Re: Info about Cincinnati, please
My friend and I go every year, so I have plenty of suggestions for making the most of it.
Are you planning to rent a car? Even if your hotel is near the tournament grounds, you'll still probably need one. Since it's so far out of town, everything is really spread out. Also, cab fare from the airport is over $60. Before tip.
The Kings Island Resort is one of the cheaper places that's very near to the tournament grounds. They have a shuttle that runs pretty frequently. Plus, they have a pool. (A big plus, because it's damn hot there in August.)
If you want to save a whole lot of money and don't mind driving an extra five minutes (no shuttle), check out the Crossland Blue Ash. It's an extended stay hotel, not quite as nice, but if you're going for the whole tournament, it's definitely worthwhile. Most of the rooms even have a little kitchenette.
Most importantly, DO NOT book your hotel through the TMS Cincinnati website. The prices there are ridiculous compared to what you can find for the same hotels at Orbitz.
Feel free to PM me if you want any other tips.
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