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Fresh off last week's ribbon cutting, we buzzed by Cincinnati's new 21c Museum Hotel on its first Saturday in business for a quick tour. Our visit was so fresh, in fact, the paint literally hadn't even dried yet (we saw a guy running around spot-touching the walls).
When we arrived at 5 o'clock the hotel was booked solid and curious passerby were parading in, some having just caught "The Nutcracker" matinee at the performing arts theater across the street. Or checked out the latest exhibits at next door's sprawling Contemporary Arts Center (designed by Zaha Hadid). Or just pounded few brewskies at Toby Keith's bar around the corner.
In other words, the location's choice and the masses welcome! 24/7, in fact. The 10-floor, 156-room property, just like its Louisville sibling, doubles as a contemporary art gallery whose exhibition spaces are free for anyone to peruse, any day, at any time.
We've all been there: You're in your hotel room. Some movie's playing on TV and you're hooked. You're starving but don't feel like getting out of bed. So, you do what any red-blooded hotel guest would do: order room service.
37-year-old Daniel DiFranco was staying at America's Best Value Inn & Suites in Ohio last week when he got a major pizza craving. And, since that particular brand of hotel—well, motel, really—doesn't do room service (though WiFi and continental breakfast are included!), he picked up the phone and tried to order a pizza. Which, for whatever reason, didn't quite work out as planned.
That's when things got ugly.
Republican Senator Rob Portman, whose family owns Lebanon, Ohio's 200-year old Golden Lamb Inn, recently gave a tour of the state's oldest (and some say haunted due to three deaths) hotel to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a stop along his campaign trail.
According to a local news source, there was a bit of gentle teasing on the Inn's rates.
“He calls it The Golden Lamb. But I think when you look at the prices, you'll determine it's the golden fleece,” Romney quipped. “Careful,” Portman responded, with a smile. Romney clarified, “Actually it's modest, it's a modest price point. I mean this is like $130 a night... for history!”
While walking around the Inn, which 12 presidents (including George W. Bush and John Quincy Adams) have visited, Sen. Portman's wife said “This is great. We can't wait to have a Mitt Romney room.”
There's a funny about a binder full of presidents, right? Right?
What kind of art do you stick in your lobby if you're a Great Lakes resort perched near the entrance to a major harbor, with several famous lighthouses within easy driving (or boating) distance? Well, if you're the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, you don't just hang a giant painting of a stormy lighthouse scene; you take the entire lens of one and install that.
This is the original 1904 glass lens for the Toledo Lighthouse, made in Paris by Barbier and Bernard. Its beam of light was visible 16 miles around. Eventually it needed replacing and was removed in 1995, eventually ending up here at Maumee Bay in 2008. These days the lighthouse utilizes a lens made of plastic.
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Hilton Columbus Downtown is getting ready to wow downtown Columbus, Ohio this fall with a 532-room hotel, located conveniently next to the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The glass and steel structure is nearing completion, and renderings on the website offer a peek inside the guest rooms and public spaces.
One neat tidbit about the hotel is the fact that all guest rooms will feature ceiling art by a range of contemporary (and deceased) Ohio-based artists. So if you do feel the need to experience some "culture" while you're in Columbus, you needn't look further than your bed.
Or, to be exact, above it.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We've once said before that being locked out of a killer view is an anti-view so the same will have to be said for a dirty window. HotelChatter Flickr Pool member Ajbelongia writes of Room 416 at the Sheraton Independence Hotel in Ohio:
Is it a view or an anti-view if you can't see out of the dirty window ??
Do we even need to share our answer? By the way, the hotel is actually no longer a Sheraton and is now owned by Skyline. Hope they gave it a thorough washing when they took it over. Rooms start at $91 a night.
What about those buckeye trees? Yes, nobody ever thinks of Ohio when it comes to trees turning, but The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that mid-October is going to be a choice time to see the colors change before the leaves drop.
There's no place better to snuggle up than in a picturesque, hilly college town, with peaceful sidewalks perfect for strolling, and one of the best beer bars in the entire state...
That place is Granville, Ohio, a half hour's drive from Columbus and home to Denison University.
The Granville Inn has 30 guest rooms, with deliciously low rates that start at $99. The rooms are equipped with free internet access, cable, and crammed with antiques. Although, we do admit it does give off a "night at Grandma's" sort of vibe.
But there's alcohol! Wine Spectator has given wine list an Award of Excellence for four years straight, and the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also purported to be haunted. So you could have some ghost-hunting to go with your leaf-peeping too.