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Old Yesterday, 11:11 AM
 
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Hello, I will be traveling for business and leisure soon. I will be there almost 3 days. I have a meeting the last day at the Cleveland Mellen Center. I booked the Intercontinental on Euclid, but after reading reviews it sounds like I should pick a better location. I want to go to the casino, do some shopping and check out some sights. I will have a car. I would prefer to be close to things in case the weather is bad and have a restaurant in the hotel.

Any suggestions on a hotel and the best area to stay? Any sights not to miss. Is the Intercontinental close enough to keep?

I did see there is Marriott that you can walk over to the casino from, but the reviews weren't very good.

I just want a nice hotel that's safe and close proximity to things.

Thank you!!
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Old Yesterday, 11:38 AM
 
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Cleveland's Ritz Carlton and the 9 are both nice.

Check out the renowned Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art (which is free).
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Old Yesterday, 12:40 PM
 
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What is your budget? That will decide what your options are. As far as the casino, that is downtown, so if that is a priority, you may want to be there. However, I believe the Intercontinental is a pretty safe location, and a prime spot for checking out the city. Among other things that are within a mile or so from there are:

-Severance Hall (Cleveland Orchestra)
-Cleveland Museum of Art (Top 5 in the US)
-Little Italy
-Uptown University Circle
-Western Reserve Historical Society (oldest one in the US)
-Cleveland Botanic Garden (indoor and top ten in the US)
-Countless other museums
-Coventry Village (Cleveland's version of Berkeley)
-Shaker Square (Very upscale and pleasant dining district)
-Cedar Fairmount (another upscale shopping/dining pedestrian strip)
among others..

The one place I would say you have to go to while in Cleveland, that I haven't listed above is the West Side Market, and get a Gyro from Steve's. But that's just me.

Unfortunately, within city limits, while Tower City is a decently functional mall that has improved with the addition of the casino, I would say Cleveland's shopping attraction is more for food, and mom/pop type retail and unique vintage goods. Coventry is particularly good for that. However, if you are looking for big box shopping, about a 15 minute drive to the east of there is Beachwood Place/Legacy Village, one of the more impressive shopping destinations in the Midwest.

I would say that you would be fine with Intercontinental if you did decide to stick with that. However, some similarly priced options that might also be a tad closer to interesting things to look at would include the Glidden House B&B in U.C., and the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, which is right across the street from the most ritzy dining/nightlife area in Cleveland, East 4th St.
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Old Yesterday, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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I would definitely pick a Downtown property.

Same question, what is your budget?

- The 9 - Metropolitan http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...ph-collection/
- Holiday Inn Express ( believe it or not is pretty nice. An old historic bank building... You can even get a jacuzzi room for about the same price as a standard room) https://m.ihg.com/hotels/holidayinne...eldetail/cleoh
- Marriott at Key Center (is this the place that you're saying has bad reviews. It's a pretty nice property and has a good location and views. I mean it is a full Marriott... My only complaints are that the pool is kind of small and well as some rooms. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...at-key-center/
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Old Yesterday, 04:41 PM
 
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I would definitely pick a Downtown property.

Same question, what is your budget?

- The 9 - Metropolitain
- Holiday Inn Express ( believe it or not is pretty nice. An old historic bank building... You can even get a jacuzzi room for about the same price as a standard room)
- Marriott at Key Center (is this the place that you're saying has bad reviews. It's a pretty nice property and has a good location and views. I mean it is a full Marriott... My only complaints are that the pool is kind of small and well as some rooms.
I second the Holiday Inn Express. I always used to stay there before I moved back and was in town for business.

The Renaissance is also a good option as it's right on Public Square and is connected to the casino. And also the Hyatt in the Arcade, it's just a block from Public Square and is right in the thick of the Gateway District.
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Old Yesterday, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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And while you're near the Cleveland Clinic, highlights include:

- Little Italy (a must!!) -- Mia Bella and Presti's Bakery are my fav. Etna is the most Authentic... Some bouiques as well
- Cleveland Musuem of Art (FREE!)
- L'albatros brasserie L'Albatros Brasserie
- Coquette Patisserie Cleveland Pastries, Desserts Cleveland : Coquette Patisserie - French Pastries Cleveland
- Nightown Jazz bar Home - Nighttown

Best shopping is Legacy Village/Beachwood Mall.
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Old Yesterday, 05:56 PM
 
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I suggest at least a 3-star on hotwire (doesn't reveal hotel name) or hotels.com (reveals hotel name a bit more $ than hotwire). Can snag anyting from the Doubletree to Westin on hotwire. If budget is not an issue, go straight to hotels listed above.
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Old Yesterday, 08:27 PM
 
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Thank you for all the replys and suggestions. My budget is under $200 a night, so that eliminates The Ritz. I may just stay where I am. I read a review and someone said the area around the Mellen Center was rundown and sketchy so it made me nervous. They said the hotel was nice though. I definitely want to check out the museums and Little Italy. I'm really excited about Little Italy.

In case theres bad weather I prefer a hotel with at least a restaurant and bar.

I'm booking through my company's travel agency. These are the hotels they listed: Intercontinental (Euclid), Hampton Inn DT, The Tudors Arms, Doubletree DT, Hilton Garden DT, Hyatt Regency at the Arcade, & Holiday Inn Express DT. I skipped the airport locations and hotels that are sold out. There seem to be quite a few hotels sold out now. I guess that eliminates the Renaissance.

No one mentioned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is that a must see? I love music.

So, I just checked my reservation and I was actually booked at the Intercontinental on Carnegie, not Euclid. I called the hotel and they said it's still on the Mellen Center campus though.

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Old Yesterday, 09:10 PM
 
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Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Dec. for a weekend. Right of the RTA and maybe a min. walk to the Casino. VERY polite staff and older building- which I wanted. Rooms were updated, but really cool due to large open space and high ceilings. FREE breakfast. Shops and arcades right out the front door.
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Old Yesterday, 09:55 PM
 
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If you love Rock and Roll Music, I would say it probably is. For me personally I'm not that big of a music fan, and it's been a while since I've been. From what I've heard though people have generally enjoyed it and had a positive experience.
All things being equal though (of course everyone's tastes are different), the art museum is globally significant in architectural structure, both original and modern, and collection has some amazing pieces. For example, the Apollo sculpture by Praxiteles is probably the most significant sculpture in the Western Hemisphere, and possibly top ten on the planet. For perspective, it is the original bronze cast by him. The copies, that were made in later years, and aren't quite as significant, are displayed prominently and as "points of pride" by the Louvre and Vatican museums. I'm not a big art person in general, but I get goosebumps when walking amongst all that history. Short answer is though that if you like Rock and Roll, the HOF is certainly worth a visit.
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