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Old 03-19-2018, 12:12 PM   #1
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Any advice on where to stay?

I know the website has hotel recomendations and looking at maps, there doesnít seem to be any hotels located close to the convention center.

Thus, my question to you Cleveland National vets, where would you recommend staying? Not concerned about the pricing entirely and want to stay in a nice clean hotel.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:20 PM   #2
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Old 03-20-2018, 08:34 AM   #3
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I'm staying in the Hyatt Place Cleveland/Independence. Only 5,000 Hyatt points a night, free breakfast and just a 17 minute drive to the IX center. I enjoy staying at the Hyatt Place properties as well with their bigger and updated rooms.
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:37 PM   #4
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The nicest reasonable hotels are going to be in Independence or Westlake which either will be about a 15-20 minute ride from the IX center. Really nice hotels, are going to be downtown cleveland with about a 20-30 minute ride depending on traffic. I would stay away from Middleburg heights and north Olmsted hotels for the most part - though close and cheap, they are run down. Let me know if you need any more specific advice I live close by!
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:38 PM   #5
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There are no hotels right near the I-X Center. I've had really good luck with Priceline. Most hotels will be within a 10-15 minute drive to the show. Sure, a shuttle to and from the show would be nice but parking at the I-X Center is awesome. I live in Chicago and have the luxury of being able to go to the National every other year but the I-X Center is my favorite venue. Parking is on site so you don't have to walk very far and you can go back to your car. Plus, the parking fee isn't anything compared to the other National venues.

My advise- Book through Priceline either with the Name Your Price feature or Express deals. ***I just booked my hotel through an express deal. 2 1/2 star hotel for $51/night. I got the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Cleveland Airport North. According to Mapquest, it's 4.5 miles from the I-X Center. Free parking, breakfast, WI-FI, a mini fridge and microwave That's everything that I need. If you book similar hotels through the National website, you'll be paying double.

Have fun at the show. This will be something like my 15th in a row.

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Old 03-21-2018, 02:29 PM   #6
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The nicest reasonable hotels are going to be in Independence or Westlake which either will be about a 15-20 minute ride from the IX center. Really nice hotels, are going to be downtown cleveland with about a 20-30 minute ride depending on traffic. I would stay away from Middleburg heights and north Olmsted hotels for the most part - though close and cheap, they are run down. Let me know if you need any more specific advice I live close by!
What will the drive be like out of downtown on weekdays? And would you recommend that as opposed to staying closer to the convention center as far as things to do in the evening? Iím guessing the answer to that last one is yes, especially since the Indians are in town but just thought Iíd ask a local. Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:59 PM   #7
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What will the drive be like out of downtown on weekdays? And would you recommend that as opposed to staying closer to the convention center as far as things to do in the evening? Iím guessing the answer to that last one is yes, especially since the Indians are in town but just thought Iíd ask a local. Thanks.
Traffic isnt bad unless an accident happens. There are two highways that run parallel to each other that gives you options.

There are some nnewer hotels in Nroth Olmstead, right by Great Northern Mall (where the La Qunita is that Mellissa mentioned). Not much of a night life but there are resturants to choose from.

The biggest draw is Fat Heads brewery. Its one of the most popular restaurants/breweries in CLE. Be prepared to wait for a table
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:03 PM   #8
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My 101 downtown guide is below. What makes downtown great is everything is within a 5 mile radius:

The Casino is located right in the middle of downtown.

2 blocks away is East 4th.
This is where Iron Chief Michael Symon has two
resturants.
Lola's - up scale, fine dinning. One of his Flagship
resturant
Mabels - CLE BBQ. Newer addition

Greenhouse Tavern - Also a great resturant. It has
been featured on Discovery food shows

Progressive field and The Q are two blocks away from East 4th

North is the East Bank of the Flats. This is where you would go for night life....Food, secondary.

East Bank is on the Cuyahoga River...Yes, the river that caught on fire

Punch Bowl and Dueling Pianos for the younger
crowd scene

Jimmy Buffetville for the Parrotheads

Lago and Coastal Taco are good food choices.
Coastal taco has a nice patio with river views

Slightly northeast is The Rock and Roll hall of fame and Cleveland Browns stadium.
The Rock and Roll hall of fame is really the music hall
of fame. If you like music, I would siggest going

Across the river, you have W25th. This has it all. Food, beer, night life

Great Lakes Brewing Company is located here. If you
like beer and/or food, it is a CLE stample

Townhall has great food and turns into one of the
hot nightlife places. Waits can be long.
Wide side market is a minute walk to kill time

Market Garden Brewery has great food and is a
brewery also.

Nano Brewery the same

All these resturants are in a 3 block radius

Other hidden gems downtown. Cle has a wonderful Playhouse district and the Cleveland Orchestra is world renowned

The Cleveland Art mesuem and botanical gardens is an option for a different expereince

One more nightlife spot you might hear or read about is W6th. This is right by The East Bank. Dive Bar and Barley House are the main clubs.

Around the Casino, there are many good steak houses
Hyde Park, Mortons, XO, Red, Marble room, Ruth Chris
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Old 03-22-2018, 01:43 PM   #9
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You had me at Casino.

Are there any hotels within walking distance of the Casino and the Show?

I am skipping the WSOP Circuit events in Cherokee and redirecting funds for Cleveland.

Scratch a couple itches in one weekend.

I was planning on staying close to the airport for about $100 per night.

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Old 03-23-2018, 12:27 PM   #10
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You had me at Casino.

Are there any hotels within walking distance of the Casino and the Show?

I am skipping the WSOP Circuit events in Cherokee and redirecting funds for Cleveland.

Scratch a couple itches in one weekend.

I was planning on staying close to the airport for about $100 per night.
Downtown is a good 15-20 miles from the IX center

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Old 03-23-2018, 12:31 PM   #11
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You had me at Casino.

Are there any hotels within walking distance of the Casino and the Show?

I am skipping the WSOP Circuit events in Cherokee and redirecting funds for Cleveland.

Scratch a couple itches in one weekend.

I was planning on staying close to the airport for about $100 per night.
You will probably not be able to find a hotel within walking distance for both.
Probably won't even be able to find a hotel within walking distance to IX.
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Old 03-28-2018, 01:07 PM   #12
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I stayed in Middleburg Heights last time, the Comfort Inn was alright. If you just want a roof over your head, Middleburg Heights is the way to go.

I was trying to stay in Independence at the LaQuinta but it was a tad high when I was booking. Ended up at a LaQuinta in Macedonia. So I'm looking at a longer drive, but the price is right. I'll be driving a ton anyway so I'm good with it.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:20 PM   #13
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I'm sure glad that my mom lives ten minutes from the show!
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:51 PM   #14
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Staying at Homes2Suites by Hilton--Middleburg Heights 7 minutes drive--free breakfast--$100 a night
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Old 05-22-2018, 07:57 PM   #15
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Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport West

My good friend who I’m going with booked us at the place above. It was one of the hotels on the National website that had free shuttles to and from the airport and to and from the IX Center. Makes everything easy enough and the room Rate was right around $100 a night.

Stoked.
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Old 06-10-2018, 08:35 AM   #16
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Is crocker Park Hyatt place a little too far away for convenience, or is it better to stay in independence?
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:26 AM   #17
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Is crocker Park Hyatt place a little too far away for convenience, or is it better to stay in independence?
While the drive to the IX-Center might be a little longer, youíll be in Crocker Park which will put everything in walking distance for the times youíre not at the show. Beats having to drive to restaurants or have no where to escape if you just want to go for a walk.
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:49 AM   #18
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Cleveland has Uber, I’ll be at the Hampton Inn downtown and hitching a ride each day
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Old 06-11-2018, 07:38 PM   #19
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i used to go cheap as possible to maximize show monies, but last time it was in cleveland there were toe nail clippings on the floor when we checked in.....never again. we going fancy from now on.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:08 PM   #20
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It all depends on what you want to do.
Keep in mind 40 mins south of cleveland and the show that weekend will be
Akron Firestone PGA (last year) Tiger will be there.

Also NFL HOF Ceremony that week in Canton.

Indians also will be playing at home.

So lots to do.

If wanting lots to do at night i'd suggest staying in downtown Cleveland, tons of live music and shows and tons of great places to eat. And Casino (only one with table games).

If not into that scene and focus on the show i'd stay near the airport, still lots of resturants there (on a side note also close to all the adult entertainment there)
Also good if wanting to go to the NFL HOF or PGA Event.

Some good surrounding areas like Strongsville which has lots of good resturants and close to the show.

There are some areas to avoid #1 is East Cleveland, and always be cautious at night. Downtown and Suburbs pretty safe, but some areas you def want to avoid, same with Akron and Canton area. Shouldn't be an issue use common sense. Here like everywhere crime has risen due to heroin idiots.

Downtown alot is within walking distance even the Rock Hall, Indians Games, etc....

This week there is so much to do, traffic usually isn't bad so going from downtown to ix center shouldn't be too much trouble, there are a lot of cabs and there is uber ofcourse.

Have fun.

Oh I also forgot to mention TONS of world class resturants, most are in the Treemont Ohio city area Michael Symon etc.... Lolas's also Chef Roco's place, Symon also has Mables's BBQ downtown. There's really a lot of them, If into some of the best food around i'd watch some of the shows on Food Channel etc... Burgers Brew and Que, Diners Drive Dives etc... Cleveland editions....BBQ usually Michaels showcases a Cleveland Restruant every episode. Check them out in advance.

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