1. Metropolitan at The 9 (Cleveland)
The first thing I noticed when I walked into my room at Metropolitan at The 9 was the elegant and inviting sitting area and the glass shower located in the center of the contemporary room. It is unique, for sure, and quirky enough to be fun.
The renovated hotel is located in the center of downtown Cleveland making it perfect for walking to Progressive Field for a baseball game or hiding away for a weekend. The 1906 bank vault door in the hotel has been transformed into a swanky cocktail lounge and the Azure Rooftop Lounge gives you the best view of the city, especially at night. There is even a movie theater located right on the premises.
2. Glendalia Boutique Hotel & Culinary Studio (Glendale)
For a step back into the 1850s, pay a visit to the Glendalia Boutique Hotel that sits on the historic square of Glendale and the railroad tracks. Comfortable suites are elegant and comfortable with living rooms and walk-in showers. After a relaxing night’s sleep, you can spend a day in the hotel’s culinary studio by taking a gourmet cooking class. Part of the charm of this boutique hotel is its location in an iconic American village where landscaped streets and storefront décor immerse you in small town U.S.A.
3. 21c Museum Hotel (Cincinnati)
You cannot help but notice the 21c Museum Hotel in the heart of Cincinnati’s arts district. I stopped in for a stroll through the current art exhibit on my way to meet a friend for a Broadway performance at the Arnoff Center for the Arts across the street. The 21c is a 156-room hotel that is also an art museum and cultural civic center. Even if you are not a hotel guest, you can stop into the museum to enjoy the galleries and rotating exhibitions. The hotel is located next to the Contemporary Arts Center, so it is easy to combine a stay at the elegant boutique hotel with a themed arts weekend in the Queen City.
4. The Island House Hotel (Port Clinton)
Sitting on the shores of Lake Erie in Port Clinton is the historic Island House Hotel. The hotel has been around since 1886. You feel a great sense of history when you first walk into the door, but the hotel has modern amenities. Just outside the front door, you can see where an important victory took place in the war of 1812 where the passage of lake Erie was secured against the Royal British Naval fleet. Some of the more famous Island House Hotel guests include Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth and several presidents. During your stay, be sure to save a little time to walk through the hotel and appreciate the architecture and woodwork.
5. The Lafayette Hotel (Marietta)
The thrill of staying in a themed boutique hotel is that it gives you a true flavor of your destination. The Lafayette Hotel in Marietta commemorates the rich riverboat era history of this area along the Ohio River. The 77 uniquely themed rooms include historical artifacts. It is one of the most unique and historical boutique hotels in Ohio. Many dignitaries have stayed here. Plan a truly themed weekend around your stay by visiting during the annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival which usually takes place in September.