CHATTANOOGA, TN- Vision Hospitality Group has debuted the Kinley Cincinnati Downtown, Cincinnati’s newest lifestyle hotel as part of The Tribute Portfolio, located at 636 Race Street nestled between Cincinnati and the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, this boutique property provides a central location in the heart of the Queen City. Steps away from the city’s top cultural institutions, Kinley Cincinnati Downtown boasts 94 guest rooms, and celebrates local community and culture while offering unpretentiously-hip design and caring guest service.
Kinley will provide a home base for active explorers and casual adventurers, a focal point that feels effortlessly integrated into the local community and the world outside its doors. Derived from the word kinship and based around the brand’s mantra of “Sincerely Yours”, this personable name speaks to the brand’s inclusive nature – a place where it is easy to feel connected and at home.
“Kinley is bringing the hotel experience back to the root of what makes traveling such a desirable pastime – engaging in the community you’ve come to explore, and connecting with yourself,” said Mitch Patel, CEO of Vision Hospitality Group. “Whether staying for a night, indulging in a drink or exploring a destination, we welcome you to come as you are, and experience what true hospitality is all about. We are excited to welcome visitors to explore Cincinnati, one of America’s most captivating Midwest cities.”
Architecture & Design
The historic Denton Building was constructed in 1916 by prominent Cincinnati architect, Alfred Oscar Elzner. The renovation and adaptive re-use of this historic building breathed new life into a building that previously sat vacant. Kinley Cincinnati, honoring both Elzner’s and the city’s passion for art and history, is connecting visitors with the city of Cincinnati through its design, food & beverage, partnerships, and amenities.
Inspired by the connection to Cincinnati’s rich history and vibrant murals that define the landscape of the city, the design intent at Kinley Cincinnati – inclusive of colors, textures and illustrations – is a unique reflection of the community and the people and places therein, embodying the hospitality of its unique historic setting.
Bright colors and geometric patterns are layered over a neutral architectural base of down to earth materials. The varied, rich textures and historic elements reflect the local character of Cincinnati. The addition of thoughtful design materials such as mixed metals, bold fabrics, and modern touches transcends trends creating an authentic and unscripted experience.
Lobby & Guestrooms
Inspired by one of Cincinnati’s greatest neighborhoods, Kinley Cincinnati showcases 94 elegant guestrooms designed with guests in mind seamlessly blending inclusive sensibility, intuitive technology, and genuine charm. Blurring the lines between the neighborhood and the lobby, guests are welcomed by local artwork and a modern color palette of rich blue tones and warm gold hues. Fostering an inviting, sophisticated atmosphere that inspires guests to relax and recharge.
At arrival, guests are directed to a contactless uncheck-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 comes equipped with a custom-designed mattress from Tennessee-based brand MurMaid for the perfect night’s sleep, and flexible adaptive storage space.
Food & 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.
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, milled to order for the restaurant, and desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Megan Ketover. Sophisticated yet down-to-earth, Khora will reflect its context within the Kinley while utilizing industrial materials and natural elements that add playfulness to the space. Both intimate and communal, Khora organically transitions throughout the day, helping to shepherd the city’s rebirth as it grows into one of America’s great food cities.
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.
A state-of-the-art fitness center features Technogym, “The Wellness Company”, and Peloton fitness equipment allowing guests to stay connected to their fitness and lifestyle goals.
The property features thought-provoking, innovative art from both established and emerging artists all based in and around Cincinnati. Kinley partnered with Cincinnati Art Underground to curate local art pieces for display around the hotel. As a part of this extensive adaptive reuse project, the historic mural “Allegro” was restored to its prominence. Originally painted by award-winning artist Barron Krody for the 1971 series entitled Urban Walls: Cincinnati, embodies the small-city’s sensibility and sophistication providing travelers a space that is thoroughly Cincinnati.