The Symphony Hotel Brings Music to Your Ears


The Symphony Hotel—the only boutique hotel in OTR—is a triple threat, featuring entertainment, fine dining, and a place to lay your head. The hotel opened 22 years ago, when owner Karen Blatt transformed the 1871 mansion. Blatt, who graduated from DAAP with a degree in design, gave the nine rooms different styles and named each after a classical composer—a nice touch, considering its location across the street from Music Hall. “All the rooms are different, it’s not a cookie-cutter hotel,” says Keith Gavigan, hotel manager. “We’re in the heart of OTR, a central location to everything you’d want to do in Cincinnati.”

In July at Music Hall, for instance, Cincinnati Opera hosts the U.S. premiere of Another Brick in the Wall, an opera based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. This is obviously not your typical opera, but don’t expect rock music, either. You can also hop on the Cincinnati Bell Connector down to the Aronoff Center, where The Book of Mormon makes its return this summer. Back at Music Hall, you can take the Beyond the Bricks tour for a behind the scenes look at the architecture and history of this newly renovated iconic structure. Or just wander through Washington Park, where there’s always something going on, including musical performances, festivals, and movie nights.

Rather stay in? Symphony Hotel still has you covered. Check out the sophisticated jazz lounge and bar, open Thursday through Saturday. No need to travel far for a fine dining experience either; sample what Chef Mirko Ravlic is serving in the sophisticated restaurant. There are always steak, chicken, vegetable, and fish dishes available, though the menu changes monthly. Before heading home on Sunday, don’t skip the generous brunch.

Photograph by Ali McNair

Photograph by Ali McNair

The Symphony Hotel, $129–$169/night,

Symphony Hotel Restaurant, five course meal $45, three course meal $36, two course meal $31.95

Beyond the Bricks tour, $20,; Another Brick in the Wall, July 20, 21, 26, 28, & 31, $35-$195,; The Book of Mormon, July 31–August 5, $44–$150; Washington Park,

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