The Village of Mariemont was one of the nation’s first planned communities and was built around the Mariemont Inn, now one of Cincinnati’s most distinguished historic hotels. The rich history and unique character is evident in the distinct tudor architecture, tree lined streets, and a walkable downtown historic district. The Village of Mariemont earned the distinction of National Historic Landmark in 2007, and National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Ohio Magazine voted Mariemont as “The Best Hometowns in Ohio” while Great Places in America voted it one of the “Most Livable Communities”. The original vision of Mary Emery for a beautiful village for work and play is still alive today.
The Village of Mariemont is the work of Mary Emery who donated the land that would be the Village. Mariemont, pronounced “Mary-mont”, was named for Mary Emery’s summer home in Rhode Island, which was named for a town in England, thus the English pronunciation. She was inspired after seeing the living conditions of those living in the inner city and wanted to design a space that was better suited for its citizens to provide a higher quality of life. The Village was to illustrate the best architectural, engineering, and environmental results possible for this type of development. In 1921, she hired an internationally known town planner, John Nolen, who meticulously designed every detail of Mariemont, including the historic, luxury hotel, to deliver ease, convenience, and community to working class people. John Nolen, along with 25 of the nations’ best architects, worked to organize the Village and in 1925, the vision was brought to life.
Planning to catch a meal or a bite in the village? You will be spoilt for choice. The National Exemplar Restaurant and Southerby’s are located on the premises. Local staples such as, The Quarter Bistro, Dilly Cafe, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, Mio’s Pizza, Graeter’s Ice Cream, and The Sweeterie are all within walking distance. The area is also home to a few breweries with locally brewed beer. Mariemont Theater is the home of entertainment in the village including movie screenings and a bar that serves drinks brewed in Cincinnati at reasonable prices. You can even apply to join the critics club if you are a regular! The Mariemont Recreation Association is the go-to place for all games, taking into account that the city is known for several ball games. There is also a Hamilton County Library branch for book lovers.
As one of the most walkable villages in the United States, Mariemont plays host to over 50 acres of some of Hamilton counties premier parks and greenspaces. Including the Bell Tower in Dogwood Park, located a short walk from the Mariemont Inn, which hosts Carillon concerts every Sunday throughout the summer months. Dogwood and Ann Buntin Becker Parks are the ideal places to seek sport recreation while the Tot Lot is a safe and secure place for young children. The picturesque and quiet tree lined streets feature historical architecture and are perfect for a morning or evening walk.
Mary Emery envisioned a community that had everything residents would need in close proximity and today that is very much still true with a wide range of retail, services, and businesses that serve the needs of Mariemont residents and guests of the Inn alike. From boutique gifts shops like Pomegranate & Lime to the Coolest Toys on Earth, there are local retail options that attract customers from all over the city. Within walking distance of the Inn are a variety of business like Roosters Men’s Grooming Center, Groovy Gumball, Worthy Yoga, and Trevor Furbay Bespoke Tailors just to name a few.
The Mariemont Inn is located directly on Mariemont’s town square, in close proximity to a variety of dining, entertainment, retail, and recreation options. Mariemont’s compact and walkable design makes staying at the Mariemont Inn a truly unique experience.
If you decide you want to leave the village and explore the booming Cincinnati area, close to the Mariemont Inn are many attractions to keep visitors busy and entertained. With just a short drive around Cincinnati you can experience a Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium, catch a Red’s ballgame at Great American Ballpark, seek thrills at Kings Island Amusement Park, explore the Cincinnati Zoo, check out the Newport Aquarium, or visit Over-the-Rhine for delicious food and boutique shopping.