Cleveland, Ohio Downtown Hotels

Located a mile from the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this hotel in the downtown area promises comfortable accommodations at the lowest possible price. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable or satellite TV, in-room coffee and tea maker as well as complimentary Internet access and various standard amenities. At a starting rate of US$ 60 per night, travelers can enjoy the luxury they offer. The hotel further provides complimentary breakfast, usage of their game room, fitness equipments, laundry facilities, parking space and a pet-friendly atmosphere. In addition, business travelers can avail of their business center and 24-hour front desk service.

University Hotel & Suites is near the Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Key Tower and Cleveland Convention Center is also a short distance away.

Red Roof Inn Cleveland – Independence

Red Roof Inn is arguably the only hotel in downtown Cleveland that allows children under the age of 17 to stay in for free, particularly when occupying the same room with an adult family member! Located off interstate 77, this inn offers a pet-friendly atmosphere with their newly renovated bedrooms and bathrooms. All room reservation comes with free local calls, expanded cable, data ports, complimentary coffee as well as cribs and snack centers. Moreover, late check-outs are accommodated given that rooms are available. Other amenities like hi-speed Internet access, premium TV channels, movies, games and music can also be granted upon request although additional fees may be applicable.

Room reservations starts at US$53 per night. You can also make reservations online.

Comfort Inn Downtown

Conveniently near the Playhouse Square Center, Wolsein Center of the Cleveland State University and Progressive Field, Comfort Inn Downtown, this hotel offers room at a starting price of US$ 99. This inn provides its quests with cable or satellite TV, in-room air conditioning and free coffee in every room. Additional services such as an in-bath whirlpool, kitchenette and multiple phone lines are subject to availability.

Room reservations come with a free deluxe continental breakfast, newspaper from Mondays to Fridays and access to a wireless hi-speed Internet. This downtown Inn Cleveland, offers its guests usage of their exercise room, copy services, laundry area, meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor parking though fees may apply. Reservations can also be made online.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cleveland – Downtown

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Cleveland resides in a historic 19th century building that was once called “The Guardian Bank Building”. This hotel in downtown Cleveland will not only provide guests easy access to Cleveland’s main attraction but it’s a momentous facility as well.

Located with in the financial district, it is walking distances from the Cleveland Browns Stadium, House of Blues, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Q Arena. Moreover, the hotel offers vacation packages to the city’s major tourist destination like the Pickwick and Frolic Comedy Club and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

Holiday Inn offers various rooms and services to cater to each traveler’s need. Guest rooms come with free continental breakfast, TV with cable, in-room pay-per-view and video games, hi-speed Internet access, a work desk, phone line and other standard amenities. Whirlpools, separate living rooms and other usage of their business center is available upon request.

Events and corporate meeting can also be hold at this hotel. They provide usage of fax machines, printers and copying services at their business center. Daily housekeeping and laundry services can also be availed. Children can spend their time in the game room featuring many game machines such as pin ball, racing and shooting game consoles and tables. Moreover, mothers and daughter can enjoy a day of pampering at Holiday Inn’s beauty salon.

Room rates starts at US$ 99 per night. Reservations can be also be made online.

Downtown LA – That’s Where the People Are

“Downtown has sharpened its focus as the regions’ employment, transportation, and culture arts hub,” “…its no longer a 9 to 5 area but rather a 24-hour place, setting the standard for the Los Angeles region in terms of all its growth, vibrancy and offerings.” All of this is according to a new demographic study commissioned by the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.

No longer an afterthought, low rent district or drop off for unfortunate souls with no place to go, Downtown has found its voice, literally and figuratively with 40,000 permanent residents who call the city center home. Add to that 10 million annual visitors and a 500,000-weekday population and we all start to see how LA is finally embracing its core.

Contrasting demographics with a 2006 study completed after many new housing options were completed, but well before the community began to gel, the study helps to clarify who lives downtown, what they want, and how they tend to live.

What do “Downtowners” look like?

First of all they are predominately renters (60%), a trend that is likely to continue for a short while, with the collapse of the real estate lending market and many condo buildings converting back to apartments. They’re smart! 78% of the population has completed four or more years of college; and they make a lot of money with an overall median income of $96,200.

53% of the residents are male and 64.3% of them are between the ages of 23 and 44, prime earning and spending ages. Compared to 2006 fewer are college students, as 70% hold down full time jobs. The population is also becoming more diverse. Still predominately Caucasian (53.8%), more Hispanics and African Americans are discovering downtown at what seems to be the expense of the long time Asian populations found in Little Tokyo and Chinatown.

How do they get around?

Fewer by Car! Two-thirds of our city dwellers get to where they’re going by public transportation, bicycles or get this, walking… This tells me two things really. First, businesses located downtown are benefiting from the new housing options provided by the city center (63.5% in 2008 v. 55.1% in 2006 live and work downtown). Whichever the reason, young educated workers are ready willing and able to tackle the urban environment. Second, an important note for the rest of Los Angeles, young people in LA are willing to break the auto driven ideology that has become so much a part of the Southern California culture. Essentially the hub of the ever-expanding transit system, Downtown has declared loudly that they are out of their cars and ready to explore the city by foot.

What do they do?

They watch a lot of TV and do a lot of computing. However compared to the 2006 survey more downtown residents do what they do near home. Going out for a drink and dining out were reportedly done far more often at the local watering holes and restaurants.

Many also have pets. 40% of Downtowners spend time with a furry friend. Whether a cat, dog, parakeet or ferret downtown residents seem to get the benefits of sharing time with a non-human best friend.

What do they want?

They want upscale grocery choices. In particular Whole Food and Trader Joe’s if you’re listening – here’s your cue. Over 89% were hoping for the Southern California based specialty retailer, while 68% hope to wake up one day and find the natural and organic grocery hawking fruit. They like going to movies and feel in desperate need for a new cineplex to fill the need. What a terrific opportunity for the LA Conservancy and their followers to encourage bringing Broadway back.

They also want more discount department stores like Target, specialty stores like Barnes & Nobles and to accommodate all the emailing and TV watching a Best Buy wouldn’t hurt. I also note when reading the study, it seems that Downtown LA is a Mac! Sorry PC…

Observations…

For a long while, LA’s elite have believed that the fate of this city was inextricably tied to the fate of its downtown. The reasons for this conclusion differed depending upon whom you asked. Politicians pointed to the importance of a thriving center as a symbol of our progress and prowess. Supporters of the arts suggested that every great city must compete culturally with the other great cities of the world. Homeless advocates and preservation pointed to downtown as the last safe haven for a forgotten few or the inextricable link to our city’s past. Finally, the developers all with different plans and target markets, pointed to a vibrant commercial core and housing market, proof that LA’s economy functions properly.

Ultimately however a city’s people determines its character and influence. Los Angeles has long been a city of eccentricities, creative minds and visionary dreams. Often locked in a cycle of constant flux and new invention LA is less about its lost past and more about its unlimited potential. This ideal has always been at the city’s core, and our core will always be Downtown LA.

Downtown Long Beach Market Study

Between 1990 and 2008, downtown Long Beach has increased greatly in population and has outpaced the county in general and Los Angeles County. The downtown area grew by 32-percent during this time and this was primarily due to the increase in new housing units as well as a slight increase in household sizes. The average age of downtown Long Beach residents is between ages 25 and 44. Single-person homes are the most prevalent households in the area and this includes homes with no young children or homes with adults whose children moved out of the home.

A majority of residents in this location work in retail and manufacturing. Other downtown residents work in the healthcare and education sector while other residents work for the City. One factor in the rise of manufacturing jobs downtown is the port activity. More people are working in healthcare due to the increase in new healthcare companies, and California State University at Long Beach employs many people in the education sector.

Most local residents don’t drive to their destination because they can easily walk, ride a bike or use public transportation to get around. Fifty-five percent of downtown residents drive to work compared to 75-percent of the rest of the city. A majority of residents who live downtown earn an income of between $50,000 to $100, 000 especially those who recently moved into the newer housing units.

Some main benefits of the downtown area include waterfront access, the historic architecture, high chances of steady employment, the young and vibrant population and diverse activities to get involved in. Downtown is also becoming more eco-friendly and this is seen with the support of new bike-friendly zones and the ability to walk to most places.

Jobs in the downtown area are expected to grow significantly and the main areas for future job growth include the professional, healthcare and technology sectors. In addition to this, there are many retail establishments and restaurants which cater to the professionals in downtown Long Beach. More business owners are considering a move downtown because it’s becoming too expensive to start and maintain businesses in other parts of Los Angeles County.

Overall, the downtown section of Long Beach has been successful in bringing new industries and businesses to the area. Housing is also a strong indicator of local revitalization as younger people move to this area. The hotel market is also booming and this is because of constant activity at the local Convention Center.