Historical Revival: Unique Hotels in Cleveland

March 15, 2014
Historical Revival: Unique Hotels in Cleveland

Vintage-Style Cleveland Accommodations

George Washington slept here. Oh, and there’s also a flat-screen TV and high-speed wi-fi. Those who like their accommodations to include a mix of old and new should consider booking one of Cleveland’s historic hotels and B&Bs.

The luxury Renaissance Cleveland Hotel has been standing strong, under one name or another, in the heart of downtown since 1918. It’s Cleveland’s oldest and biggest hotel.

Marble, gold leaf, vaulted ceilings, high-arched windows and a grand staircase. The Renaissance is every bit opulent as it is historic. It doesn’t hurt that three of Cleveland’s most historic landmarks - the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Old Stone Church and Terminal Tower - are right next door.

Also downtown, the Hyatt at the Arcade operates inside a still active Victorian-era mall. Guest rooms ring balconies that surround a five-story arcade topped with a massive glass skylight.

Located down the street from the Hyatt at the Arcade is the historic New England Building, a neoclassical skyscraper built in 1895 that was once one of the tallest buildings in Cleveland. It is now home to the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Cleveland and still features the Beaux-Arts architecture, original hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings in every guest room. The original Westinghouse elevator carts are still used with upgraded hardware from the very first electronic elevator systems.

Four miles east of downtown, the Tudor Arms Hotel originally opened in the early 1930s as a men’s athletic club. The 12-story Gothic building reopened as a Hilton Doubletree hotel in 2011 after a major, $22 million renovation. Developers kept many Tudor touches - rich wood paneling and beams, oak balconies, chandeliers, and plaster reliefs of sword-wielding knights - inside.

On a smaller scale, visitors can pretend they’re big-bucks industrialists at the Glidden House. Built by the son of the Glidden Paint founder in 1910, the University Circle mansion serves up meals in the parlor and carriage house.

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