I wasn’t sure how my trip to Kentucky would go but I found myself very surprised to find myself loving the hotel, the area, and the FOOD! So here are my recommendations and reviews.
I flew into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and found it to be clean, new looking, and easy to navigate through. Right by my gate, there were plenty of popular food options like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Chick Fil A to name a few. My departure time and arrival time on work trips tend to be around lunch or dinner time so I always take notice of the options available to incase my snacks don’t cut it or if I find it easier to just grab a meal at the airport then to gamble around my hotel.
I stayed at the Covington Hotel and I must say, its probably one of my favorite hotels that I have stayed at. It’s located in a cute street that gives off a vintage vibe. Kind of like The Notebook when Noah and Allie are walking through the streets at night after a date.
The hotel lets you do a pre-check-in, which I didn’t take advantage of but it sounds nice! I checked in around 2 PM and it was super easy and fast. The front desk has COMPLIMENTARY cocktails and fruit infused water available all day.
I am a sucker for details and Covington Hotel definitely thought of all of the details. From the front desk to the restaurants, lobby seating, hotel shop, to the moment I opened my room door… it’s clear to see that thought went into every single detail.
The bed was big and super comfy, the lightening in the room and bathroom was excellent (good bathroom lightening always gets extra points in my book), the room had comfy white robes and slippers, an umbrella for just in case, the mini bar and snack selection had a nice variety, and games… the room was stocked with different playing cards (including Uno) and a Magic 8 Ball. I definitely played a good amount of time asking the Magic 8 Ball questions. The radio clock in the room was playing trendy music when I first entered and when I came in after the room was refreshed. Oh, and they give you wooden chips that you can exchange for COMPLIMENTARY coffee.
- Piada Italian Street Food
I am so glad I was introduced to this restaurant. It is a fast-casual Italian street food restaurant. Think chipotle but Italian food. The menu has a few options you can choose from or you can create your own pasta bowl or salad. I ordered the Carbonara Pasta which has pasta, parmesan alfredo, bruschetta tomatoes, pancetta (bacon), spinach, and grated parmesan. I didn’t take a picture but check out their website for the menu in case you find yourself in Kentucky or Ohio (several restaurant locations).
- Agave and Rye
This restaurant is located directly across from Covington Hotel. I went in just to see what the menu was like and knew I had to stay for lunch. It was so good that I went back the next day for dinner. The décor and vibe in this restaurant is very enjoyable. If you are a Vampire Diaries or The Originals fan, this restaurant reminds of somewhere that Klaus Michelson would be found in.
The menu is essentially divided into taco options in section by chicken, beef, pork, seafood, vegetarian, and a few more. I got to try The Swipe Right (chicken based), The Bang Bang (vegetarian based) and the Mac n’ Cheese.
- The Swipe Right: Honey lime grilled chicken, sweet and spicy bacon, aged white cheddar, salsa, and sour cream.
- The Bang Bang: Crispy Cauliflower, corn fritters, queso, spicy and crispy carrots.
- The Mac n’ Cheese
The food was SO good that I went to this restaurant twice!
- Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
This is a fast food place. I had never heard of it before but it was CHEAP and good. There are essentially four options. I had the 3-finger combo which includes 3 big chicken strips, crinkle cut fries, 1 Kane sauce, 1 Texas toast, and a drink.
My trip was super short but if you’re looking for a weekend getaway type of trip or passing by on a road trip, I definitely recommend stopping by these spots!