Cincinnati Hotel and Travel Information


Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
Tel: (513) 421-9100   Fax: (513) 421-4291

This hotel is 100% non-smoking


The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza hotel opened in 1931 and is a National Historic Landmark and charter member of Historic Hotels of America. This Cincinnati hotel features breathtaking French Art Deco that has been restored to its 1930s grandeur with rare Brazilian rosewood paneling, indirect German silver-nickel light fixtures and soaring ceiling murals.

The conference room rate is $129.00 per night (single or double).
To obtain this rate, simply mention the Society for American Music and make your reservation by February 15, 2011.

NOTE: The Hilton is currently sold out for the night of March 9th, however they still have rooms available for the other conference nights. They are completely sold out of rooms with double beds.

We have contracted with the Westin Cincinnati (800 937 8461) for additional rooms at the same conference rate ($129 per night). They have an abundance of rooms with double beds, so you can share! Please mention the Society for American Music when you call to reserve. To obtain this rate you must reserve by February 18, 2011.

Follow this link to make your online reservation.

Visit the Hilton website for more details!

Local Parking:

Self Parking: $15.00 per day at the Tower Place Garage (NO in/out privileges)

Valet Parking: $23.00 per day at the Hilton (includes in/out privileges)
For more information visit the Hilton website.

Travel to Cincinnati

By Air

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Transportation to and from the Airport:

Taxi: $27.00 each way.

Executive Airport Shuttle: $20.00 one way or $30.00 round trip.

Public Transit: 2X Express from the Airport to Downtown Cincinnati

By Train

Check the Amtrak schedule, search for city code: CIN.

Transportation to and from Union Terminal:

Taxi: Short 1.5-mile taxi ride to and from Hotel.

By Bus


Taxi: Short 1.1-mile taxi ride to and from Hotel.

By Megabus (from Chicago, Indianapolis, and Columbus only)

In Cincinnati, Megabus will leave you at NE corner of 4th and Race Streets.

Hotel is one block north on the SE corner of 5th and Race Streets.

By Car

The major routes into Cincinnati are as follows:

I-75 from the north (Dayton) and south (Lexington)

I-71 from the northeast (Columbus) and southwest (Louisville)

I-74 from the northwest (Indianapolis)

Getting Around C

By Bus

The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), commonly referred to as “Metro,” provides bus service:

tel. (513) 621-4455;

Exact change or token is required.

Within the city, base fare is $1.75; transfers cost 50¢.

By Cab

A Cincinnati ordinance does not allow cabs to cruise downtown for fares; instead cabbies must park at taxi stands and wait for passengers.

Cabs can usually be found on the west end of Fifth Street, where the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza and the Westin Cincinnati are located.

You can also call a cab, such as

Yellow Community Cab: tel. (513) 241-2100; initial charge $3.60 plus $1.60 per mile.

On Foot

Cincinnati has a very pedestrian-friendly downtown area.

Number streets run east–west parallel to the Ohio River and start at Second Street.

Named streets run south-north.

A pneumonic that Cincinnatians use to remember the Named Streets (beginning east and moving west) is

B ig S trong M en W ill V ery R arely E at P ork C hops.

This helps them remember

B roadway, S ycamore, M ain, W alnut, V ine, R ace, E lm, P lum, and C entral Parkway.

The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza sits on the SE corner of Fifth and Race Streets in the Carew Tower complex.

Map of Downtown Cincinnati

For additional information, contact Mariana Whitmer at the Society for American Music.