Downtown's New Boutique Kinley Hotel Slated to Open in September

With a focus on design and local accents, The Kinley will also be home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020

click to enlarge A rendering of the Kinley Hotel exterior - Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
A rendering of the Kinley Hotel exterior

The 94-room boutique Kinley Hotel (from Marriott) is slated to open this September at 37 W. Seventh St. downtown, in the building where the old Payless shoe store once sat.

The hip spot aims to "diversify the lifestyle hotel segment in Cincinnati, and provide an approachable atmosphere with incredible design," says Ashley Scalia, director of sales and marketing for Kinley.

When guests first arrive, they'll check in at the "uncheck-in desk," which Scalia says will remove some of the traditional hotel formality. 

click to enlarge A rendering of the lobby - Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
A rendering of the lobby

The lobby will feature a hand-painted mural by Cincinnati-based artist Andrey Kozakov. The work, which was completed this month, is called “Industrial District."

Kozakov says the painting was inspired by vintage photos of the city, its downtown canals and narrow streets — "like a puzzle" — and uses Cubism and Architectural Abstraction.

“'Industrial District' is inspired by the cities of the Midwest, and represents the history of Cincinnati’s industrial past. The mural is a link from the past to the present. There are canals, factories, and smoke rings. A dam in the distance, represents industrial power," he says.

Other local details to be found in the Kinley will include a signature scent reed diffuser from Over-the-Rhine's CandleLab. They are also looking for a local ceramic artist who wants to tackle making a clay 3-way.

The Kinley also kept the iconic 1970s geometric mural "Allegro" on the side of their building — although it was slightly altered to make way for new windows. (Read about "Allegro" in our CityBeat story here.)

"The mural on the side of our building was originally commissioned in 1971 for a series entitled Urban Walls: Cincinnati. We reached out to the original artist Barron Krody and revived the original design as a nod to the building’s history. We’re will host Barron at our Grand Opening this fall to re-sign his piece," says Scalia.

click to enlarge A rendering of a King Room - Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
Photo: Provided by Wagstaff Media & Marketing
A rendering of a King Room

In addition to traditional rooms, the Kinley will also offer "bunk" rooms. 

"The Kinley has a few different set ups for our bunk beds. Our building has some unique renovations, so some of our rooms vary a bit," says Scalia. "The bunk beds have four twin beds, a separate dressing area and dual vanities. They also connect to a double bed room, perfect for large families or slumber parties of all ages."

The Kinley will also be home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020. Helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef and Cincinnati native Kevin Ashworth, the menu will put "a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes," says a release. Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes will play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili.

It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a "destination restaurant" vibe at night. It's slated to open in October.

The Kinley will also be pet-friendly, with plans for a doggie restroom area outside and possible local treat options and adoption pop-ups.

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