Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront

668 West Fifth Street, Covington, Kentucky, 41011, United States | 3 star hotel
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront Covington

    Double compact room good for a budget


    This location of the Radisson has an offering with which I was not familiar, called a "Double Compact" room. As the name implies, the room is a smaller version of the standard room, although it has all the standard features: 27" TV; armoire; desk with chair; and an arm chair. The main difference in ammenities was that the room only had one full size bed, which can be a tight squeeze for two adults. Iif you're interested in a view this is not the room for you, as they are all on the 2nd floor of the hotel and look out at the highway or rooftop of the ground floor. We had an air conditioning unit outside our window that was on 24/7, but it wasn't significantly louder than the units usually in any given hotel room. We weren't able to reserve a non-smoking room, but we requested and were given one. Overall a bit of a tight fit, but at half the price of a standard room ($49/night vs. $119/night on the Radisson website) this is one way to enjoy the atmosphere and service of a nicer hotel on a motel budget.

    Okay - Fair Value


    Location was good, room clean, service good. But windows need washing, noise from freeway if open balcony door, cable TV would fade in and out.

    Would not stay again!


    We stayed at the Radisson for one night. We were going to stay at the courtyard by marriott, but trip advisor said it was by a railroad track. The rooms are very tiny at the Radisson, probably because the hotel is round. It was not as clean as I would like. There was something, looked like mold, growing in the corner. Also they will not guarantee a non-smoking room, so the room smelled like smoke, covered up with some sort of nasty freshner. It is very noisy, it is right beside the highway, so you can hear big trucks all night long. The staff was very friendly but I would not stay here again.

    Nice hotel


    I recently stayed at the Radisson in Covington and was very pleased with my stay. I arrived early and had to wait about 45 minutes for a clean room, which was fine since I hadn't requested early check-in. The guy at the front desk was very nice, periodically going up to check on the status of the rooms and when one was ready, he immediately let me know as he was walking off the elevator and apologized for my wait.

    The room was in good condition, I had no complaints about the cleanliness level. There was a small fridge located in a cabinet under the sink which I was surprised to find. The hotel is very conveniently located right off the interstate, but this also means that if your room is located on the front side of the hotel, the interstate is literally right outside your window. I am a heavy sleeper, so this didn't bother me at all, but I know it could be an issue for some people.

    I have absolutely no complaints about this hotel and I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    Decent hotel, breakfast service nonexistant


    We booked a couple rooms here on Priceline for 70 dollars each. For that price, it was a good deal. When we checked in the clerk said "2 doubles smoking, right?" No, king non would be our choice..but with Priceline you get what you get. The clerk managed to get us that type of room on the seventh floor, however. Nice guy. The hotel was in good shape, the room was rather spacious if a little dated, but clean.It had a nice hair dryer, a frig, coffee maker and a heater fan in bathroom. We had a view of the back- Covington area and Interstate 71, not that great, but this was just a place to flop for the night.

    The next morning, I went alone to the revolving restaurant on the top floor for breakfast. I waited at the front, but no one was there. I thought they were closed. I finally walked in and saw a person (manager) who instructed me to "sit anywhere". I sat a few tables back from another couple and waited 10 minutes, while reading my paper. Finally, one diner told me that a buffet was down the way a bit and I should help myself, because they were understaffed. In all fairness, we had just been hit with a snowfall, and I'm sure employees were having a hard time getting there. However, they had a waiter, a girl serving coffee, a manager and a cook. There were only about 20 people in the restaurant. I helped myself to some very good fruit, mediocre buffet eggs, biscuits, etc. I don't eat meat. There were no potatoes.There was no juice on the buffet, and it looked like I wasn't getting any. The waiter never came to my table. I had to go to the station and get my own water, juice and coffee. There was also no salt, pepper, sugar or catsup on my table, I borrowed from another. The waiter waited on a couple at a table right next to me who got there after me. I don't get it. He saw me get up twice to help myself, maybe he just didn't feel like a single woman was worth the bother. This has never happened to me in a hotel. The buffet was overpriced at $10.55 total which I left on the table, cause he didn't come by to give me a bill- I checked on the price from another diner.You can bet he didn't get a tip! I am writing to the management about this experience. In spite of this snub, I still would stay here again because of the price and location.

    Beautiful views


    I stayed in this hotel with my 11 year old daughter and niece and we loved it! The hotel was clean and very nice and the girls LOVED the pool! We had a room on the 11th floor overlooking downtown Cinci and the river and we really had fun standing out on the balcony enjoying the beautiful view! This is a great hotel and I would highly recommend staying there to anyone.

    Will Recommend - Hotel ok for the $$$


    At the last minute I had to travel to Cincinnati for business, and the Radisson Riverfront had availability. Here are the positives, most of the staff is very friendly, there is a shuttle that costs $1.00 that you can take to all tourist attractions that stops right in front of the hotel, the restaurant on the 18th floor has devine food/great view of the city, wireless internet in the room is free, hotel shuttle to/from airport is free, the room was very basic, but clean.

    Negative: I booked through Expedia, & I did not get the king sized bed I had reserved . . . I got two small double beds in a disability access room. The front desk clerk told me that anyone reserving via 3rd party reservations (Expedia, Orbitz, etc.) will not receive garauntee of room reserved unless it is actually available. And her last words were, at least you are getting a non-smoking room and she gave me a pamphlet where Radisson is motivating clients to book through Radisson direct and they will either match or give a discount on rooms rather than booking through 3rd party. I have not encountered this ever before, being a "business traveling road warrior" and thus, will more than likely not stay here again, I felt penalized for not reserving directly through Radisson. But for those just camping for the night on business, ok, definately for the $$$.

    Overnight at the Radisson


    My husband and I just returned from spending the weekend in Covington, Ky and we made reservations for the Radisson. Our room was located on the 12th floor with a view of the Bengals Stadium to the right of our balcony and I-75 to our left. Please keep in mind that this hotel has been around since 1976 (maybe longer), just owned by a different hotel chains in the past. Radisson has done a very good job in keeping this hotel in good taste.

    The restaurant located on the 18th floor offered one of the best filet mignon that I have ever tasted! It was cooked to perfection where I didn't need to use my knife to cut the steak. The service and staff was excellent-never had to ask for refills, and they kept asking us if there was anything else to make the dinner more enjoyable for us. After a romantic dinner, we were ready to head for the pool. Because the weather was miserable outside (snowing), I believe everyone in hotel decided it was the best time to go swimming. The indoor pool is very nice, it was just crowded that evening and we decided to skip the swimming option.

    The staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful in any way that they could be. They expedited our check-in process, as well as, our check-out process.

    My husband and I decided that we would definetely return to the Radisson for our next visit to the Newport area.



    We stayed at the Radisson on one night, items were stolen from our locked car in the parking lot.

    Probably will stay there again.

    Great hotel. Fantastic views of Cincinnati skyline


    Arrived in Cincinnati to find most hotels fully booked or very expensive. This was because the Tall Stacks Ship racing event was in town. We saw the Radisson and decided to give it a try before driving on and out of Cincinnati. We were quoted a price of $199 + tax which was a bit too expensive for us but then the desk clerk told us we could stay for $99 if we only stayed one night. Perfect ! We requested a view of downtown Cincinnati and got it. The room was high up (14th floor) and had a balcony. The room was lovely and the views were unforgettable. The hotel is actually in Covington in Kentucky. What a great time we had there.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront Covington

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