We recently returned from a trip to Cincinnati for Bunbury Music Festival. We spent four nights at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, situated right across the river in Covington KY. A perfect location for festival goers. Just close enough that it was an easy commute, but not too close that we’re in the middle of all the post-festival chaos.
When we were checking in Thursday night, there was a couple in line in front of us telling the concierge how they were just driving through town looking for somewhere to stay, and stopped here because it was just so beautiful. The concierge then shared a similar story about how she grew up in this city, and everyday she and her mother would drive past the Radisson and she would tell her mom “I want to stay there one day.” I knew exactly what they were talking about. The hotel is absolutely stunning from the street. From it’s unique cylindrical shape, to the purple lights that give it a ritzy feel.
Once checked in, we hopped on the elevator up to our room on the 15th floor. Even the elevator made you feel like you were in old Hollywood. It was like stepping into a time machine.
Our room was simple, but all I need is simple. I don’t need a five star hotel, I don’t need luxury or flare. Just give me a clean room with a view, and that’s close to the excitement and I’m happy. That’s what the Radisson gave to us. That doesn’t mean they didn’t have their perks.
We had a king size bed with pillows like little clouds. I sank into those pillows every night after the festival exhaustion set in. We had a large, flat screen television with a TV guide placed right under the remote. Perfect, because our plan Thursday night was to watch the Cavs playoff game in bed.
But what’s a playoff game without pizza and beer? We walked down the block to the liquor store and stocked up on beer, and were happy to discover our room had a reasonably sized refrigerator – HUGE by hotel standards, along with a small freezer. After striking out finding pizza on our own, I thought I would run down to the front desk and ask if they had suggestions. The concierge was ready with a print out of all the pizza places that deliver to the hotel, along with their hours and phone numbers. We had food in no time. Cold beer, pizza, and the Cavs game – we were officially set for the night.
What was most spectacular was the view…oh the view. From 15 floors up, we had one of the most incredible views of the Cincinnati skyline imaginable. We thought the view was incredible during the day, but it was even more breathtaking by night. And every single room at the Radisson has a balcony so you can enjoy it. I absolutely love a room with a good view, and Radisson delivered.
Some of our other favorite amenities were:
• Free parking on their ground lot or underground garage
• Coffee maker (essential!)
• Toiletries and a hair dryer
• An iron and ironing board
• Swimming pool
• On-site gym
• Free WiFi
The free WiFi made writing easy. A blogger needs good WiFi! The WiFi login redirected you to the Radisson concierge website, where you could request turn-down service, fresh towels, and other amenities right from your phone or laptop. Perfect for us, because we slept through housekeeping hour every single morning. With just a couple clicks, we had fresh towels, a made bed, and our pizza boxes taken out.
Sunday we decided to have brunch at the revolving bar and restaurant on the top floor. I never expect much from hotel breakfasts, but Radisson’s brunch was over the top. An all you can eat buffet including classics like eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, french toast, cheesy potatoes, home fries, even chicken and mac’n’cheese. Not to mention the build-your-own waffle bar and omelette station with their own chefs, and fresh cut prime rib.
Whether you’re in Cincinnati for a festival, a game, or just for fun, the Radisson is a great choice. Thank you Radisson for our amazing weekend!