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Regular vs Short-term Rooms

Due to our long waiting list, it can be difficult to get a room at our House for families who only need to stay for a few days. To assist these families, we have reserved several rooms in our House exclusively for guests staying four nights or less.

The short-term stay rooms can be booked for 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights, depending on availability.

The short-term rooms can be booked thirty days in advance of your appointment date.

Families who have reserved the short-term rooms are not eligible to be on our waiting list for a regular stay room until after they have checked out of their short-term room.

Check out time for a short-term room is prior to 10 a.m.

Families are limited to two separate stays per month in the short-term rooms. Each stay needs to be a different visit to Cincinnati.

Families will need to complete the online application form for each request to stay.

Thirty days in advance of your appointment date, you may book a short-term room online. To learn more or to book, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact a Short-Term Room Coordinator at 513.636.2304 or by email

The majority of our rooms are filled as they become available with families waiting on our waitlist. When a family is placed in a room, they will be eligible to stay in that room for up to two years as long as criteria to stay in our House is being met.

After completing our online application, you will automatically be placed on the wait list for a regular room when it’s time unless you contact a Short-Term Room Coordinator.

If you have any questions regarding booking a regular stay room, please contact us at 513.636.7642 and ask for the manager on duty.

Guest families may have limited day visitors. These visitors are welcome between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM, but must sign in and out at the front desk. All visitors must be friends or family members of current guest families. We are unable to serve day visitors from the hospital.

The children living at Ronald McDonald House are medically fragile and highly susceptible to infections. Any person who has a physical condition that would endanger the health of our other guests, such as a cold or flu, chickenpox, etc., may not visit Ronald McDonald House.

Day visitors are unable to eat meals served by our House due to the amount of food we have planned to prepared.

All day visitors must follow RMH rules and guidelines while on our property. Frequent day visitors will be asked to complete a background check form.

Anyone outside the immediate family, such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent, must be helping to serve as support for the family and must be approved by RMHC management.

RMHC conducts a formal criminal background check on all individuals applying for temporary residence.

A background check authorization must be received from each individual applying to stay at least 2 business days prior to their arrival.

Guest families must discuss room occupancy with a House Manager prior to having overnight guests.

Submit Background Check Forms here.

For questions, please call 513.636.7642 and ask to speak with our Guest Services Manager.