Best Western Mariemont Inn: Old English Charm in Cincinnati, OH

A Landmark in the Roaring Twenties

Imagine a time when flappers danced the Charleston, radios crackled with jazz music, and the Art Deco movement was in its prime.

The Best Western Mariemont Inn was born during this vibrant era of the Roaring Twenties.

The historic Inn, one of the most significant Mariemont Company buildings, was a grand vision brought to life by architects Zettle and Rapp.

They designed the Inn as a three-story, timber and brick marvel shaped like a “V” with the main entrance at the apex.

The original design was intended to be twice as grand, with two wings extending much further than today. Sadly, costs likely caused a scale-back in the final design.

Despite these changes, when the Inn opened its doors in 1929, it boasted 58 guestrooms, a remarkable feat for its time.

To accommodate those unable to climb the stairs, the hotel thoughtfully provided several guestrooms on the first floor, and a lift was subsequently installed to enhance accessibility further.

The Heart of the Mariemont Community

From its inception, the Best Western Mariemont Inn was more than a hotel; it was a central part of the community.

The Mariemont Company relocated their offices into the present lobby area, signifying the Inn’s importance.

The hotel section was just a tiny part of the building, with retail and office spaces occupying the central portion.

The Inn’s advertisement of “lovely appointed” single rooms and suites offered a home away from home, available by the day or for extended periods.

Even today, the Mariemont Inn remains a hub for community events, from weddings and celebrations to meetings. Historic charm and luxurious decor make the hotel famous for such events.

The Inn has held important gatherings since its formation in 1929, creating a legacy of social and business interactions within its walls.

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Preserving History and Embracing the Future

Ownership of the Mariemont Inn has changed hands several times, but each owner has been dedicated to preserving the rich history of this upscale boutique hotel.

In the early 1980s, the hotel established itself under the Best Western flag, where it continues to operate today.

The current owners partnered with the Best Western Premier brand, ensuring the preservation of the hotel’s history.

Their dedication led the Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn to gain membership in Historic Hotels of America in 2003.

The Inn underwent an extensive two-year renovation in 2009, resulting in a beautiful blend of old-world charm and modern necessities.

The Inn’s decor faithfully maintains its historical authenticity, showcasing elements of Tudor-style architecture, treasured antiques, original artwork bestowed by the initial owners, gracefully structured beamed ceilings, fireplaces reminiscent of the 1920s, and bespoke furniture.

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A Unique Village Setting

Nestled in the picturesque village of Mariemont, the Best Western Mariemont Inn offers a serene escape just minutes from downtown Cincinnati.

The village is a national exemplar in practical town planning, founded in 1923 by philanthropist Mary Emery.

Mariemont serves as a model of community living, even featuring the nation’s only elected town crier who strolls the streets, calling villagers to town meetings.

Today, The Mariemont Inn offers 45 luxurious guestrooms and suites, each with fine linen, Tempur-Pedic® mattresses, HDTVs, and more.

The National Exemplar Restaurant serves fine cuisine, and Southerby’s Pub offers spirits and light fare, adding to the comfort and convenience of staying in the Inn.

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The village’s location, just 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, makes it a convenient base for exploring nearby attractions, including Riverbend Music Center, Rookwood Commons, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Newport on the Levee, and Newport Aquarium.

With its rich history, dedicated preservation, and commitment to comfort and luxury, the Best Western Premier Mariemont Inn is an unforgettable part of Cincinnati nearly a century after its inception.

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I'm Spencer Walsh, a professional traveler who loves to help people discover new places and learn about different cultures. I've traveled worldwide, from Europe to Asia and Africa to South America. My favorite thing about traveling is getting lost because it allows me to discover unexpected gems—finding a hidden museum or stumbling upon a beautiful park in the middle of the city.

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