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The new AC Hotel at The Banks impresses with its European stylings and design-led sensibility. There'll never be a shortage of things to do and see around the riverfront, but the rooms are neat too, and they're affordable. / ADDRESS: 135 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown Cincinnati / Image: Daniel Smyth

Cincy's New Riverfront Hotel Is An Impressive Win For The Banks

The new AC Hotel at The Banks gleams with European-style modernism. So yes, it has those ‘clean lines’ you’ve heard so much about. Except at this hotel, with its design-led sensibility, the modernism runs much deeper.

Take the lounge as an example. The lines are clean, squeaky clean in fact. And the fixtures are sleek. And the art is stirring. But the lounge was envisioned primarily as a social space, so it was designed to accommodate a variety of uses. Now it teems with cocktails and tapas at night, while in the afternoon you’re just as likely to find people working on their novel or crafting their start-up pitch.

That’s not just attractive design, it’s intentional design. And it’s evident in the hotel’s every detail.


The AC Hotel brand isn’t exactly bashful about its courtship of the Gen-Y demo. It has little reason to be. That design intentionality is all us Millennials want out of life, together with some good craft beer, a little local art, and the feeling of being right in the middle of the buzz.

Check, check, and check. You’ll find Cincy breweries on tap here, and Cincy wines waiting to be decanted, and locally-sourced art decking the walls. Moreover, the hotel’s bartenders are experts in the local scene, so you won’t draw blank stares when you ask if they have Bubbles. (They do.)

As to being right in the middle of the buzz, it doesn’t get much better than 135 Joe Nuxhall Way. There’s about a thousand bars nearby, the streetcar stops next-door, and the riverfront views are lit-rally unbeatable.

Then there’s the hotel’s expansive rooftop bar, which is about as “middle of the buzz” as you’re going to get. A night up there of craft cocktails with friends sounds pretty extraordinary. Add the spectacle of Fireworks Friday, courtesy of the 2018 World Champion Cincinnati Reds, and you’ve got yourself a real experience.


With so much to do in and around the hotel, you probably won’t be spending much time in your room. Shame, because they’re pretty neat. The furniture is sleek, the TVs are large, and there's a smart amount of storage. Meanwhile, the wifi is everywhere, which is super convenient.

Here’s a few other things you might want to know:

  • 171 rooms, 20 of which have balconies
  • Affordable prices from $179/night
  • Daily Continental breakfast with croissants, egg tarts, Iberico ham, and Nespresso coffee
  • 900 sq. ft. of meeting space, plus access to meeting space at Great American Ballpark
  • Co-working space
  • Mobile check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Qualifies for earning and redeeming Marriott Rewards

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The AC Hotel at the Banks is located at 135 Joe Nuxhall Way (45202). For more info, click here.