A Local Interior Designer is Sprucing Up Cincinnati’s Airbnb Scene


Photograph Courtesy of Red Whale Rentals

Local interior designer Michele Campbell is classing up the Cincinnati Airbnb scene with her own upscale rentals in Mount Adams, Red Whale Rentals. She started by renting out her rustic-chic home but quickly realized there was a greater demand. Now she owns and rents three properties in Mount Adams, each named after their iconic streets: Overlook, Celestial, and Gregory. The houses contain two units that can be rented together or separately. The grande dame of the group is the Overlook, which sleeps ten and offers panoramic city views.

Photograph Courtesy of Red Whale Rentals

Photograph Courtesy of Red Whale Rentals

The homes have thus far hosted an eclectic and illustrious collection of guests, including Hollywood types, Bengals and Reds players, and even families whose kids needed extended treatments at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. But don’t let that list fool you—ordinary people can rent these places, too, and many have, Campbell says, for modified staycations, or to make a weekend out of downtown events like sports games or music festivals. While spring and summer are Campbell’s busiest rental seasons, she offers “optional amenities” all year long—think in-home services like personal training, facials and massages, childcare, or a private chef.

If overnights aren’t your thing but you want to rent a day-space in Mount Adams, Campbell has you covered there, too. She recently opened The Cottage, a fully furnished two-story space that could work for anything from a baby shower to a fancy home-away-from-home place to get dressed for a wedding. Because apparently now brides must get dressed in photo-worthy spaces. Who knew?


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