Hotel at a Glance: Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center
Named for beloved actor-comedian Bob Hope, this hotel and conference center was originally designed for military housing as part of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The hotel is now private and open to the public, allowing family members and friends to stay close to loved ones who are on base.
- Special civilian clearance: It's the only private hotel in the U.S. that's attached to a military base.
- Distance from downtown Dayton: 10–15 minutes by car. Here you'll find the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Dayton.
- Packy's Sports Bar & Grille: The relaxed onsite pub offers an always-changing lunch buffet, a happy hour, and billiards.
- Newly renovated rooms: Feel at home with thoughtful touches, such as microwaves and mini fridges.
Dayton, Ohio: Birthplace of Aviation withAir Force Base
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 20-minute drive from the hotel. Apart from the Wright brothers, the city’s main aviation attraction is the National Museum of the U.S. 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.
In Dayton, you'll find 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.