Vision Hospitality Group announces the opening of new lifestyle hotel destination Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown on October 22, 2020. Nestled in a historic building between downtown and the city's bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood at 636 Race Street, the 94-room hotel invites travelers to "come for the city, and stay for the story," taking a modern approach to all things Cincinnati.
Derived from the word kinship meaning social connection and based around the brand's mantra of "Sincerely Yours," Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown channels the energy
of the surrounding community, along with small-city sensibility and charm. The Cincinnati location joins its sister property located in Chattanooga, TN and is part of hotel management and development company, Vision Hospitality Group. Founded in 1997, Vision Hospitality Group has quickly expanded to a roster of more than 38 hotels nationwide.
Accommodations and Amenities
Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown serves as both a living room to sit and stay in one of Cincinnati's greatest neighborhoods and a home base for adventures great and small. Showcasing elegant guestrooms designed with guests in mind, Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown holds a unique position in the lifestyle segment with its inclusive sensibility, intuitive technology, and genuine charm. The hotel welcomes furry members of the family to join during travel with pet-friendly accommodations.
At arrival, guests are directed to a contactless check-in touchdown without the formality of a standard check-in. Each room—ranging in size from the Denton Suite to the Bunk Room—features amenities accommodating the modern traveler's unique needs and wants, including complimentary high-speed internet, cable/satellite TV, daily housekeeping services, and ADA accessible amenities. Focusing on sophisticated comfort, the hotel's stylish guestrooms come equipped with a custom-designed mattress from Tennessee-based brand MurMaid for the perfect night's sleep, a Kohler rainfall showerhead, and a top-of-the-line mini-fridge. The hotel offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so guests can book their stay with confidence; the hotel will reimburse any guest not fully satisfied with their experience.
Design and Décor
Unpretentiously hip, the hotel embodies small-city sensibility combined with innovative appeal and extraordinary warmth to act as a living room. Using a modern color palette of rich blue tones and warm gold hues, Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown provides an inviting, sophisticated atmosphere that inspires guests to relax and recharge while telling a story about the city through artwork.
Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown partnered with Cincinnati Art Underground to curate local art pieces for display around the hotel, including a hand painted mural design (pictured in photo) in the lobby area in collaboration with Cincinnati-based artist Andrey Kozakov. The outside building features a historical mural, "Allegro," originally painted by award-winning artist Barron Krody for a series entitled Urban Walls: Cincinnati in 1971.
Food and Beverage
On the first floor, guests will find a lobby bar, The Exchange, which transforms from daytime coffee service with bakery and pastry goods created by the hotel's Executive Pastry Chef Megan Ketover to evening cocktails and bar snacks. The rotating menu will feature seasonal items, with fall selections including chocolate chip rye cookies, spiced morning buns, French macarons, and brioche tarts.
Led by Chefs Kevin Ashworth and Edward Lee, Kinley, Cincinnati Downtown's restaurant Khora uses locally sourced ingredients to put a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes. Named after Khorasan - one of the oldest ancient grains in the world - Khora features a pasta-driven menu, sourcing grains from the Ohio Valley and milled to order for the restaurant, and desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Megan Ketover. Regardless of the occasion, Khora remains a consistent and enjoyable place for guests to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Ashworth, an East Side Cincinnati native, has worked with Chef Lee for many years around the world, from the Korean Peninsula to Southern Europe. After years working as executive chef of Chef Lee's famed restaurant 610 Magnolia, Chef Ashworth now leads the kitchen at Khora as executive chef—proudly showcasing his Midwestern heritage and passion for pushing the creative envelope.
Guests might already be familiar with Chef Lee—a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Writing for his book, Buttermilk Graffiti, and host of the PBS Emmy-winning series, Mind of a Chef. Alongside his philanthropic work with the LEE (Let's Empower Employment) Initiative, Chef Lee now partners with Chef Ashworth to bring their innovative take on Midwestern cuisine to Khora.