The Radisson Cincinnati Riverfront Hotel is, to many locals, a staple of the Northern Kentucky skyline. The building, which was built in 1972, has the only remaining revolving restaurant open to the public in the Cincinnati area.
While the exterior still has the same iconic appearance, the interior has experienced a complete update and renovation over the last few years. Everything from the restaurant and hallways to the rooms and fitness center have been touched.
“We’ve just done a complete 360 with all our rooms. All our rooms, all our suites are completely renovated. New carpeting, new wallpaper, new refreshed bathrooms, new televisions,” says Lamont Ford, director of sales and marketing. In addition, the hallways have new carpeting and wall sconces and the lobby is being expanded.
Some of the most dramatic changes, though, have happened in the revolving restaurant on the 18th floor.
Eighteen (previously called 360) has updated everything from its appearance to its menus. “We’ve taken more advantage of that beautiful view. All new furniture, new carpeting, new lighting,” says Ford. “We’re very proud of it.”
The menu now includes all-new entrees—including grain-fed local beef and a lobster mac and cheese—as well as new sides and desserts. Ford says the remodel has given the space a more modern feel that’s ideal for both romantic dates and corporate meetings. The Radisson has hired a restaurant events manager to work specifically with those looking to have events in the space.
Even with all the changes, the Radisson isn’t finished yet. Ford says the hotel is in the process of updating its lobby restaurant, which was previously Kelly’s Public House. Its new name will be The Fifth Lounge and the new menu will include brick-oven pizzas, flatbreads and high-end appetizers in addition to wings and burgers. The restaurant will host musicians on Saturday nights. Ford says the new restaurant should be open by the summer.
For those who’d like to take a look at the new renovations, the hotel plans to host a grand opening event in 2017. “We’re going to be opened to the public for individuals to come in and look at the improvements. We’re going to have a gala. We’ll have you upstairs for dinner and then culminate with a show in the ballroom,” says Ford. More information will be released on the event later in the year.