Boutique Hotels Near Columbus

by Mary Freeman

Unlike boutique hotels larger cities like New York or San Francisco, Columbus' boutique hotels downplay the big-city drama and bold interior design, and instead focus on catering to guests' needs and aim to provide an individual experience. In fact, it could be argued that the boutique hotels you find here are similar to traditional inns and bed-and-breakfasts.

The Lofts

The modern lines and furnishings of The Lofts' 44 rooms stand in stark contrast to its building's rich history. The Columbus Transfer company was in business between 1882 and 1932 in the Carr Building, where The Lofts is housed today. Rooms come with Italian linens and bathrobes by Frette, floor-to-ceiling windows and Aveda personal care products. Some suites feature garden tubs. The boutique offers packages customized to provide distinct Columbus experiences. In collaboration with its sister property, The Crowne Plaza Hotel, The Lofts can arrange wedding events; large events must use both properties.

German Village Guest House

The acclaimed German Village Guest House has received three diamonds from AAA and was named "Best Columbus Hotel 2010" by Citysearch. Ultra-chic decor and furnishings adorn each of the hotel's three guest rooms and two suites. The guest rooms are located in the original guesthouse, which has a stocked kitchen, fireplaces, and living and dining room. The 800-square-foot suites are pet-friendly, have full kitchens and are just a few blocks from the main guesthouse. The guesthouse leads to a garden full of roses, Japanese maples, an outdoor fireplace and patio furniture. Each morning, between 7:15 and 11:15 a.m., the guesthouse offers a buffet-style gourmet breakfast. As its name suggests, the hotel is located in the German Village neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Buxton Inn

While it is more of a traditional inn than a boutique hotel, The Buxton Inn provides guests with small-scale lodging and personalized service. Rooms have private baths and mini-fridges and sport traditional, warm-hued decor. Guests can arrange to have an on-site consultation with local hypnotherapist Christie Casaday. The restaurant has seven dining rooms, where guests can feast on comfort food, like Louisiana chicken. Both the restaurant and the inn's tavern close on Mondays.

The Blackwell Inn

The Blackwell Inn is the only on-campus lodging at Ohio State University. It is a traditional hotel, but those interested in a boutique experience may enjoy the hotel's smaller size -- it only has 151 rooms -- and the personalized service its event planners provide. The Fisher College of Business' Hospitality and Conference Services Department and the university's division of Student Life manage the hotel as part of the university's Executive Education Program. The restaurant hotel serves a blend of American, European and Asian cuisine.

About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.