Cleveland Travel Guide
Le Méridien Hotels have been crazy busy this year, replanting their flag in major North American cities likes Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans and Charlotte. And now they're heading to Cleveland.
Due to open in January 2016, the Le Méridien Cleveland will be located at 1001-1101 Euclid Avenue, in an area formerly known as "Millionaire's Row." The hotel will also be a part of the adaptive re-use project of the historic 1901 John Hartness Brown Building and another office building from 1915. Below is a bit more on the Le Meridien's surrounding neighborhood:
Situated in the heart of the city’s bustling theatre district, Le Méridien Cleveland will be adjacent to Playhouse Square, the second largest theatre complex in the United States, and walking distance to the newly developed Horseshoe Casino and Cleveland Convention Center. Nearby attractions include the city’s vibrant East 4th Street entertainment district, Progressive Field and Cleveland Browns Stadium. Guests will enjoy easy access to the rest of the city via the HealthLine Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Cleveland’s RTA Free E-Line Trolley.
She's the only Golden Girl we have left, bless her soul, and she's everywhere, from Snickers commercials to SNL and now on TV Land every Wednesday night in her new sitcom, Hot In Cleveland. But what we're wondering is: Can Betty White make Cleveland hot enough for a brand new boutique hotel?
It's a tall order, sure, but if anyone can do it, she can. Hell, we'd even go and see her in that awful-looking movie coming out this fall, You Again, just to watch her say, "I'm on The Twitter." (The trailer is here. You're welcome.)
But we digress. The reason we got all excited about Betty's great White hopes (ha) for the city of Cleveland is that Kimpton is coming to town.
This just in, dispatched from a tipster road warrior who is currently traveling across the country visiting different baseball stadiums (how cool is that?): there appears to be a Holiday Inn Express in Cleveland, Ohio with absolutely ridiculously large rooms. The Holiday Inn Express Downtown Cleveland, specifically.
He sends this snapshot over to us, along with this description:
So far, I've talked to four different employees and all have been fantastic friendly and polite. The room itself definitely seems like a value, given the square footage (or, more accurately, the cubic footage, given the super-high ceiling) and the fixtures. I'm normally a no-frills traveler, but I do enjoy feeling like I'm in a nice place as opposed to a run-down motel.
This bad boy goes for exactly $125.34 this evening, and we're totally impressed with space and the hardwood floors. There's also a desk that wouldn't fit into the frame here. Apparently, the hotel is actually inside a 19th century historic Guardian Bank Building and was renovated in 2004.
Another pleasant surprise from the budget chain that seems to be turnin' heads this year.
[Photo: T.J. Ryan]
If Liz Lemon ever went to Cleveland and happened to get together with her adorable ex-flame Floyd (just to grab a drink! Really!), we think both of them would for sure be into the surprisingly cheap treats and eats at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland's Lobby Lounge.
Our girl Liz Lemon is definitely not the type who's into too-fancy, unpronounceable foods or anything expensive or pretentious (and, well, Floyd lives in Cleveland), so we think the two ex-lovers should grab a couple glasses of pinot grigio and catch up at happy hour in the hotel's sixth-floor lounge without worrying about who picks up the tab.
We got the idea from Cleveland.com's Plain Dealer blog, who reports plopping down at the Ritz bar and feeling pretty classy for not a whole lot of money: think glasses of wine and six-for-$6 price tags on satisfying, not-too-fancy munchies like popcorn chicken with bleu cheese sauce and fish tacos.
Liz and Floyd together again! Well, in a perfect world. And, um, in a perfect world they wouldn't be in Cleveland. But hey, we can dream.
Summer is here, which means baseball-obsessed people all over the U.S. are hopping in planes, trains, and automobiles to visit MLB fields around the country. To help these fanatic fans/hotel guests, we will be looking at ballparks around the country and give you a quick rundown of your closest, safest, and best hotel options. "America's Favorite Pastime" with some of America's finest second cities--what is not to love? If you got any hotel questions or suggestions or even better, firsthand baseball park hotel reviews, send them here and share them with other MLB fans--even if they are Yankee fans.
The Cleveland Indians made it big (for us, anyways) when the team was featured--with a fictional roster and management--in the movie, Major League. So we had to check out the hotel scene near Jacobs Field. At first, we were mildly disappointed to find that the closest hotel was only a Residence Inn. The second closest hotel was a Hilton Garden Inn.
However, while the Residence Inn hardly acknowledges the ballpark exists, the Garden Inn has a "50 Paces from the Bases" package which includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two adults, parking for one vehicle, and two bags of peanuts for the game, all for about $124 a night. Of course, game tickets are not included.