A family that travels together stays together. COVID-19 has made it difficult, but not impossible, for families to travel together. Staycations at local hotels enable families to get away without exposure to planes, trains and crowds. Cincinnati has some great hotels for families to spend a few nights away from home without leaving town.
21c Hotel at 609 Walnut St., Downtown, offers a free art museum for its hotel guests, free Wi-Fi and an on-site restaurant named Metropole. The hotel is close to the Contemporary Arts Center and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. To combat the spread of COVID-19, enhanced cleaning has been implemented and guests are temperature screened by a greeter. Staff and guests are required to wear masks in public areas. 21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati.
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Comfort Inn & Suites Northern Kentucky at 10 Country Drive, Wilder, is in walking distance of four restaurants. The inn has an indoor pool, an exercise room and free breakfast. The hotel has implemented new measures to prevent COVID-19, including increased cleaning and sanitizing, especially of public areas. Staff members wear masks and there is a minimal contact check-in process. Guests are asked to reserve times to use the pool to ensure social distancing and allow staff members to shut down the pool area for 20 minutes every two hours, so that they can clean and sanitize the pool and fitness center areas. choicehotels.com.
Courtyard Cincinnati Midtown/Rookwood at 3813 Edwards Road, Norwood, offers free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, media pods and a hotel restaurant, The Bistro. The hotel is within walking distance of Hyde Park Square and Rookwood Commons, which have 10 restaurants. Because of COVID-19, there is enhanced, deeper cleaning and temporarily no valet, employees are wearing masks and the pool is closed. Only two guests can use the gym at a time and the gym is wiped down afterward. marriott.com.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown/University Area at 2500 S. Market St., Clifton Heights, offers free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a fitness center, which is currently limited to three people, and an indoor pool, which is temporarily closed. The hotel is following the standard Marriott protocols to combat COVID-19. marriott.com.
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Great Wolf Lodge at 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason, is a hotel with a water park, MagiQuest, an arcade, mini golf, three sit-down restaurants, three pick-up eateries, a bar, a gift shop and activities for children. To combat COVID-19, the staff has created contactless environments to minimize surface contact and eliminate unnecessary touching. They have also increased the frequency of cleaning and enhanced sanitization protocols with hospital-grade cleaning products. Employees wear masks and gloves where appropriate. Great Wolf Lodge has an app, which allows online check-in prior to arrival, contactless food ordering and pickup, and access to entertainment and activity information. Guests must pay with credit card or their wristband because cash is not accepted. Guest rooms are only cleaned when the rooms are vacant. Any requested items will be hung on the door handle in a tied bag. The hot tubs in the water park are closed. Buffet service is no longer available, but guests can have the same foods served by staff. All menus are paper. greatwolf.com/mason.
Hampton Inn Cincinnati Eastgate at 858 Eastgate North Drive, Union Township, offers an indoor pool – which is temporarily closed, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and a fitness center with limited capacity due to COVID-19. All Hilton hotels have implemented Hilton’s Clean Stay program, created in collaboration with Lysol maker RB and Mayo Clinic, a new standard to clean and disinfect. hilton.com.
Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati at 275 Columbia St., Newport, offers an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and a fitness center. Hampton Inn is a five-minute walk away from Newport on the Levee and right across the river from downtown Cincinnati. All Hilton hotels have implemented Hilton’s Clean Stay program. hilton.com.
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Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati at 701 Broadway St., Downtown, offers a heated indoor pool, a fitness center and a restaurant named Spoon & Cellar. The IHG Promise is used to combat COVID-19. They partnered with Cleveland Clinic, Ecolab and Diversey to come up with new science-led protocols to enhance the IHG Way of Clean. ihg.com.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Airport South-Florence at 1090 Vandercar Way, Florence, offers a fitness center (limited capacity), an indoor pool (limited capacity), free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free putting green golf. All the suites have kitchens with pots and pans. All Hilton hotels have implemented Hilton’s Clean Stay program. hilton.com.
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati at 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, has a restaurant named Red Roost Tavern, a fitness center and an indoor, heated, saltwater pool. The hotel is adjacent to the Duke Energy Convention Center and two blocks away from Fountain Square. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hyatt has increased its safety and cleanliness protocols. Additionally, there is limited service available at the pool and grab-and-go-only food and bar services. hyatt.com.
COVID-19 policies on swimming pools, exercise rooms and other amenities can change at any time. Call the hotel and ask about them before booking. Cincinnati’s hotels have taken great measures to increase their cleanliness and foster social distancing.