Hotel Covington and 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati Named Best Hotels in Kentucky and Ohio by 'U.S. News & World Report'

Now you just need to decide which side of the river you want to stay on

click to enlarge Hotel Covington - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Hotel Covington

This week, U.S. News & World Report released its rankings for 2019's Best Hotels across the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, evaluating more than 30,000 luxury options to select its top picks.

"The U.S. News Best Hotels rankings combine data from industry expert evaluations as well as traveler-focused reviews and insight to provide a more holistic idea of what each hotel has to offer," said Hannah Cheney, senior travel editor at U.S. News, in a press release. "Readers can use the rankings to find a variety of options for every type of vacation. Whether that's a luxurious stay in Paris or a weekend getaway to a college or beach town, we've expanded the hotel rankings to give readers information on even more hotels."

The methodology for the rankings can be found here and is based on user and expert opinion, taking into consideration industry awards, star rating and guest reviews.

The top 5 overall hotels in the U.S. are:

  1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  2. The Peninsula Chicago
  3. Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
  4. Four Seasons Resort Lanai
  5. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

The top hotel in Kentucky is Hotel Covington. The 114-room boutique destination opened in 2016 in the historic former Coppin's Department Store, keeping some vintage flair mixed with new, chic updates. It's also home to Coppin's, the restaurant, known for its Southern-influenced farm-to-table, nose-to-tail menu. Hotel Covington is located at 638 Madison Ave., Covington. More info at

click to enlarge 21c rooftop - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
21c rooftop

And the top hotel in Ohio is the 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati. Housed in the century-old Metropole Hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places, the 21c has been reimagined as a 156-room contemporary art museum-meets-boutique hotel with some of the historic flourishes intact (like the entryway tile floor). The space is also home to the Metropole restaurant and uber hip seasonal rooftop patio.

21c Museum Hotel is located at 609 Walnut St., Downtown. More info at

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