Cleveland's Historic Hotels

by Joanne Thomas
Terminal Tower, a historic landmark of downtown Cleveland.

Terminal Tower, a historic landmark of downtown Cleveland.

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Cleveland's historic district is a choice location for tourists, not only because of its Old-World architectural charm but also because many of the city's major tourist attractions are within easy reach. A number of hotels in the oldest parts of Cleveland are housed in grand historic buildings. They tend to represent the more luxurious end of the market, offering high-end amenities, plush bedding and fine dining on-site.

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The Glidden House

A downtown mansion built in 1910, the Glidden House is a historic boutique hotel with a convenient location. Guests have a choice of modish guest rooms and vintage suites, all of which have a 42-inch flat-screen television, comfy club chair and complimentary wireless Internet access. The vintage suites, which are each distinctive in design and decor, are located in the original mansion. They offer special touches such as marble fireplaces, king-size sleigh beds and vaulted ceilings. The on-site restaurant occupies the carriage house and offers Mediterranean cuisine and seafood specialties. A breakfast buffet is available daily in the original parlor of the hotel.

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel

Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, now part of the Marriott chain, was built in 1918 on Public Square and is a landmark of Cleveland in its own right. The grand, 15-floor hotel offers 441 guest rooms and 50 suites with such high-end amenities as plush down and feather bedding, premium cable channels and marble bathrooms with jetted tubs. Guests staying in club-level rooms enjoy access to an exclusive lounge, daily breakfast and hors d'oeuvres in the evening. Facilities include a swimming pool inside a 10-story atrium, fitness center and sauna. Guests have two dining options on site: fine dining and Mediterranean cuisine at Sans Souci and casual breakfasts and lunches at the Brasserie.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cleveland - Downtown

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites occupies the 19th-century former Guardian Bank building in downtown Cleveland's financial district. A number of major tourist attractions, including Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Browns Stadium, are within walking distance of the hotel. Nine types of room and suites are available, including rooms with kitchenettes, suites with hot tubs and executive club-level rooms. They all feature hardwood flooring and elegant sage and terra-cotta decor. All room rates include a daily continental breakfast and complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to the on-site health and fitness center, and the hotel has a games room for children with pinball machines, air hockey and arcade games.

Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway

Located in Cleveland's Historic Gateway District, the Radisson Hotel is within walking distance of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the House of Blues and numerous shops and restaurants. The hotel's 142 guest rooms feature signature upscale, brand-name beds with plush, all-white bedding, feather duvets and contemporary furnishings. Two-room suites offer a spacious living area, wet bar, refrigerator and microwave, as well as a sleeper sofa for additional guests. Complimentary provisions for guests include high-speed wireless Internet access, coffee in the mornings and cookies in the evenings, and unlimited access to the on-site fitness center. The hotel restaurant, the Library Grille, offers buffet-style breakfast and lunches.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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