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The Renaissance Cincinnati is a beautiful 19-story hotel housed within a renovated, historic skyscraper built in 1901 by famed architect Daniel Burnham. It features 283 rooms, 40 suites, a giant ballroom, and 14,000 square feet of meeting space. ADDRESS: 36 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 12.30.16

How A 115-Year-Old Skyscraper Evolved Into One Of Cincy’s Hottest Hotels

“Films and hotels have many aspects that are the same. For example, there is always a big vision, an idea.”
-Francis Ford Coppola, Oscar-winning director


Hotels are the home away from home. The safe haven for the weary traveler. The home base for when you’re at your most vulnerable in a city that’s not your own.

They protect and comfort those who have the insatiable spirit of wanderlust (... or, you know, a job that makes them travel). Hotels are shelters with open arms, and they won’t get mad when you leave the towel on the floor and eat a bag of peanuts in bed.

And they need to put their best foot forward to make a good trip great. The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel is the perfect example of that “big vision” Coppola references. And no, I’m not just talking about how they filmed part of that Bruce Willis movie, Mauraders, there a year ago.

I won’t belabor you with all the historic details; there are many, and I summarized them in this piece earlier this year (scroll down to ‘1900s’ in that story for the history). The main point you need to know is the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel wasn’t always a hotel, and the beautiful 1901 Neo-Classic structure it’s in was built by one of the most respected architects of the last 150 years.

But now, it’s 2016 and the 19-story historic building is home to one of the finest temporary lodging options in the urban core. The Renaissance boasts a staggering 283 guest rooms and 40 suites with 14,000 square feet of space for meetings. Trust me when I say they went all out on this joint.

There’s an on-site restaurant, a gigantic second floor ballroom (you seriously need to see the gallery above), a workout room, and all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a modern hotel.

And it has the added bonus of being in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati, just a block from Fountain Square. That means you can walk to a variety of awesome Downtown restaurants, the Banks, or hop on the streetcar from the stop that’s on the same block and head to Over-the-Rhine within minutes.

Basically, this is THE PLACE to rest your head if you love a hotel that’s achieved its big vision. The Renaissance turned one of Cincinnati’s historic skyscrapers into a modern marvel that’s literally worthy of Hollywood status.

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The Renaissance turned 36 E 4th Street (45202) into a hot destination for travelers. Go check out the gallery above for visual proof this place rules.

And if you're in the mood for more Cincinnati hotel history, why don't you check out these 20 buildings.

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