Transforming Cincinnati's Historic Beauty into Modern Luxury
Renovating for a New Age of Visitors
By Barrie Perks Vice President Sales & Services, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau | June 22, 2014
America's Rediscovered Love for Downtown
In the past decade, the United States has experienced a major cultural and economic shift as downtowns become the hub of a city's economic activity and culture once again. This trend is having major implications for how people work, eat, and play, and most importantly for our industry: how they travel. As more travelers seek the uniqueness of a city by visiting their urban core, restaurants, attractions, parks, and hotels are benefitting from this return to a destination's roots.
In Cincinnati, Ohio's revitalized city center, both local and international hotel flags are harnessing the energy and history of Cincinnati's downtown area by redeveloping historic buildings into modern properties to create unique, luxury guest experiences.
Cincinnati has long been known as the "Queen City," for its ideal situation at the peak of the Ohio River and its rich culture and heritage. Settled by a predominantly German population, much of Cincinnati's architecture is reminiscent of the beauty of Western Europe and the gilded Art Deco styles of the early twentieth century. Today, the city is renowned for the diversity of downtown's architectural styles, and more importantly, for the preservation of many of its historic properties.
One of the best examples of the growing trend of historic preservation can be seen in the wide array of downtown Cincinnati's renowned and historic hotel properties. Many of the Queen City's downtown hotel properties are either renowned, historic hotel properties or reclaimed structures now slated for renovation by brands looking to capture the city's urban energy.