The Lady in Green is without a doubt the most famous ghost of the hotel. She is said to still haunt the halls of the Hilton Netherland Plaza to this day. It is said that the Lady in Green was the wife whose husband was killed in an accident. She was the wife of one of the hotel’s laborers back in 1930.

Her husband was killed during the construction of the hotel a year later. His body was never found and it is said that his wife continues to search for his body even in the afterlife. Construction workers who helped in the hotel’s renovation in 1983 have reported seeing her on the Mezzanine level and the Hall of Mirrors.

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The plans for the hotel were announced in August of 1929 and the hotel was completed in 1931. It was the Emerley family who financed the building of the hotel. The family made its riches in the processing of the by-products of the Cincinnati stockyards.

When the hotel opened in January 1931, it had the very latest in technology and comfort. The hotel opened with seven restaurants; the Rotisserie Grill; the Coffee Shop; the Pavilion Caprice; the Arcadia Tea Room; the Luncheonette and the Frontier Room. In 1942, the hotel was damaged by fire. Most of the damage was because of the water used to extinguish the fire. The chandeliers were destroyed and were replaced with a mural.

In the year 1985, the hotel earned National Landmark status and earned a place on the National Historic Register.


The Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati has 561 guest rooms and suites which all feature the popular Serenity Bed. The hotel has a main lobby and a mezzanine which features half an acre of rare Brazilian rosewood. German and Egyptian décor also adorn the area. There are ceiling murals, exquisitely detailed frescoes, a pair of matching seahorses and the original Rookwood fountain.

The hotel has various areas which are not to be missed by visitors. The renowned Hall of Mirrors was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The Continental Room has striking floor-to-ceiling windows. There are gorgeous chandeliers and frescoes of the four seasons. The hotel’s nightclub has also been converted into the Pavilion Room. The hotel’s Restaurant at Palm Court has been voted one of the top restaurants in the United States.


  • Individual heating and air controls
  • High-speed internet access
  • Workspace for business travelers
  • Five-point desk chair
  • Ultra-modern baths

Things to Do

Fountain Square is a gathering point in Cincinnati is a fountain surrounded with classical figurines in bronze. There are several shopping centers and restaurants near the square which offer various fares. There is a place where one can browse through local art and a venue for live music.

The Newport Aquarium has hosted millions of visitors and it is a must-see for visitors with little kids in tow. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens offer beautiful landscapes and is a great place for a casual stroll or a photoshoot.

It is the largest zoo in the United States and has been recently voted as Cincinnati’s number one attraction. Among the zoo’s highlights are the polar bears and the manatees.

Room Tariffs

  • Queen bedrooms start at $209
  • King bed junior suites start at $259
  • 2 double beds deluxe rooms start at $224

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