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Lebron James is Going to Cleveland, and All I Got Was This Fabulous Hotel

July 11, 2014 • By

Ok, so Lebron has made his big decision and he’s going back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Going home is always a good thing, and evidently Cleveland, Ohio is kind of known for that.  The city even has an ongoing campaign inviting former residents to “boomerang” back, and it seems to work.  A poll from Global Cleveland, the city’s economic development agency, showed that more people move from NYC to Cleveland, than vice versa, for instance.

As a constant traveler, I can say I’ve been to Cleveland.  In fact, Mr. H and I had a fabulous time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the second leg of our Progressive Road Trip.

Atrium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Atrium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

There are some interesting items in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, including one of Elvis Presley’s cars, early Memphis recording artifacts…

Neon from the Memphis Recording Service

Neon from the Memphis Recording Service

Playbills, posters, neon and clothes and costumes worn by all your favorite musicians…

John Lennon's tee shirt

John Lennon’s tee shirt

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Cleveland is also home to a couple of great art museums, a science center, a submarine museum and lots more – but we didn’t have time to do it all.

Downtown Cleveland is also home to the historic Renaissance Hotel, formerly known as the Hotel Cleveland.  If you’ve read Rover@Home, you know I’m a sucker for historic hotels and this one is just lovely.

Lobby Staircase, Cleveland Renaissance Hotel

Lobby Staircase, Cleveland Renaissance Hotel

The hotel was originally built in 1918 on a site known for hotels since 1812.  The building is E-shaped and originally had 1,000 rooms!  Today, it is within walking distance of most of the Downtown Cleveland attractions and even connects to a new casino.

The decor is suitably glamorous, featuring a marble fountain in the lobby, gilded staircases, crystal chandeliers, high arched windows and vaulted ceilings. Colors are bright and fresh, while still grand.

Lobby Fountain in the Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland

Lobby Fountain in the Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland

There is a restaurant, a fitness center and an indoor swimming pool in an atrium on the 5th floor, plus the Renaissance Navigator (their version of a concierge) to help with anything and everything.

LaBron’s going home again, but once you’ve checked into this historic hotel, you may not want to.  Here’s the link, for more info: Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.