Although Cuyahoga Valley is one of the smaller national parks, it has much to offer with its breathtaking waterfalls, peaceful trails, and historic significance. When you’re planning your trip, choosing the best trails, and finding nearby dining options, picking the right accommodations can feel overwhelming.
Whether prefer to be as close to the park as possible, in a nearby town with access to more attractions, or not wanting to ever have to leave the park’s grounds, these 30 lodging options will help you make the most of your trip from start to finish.
Table of Contents
- 1. Shady Oaks Farm Bed and Breakfast
- 2. Cuyahoga Valley Inn
- 3. Inn at Brandywine Falls
- 4. Stanford House
- 5. Inn Walden
- 6. Springhill Suites by Marriott
- 7. The Club at Hillbrook
- 8. Inn of Chagrin Falls
- 9. Embassy Suites by Hilton
- 10. Airbnb
- 11. Hipcamp
- 12. La Quinta Inn & Suites
- 13. O’Neil House Bed and Breakfast
- 14. Jeremiah B. King Guest House
- 15. Berrodin Bed & Breakfast
- 16. Ellis Guest House
- 17. Clifford House Bed & Breakfast
- 18. J. Palen House
- 19. Wallace Manor
- 20. The 797 Building
- 21. Blu-tique Hotel
- 22. Cambria Hotel
- 23. Riverside Gables
- 24. Rocking Horse Inn
- 25. The Bertram Inn
- 26. Tremont Townhouse
- 27. Holiday Inn
- 28. Sheraton Suites
- 29. The Aurora Inn
- 30. Country Inn & Suites
1. Shady Oaks Farm Bed and Breakfast
Just one mile from the entrance of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Shady Oaks Farm Bed and Breakfast is a mom-and-pop business that has become more and more popular over the years. In fact, the B&B is considered to be one of the nicest and most luxurious of the accommodations that surround the park.
Considering its high prestige, Shady Oaks maintains fair prices and has a variety of choices when it comes to bedroom suites. Averaging at under $200/night for even the largest of rooms, you can’t go wrong with a stay in this cozy home.
Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast in the spacious dining room with its roaring fireplace – all included in your stay – and head out on an adventure to the park with highlights like Brandywine Falls and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad just minutes away.
2. Cuyahoga Valley Inn
Easily a runner up to Shady Oaks, Cuyahoga Valley Inn sports a similar style of comfort and luxury. The inn is on the smaller side, so it’s extremely important to book night in one of the four-bedroom suites in advance.
Be sure to take your time looking through the details of each of the four rooms, as they all have their own unique features and overall theme. Reservations can only be made by phone or email – so once you have decided on your favorite room, reach out to management to lock in your dates.
Breakfast is served in the grand dining room, access to the backyard allows guests to sit by the fire after a long day, and a grand piano sits in the music room for those who like to play.
The Inn is located within the Historic District in Richfield, and the inn itself has been recognized as a historic monument.
Conveniently located, Cuyahoga Valley Inn is within 10 minutes of the national park and as some of Cleveland’s many MetroParks.
3. Inn at Brandywine Falls
Built in 1848, the Inn at Brandywine Falls has been restored with modern touches that don’t take away from its original antique appearance. Known as one of the only two accommodations available within the limits of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a stay at the inn requires lots of planning.
Overlooking the park’s iconic 67-foot tall waterfall, it’s no wonder the 3 rooms and 2 suites tend to fill up year-round. Prices vary from $200-$350/night, but every reservation comes with a free, delicious breakfast. When staying at the inn, you’re welcomed as a close friend.
You’ll have free rein to wander about the grounds and hang out in the many large living spaces. You can read a book in the library, sip tea with some new friends in the living room, take in the views from the porch swing, and munch on freshly baked bread in the kitchen.
4. Stanford House
The Stanford House is within walking distance to many of the park’s most popular hiking trails, including the Towpath Trail and Brandywine Falls Trail. It has also been a significant part of history since its construction in 1843, as its farm was the leading source of income in the town for quite some time.
As one of the only two accommodation sites available on the national park’s grounds, reservations open up two years in advance due to its popularity. It’s a full house rental, so only one family can occupy the building at a time.
With 9 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a dining room table that seats 30, a stay at Stanford House is perfect for those looking to travel with the whole family. With a sleeping capacity of 30 people, an average of $600/night is a fair price.
5. Inn Walden
This 5-star hotel is located in Aurora, Ohio, and is just a 20-minute drive to the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The hotel itself is a work of art with its elegant details, intimate vibes, and modern touches. The rooms are extremely spacious with luxurious amenities, including large fireplaces, private patio gardens, and deep whirlpool tubs.
Although the cost of the rooms is on the pricier side, averaging between $350-$500/night, it’s well worth it if you’re looking to completely indulge yourself in relaxation.
The Inn Walden’s Spa is highly acclaimed, and many guests choose to visit for this experience alone. After a busy day of exploring Ohio’s national park, a spa treatment is only that much more inviting. Choose from one of the many packages and do your muscles a favor before heading to dinner at one of the Inn’s exquisite restaurants.
6. Springhill Suites by Marriott
Marriott members and last-minute planners alike will be happy to know that Springhill Suites in Independence, Ohio is only 20 minutes from Cuyahoga and almost always has availability. The hotel is a new addition to the area, which means all rooms, amenities, and structures have a new, clean feel.
Enjoy a night in one of the spacious bedrooms with spa-inspired bathrooms and access to many onsite amenities. Start your day with a workout in the fitness center, go for a swim in the indoor pool, and grab a bite to eat at the complimentary breakfast bar.
After a long day in the park, you can sit by the communal fire pit with a drink in hand from the lobby bar.
Looking to grab a quick snack before a sunrise hike? No problem! The hotel has a market that is open 24 hours to fulfill any last-minute needs.
7. The Club at Hillbrook
As a members-only establishment, the only way to score a night at The Club at Hillbrook is by joining their top-of-the-line club. A membership gives you access to discounted overnight stays and all activities on the 50-acre property.
As you would expect in a place like this, the club is known for its exquisite fine dining – and the 5-star restaurant follows a business casual dress code. On-site you’ll find many walking trails, five tennis courts, a massive swimming pool, and a spacious fitness center.
The rooms are surprisingly affordable, considering the estate’s prestige, with rooms averaging between $175-$250/night.
8. Inn of Chagrin Falls
Located in the heart of Chagrin Falls, The Inn of Chagrin Falls is home to a large variety of amenities, both inside and out of the establishment. The outside of the Inn is beautifully decorated with flowing fountains and colorful gardens and the inside is a perfect combination of rustic and elegance.
There are 15 rooms to choose from, many of which have their own fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. For the most extravagant room with both a fireplace and a jacuzzi, you’d be looking at an average of $240/night.
Just 30 minutes outside of the park, the Inn of Chagrin Falls is perfect for day trips into the national park, and the town also has many nearby boutiques, waterfall hikes, and local restaurants.
9. Embassy Suites by Hilton
If you’re looking for an affordable option with open availability even at the last minute, look no further than the Embassy Suites by Hilton at Cleveland Rockside.
The accommodations might not be the fanciest, but they get the job done with their comfortable beds and variety of onsite amenities. There is free parking and wifi, as well access to an indoor swimming pool and large fitness center. After a day in the park, unwind with dinner and drinks at the hotel’s classy Urban Craft restaurant. With a two-bedroom suite for as low as $130/night, you can’t beat the price.
Grab a quick bite to eat at their complimentary breakfast station before heading on the road for the 30-minute drive to Cuyahoga.
Looking for something more unique? Airbnb is an experience within itself with so many different choices depending on your preference.
Stay in someone’s spare bedroom for a cost-efficient stay with the possibility of making new friends, reserve a guest suite/entire house to make yourself feel more at home, or head to a farmstead for a rustic feel with farm fresh eggs and farm animals. Depending on your style, an Airbnb in the Cuyahoga area usually ranges between $50-$250/night.
Although you can almost always find a place to stay no matter how near in advance it may be, it’s highly recommended that you plan ahead to score the best accommodations. Some of Airbnb’s more extravagant stays can be fully booked 6+ months in advance, so it’s never too early to start looking.
Another interesting alternative to the normalcy of staying in a hotel is the fun experience you get by staying at one of the local Hipcamp accommodations. Similar to Airbnb, Hipcamp is composed of people from the neighborhood who have an eye for hospitality, renting out their space(s) to the public.
You’ll find many campsites and RV hookups for little to no cost but there are also a wide variety of glamping options as well. For as little as $50.00, you can spend the night in an adorably decorated RV, a rustic log cabin, a spacious yurt, and so much more.
Their website makes it easy to find the best stay with filters allowing you to look at just the “glamping” accommodations if camping is not your style.
12. La Quinta Inn & Suites
Less than 20 minutes from Cuyahoga National Park sits the La Quinta Inn in Macedonia, Ohio. This affordable hotel has no shortage of availability and is one of the few hotels in the area that are pet-friendly, for both cats and dogs.
Bring your furry friend along for the adventure as the national park is overflowing with pups big and small.
Enjoy the free continental breakfast, convenient parking in the spacious lot, and unlimited access to wifi throughout your stay. Cool off with a swim in the indoor swimming pool after a workout in the well-stocked fitness center. The hotel even has mobile check-in available to make your experience as easy and stress-free as possible.
13. O’Neil House Bed and Breakfast
Located at the southern gates of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the O’Neil House Bed and Breakfast in Akron is the perfect blend of convenience and beauty.
The historic mansion, once owned by the creator of The General Tire Company, has four suites to choose from – each with its own stunning features. Considering just how grand these rooms are, it comes as a pleasant surprise that the costs range between $75-$200/night.
While staying at the bed and breakfast, you have full access to the mansion’s 15 communal rooms and lush outdoor garden. Admire the grand foyer, relax in the library, find the hidden bar behind a bookshelf, sit by the fireplace in the living room, and enjoy an all-inclusive breakfast.
14. Jeremiah B. King Guest House
Nestled away in the historic district of Hudson, Ohio, Jeremiah B. King Guest House is just 15 minutes from the heart of Ohio’s national park.
Established as a historic monument in 1980, the guest house is not your “average” accommodation – and has won many awards over the years for its unique hospitality.
Choose from one of four rooms, each ranging from $150-$175/night depending on the time of year.
Sit on the historically restored front porch and imagine what it was like to live in the 1800s when porches were more utilized than living rooms.
Enjoy the ever-changing menu of freshly baked breakfast items served daily at 9 A.M. for no additional charge. If you’re lucky, Ms. Ren, the guest house’s innkeeper, may even have a pie in the works!
15. Berrodin Bed & Breakfast
Located just 20 minutes south of the park, Berrodin Bed & Breakfast is a cozy accommodation that is sure to make you feel right at home.
There are three rooms to choose from and their resemblance to a normal bedroom makes guests feel like they’re staying at a friend’s house rather than a hotel. In fact, it is not unusual for guests to spend months at a time here due to its welcoming nature – so make sure you book ahead of time to score a room.
Feel free to wander around the common spaces to admire all the homey touches and enjoy a free continental breakfast each morning.
16. Ellis Guest House
Spend a night in the cape cod design of the Ellis Guest House, and sleep well knowing the national park is only 10 minutes away. Tucked away on the northeastern side of the park, the guest house provides a sense of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of other nearby towns.
The house can only be reserved in its entirety – so if you’re looking to reserve a single room, this isn’t the right choice for you. However, it does make it convenient to get the whole family together under one roof to spend some quality time with its 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a three-season sunroom – not to mention the large fireplace in the living room to keep your family warm on chillier days.
17. Clifford House Bed & Breakfast
Owner and innkeeper Jim Miner has spent years making this accommodation as welcoming as can be with gradual additions of local art, personalized touches, and high-quality products. The bed and breakfast prides itself on their uniqueness, and guarantees a night here will be unlike any other stay you’ve had before.
With the help of his furry friends (one dog and one cat), Miner makes guests feel right at home and goes above and beyond to ensure their stay is as nice as can be.
Enjoy a variety of tasty breakfast dishes that have been made by Miner himself or supplied by one of the local bakeries, markets, and restaurants.
You can’t beat their prices! Reserve the most expensive room including a two-story living space for only $180/night.
18. J. Palen House
Located in Ohio City, the J. Palen House is a scenic 30-minute drive from the center of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. At the J. Palen House, you can choose between three different suites, three lofts, a cottage, a studio, and a secondary house.
When you wake, you’ll be treated to a complimentary three-course breakfast in the dining room that follows a predetermined menu.
The Victorian home has maintained its 19th-century charm, and the many antiques on display throughout the house only adds to its historic significance.
Although the rooms are a bit on the pricier side with an average of $300/night, you get what you pay for – each room is carefully decorated, extremely spacious, and boasts the feeling of luxury.
19. Wallace Manor
Hidden away on the busy streets of Cleveland is a lovely stay with historic significance just under 30 minutes from the national park. The manor was once a boarding house back in the late 1800s, and has since been restored to accommodate guests in its spacious four bedrooms.
Take a relaxing bath in the claw foot tub and step out onto the heated bathroom floor for a relaxing experience from start to finish. Sit by the fire in the men’s parlor as you listen to the grand piano, read a book on a comfy couch in the women’s parlor, or check out the ancient furniture and book collection in the library.
All of the rooms are priced the same so you can pick your favorite style and amenities without worrying about a price difference.
20. The 797 Building
If you’re looking to plan a long trip and need a place to stay for 30+ days, the 797 Building has got you covered. The building does a great job at making you feel comfortable with its apartment-like vibes, but maintains an all-inclusive experience.
The suites come with a fully equipped kitchen, and there’s a restaurant on-site with the option for room service if you prefer to eat out. You’ll never have to worry about starting your day on the wrong foot with their complimentary breakfast, supplying you with all the coffee you can drink on a daily basis.
Best of all, it’s only 20 minutes from the heart of Cuyahoga Valley.
21. Blu-tique Hotel
Not only is this hotel is just minutes away from the state’s national park, it’s also in the center of downtown Akron – where lively restaurants and bars line the streets.
Aside from the many nearby attractions, the Blu-tique Hotel itself is an extension of the Blu Jazz+ Venue and highly acclaimed Blu Plate Restaurant. Whether you’re heading to your room after a long day or grabbing a bite to eat, you will be surrounded by the magical sounds of jazz music.
If you’re not feeling up to a sit-down dinner, you can stop in at the hotel’s on-site bar and restaurant, The 1: Food and Spirits, for a quick meal that’s just as tasty.
Check out their seasonal specials and packages to make the most of your stay at the most affordable rate.
22. Cambria Hotel
Just under 30 minutes from the center of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cambria Hotel is perfectly located in the Akron area, providing guests with an abundance of activities.
The spacious bedrooms have a modern feel and come supplied with a Keurig coffee maker for those who need a cup as soon as they open their eyes.
A two-bedroom suite with king beds costs under $200/night, with some suites costing as little as $130/night. You’ll also have access to the indoor heated pool, fitness center, and the hotel’s 1787 Tavern & Grill.
23. Riverside Gables
The Victorian style home was built in 1868, and has seen many transformations over the years that have blended together to bring you the unique design of this cozy bed and breakfast.
The owners are sure to make your stay as pleasant as possible, and will even cater to your schedule to ensure you get to try some of Catherine’s tasty apple pancakes – even if it’s at the crack of dawn.
Each of the four rooms has a distinctly different style, so be sure to take a look at their website to see which fits your needs and wants. Rooms average at about $150/night but tend to be booked months in advance – so plan accordingly if you’d like to enjoy a lovely stay.
24. Rocking Horse Inn
Go back in time with a stay at the Victorian mansion that is Rocking Horse Inn, and marvel at the architecture that dates back to the mid-1800s. The inn is less than 30 minutes from the park, and is also in close proximity to many other state and metro parks.
Have your pick between any of the four uniquely decorated rooms, and know that regardless of your choice you won’t spend more than $130/night. You’ll be happy to know that there’s a hot tub on-site, and a free continental breakfast is served daily from 6 am to noon.
Feeling hungry in the middle of the night? Feel free to wander over to the kitchen and grab yourself a snack at any time of day.
25. The Bertram Inn
Located in the historic town of Aurora, Ohio, The Bertram Inn is a short twenty-minute ride from popular park attractions like the Brandywine Falls.
Choose between a king or a double queen bedroom setup and make sure to double-check their site to see if any specials are running.
The accommodations may be simple, but they get the job done with affordability and convenience.
26. Tremont Townhouse
For a twist on a modern stay, check out the Tremont Townhouse – which has transformed one of its apartment units into a leisurely stay for guests.
The two-bedroom suite is extremely spacious, with a living room, kitchen, dining room, outdoor patio, and access to laundry facilities.
Within 20 minutes you can be at the gates of Cuyahoga Valley National Park – and Ohio favorites, like the extensive West Side Market, are just steps away.
27. Holiday Inn
Located just a stone’s throw away from the national park, the Holiday Inn in Richfield, Ohio is the definition of convenience.
Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with grab-and-go options for guests looking to get an early start to their day in the park. The indoor pool is open until 11 PM for guests who want to take a relaxing dip after a day of hiking and exploring. Get your blood pumping at any time of day with the 24/7 fitness center and embrace the high-quality lines that provide a lovely night’s sleep.
28. Sheraton Suites
Nestled along the front of the Cuyahoga River, the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls will have you excited for more of Ohio’s natural wonders. In less than 20 minutes you’ll be at the national park’s doorstep, and the busy city of Akron is just 5 minutes away.
Go for a swim in the heated indoor pool, get your sweat on at the 24-hour fitness center, and grab a buffet-style meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Beau’s on the River.
Most rooms cost under $200/night, but if you’re looking for something more lavish, there are penthouse suites and ones with river views.
29. The Aurora Inn
Escape the busy streets of Akron and Cleveland by planning to stay in the small village of Aurora – while still staying within 30 minutes of the national park.
All of the rooms are light and airy with a variety of options, including pet-friendly suites for guests who don’t want to part with their companions.
The Six Horses Tavern is located on the main floor of the inn, and is not only beautifully presented but sports a delightful menu, thanks to Chef Michael Lynch.
30. Country Inn & Suites
With the iconic Brandywine Falls less than 10 minutes away, Country Inn & Suites is a great lodging option for guests looking for a quick ride into the park.
This well-known establishment almost always has rooms available, even at the last second, with rates as low as $70/night.
Feel free to much on cookies at the complimentary snack bar and enjoy a free continental breakfast with fresh coffee each morning. After a day of adventure, you can relax in the heated pool and soak in the hot tub to prepare for another day.