New Hotels in Downtown Cincinnati
Despite airport’s contraction, business travelers find downtown Cincinnati new and improved.
Cincinnati, the thriving business center on the Ohio River, is luring visitors with an improved convention center, a couple of new hotels and an upcoming casino—but it suffers from an Incredible Shrinking Airport. The Duke Energy Convention Center in the heart of downtown had a $135 million expansion that gave it 200,000 contiguous square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot grand ballroom and 31 breakout rooms, plus a full-service banquet kitchen that can serve 5,000 at once. Marriott recently opened its first hotel in downtown Cincinnati, the 134-unit Residence Inn at the Phelps, at 506 East 4th St. Due this year is the 160-room 21c Museum Hotel, next to the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art and across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Meanwhile, a 2013 debut is expected for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, a 354,000-square-foot gaming center. At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, all five airlines that fly out of Terminal 2 will move into Concourse A of Terminal 3 by mid-2012, sharing that terminal with Delta. Terminal 1 houses only administrative offices, and the airport is studying the prospect of tearing down Terminals 1 and 2 due to a drastic shrinkage of air service: CVG has lost more than two-thirds of its flights since 2003, thanks mainly to a huge downsizing there by Delta.