Where to stay in Cleveland
June 3, 2016 1:27 PM   Subscribe

I'm fulfilling my childhood dream of seeing the Monkees - at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park this Sunday. I was planning to go with a friend, who was going to drive us there and back, but she had an emergency and can't make it. I can't drive at night, so now I need to pick a hotel with a shuttle to the Rocksino, and it's making me a bit crazy. Details inside.

I don't do Uber or Airbnb, so please don't suggest those. I need transport to and from the Rocksino, so the shuttle is essential unless there is some super easy cab service. The Rocksino has a list of partnered hotels, but that doesn't give me a good sense of what the locations are like or how far they actually are from the Rocksino. I'm a very anxious driver, so lots of heavy traffic is to be avoided if possible (that is my concern about the Hilton - it looks like it's downtown). I don't need it to be super cheap - but definitely under $200 for a single room and preferably under $150. MeFites who know Cleveland, can you help me out here?
posted by FencingGal to Travel & Transportation around Cleveland, OH (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Aloft Beachwood or Springfield Suites Solon will be great options. Macedonia, Stow and Twinsburg are a schlep, and Warrensville Heights is ... not that nice. I can't picture where the Marriott is.

There's a bunch of hotels on Chagrin Boulevard near 271, like a Choice Inn, some kind of Hilton property I think, and an Embassy Suites that I would happily recommend. Super short drive down I-271. Call the shuttle company and ask if they can accomodate you there, if Beachwood or Solon falls through. Actually, maybe do it if Beachwood falls through, because Solon is a little bit further out.

I don't know the prices on these but they seem like they'd be in the ballpark - they're not $200+ hotels, even if it is the highly sought-after Eastern Suburbs of Cleveland.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:36 PM on June 3, 2016 [2 favorites]

Should also note that there is apparently a Motel 6 really close to the Rocksino and some other off-brand hotel, but even if it's walking distance, it's not a walk I'd make in an unfamiliar city. (Or at all, really, since I am familiar with Northfield.) The shuttle plan is a good one.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:37 PM on June 3, 2016

The Marriott east is near the Aloft. Those are your best options, IMO. I'll second chesty that the others are too far (including Solon, too . . . ) They're all far eastern/southern suburbs bordering on ex-urbs.

Part of your problem is that the rocksino is kinda plunked down in an otherwise fairly depressed area full of half-empty shopping strips and a disintegrating mall. So most of the "partnered" hotels are pretty far away in "nicer" areas.
posted by soundguy99 at 3:59 PM on June 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

Thanks so much. You have helped my anxiety about this immensely. I just made reservations at Aloft Beachwood.
posted by FencingGal at 7:18 PM on June 3, 2016 [1 favorite]

Good - because I was just out in Macedonia and driving home I realized that I had a space cadet moment earlier and got confused about which eastern suburb gambling establishment was which. The RACino is the one in the not-great area - the ROCKsino is more of a light industrial area somewhat further south. Definitely still not walkable - I'm pretty sure they didn't even bother with sidewalks for large parts of the area. And in any case, the Aloft in Beachwood would still be my recommendation. Enjoy the show.
posted by soundguy99 at 9:29 PM on June 3, 2016

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