A number of hotels are located in Covington’s west end. One of
the oldest is the Holiday Inn at 600 W. 3rd Street.
The Holiday Inn was established in 1967 and contained 156 rooms. The
hotel is located on the south side of the Ohio River floodwall and the
upper stories offer a view of downtown Cincinnati. In 1994, the hotel
management firm of Winegardner & Hammons purchased the hotel from
Holiday Inn Inc. The new owners undertook a multi-million dollar renovation
at this time. Improvements included a new outdoor swimming pool, a new
mansard roof, newly decorated guest rooms and redesigned conference
Another hotel located in the West End is the Radisson Riverview
on W. 5th Street at the I-75 exit. The Radisson was originally
constructed in 1972 as the Quality Inn Riverview. The
Quality Inn was owned by the Frisch’s Corporation. The eighteen-story
round building was constructed with a restaurant on the top level. The
floor of the restaurant was designed to revolve to showcase the spectacular
views of the Ohio River Valley. The facilities also included meeting
and conference rooms for small banquets and conferences.
By the mid 1990s, the Quality Inn was showing its age. At this time,
the Frisch’s Corporation spent $10 million to renovate the hotel.
In 1999, the name of the hotel was changed to Clarion Riverview to reflect
this upgrade. Despite these improvements, Frisch’s sold the hotel
to the Radisson Hotel Chain in 2000.
In 1995, Commonwealth Hotels Inc. announced the construction of a Hampton
Inn on property bounded by Crescent Avenue W. 3rd Street and
the Ohio River Flood Wall (200 Crescent Avenue). The hotel was built
in response to the construction of the nearby Northern Kentucky Convention
Center at the southwest corner of W. Rivercenter Boulevard and Madison
Avenue. The six-story, 155 room hotel was constructed in 1996 at a cost
of $10.5 million. The Hampton Inn opened its doors in January 1997.
The construction of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center also spurred
the development of two additional hotels in the west end:
In 1996, Extended Stay America announced their desire
to construct a hotel on W. 3rd Street near the Holiday Inn. This site
was the former location of the Conservatory Restaurant. The company
proposed a 105-room, six-story structure. The plan drew immediate disapproval
from several Northern Kentucky developers and business owners. They
felt the property was too valuable for an extended stay hotel. Despite
these concerns, the plans for the hotel were approved in December 1996
and construction began.
The last hotel to be built in Covington’s west end was the Courtyard
by Marriott in 1999. The hotel was constructed between the
floodwall and W. 3rd Street (500 W. 3rd) on the site of the former Perkins
(Bonanza) Restaurant. The 192-room hotel featured a 226-car parking
Kentucky Post, February 11, 1995, p. 10K, March 29, 1995, p. 7A,
April 18, 1995, p. 8K, August 29, 1996, p. 2K, November 20, 1996, p.
1K, November 30, 1996, p. 1K, December 19, 1996, p. 1K, March 23, 1998,
p. 4K, May 1, 1999, p. 2K; Cincinnati Post, March 24, 1994, p. 9A, December
24, 1994, p. 9A, January 23, 1997, p. 7C, October 6, 1998, p. 6C and
November 16, 2000, p. 7B.