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Vernon Manor Hotel - Click to EnlargeModeled after a stately English home, The Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England, The Vernon Manor Hotel has the ambiance one would expect of a gracious English Manor. The hotel was built in 1924, as an escape and retreat for the then wealthy Cincinnati residents from the busy downtown riverfront district which was referred to as "Porkopolis" due to the city’s leading business, pork processing. The Vernon Manor sat above the city, perched on one of Cincinnati’s famous Seven Hills, treating lucky visitors to wonderful service and a spectacular view.  

   The Beatles on their way to the
   Vernon Manor Hotel for their 1966 stay
Beatles
Over the years The Vernon Manor Hotel has been the “home away from home” choice of hundreds of national and international celebrities, athletes, and musicians. Presidents Johnson, Kennedy, Bush, and dignitaries such as former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres have stayed at the Vernon Manor. Famous athletes including Tiger Woods, Pete Rose, Brooks Robinson, Tom Seaver, Davey Johnson, Jack McKeon, The Indiana Pacers, and The Cincinnati Bengals have all chosen “400 Oak Street” at their address in Cincinnati. The Vernon Manor Hotel has also been a long time favorite of various actors and celebrities including: Anthony Quinn, Yul Brynner, Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, Judy Garland, Dean Jones, Kevin Bacon, Cloris Leachman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keanu Reeves, Rene Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Vernon Manor Hotel has always had the reputation for being “The” place to stay for musicians visiting or performing in Cincinnati. The list of former Vernon Manor Hotel guests with famous musical talent is both long and impressive. This list includes: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Little Richard, Luther Vandross, Gerald LeVert, The Monkees, Boy George, Dru Hill, The Indigo Girls, Grover Washington, Mandy Moore, 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jonny Lang, Smashing Pumpkins, Jars of Clay, Hanson, Yolanda Adams, The Spinners, LFO, Smashmouth, The Backstreet Boys, Brooks and Dunn, Emmy Lou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, Reba, Sheryl Crow, and Kenny Chesney.

The Vernon Manor was also center stage and temporary home for the production of 1988's Movie of the Year "Rainman" featuring stars Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, in which our address "400 Oak Street, Cincinnati, Ohio" was a featured line. We hope we'll have the opportunity to add your signature to our distinguished list!

Hog Wild!
In the summer of 2000, Cincinnati kicked off its largest public art show - The Big Pig Gig. The "Gig" celebrated Cincinnati's Porkopolis heritage by displaying over 400 decorated fiberglass pigs throughout the city. In early November 2000, the pigs were auctioned raising over $800,000 for local charities. The Vernon Manor Hotel contributed to the event by bidding on Armored Hammer, who now resides in the hotel lobby.

Thomas Hieronymus Towhey and Denny Wallace created Armored Hammer, whose name is a multilevel pun on the name of the art collector Armand Hammer and the baking soda. The armor is custom cut stainless and carbon steel plate, built around a skeleton of scrap metal upon the fiberglass pig. Armored Hammer is a fitting addition to The Vernon Manor Hotel, which was built in 1924 and was modeled after The Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England. The Hatfield House, built in 1611, is known for its world famous paintings, exquisite furniture, fine tapestries and historic armor. In fact The Long Room at the Hatfield House is appropriately named the "Armory" and houses a private collection of antique armor, most of which was used in the Spanish Armada. The Hatfield House is also home to the British Model Soldier Society's National Collection, one of the finest collection of model soldiers in the world.

Stop in to see Armored Hammer on your next trip to The Vernon Manor Hotel!

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We look forward to welcoming you to
Cincinnati’s premier hotel - The Vernon Manor!



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