Sleek Downtown Hotel Minutes from Popular Cincinnati Attractions
A 9-foot-tall statue of a woman stands on the top of Cincinnati's Tyler Davidson Fountain. Her arms are outstretched to her sides, and water sprays out of her hands from more than 400 small holes, as if she's lording over the 20 tons of bronze below her. She must share her H2O kingdom, though; it was built in 1871 to serve as a public drinking fountain and celebrate the glory of water. Fountain Square has since become an iconic landmark for Cincinnati, which began as a port city on the Ohio River.
Millennium Hotel Cincinnati resides just a block from Fountain Square. The upscale hotel serves as a convenient home base for visiting many downtown attractions, whether you want to stroll through the Festival of Lights (November 23–January 1) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden or take in a game at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Strings of twinkling lights suspend from the ceiling in the hotel's posh lobby, and they illuminate overstuffed leather sofas and glossy tiled floors. Up in the hotel's North Tower, there's a nice view of the city skyline from many of the superior rooms. Each room exudes a sense of sophistication, with neutral hues and light wood furnishings.
For a bite to eat, Bistro on Elm serves gourmet entrees. A Cincinnati Reds pennant hanging above the bar adds a touch of local pride to the place, and all bartenders must stir drinks with baseball bats.
Downtown Cincinnati: Dynamic Riverside City Minutes from Historical Breweries and Victorian Architecture
Cincinnati is positioned in the southwest corner of Ohio near the Kentucky border, along the banks of the Ohio River. The port city grew rapidly in the early 19th century, when it was crowded with steamboats and riverboats; today, it's still possible to ride an old-fashioned riverboat to scope out the city's skyline.
Though it's back on land, it can feel like you're walking underwater in certain parts of Newport Aquarium. Many of its exhibits have transparent floors and underground tunnels that give you up-close views of tropical fish and sea creatures.
Farther downtown, Fountain Square sits in the nucleus of Cincinnati's cultural attractions. The fountain is turned off when temperatures drop below freezing, but you can lace up a pair of ice skates and glide around the outdoor rink. Nearby, you'll find The Banks, a collection of both upscale restaurants with extensive wine lists and sports bars filled with TVs. It's also worthwhile to visit one of many nearby chili parlors to try out the city's famous recipe, a sauce-like version that typically includes seasonings such as cinnamon and cloves.
Take a five-minute drive or cab ride north of downtown and you'll find Over-the-Rhine, a quiet neighborhood reminiscent of a charming European village. The streets are lined with Italianate buildings and several historical breweries, as well as Findlay Market, a public bazaar open year-round. Vendors here set up shop both outside and inside to sell fresh flowers and international foods.
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