like the majestic Music Hall and lively Findlay Market.

Head northeast to Eden Park for the Cincinnati Art Museum and Krohn Conservatory.

West of downtown, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a popular entertainment complex with five museums and a cinema. See a moon rock collected by Neil Armstrong at the Natural History and Science Museum. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum caters to families with young children.

The landscapes of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum reflect the seasons with ever-changing gardens.

At night head to Mount Adams, a hillside neighborhood packed with bars and clubs. Many of these venues offer impressive views of the city skyline. Find a seat, order a local brew and toast to your Cincinnati experience.

Where to stay in Cincinnati

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
617 Vine Street, Suite A, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
The price is $118 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$118
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Cincinnati. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
Satisfied
"It was a nice stay and I will definitely be booking again"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Downtown
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
4 out of 5
151 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Fully refundable
The price is $149 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 23
$149
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cincinnati. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,023 reviews)
"It would have been nice if the walkway to the parking garage would have been open."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
The Westin Cincinnati
The Westin Cincinnati
4 out of 5
21 E 5th St, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
The price is $119 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 29
$119
per night
Dec 28 - Dec 29
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cincinnati. Enjoy breakfast, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,018 reviews)
"I love the decor and the relaxing feeling I got when entering. The people were very helpful and friendly. The room was very quiet and clean. And I will DEFINATELY be back!"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

The Westin Cincinnati
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
FRONTDESK The Blonde Apts Downtown Cincinnati
FRONTDESK The Blonde Apts Downtown Cincinnati
3.5 out of 5
721 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Cincinnati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (18 reviews)
"Great location. Easy access to downtown trolley."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

FRONTDESK The Blonde Apts Downtown Cincinnati
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
3 out of 5
11689 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH, 45246
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cincinnati. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (769 reviews)
"They (still) don't offer continental breakfast, (that is two years now since they did) so dont expect it. One night it sounded like someone was demoing the adjacent apartment, not sure what that all about. Other than that it was a decent stay. Oh, and the dishwasher leaked."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Sharonville West
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
3 out of 5
11401 Reed Hartman Hwy, Cincinnati, OH, 45241
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cincinnati. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (655 reviews)
Nice quiet place.
"Great room. Comfortable bed and quiet."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Cincinnati - Blue Ash
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s riverfront district is the focus for most visitors to the city, and it is easy to explore on foot. A car will give you extra freedom and let you travel further afield, but it’s not necessary within the central area of the city itself. Get around Downtown on the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar and see the rest of the city by bus. Taxis and bike rentals are also readily available. Visit the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority website.Browse Cincinnati rental cars.

Best time to visit

From spring through fall, Cincinnati is a great place to be. Each month has its pros and cons. September and May are particularly busy due to festivals and events and pleasant weather. Summer does get extremely hot and humid, but open-air cultural events and a range of events centered on the river make this a good time to see the city nonetheless. Winter gets very cold.

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