21C MUSEUM HOTEL CINCINNATI
Housed in the restored, century-old Metropole Hotel building and appropriately located adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center, this boutique hotel has its own contemporary art gallery. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hotel the best one in Ohio.
Its 156 rooms and suites feature eclectic modern furnishings and glass-enclosed showers with custom tiles crafted by the Cincinnati-based Rookwood Pottery Company.
In warmer months you can enjoy handmade bottled cocktails, poptails, adult slushies and views from the Cocktail Terrace.
Once the beloved Coppin’s Department Store, the Covington is distinguished by its oversized windows, high ceilings and columns in the lobby, and historic details that have been incorporated into the stylish design. Located in Covington, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, you can Uber to downtown in just a few minutes.
The 114 rooms and suites feature velvet headboards, faux fur throws, pop artwork of the city and subway-tiled bathrooms.
Mini-fridges are stocked with local treats, and bars feature New Riff Distilling’s 10-year-old bourbon, which it calls OKI.
Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar offers a modern take on regional fare and local craft beers, ciders and soda.
Chef Justin Uchtman’s beautiful brasserie—inside the bottling room of a former brewery and attached to the Rhinegeist—reflects his take on French cuisine and love for Cincinnati, featuring bread from Allez Bakery, music by local DJ Matt Joy and furnishings from Wooden Nickel Antiques.
Begin with oysters du jour and champagne before choosing between bistro classics like steak tartare toast or more creative dishes, such as butternut squash beignets and crispy chicken breast with edamame hummus.
Dominating the list are vintages whose temperatures have been controlled since they left the wineries.
Brick walls and tiled floors provide the backdrop for the modern décor in this 40-seat restaurant, site of a former butcher shop, that also has a small patio.
A recent star on James-Beardnominated chef Jose Salazar’s farminspired menu was blistered shishito peppers tossed with a miso-sesame sauce and bonito flakes.
Sliders, like tempura fried blue points with kimchi and garlic mayo on a brioche bun and Hamachi crudo, which has been prepared with pastrami spices and is served with bagel chips.
Chef-owner Ryan Santos uses interesting, locally sourced ingredients like nasturtium micro-greens in his cooking (and “garden inspired” bar) at this intimate eatery, a must-dine for foodies.
Watch Santos prepare his inventive and ever-changing selection of appetizers (hot and cold), entrées and desserts from the open kitchen. Order à la carte (vegetarian, nut, dairy and gluten-free options available) or choose the four-course tasting menu (opt for the pairing of natural wines).
RECENT STANDOUT DISHES Citrus and golden beet salad, carrot rigatoni, and aebleskivers, an apple fritter with maple and Norwegian goat cheese.
Rookwood Pottery Factory & Design Studio
Every piece of pottery at this 100-plus-year-old ceramics company is handmade, going through at least 13 sets of hands from start to finish.
The Most Beautiful Thing in The World Is Shop
The Most Beautiful Thing in The World Is Shop an eclectic mix of designer clothing, jewelry, perfumes and tchotchkes at this sophisticated boutique.
For sweet treats to take home, check out the city’s first bean-tobar chocolate maker at its stall in Findlay Market.