A Breathtaking Cincinnati Destination for Galas

Photography provided by Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza


Over the years, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has maintained popularity for Cincinnati-based galas. With three unique ballrooms, including the renowned Hall of Mirrors Ballroom, the National Historic Landmark hotel is the ideal venue for large-scale events, offering 40,000 square feet of unique event space. The hotel is located right in the center of Cincinnati’s thriving downtown district, where restaurants, entertainment and shops abound. The hotel’s 5-star restaurant, Orchids at Palm Court, has earned the distinction of the number one Hilton food and beverage hotel in the U.S. for seven years, including last year. Their catering division handles events and galas offering an array of delectable food offerings.

“With three unique and elegant ballrooms, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has the ability to meet anyone’s taste in style,” says Jason Tyson, the new general manager of the hotel. “Over the 85 year history of the hotel and a multitude of large-scale events and galas, the culinary team has maintained the expected standard of service, but continued to create a fresh and new culinary experience for each generation.”

Cincinnati event planners can rely on the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza for clients who expect professional service and also expect the best for themselves and their guests. They appreciate the distinctive aspects that truly set the Hilton Netherland apart as a go-to, full-service event space. The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza sales team really shines when it is time to finalize all the details. They hold a meeting with the client and planner and review every detail to ensure nothing is forgotten.

Annette de Cavel manages catering for galas at the hotel. de Cavel says, “Our food and service are top in the city, which, in return, gives a draw to galas. Our regular banquet menus are just a starting point. From there we often customize a menu to meet a client’s needs. The variety of our spaces is a favorite feature for our clients. The setting alone is a “show” in itself. For the larger galas, we can host the Cocktail Hour in the Hall of Mirrors and the Dinner Dance in the Pavillion for example. After the event, guests appreciate the convenience of the space also being a top-rated hotel, allowing them to simply take the elevator home after the festivities.

We are passionate about the organizations that host their galas here. To that end, we typically participate in their auctions with a donation. Year after year, the creativity of the various galas for clients such as the opera and Aubrey Rose never ceases to amaze me. The historic aspect of our space often inspires unique approaches to these events. This year’s Cystic Fibrosis Gala utilized an Argentinian theme. After viewing photos of the old Pavillion when it used to be a nightclub, the client modified the typical configuration of the dancefloor transforming it to how it used to be as a nightclub. Other clients have hosted galas with themes such as ‘Night on the Serengeti,’ ‘A Feast for the Eyes’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ just to name a few. The options are absolutely limitless.”

The breathtaking space and superb customer service are just a few of the many features behind the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza’s popularity for galas. With over 40,000 square feet of event space, including three unique ballrooms, a five-star culinary team and gorgeous historic architecture, it’s no wonder the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza has earned a reputation of excellence for Cincinnati-based galas. 


The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel is located at 35 W 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202. For more information, call 513.421.9100 or visit www.hilton.com.