After $50M Renovation, Historic Bartlett Building is Reborn as a Renaissance Hotel

Renaissance Hotels celebrated the grand opening of the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel at the end of August. This latest addition to the company’s portfolio brings 323 guest rooms to the area.

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Following the $50 million renovation of an historic office building, Renaissance Hotels officially unveiled the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel in late August.

Located at 36 East Fourth St., the new full-service hotel is housed in an 18-story building designed by the noted Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and completed in 1901. Since then it has been known variously as the Union Trust Building and the Bartlett Building.

For three years, the building reigned as the tallest in Ohio and was the city’s tallest for 12 years. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to its reopening as a full-service hotel, the building had sat vacant since 2010.

The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown offers 284 guest rooms, 40 executive suites, 14,380 square feet of meeting and event space and a destination restaurant named after Daniel Burnham, among other amenities.

“We want to create an experience that invites our guests to discover the very best of Cincinnati, from its vibrant arts scene to the very best in local entertainment and culinary adventures,” said Keoni Christensen, the hotel’s general manager, in a statement.

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