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Symphony Hotel
Ranked #1 of 16 Cincinnati B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Decided to stay here for our one night in Cincinnati instead of a hotel and we definitely made the right choice. Located right beside the Cincinnati Music Hall (beautiful building!) it was pretty easy to get around. Even walked into downtown because it was such a beautiful day and it only took us 20 minutes. Got there quite early in the day and dropped our bags off. When we came back our bags were in our room waiting for us! Our room was clean and quaint and the bed was very comfortable. Service was personal and top notch! We got the room with the shared bath and it was right outside our door. Loved the touch of the comfy bath robe in the closet! Would definitely stay here again thanks as well to Tim and Colleen! :-)

Room Tip: We chose the Beethoven with shared bath but others have private bath
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Caroline H
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2013

Hi there!

Thank you for the beautiful review! We are very happy as well that you chose to stay with us.

We try to make your stay " home away from home " as far as the comfort & attention goes!

Hopefully we will see you soon again & would delight in having you back!

Symphony Hotel Staff

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

I feel like I found one of Cincinnati's best kept secrets! I've read reviews regarding the surroundings but PLEASE do not let that deter you from staying here because you will miss out! The area is in the midst of a revitalization but you can see the improvement.
The bed and breakfast was a gem! Very nice, cozy and historic. The staff was helpful and very polite. The room was clean and cozy. I stayed with a group of friends and we had the best time. It's rare to find a place like this. I feel lucky. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Ericka S
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2013

Thank you so much for the positive review!

The area is most definitely up & coming & old buildings are being restored everyday .

We appreciate you choosing our boutique hotel & are very delighted you stayed with us & hope

to see you again in the near future!

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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed at this hotel for a 3 night weekend get away. We had tickets to a Reds game and we wanted to check out the new Horseshoe Casino. We found the rooms to be on the small side and the bed was ok, just a little to soft for me but the room was clean. The staff was friendly and courteous.
The only thing that i did not like was the parking. Parking around back was tough to drive down this small narrow path that would scrub your tires on the sides because of it being so narrow. Other than that this was a charming place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank joseph333
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

Thank you for spending your mini vacation with us here at the Symphony Hotel!

Seems like you did quite a few fun things while you were here in Cincinnati.

We all hope to see you back soon!

Symphony Staff

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Reviewed 10 July 2013

We arrived a little bit before the check-in time of 3PM, so we decided to venture down Elm street to get to Findlay's Market. This was a big mistake! The street was very sketchy, with several people laying down outside and not even moving. We were asked for money several times, and I felt as if everyone in the area was watching us. Luckily we made it to the market without a problem. Coming back we took a different street and everything was fine, which tells me that while parts of OTR are coming along, other parts still need a lot of development. My best advice is to not simply follow your Google Maps on this one, and to closely monitor your surroundings, and you should be fine.

As for the Bed and Breakfast, it was a very unique experience. Colleen was very pleasant, and made us feel very comfortable. The building certainly has a cool historic charm about it, and the room was cozy and had all the accomodations we needed. Breakfast was delicious as well! I would return but be much more cautious of the neighborhood next time. I feel like I got the true slice of Cincinnati by staying here, something I could never have gotten at a 4 star hotel. In the end, the experience was definitely worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Dustin S
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2013

Thank you for your review on us here at the Symphony Hotel!

Cincinnati definitely has significantly changed from what is was 5 to 7 years ago though I have

to say..It has a lot of restoration going on & people that care about these older historic

buildings that's for sure & everyday rejuvenating!

I totally respect & glad you expressed your concern about the surroundings,

but believe in any downtown city you will see a bit of that going on.

Glad that you enjoyed your stay here & hope to see you again soon!

Thanks,
Symphony Hotel Staffing

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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Beautiful. Welcoming. The 1800s Victorian is convenient to everything. Staff is warm, intelligent, helpful. Parking off street works well. Tour of the new generous additions is architecturally delightful with 2nd floor spacious and classic comfort furnished deck covered with the pergola playing with sunset lights. The first floor boutique bar includes everything for everybody. That's not all. Style and color is reflected harmoniously in every detail in the entire inn from the unique artistry of the tile work to High Victorian plasterwork with beautiful color choices in between. Selections made by staff for room amenities offer something for everyone, including outstanding chocolates for turn down gifts. Nearby was a short walk to elegant fish dinners at The Anchor plus the historic Findley Market with infinite food choices. As a historic preservationist, it is a joy to write this in hopes you enjoy Cincy to the fullest.

Room Tip: Room options include 2 bedroom room suite possibility with The Beethoven room.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Cynthia C
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2013

Hi Cynthia,

It was such a pleasure meeting you & Drew this weekend! Thank you for the beautiful write up on

our historic OTR building & we are very pleased that you enjoyed your 3 day stay with us!

We also appreciate you coming down to dine with us in our historic dining room for dinner!

Hope your mini vacation was a very memorable experience for you & a breather for you as well...

Many Thanks, Colleen

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

We stayed at the Symphony Hotel for two nights while in town for a graduation. We had tickets to the Reds' game Monday and Tuesday so we wanted to stay downtown within walking distance of Great American Ballpark. The Symphony Hotel was the perfect choice. I don't know how I found it on the web but I'm very glad I did. The Symphony Hotel has tremendous character, a great staff, convenient location and the price is definitely right! There is also a rooftop patio that is wonderful. No more generic box hotels for us in Cincinnati!

The free continental breakfast is very good but one morning we opted to order omelettes. Our chef was Tim and he made me the best omelette I've ever had. Dennis, our server, made us feel welcome and took great care of us. Colleen, the general manager, was always available to answer questions.

We were concerned about parking availability before we arrived but it was no problem. There is ample room in their lot in the back and it is well-lit.

We will definitely be back. Like a previous reviewer, I want to let everyone know what a great place this is!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Laura E
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2013

So glad you picked us to be apart of your adventure here in Cincinnati!
We are always here to make your stay feel like home away from home & happy
to hear that you enjoyed everything about us including our breakfast & staff!

Thanks again,
Symphony Hotel Staff

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Reviewed 6 June 2013

My husband and I stayed over night on our way south to a woodsy cabin. We were delighted with the hotel after initial confusion because nobody was there when we arrived at 3:30 pm. We called the number posted on the door, Tim arrived shortly and told us how to get to the parking lot in the alley (very narrow alley). The hotel is beautifully furnished and maintained (from 1875, I think Tim said); there's a spacious bar downstairs (we sat at the wide open window, had drinks, played cribbage, and chatted with Colleen); beautiful dining room (unfortunately not open week nights), and charming small breakfast room (we had delicious salmon omelette with what we call in Philadelphia "scrapple." Our room was very pretty though small (as one would expect in an old hotel). Our bathroom was around the corner which was fine because noone seemed to be staying next door, so we had it to ourselves. Both the bathroom and bedroom were immaculate. We used the air conditioner because it was very hot and humid; I do, however, wish the windows opened (painted shut?) and wish we had known about the spacious wonderful outside terrace on the second floor before we got ready to leave.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sandra682
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OTRHotel, General Manager at Symphony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2013

Thank you so much for the wonderful review!
It was a pleasure meeting both of you & had a great time sitting out with you chatting...
I'm so sorry that the deck wasn't shown to you ( maybe raining outside that day ), just another reason you will need to return soon to see us again!
About the windows they are on a security system so we don't open them, but they do open.
Hope all is well & hope you explore Cincinnati again soon.

Thanks, Colleen

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Additional Information about Symphony Hotel

Address: 210 W 14th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7507
Region: United States > Ohio > Cincinnati
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Cincinnati
Price Range: £89 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Symphony Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Symphony Hotel and Restaurant: located in Historic Over the Rhine, next to Washington Park and Music Hall. The hotel has 9 composer themed guest rooms. We include a relaxing, gourmet brunch prepared by our chef on Saturdays and Sundays. Monday - Friday we serve a complimentary hot continental breakfast for hotel guests, which includes made to order eggs dishes. For your convenience we offer: free parking, flat screen television with satellite, high speed internet, an outdoor rooftop deck with a gas fire pit and guest rooms with individual heating and air temperature control. The Restaurant's historic dining room is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for two, three, or five course gourmet dining. All Pre-concert dinners are 5 course. Taste bourbon and wine in our tasting room and relax with a glass of wine or craft cocktails in our lounge offering complimentary live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings 8-11pm. ... more   less 
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