The Hilton Cincinnati Airport hotel is not just for air travelers.

After completing a multimillion-dollar comprehensive renovation, the managers want day travelers and visitors to Greater Cincinnati to know it’s a good option for them, too, as it comes without some of the hassles that a stay in the city center might have.

“Our location is fantastic,” says General Manager Imran Hussain. “We are close to the interstate, close to the airport. The location is a very calm, peaceful area. You don’t have to deal with a parking garage.”

The $12 million overhaul included a renovation of the hotel’s parking lot, which is connected to several restaurants, making this airport hotel a place where dining out can be a walkable experience.

The hotel, which opened in 1987, is in the heart of Florence, Kentucky, at 7373 Turfway Road, 5 miles from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 10 miles from downtown Cincinnati and moments away from tourist destinations such as the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, horse racing at Turfway Park, and sports, entertainment and business at Northern Kentucky University.

“There’s a lot to do here, so it’s kind of like being downtown but you don’t have to deal with traffic and parking fees and all that,” says Director of Sales Lori Fahey.

The renovation included a redesign of all 314 guest rooms. “We did a complete A-to-Z renovation of the guest rooms,” Hussain says.

Each room now includes the Hilton Serenity Bed, which comes with a quilted mattress designed with extra coil support, and a 49-inch LCD television. The decor, including wallpaper, fixtures and furniture, was updated and so was the air conditioning, Hussain says.

The meeting space and public areas were transformed with the addition of a small ballroom, the Turfway Room convening space, and a food option called Herb N’ Kitchen, where guests and meeting attendees can grab a coffee, a morning snack or lunch.

A new restaurant concept called Kentucky Crave was also added.

A spacious, 24-hour fitness center now has all new cardio and strength training equipment and the heated indoor pool area was also upgraded.

The lobby space and public area was designed with an open floor plan inspired by an equine paddock, a nod to Kentucky’s horse racing traditions. It was designed by J. Kattman Associates, LLC, a Colorado-based design firm, and Cincinnati-based TRA Design.

The hotel also now offers a “park and fly” service. Travelers who stay overnight can leave their cars at the hotel parking lot and take a free shuttle that runs every half hour all day and night to the airport.

“This marks a new chapter for the hotel,” Hussain says. “We are providing a new look and a new experience.”

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