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Where to Stay in Dayton
Visitors to the Dayton area have a large selection of hotels, inns and guesthouses to choose from. Those wanting to experience the cultural attractions of downtown Dayton will find a number of chain mid-range hotels that cater to both the business traveler and the pleasure seeker. Several miles south of downtown is the University of Dayton. Here, guests can find a handful of affordable hotels adjacent to campus. Travelers looking to be in the center of Dayton's nightlife scene will want to search for accommodations in the Oregon District. This historic neighborhood is home to some of the city's hippest and trendiest bars, restaurants and clubs. Or take in the local arts by staying along Main Street. On this strip you will find the Dayton Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and several theaters. If you want to be close to one of Dayton's famous aviation landmarks, head west of downtown past the Great Miami River. In this area, you'll find the Wright Cycle Company Shop building, one of the original bicycle shops owned by the famous Wright Brothers.
Dayton Hotel Tips
Dayton plays host to a number of festivals throughout the year. The Vectren Dayton Air Show, which takes place in July, is one of the most popular events in the metro area. The air show takes place at the Dayton International Airport and is one of the largest air shows in the U.S. Because accommodations fill up fast for this premier event, you will want to make reservations well in advance.
Dayton also hosts the Cityfolk Festival in midsummer. This three-day celebration features the best in traditional and ethnic music, dance and arts from across the country and the world. Because of the festival's popularity, you will want to search for cheap flights to Dayton and hotel deals months ahead of time.
One of the best times to visit Dayton is in the spring. During this period, the weather is milder and less humid, and the tourist season has yet to spike. This means crowds are thinner at many of Dayton's popular cultural attractions. Plus, hotels frequently offer special discounts during this season to attract out-of-towners.
Dayton Hotel Recommendations
Located about 30 miles south of the city, this historic Golden Lamb Inn is Ohio's oldest operating hotel. Founded in 1803, the Golden Lamb Inn has played host to 12 U.S. presidents, from James Garfield to George W. Bush. The inn's guestrooms are each uniquely decorated with an assortment of antiques, and all sport their own private baths. Continental breakfast is served on weekdays. Guests can visit the hotel's Black Horse Tavern, an homage to the area's original Black Horse Tavern, which doubled as a courthouse. Guests looking for a bite can frequent the inn's restaurant. There is also a gift shop onsite that sells an array of souvenirs.
Or book reservations at the Inn Port Bed and Breakfast in the historic Oregon District just southeast of Dayton's downtown. The inn welcomes all types of travelers, including business travelers and families, and can accommodate groups of up to 22. Two houses comprise the bed and breakfast: the two-room Inn Port Guesthouse and the four-room Inn Port D'Vino. Both provide guests with excellent access to local attractions, including the convention center and the Riverscape park area. The guesthouse's two suites are decorated in a tropical theme, while the Inn Port D'Vino boasts a European theme. For a romantic getaway, book the D'Vino's Friuli Room, which features a luxury private bath, complete with a two-person Jacuzzi tub.
Stay in the heart of downtown Dayton at the Crown Plaza Hotel. This high-rise, located across the street from the Dayton Convention Center, features 12,000-square feet of meeting space and a complete selection of business services in its business center. Rooms are bathed in warm and inviting tones. Executive Level rooms feature added amenities, including access to the complimentary cocktail hour and a daily breakfast buffet. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. For a real treat, grab a seat at the hotel's rooftop restaurant, which provides guests with spectacular vistas of the surrounding cityscape.
The Greater Dayton Transit Authority operates public bus routes throughout the Dayton metropolitan area. There are also a number of electric trolley bus routes as well. In addition to the city's public transportation offerings, visitors can explore Dayton at their own pace on two wheels. The region's Five Rivers Metroparks contain more than 70 miles of paved and off-road scenic trails. The inner city also has a reputation for being very bike friendly. Those staying downtown or in the Oregon District can explore the neighborhood's many bars, restaurants and shops on foot. Those looking to venture outside of downtown or into other parts of the Dayton-Springfield-Greenville metro area can rent a car. The region is served by three interstates and several highways.