Who says you have to go out of town to get away? Thanks to Airbnb, you can live out your Eloise-at-the-Plaza-penthouse fantasies without straying from the Midwest. Or, if you are so inclined, you can rent a hut in someone’s backyard. To each their own.
1. Minimalist OTR Apartment
This sleek apartment is the entire 2nd floor of one of the most modern-looking buildings in Over-the-Rhine. Open space, clean lines, and a sharp blue and white color scheme give this place a luxurious vibe without feeling stuffy. Private garage parking is included, but with a location on the streetcar line and all of OTR’s shops and restaurants a short walk away you won’t have many reasons to use your car.
Cost per guest: $250/night
Airbnb Rating: 5 stars with 29 Reviews
Promising Review: “Spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated. We loved the modern decor and architecture. Convenient to everything in Cincinnati with a great breakfast/coffee shop next door and Taft Ale House across the street. Highly recommend!” —Patty, September 2017
2. Music Hall Views
Location, location, location; the highlight of this building is what’s right outside your door. Bay windows showcase a stunning panorama of Music Hall, with Washington Park acting as your front yard. Take advantage of the park’s many free events, everything from live music to kickball. Need more culture? See a show at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and end your day by watching the sun set over one of Cincinnati’s most iconic buildings from the condo’s shared rooftop deck.
Cost per guest: $172/night
Airbnb Rating: 5 stars with 55 reviews
Promising Review: “We loved the location! Photos do not do the property justice- it is spacious and very neat/clean. You are in walking distance from many fun downtown activities and restaurants.” —Stephanie, June 2018
3. Eclectic Downtown Loft
Renting this apartment is like staying in the home of the eccentric, well-traveled aunt we all wish we had. This quirky space is packed with art and literature, but you won’t find any creative suffering here; from plentiful throw pillows and comfy chairs to a state-of-the-art steam shower with Bluetooth connection, you’ll be living in the height of luxury. Although it’s located in the business district, with easy access to some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment, you may not want to leave the house.
Cost per guest: $158/night
Airbnb Rating: 5 stars with 40 reviews
Promising Review: “This is where you want to stay. This eclectic, creative, and inviting habitat is worth traveling to Cincinnati for. Seriously, the place can be a destination on its own.” —Monica, July 2018
4. Rustic OTR Penthouse
Take a journey back to the days when Over-the-Rhine earned its name by staying in this 127-year-old apartment. Don’t worry; although it was originally built in 1890, it was renovated in 2017, so you can enjoy all the comforts of this century with beautiful exposed brick and high ceilings that harken back to the last. Do I even need to mention? Great restaurants, bars, shopping, Washington Park etc. You know the drill.
Cost per person: $120/night
Airbnb Rating: 5 stars with 44 reviews
Promising Review: “This place is even better than pictured. Gorgeous space, great views, and an amazing location.” —Megan, March 2018