For a small city, Columbus, Indiana, boasts an inordinately rich collection of contemporary architecture and sculpture, including the work of such notables as I.M. Pei, Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, Cesar Pelli and Robert Venturi. Visitors to this south-central Indiana city and its suburbs find a number of motels, a few receiving consistently positive ratings from nationally recognized travel guides. Area motel accommodations include pet-friendly and extended-stay options.
Comfort Inn & Suites Columbus
Close to the junction of Interstate 65 and State Road 46, this 75-unit motel lies within an hour’s drive of Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville, the major cities in the region. Wireless Internet is available in all guest rooms, suites and common areas, including the motel’s business center. Recreational facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, and guests also take advantage of the motel’s barbecue grills and picnic area. Although no restaurants are on site, the motel serves a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, and guests looking for somewhere to eat lunch or dinner find several nearby eateries, including Beef O’Brady’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dimitri’s and Rick’s.
Hampton Inn Columbus/Taylorsville/Edinburgh
Located in the neighboring town of Edinburgh, this four-story, 95-unit motel lies roughly nine miles north of center-city Columbus. Each of its rooms and suites features a microwave, compact refrigerator and high-speed Internet, which is also available in the motel’s business center. Guests who are trying to stay active while on the road exercise in the fitness center or swim laps in the indoor swimming pool. The Hampton Inn treats guests to a hot breakfast buffet each morning. Nearby restaurants include Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday and Texas Roadhouse.
Holiday Inn Columbus
A favorite with business travelers, this seven-story, 253-unit motel is equipped to host conferences and trade shows, boasting nearly 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. Families and other nonbusiness travelers find the Holiday Inn has plenty to offer them as well, including a sprawling indoor recreation area that houses a large swimming pool, hot tub, putting green, game area and table tennis set-up. Other motel facilities include well-equipped business and fitness centers. For a nonrefundable fee of $25 per stay, pets stay with guests in rooms that have exterior entrances. The on-site Columbus Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Residence Inn Columbus
Just minutes from downtown Columbus, this all-suites motel is a smart choice for family groups and travelers who plan on an extended stay in the Columbus area. All of its studio, one- and two-bedroom suites feature fully equipped kitchens, spacious desk/work areas and high-speed Internet. Recreational facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Business travelers work on projects in the motel’s business center, which offers copying, printing and faxing capabilities. Although no restaurants are on site, the motel serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning, and it hosts a social hour with free snacks and beverages Monday through Thursday evenings. Nearby restaurants include Bob Evans, Culver’s, Dimitri’s and Papa’s Grill.