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First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

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First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

Hi,

My husband and I are visiting Cleveland for 4 days in August. It's a stop over for a concert before heading onto to New York. (One of those days we are going to Cedar Point Amusement Park). So 3 days in Cleveland itself.

Just wondering if any of you experts have any accommodation suggetsions for us. We have never been to Cleveland before and only really know of the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame attraction. We are looking for a place to stay that's very central to Cleveland's main attractions. Close to restaurants, shopping etc. We'd like to be able to walk around from hotel. (We'll have a hire car so somewhere that doesn't have really high parking rates would be appreciated).

Our budget is about $120 (US) a night.

Any suggestions on must see Cleveland attractions would also be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance :)

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1. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

You may be able to book the Renaissance hotel for around that amount if you go through Hotwire.com as sometimes the 4 star hotel can be the Renaissance - it is very close to the attractions downtown. Unfortunately, but you may need to go to the suburbs to smaller hotels to get the rate. Also, the hotels in the suburbs have free parking, and parking downtown can be expensive through the hotels. You pretty much have to use the secure parking at the hotels, as none of the regular downtown lot have overnight parking.

You may also want to visit some of our neighborhoods, like Ohio City, Tremont and Little Italy - they have very nice restaurants and galleries.

Visit the following websites:

www.positivelycleveland.com

www.lollytrolly.com (a trolly that takes you around the sites

www.coolcleveland.com

www.pluggedincleveland.com

www.universitycircle.org

www.clevelandnights.com

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2. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

Hi,

Can't advise you much on the accomodations around here, since I live in the area and have no reason to use them. However, in terms of attractions, right next to the Rock Hall of Fame, are several other things worth seeing or doing. There is the Good Time III cruise ship, which will take you out on the lake and down the Cuyahoga River. They also do dinner cruises. There is the Great Lakes Science Museum with an Imax Screen. There is the William C Mather, a lake freighter which is open for tours, if you're interested in that kind of thing. There is the USS Cod, a World War II sub, if you're interested in that. In the University Circle area there is the Art Museum and the Natural History Museum, which are definitely worth seeing, plus the Western Reserve Historical Museum and the Crawford Auto Museum. Cleveland also has a very good zoo. You could take the Cuyahoga Scenic Valley Railroad through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to either Akron or Canton, www.cvsr.com . In Canton is the Football Hall of Fame. Of course, you might not be interested in American Football. You could go to Kirtland to see the Mormon temple and Holden Arboretum, holdenarb.org You could make a day trip to Amish country in Holmes County, about eighty miles south. You could go to the beach. Edgewater Park is close by, plus Mentor Headlands State Beach which is in Lake County. You could take a day trip from the Cedar Point area to the Eire Islands (Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island). Since you're coming in August, you could go to a concert at the Blossom Music Center. There is a lot to do and see, depending on your interests, so you should be able to fill your remaining three days in the Cleveland area. Good luck with your trip planning

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3. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

What are your dates? If you're here mid-week, Wade Oval Wednesdays, a popular annual concert series (in University Circle by the Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and Botanical Garden) can be fun...and free. Music is 6-9 p.m. and ranges from blues to jazz...even the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band, which we caught in '08 and gave a great show. See www.universitycircle.org/detail-event.aspx… for more info.

You can buy food to picnic, but also our favorite new restaurant find of '09 -- L'Albatros Brasserie / classic French with contemporary American sensibilities -- is right in the neighborhood.

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4. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

Thanks for the tips everyone.

Renaissance looks good.

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5. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

Hi

I live in Cleveland, but it seems you have accomodations figured out. For a great meal definitely go to Valerio's in Little Italy ($$$) but really anywhere in Little Italy is great! We also have a ton of really nice museums (Natural History w/ Planetarium, Botanical Garden, etc.) I'm not sure what your interests are but you can go places like to Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, or just drive around semi-historic neighborhoods like Shaker Heights. Lake View Cemetary is very pretty also, but it might be extremely hot and icky in August. We also have tons of ethnic restaurants!

Have fun (especially at Cedar Point, awesome place!)

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6. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

Some of the hotels in downtown Cleveland can be a little pricey (including the Renaissance). The Renaissance is a grand old hotel -- one of the first in Cleveland. Though I haven't stayed in any rooms (I live in Cleveland), the meeting areas, food, lobby, etc. are very nice. I suspect the rooms might be small due to the hotel's age -- but it is well-maintained. Attached to the hotel is a wonderful restaurant Sans Souci (Meditteranean cuisine). We go for special occasions. Lunch may be a bit cheaper. Make reservations. Across public square (where Renaissance is located), is John Qs restaurant -- great for steaks.

During the day, you can walk to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and nearby attractions. I'd take a cab at night. Also attached to the Renaissance hotel is Tower City. An indoor shopping complex with movie theatres and several fast food places to eat. Anywhere you stay in downtown Cleveland will require you to pay parking.

Just a note, Cedar Point is about 1 to 1.5 hours from downtown Cleveland. Cedar Point is huge and tough to get through in one day, especially if you like rollercoasters. If you stay there for a night, they have hotels, multi day passes, and a water park. It may be cheaper to stay outside the park property and drive in for the day. Enjoy your trip!

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7. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

We are traveling to Cleveland in August as well and were able to book the Crowne Plaza downtown for $59/night through Hotwire.com. They charge a $20 parking fee per day but you would still be looking at $40 less per day over the Renaissance. We got tips for bidding on Hotwire at Betterbidding.com.

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8. Re: First Visit To Cleveland - Calling all Cleveland Experts :)

CDJD - Thanks for the post, The Crowne looks great. They have a Rock Hall package which looks to save us abit of money.

$149 night which includes room, free parking, breakfast, shuttle and 2 hall of fame tickets. Looks like a winner.

Thanks :)

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