This spot in Covington, Kentucky, makes a charming home base from which to set out and explore Northern Kentucky. 

The patio at Hotel Covington in Covington, Kentucky (photo courtesy of destination)

With stylish shops, tempting eateries and historic German-style architecture, the city of Covington, located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, makes a charming home base from which to set out and explore Northern Kentucky. Those looking to stay in the heart of it all can book a room at the boutique Hotel Covington. 

Situated directly on the main Madison Avenue thoroughfare, the hotel’s enviable location puts travelers within walking distance of shops, restaurants and attractions like the riverfront, Mainstrasse Village, The B-Line bourbon trail and the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The property itself also has an intriguing backstory. Original owner John R. Coppin purchased it with money he won on a longshot horse-racing bet and opened a high-end department store that operated there from 1910 through the 1970s. The building later served for a time as Covington’s City Hall, eventually reemerging as Hotel Covington in 2016, following several years of extensive renovation efforts.

These days, visitors can make themselves right at home in one of the 114 fashionable guest rooms and modern common areas adorned with vintage touches that honor the property’s past. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar highlight dishes made with locally sourced ingredients (and, of course, plenty of bourbon), and the sun-dappled patio is an airy, al fresco space for drinks and live music. 

October 2022 brings the opening of an expansion dubbed North by Hotel Covington that includes more than 50 additional luxury accommodations, a new cocktail lounge and a ballroom. 638 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky 41011, 859/905-6600,

Story: Amy Lynch
Issue: Fall/Winter 2022