Downtown's Much-Anticipated Khora Restaurant Announces Opening Date in the Kinley Hotel

The boutique hotel opens Oct. 22, along with adjoining restaurant Khora and lobby cafe/bar The Exchange

click to enlarge Kinley Hotel lobby - Photo: Provided by Kinley Hotel
Photo: Provided by Kinley Hotel
Kinley Hotel lobby

The 94-room boutique Kinley Hotel (from Marriott) has announced its opening date at 636 Race St. downtown, in the building where the old Payless shoe store once sat.

The long-anticipated hotel will officially open on Oct. 22, along with its adjoining restaurant Khora and cafe/bar The Exchange.

click to enlarge Exterior of hotel - Photo: Provided by Kinley Hotel
Photo: Provided by Kinley Hotel
Exterior of hotel

“Kinley will foster a sincere relationship between guests and Cincinnati,” said Kristopher Thomas, General Manager at Kinley, in a press release. “Our warm, modern accommodations will emulate the comfort of home and inspire our guests to get out and explore the dynamic city around them.”

When guests first arrive, they will utilize the hotel's contactless check-in before heading up to their rooms. According to the release, the hotel offers a variety of room options, each equipped with a custom-made mattress from Tennessee-based company MurMaid; a rainfall showerhead by Kohler; and a "top-of-the-line mini-fridge." Additionally, the rooms offer ADA accessible amenities, high-speed internet and cable/satellite TV. Kinley Hotel also welcomes your furry family members to join in on the adventure, with pet-friendly accommodations. 

The hotel teamed up with Cincinnati Art Underground to decorate the space with local art, as well as hire Queen City-based artist Andrey Kozakov to paint a large-scale mural in the hotel lobby. 

The hotel restaurant, Khora was recently 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.

The Exchange, located in the hotel lobby, will serve as a dual-use space; coffee service and bakery in the daytime, and a bar offering cocktails and bar snacks in the evening. "The rotating menu will feature seasonal items, with fall selections including chocolate chip rye cookies, spiced morning buns, French macarons, and brioche tarts," the press release reads.

For more info about Kinley Hotel, visit their website