During a recent business trip to Cincinnati, I was searching for a unique accommodation near downtown. I ended up finding The Guild Cincinnati at The Banks. The Guild offers apartment-style accommodations in prime locations. The Guild Cincinnati at The Banks is a two-minute walk from Great American Ball Park and a five-minute walk to Paul Brown Stadium. Visitors have several restaurants within walking distance ranging from quick eats like Jimmy John’s to craft beer-focused Yard House.
Although I was traveling by myself, I ended up choosing a two-bedroom. It is approximately 1,300 square feet and has a king-size bedroom, a queen-size bed, and a sleeper sofa that can sleep up to six people. The setup also features a living room between two the bedrooms. There is a full-size kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave, coffee maker, and dish washer. Dining space is a bit limited with a small table, but there are multiple chairs to eat at the breakfast bar.
The two bedrooms and bathrooms are distinctly different. One bathroom is accessible from the hallway while the other is an ensuite bathroom. That means the bedrooms are slightly different in size with one being slightly larger and having a larger closet.
Although the second bedroom is slightly smaller, it still has plenty of space for guests.
The best part of the shared space is the patio. My room faced west, which gave me some truly stunning views.
The Guild Cincinnati at The Banks offers self-parking for $20 per night, which is in the garage attached to the building.
The building offers several amenities including a fitness center, clubhouse, and outdoor pool. In addition to the amenities in the building, the room includes a washing machine and dryer. So people staying for longer periods can wash clothes in the comfort
There is no dining on-site. However, The Guild provides guests the ability to order food in advance of their arrival. Visitors receive an e-mail with instructions that allow them to order food items to stock the refrigerator. People are charged market value plus a small delivery fee. I took advantage of the service and order some instant coffee and breakfast pastries, which were in the room when I arrived.
There are also several options close by for people who do not want to cook. The Banks has several options ranging from Moerlein Lager House to a Taste of Belgium (read more here). Additionally, it is a ten-minute to several eateries near Fountain Square. A mile away in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood there are several dining options (read more here).
Recapping the experience
The Guild Cincinnati at The Banks is far from a conventional hotel. However, as more travelers seek vacation rentals with the amenities of a home this is a perfect place. In particular, the room options allow people to choose a space that best suits their needs instead of the one-size-fits-all approach of a conventional hotel. Additionally, there are several restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions nearby. The fitness center and pool offer visitors the amenities of a conventional hotel. There is also a virtual concierge available via text messages during the day. Overall, The Guild offers an experience that meets a traveler’s individual needs.
Disclosure: I received a media rate for my three-night stay at The Guild Cincinnati at The Banks courtesy of Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. As usual, all words and opinions are my own.