This post was sponsored by The Radisson Hotel. All opinions are my own.
I first heard of the Radisson Hotel and Restaurant Eighteen as a child. The Eighteen, with its revolving floor and spectacular views, was romanticized in my mind. My parents had planned on eating at the Eighteen on their wedding night, but couldn’t get a reservation, so they ate at the Frisch’s next door instead. Thankfully, they were able to get reservations a few years later for their anniversary.
So whenever Brian and I started planning our romantic Cincinnati getaway, staying at the Radisson was a no-brainer. The Radisson has been in Cincinnati, well actually in Covington across the river for Cincinnati, for about 40 years. At night the round building can be seen with colorful lights from the Cincinnati Riverbanks. From the hotel, and especially the rooftop restaurant, you can see all of Cincinnati’s skyline. Brian and I loved this restaurant and can’t wait to go back!
Once I heard that the hotel had recently been remodeled I was even more excited for our romantic getaway. All the rooms have been remodeled as well as the lobby and the Fifth Lounge. The Fifth has live music now. We missed out on that by about one week! Everything about the hotel was modern, clean, and polished. We found this touch screen extremely fun. From this one screen, we could check out local attractions, check airline status, and make restaurant reservations. Very cool.
Upon checking into the hotel, we were greeted with friendly faces and a grand lobby. We were tempted to rest in the lobby for a while but headed up to our room instead. We stayed on the 15th floor. Thankfully, the elevator was super quick and we were in our room in no time.
Our Home Away from Home
Typically, whenever you stay at a hotel you’ll find a questionably clean comforter over ok sheets, but our bed at the Radisson was on point. The sheets and comforter were white and squeaky clean. After last year’s bedbug fiasco you better believe that I check every bed I stay in thoroughly and I am happy to report that there wasn’t a sign of bugs anywhere in this room. Our bed was soft and I wish I could have brought it home with me. In the morning, we were able to have a relaxing shower. The sink and large counter were separate from the toilet and bathtub which was super convenient. We had a fridge and microwave in the room which was great for our yummy leftovers and keeping our water cold. At one point I got a little cold, but it wasn’t a problem since we had a digital thermostat on the wall.
Our Breathtaking View
Every single room at the Radisson has a balcony. If you stay on the Ohio River side then you have an amazing view of Cincinnati. From our balcony, we could pick out several Cincinnati landmarks such as the Paul Brown Stadium and the Great American Ball Park. We could see barges on the river and it was fun to fantasize that those same barges could eventually float by our home in Owensboro. We could also see parts of Covington from our balcony. We had a lot of fun just watching the city in front of us, talking us, and photographing our view.
On our second day there, fog blanketed the city and created an almost eerie scene. It was cool to have the opportunity to see the city like that.
We could hear the interstate traffic from our balcony, but that’s the cost of being in the middle of all the excitement and minutes away from downtown. When our balcony door was closed, it didn’t bother us at all.
The Radisson offers many wonderful services such as a concierge, meeting spaces, a business center, and shuttle, but my amenity was the pool. I seriously love to swim! My parents have a pool and when I was younger I swam every single day. Now, I’m lucky if I get to swim 2 or 3 times a year. It’s actually pretty sad. I know that many people would want to spend their evenings checking out the Cincinnati nightlife, but not me. Just give me the pool! The water was perfect and Brian said that the hot tub was as well.
We noticed that there was a park right next to the hotel, and while we didn’t check it out, it would be nice for a family with little kids. We were also within walking distance to several small restaurants and the Southbank Shuttle, which we rode to Newport. We also figured out that if you were up for it, you could totally walk to Cincinnati from the hotel. That doesn’t sound like a relaxing trip to me, but you could definitely do it.
Our Yummy Food
We visited the Eighteen for breakfast one morning and were delighted by the selection. The biscuits and gravy were perfect as were the potatoes, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and french toast. Everything was delicious! I also eyed their extensive omelet bar but didn’t get one due to my egg intolerance. Everything was amazing, but the view was my favorite part! We could see for miles from the eighteenth floor and I was delighted to see little wall plaques that explained what you were looking at. Brian and I had noticed one blue and white building that was particularly interesting and during breakfast we learned that it was a luxury apartment building.
After breakfast, we went back down to our room and were delighted to see that room service had been there while we were dining! We had fresh towels and our bed was perfectly made. They also had straightened up and organized the makeup that I had left all over the counter and put the ironing board (that I had left out) away. I’m a little embarrassed that they cleaned up after me because I would have done it after breakfast, but I was impressed none-the-less.
That evening we had planned on having dinner at the Eighteen again but decided at the last minute to just check out the Fifth Lounge and have a laid back dinner instead. We don’t do big dinner thanks to Brian’s diabetes so we decided to play it safe. I had a cheeseburger and sweet potatoes fries and Brian got the Bengals Roast Beef Sandwich. Oh my goodness, we were blown away! I ate almost every bite of my food, especially those yummy sweet potato fries with brown sugar and cinnamon. Brian claims that his sandwich was one of the best he had ever eaten.
Both restaurants get a 10/10 in our book.
Our Time Together
We had a lot of fun in Cincinnati, but the heart of the trip was simply for Brian and I to get away and spend a little time together and relax. Life has been rough lately. Between being pregnant, having a less-than-desirable summer job, and that annoying broken disposal my stress level is high and it seems like we just can’t bet a break. This trip gave us a chance to just be together and focus on our marriage without all the stress. I believe that our marriage is stronger because we take the time to travel together.
Will we go back? Definitely! When was the last time that you and your spouse got away? Where did you go? Have you ever been to the Radisson or the Revolving Restaurant?
The Radisson is located at 668 West Fifth Street, Covington, KY 41011. You can reach the hotel at 800-333-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and give them a little love while you check out those breathtaking views!