Columbus, Ohio Lodging

by Sandy Mitchell

Columbus, Ohio, is in the geographic center of the state. The city, the largest in Ohio, is home to more than 700,000 residents, according to the Columbus Convention and Visitors' Bureau. Columbus is seat of state government, the site of The Ohio State University and home to a variety of distinct neighborhoods, from historic German Village to the art community in the Short North. Columbus offers a wide variety of accommodations, in all styles and price ranges, most of which are located downtown, at the airport and near the university.

Downtown Columbus Hotels

Downtown Columbus is home to the Ohio State Capitol as well as the Columbus Museum of Art and the COSI science museum. Nearby is German Village, a restored neighborhood filled with restaurants, shopping and architectural gems. Downtown Columbus hotels include the historic, AAA four-diamond Westin Great Southern, which first opened in 1897 and boasts leaded glass windows, crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and, of course, WiFi. Anotherdowntown hotel is the Hyatt Capitol Square, located directly across from the State House. This 400-room property has also earned AAA's four-diamond designation and offers a complimentary shuttle to points around downtown as well as a 24-hour business center, complimentary WiFi and a 24-hour fitness center.

Columbus Airport Hotels

Port Columbus International Airport, located on the east side of the city, handled more than 500,000 passenger in 2009, according to airport statistics. The airport, which is easily accessible to all parts of the city via I-270 and I-670, is surrounded by hotels. Among these is the 147-room Concourse Airport Hotel and Conference Center, located directly on the airport grounds. Other good choices include the 67-room Comfort Suites and the 129-room Hampton Inn. All three hotels offer complimentary transportation to and from the airport terminals.

Hotels near Ohio State University

The Ohio State University, Ohio's largest university, is located on the northwest side of Columbus. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 64,000 undergraduate and graduate students, sits on 1700 acres. If you are visiting a student, attending an Ohio State football game or checking out the school with your son or daughter, there are plenty of places to stay on and around the campus. Among these is Blackwell Inn, an 151-room hotel located directly on campus. Other options include the Varsity Inn North, an independently-owned hotel just one mile from campus, and the 163-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, located two miles from Ohio State.

Bed-and-Breakfast Inns

Sometimes, a big, corporate hotel feels too impersonal. For those instances, Columbus offers an array of bed-and-breakfast inns, each with its own personality. These include the four-room Harrison House Bed and Breakfast, housed in a Queen Anne Victorian home in the city's Victorian Village neighborhood, just north of downtown. Another good choice is 50 Lincoln, a seven-room bed-and-breakfast, located in the city's Short North community, near art galleries and popular restaurants.

About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is an Ohio-based writer, blogger and editor. She writes for "The Better Drink" and other online publications. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Mitchell was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University.