Planning a vacation in the United States Midwest? Consider these hotels, which are five of our AAA inspectors' favorites, when you're deciding where to stay.
21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati
AAA Inspector 10: I find this hotel with its whimsical yellow plastic penguins, numerous pictures of camels and "breathing chandelier" a fun-loving experience.
Public areas have permanent and rotating exhibits of contemporary art, much of which is self-consciously avant-garde. Rooms have a clean, minimalist luxury décor. Bathrooms have Rookwood tile showers. The hotel has a playful aura. Elevator landings have art vitrines with each floor having a unique exhibit. Electric yellow penguins populate public areas and have even been known to move into guest rooms. A counterpoint to all these modern features may be found in the corner suites, which are adorned with window blinds that feature historic daguerreotypes of the 19th century Cincinnati waterfront. Another traditional feature may be found in the restaurant, which has an impressive flaming brick hearth that would have been a perfect feature for a 19th century Ohio stagecoach tavern. After dinner, go up to the rooftop bar for drinks and a splendid view of downtown Cincinnati. You will not be bored in this hotel.
AAA Inspector 555: The unique and colorful artwork and exhibits throughout the public areas make this one of my favorite hotels to walk through.
This contemporary hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, ranging from suites to extended-stay living. A modern art theme throughout includes custom pieces donated from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. With original artwork in each guest room and European-style lighting controls, staying here is truly a unique and enjoyable experience. Sample a craft cocktail from their mixology lounge Plat 99 on your next visit!
AAA Inspector 40: Since 1893, weddings have occurred in the Imperial Ballroom with its lavish ceilings, vintage chandeliers and Victorian art. This place impresses me!
Built in 1893 by Milwaukee industrialist Guido Pfister, this landmark hotel is now home to a collection of Victorian art. Rooms have plush bathrobes, lighted makeup mirrors and elegant bed linens. The hotel will coordinate art tours and has a revolving art collection that is always on display.
West Bay Beach Resort, a Delamar Resort Traverse City
Traverse City, Michigan
AAA Inspector 563: The private beach is fantastic! I enjoy spending leisurely afternoons here soaking up some rays while listening to music or reading a good book.
This attractive hotel features modern guest rooms, a spacious exercise room and well-designed pool areas with comfortable furnishings, cabanas and fire pits. The hotel also offers one of the best private beaches in town, featuring boat and jet ski rentals.