Classy Hilton 20 Minutes from Downtown Cleveland
In 1920, Cleveland was the fifth-largest city in the United States. With its location on the banks of Lake Erie, it became a major hub of transportation for the entire Great Lakes Region and a headquarters for manufacturing companies. The town of Beachwood existed independently from the city, but with Cleveland's exponential growth, Beachwood became a de facto suburb. Hilton Cleveland East /Beachwood is situated in this upscale enclave. It's a quiet respite from downtown—located about 20 minutes away—which has seen a resurgence in activity in recent years.
The hotel's rooms have been recently renovated; in the spacious standard rooms, there's a simple, understated chic to the design. There are marble countertops and modern granite-tiled bathrooms. The furniture, including Serenity beds, cushy corner chairs, and pop-up blanket forts, is comfortable and stylish.
Downstairs in the onsite restaurant, Porter’s Seafood & Steakhouse, the menu is focused on classic American cuisine. Feel free to use your food and beverage credit here, then wander over to Caper’s Bar for an after-dinner drink.
Greater Cleveland: “The Comeback City” and Museum Heaven
Sixty miles west of Pennsylvania and on the banks of massive Lake Erie, Cleveland is a beautiful city, with miles of coastline and an imposing skyline. In the 1960s and 1970s, Cleveland lost large numbers of its population as manufacturing plants closed, unemployment soared, and city residents moved into the suburbs. However, these days, a local renaissance is taking place in Cleveland as inner-city neighborhoods gentrify; it's since been nicknamed “the Comeback City.” A particularly fine example of this is the Ohio City neighborhood, where ornate old Victorian houses have been meticulously restored. You can walk through this neighborhood on your way to the West Side Market.
Though there's renewal, there's also an appreciation for the past—this is a city stocked with museums. Perhaps the biggest draw is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a massive shrine to music. Here, you can find everything from John Lennon's Gibson acoustic guitar to Otis Redding's sweater to the antigravity concession stand from Bob Dylan's first concert on the moon.
Five miles east of downtown you can find major institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Museum of Art. A lesser known museum is the A Christmas Story House, where fans of the cult favorite Christmas movie can wander through the actual house where the film was made, still decked out in preserved furnishings.