1890s Hotel near Downtown Dayton Attractions
Situated in the center of the city, Dayton Grand Hotel allows easy access to downtown Dayton, a regional attraction for anyone who enjoys fine art, classical music, and history. Here, you’ll find the Dayton Art Institute—housed in a 1930s building modeled after two Italian villas—as well as the Schuster Performing Arts Center, where you can catch the symphony or a theater performance. Just a few blocks south, coffeehouses, art galleries, and pubs are located inside buildings from the 1830s to the 1910s in the Oregon District. Built in 1896, Dayton Grand Hotel blends in with this architecturally rich town while standing out for its late-Victorian façade, with bay windows and a heavy stone cornice.
The hotel’s interior feels more modern. Plush armchairs and wrought-iron balustrades decorate the two-story lobby, and guest rooms have sleek, wooden desks and goldenrod walls. Trek to the seventh-floor poolroom to take a dip in the heated swimming pool and enjoy sweeping views of downtown Dayton. In the morning, walk past the grand piano on route to the Cricket's Bistro, which serves a free continental breakfast of pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, and coffee.
Dayton, Ohio: Birthplace of Aviation
Located about 75 miles from the state capital of Columbus, Dayton is known as the birthplace of aviation as it is the hometown of Wilbur and Orville Wright. The brothers didn’t just reside here—they built and tested their 1905 Wright Flyer III on Huffman Prairie Flying Field, a grassy patch right outside of the city. You can see the original plane at Carillon Historical Park, located a 10-minute drive from the hotel. The city’s main aviation attraction is the National Museum of the US Air Force, a free museum that contains hundreds of aircraft from the 1910s through the present day, including the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, and spacecraft from the Gemini and Mercury programs.
Just a short walk from the hotel is the Oregon District, Dayton’s oldest neighborhood. Here, you’ll find trendy boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants nestled among the historical homes. To take a breather, stroll through the locally designed art at Garden Station, a collaborative park and garden that hosts festivals, concerts, and other community events.
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