After an extensive 18-month renovation, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is ready for its big reveal. In late October, the luxury property unveiled re-imagined guest rooms, refreshed public spaces, a brand-new restaurant and a host of unique amenities that will land this Ohio hotel on your must-visit list.
Here’s what we love most about this luxury escape by the lake.
The revamped rooms
Each of the Cleveland hotel’s 206 guest rooms received a facelift with a modern color palette inspired by nearby Lake Erie. Misty grays, taupes and blues subtly hint at the waterfront view outside your window, while shiny modern finishes reflect the city’s history as a steel-manufacturing hub.
While the décor may echo the past, the newly refurbished rooms stay up to date with techie touches. Each accommodation now features either a 55- or 60-inch smart TV with Netflix, sensor lighting, digital safes and Nespresso coffee machines.
Brand-new marble bathrooms include separate showers and oversized soaking tubs as well as fogless mirrors.
The futuristic fitness center
Inspired by the sports-obsessed city, Core updates your typical hotel gym. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment (think Technogym ellipticals and Peloton bikes), this workout mecca goes a step further with a bespoke fitness-on-demand wall providing virtual instructors and classes to help keep you focused.
If you’d rather not run on a treadmill, opt for yoga or Pilates in the movement studio, a stint on the VersaClimber or a private session with a personal trainer to one of Cleveland’s professional sports teams.
Other perks include an interactive smoothie bar, waterfall showers, dry saunas and private lockers with electronic key access.
The downtown dining
As part of the extensive makeover, The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland also debuted a new restaurant, Turn Bar and Kitchen. Envisioned as a new downtown hot spot, the all-day dining venue serves regional favorites made with locally sourced ingredients — like Mad River rainbow trout and Northeast Ohio cassata cake — but an unusual feature is the tableside presentation of a signature spice blend made with seven salts from around the world.
After sundown, the hotel eatery transforms into a late-night entertainment destination with tapas and tunes. The sleek and sensual EDG-designed onyx bar area offers modern smoked drinks, batched and bottled cocktails and a curated selection of wines and beers that is sure to draw the after-hours crowd.
The artistic ambience
The revamped public spaces have benefited from a cultural upgrade with a curated selection of local Midwestern-inspired art. A rotating pool of works from regional talents like Adrian Falkner, Dana Oldfather and Andrea Joki is on display both in the seventh-floor gallery and throughout the property.
Budding culinary artists also have something new to look forward to at this Cleveland hotel with the debut of Links. This one-of-a-kind, interactive kitchen provides the ultimate foodie experience for guests with group cooking classes and creative snack breaks between meetings.