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As Ohio’s largest city and the state capital, Columbus has a youthful vibe and an emerging art scene that surprises many visitors. Award-winning distilleries, artisanal restaurants, art museums and picturesque public spaces give plenty for travelers to explore. When it’s time to find a place to rest, there are a bunch of brand-name hotels scattered around the outskirts of the city with free parking and affordable rates, a handful of upscale and historic hotels in the downtown area, as well as a number of bed and breakfast options. Here are the best hotels in Columbus, Ohio.
Best Overall: Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus Polaris
For consistently wonderful service, reasonable prices and a range of amenities, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus Polaris is an overall favorite of TripAdvisor members. Located in a quiet area near the restaurants and shops of Polaris Mall, the hotel is 15 minutes outside of downtown – so you’ll need a car. Bright-colored suite décor (think hot pink walls and lime green furnishings) adds a cheerful vibe, with full kitchens and separate living areas. A hot breakfast buffet is included in the rates, as is a weekday social hour with drinks and snacks. Guests can work out in the fitness center, take a dip in the pool or shoot some hoops at the basketball court.
Best Luxury: The Hotel Le Veque Autograph Collection
For those seeking a luxurious stay that’s a step up from the traditional chain hotels in Columbus, The Hotel Le Veque Autograph Collection is a top choice. Located in the heart of the business district, the 149-room, historic hotel has a beautiful lobby with red marble walls and modern chandeliers. Rooms have a minimum of 300 square feet with sleek, Art-Deco and celestial-themed décor, as well as spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers and plush robes. For double the space, opt for a suite with a separate dining and living area, plus soothing soaking tubs. Breakfast is available for an additional charge or guests can dine at the elegant French brasserie and bar for small plates and craft cocktails.
Best Business: The Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center
Located on the Ohio State University campus and operated by the Fisher College of Business, it is no surprise that The Blackwell Inn meets the needs of business travelers. Many employees are business students themselves, and the 151-room hotel offers 20,000 square feet of meeting rooms and event space with built-in audiovisual equipment. Rooms feature pillow-topped mattresses, spacious baths, docking stations, large work desks and Keurig coffeemakers. Two dining options are available: a bistro for breakfast and lunch buffet or traditional dinner service and the fireside lobby bar and lounge for happy hour deals and casual fare. There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, business center and private car service. Valet parking is additional (but reasonable).
Best Budget: WoodSpring Suites North I-270 Columbus
If you’re a budget traveler and don’t need to be in the downtown area, the WoodSpring Suites has rock-bottom rates but remains a clean, comfortable hotel. The hotel is located 15 minutes north of downtown near Polaris Mall, several parks, golf courses and outdoor adventure parks – so there’s plenty to do without going far. The 124 apartment-style rooms are extremely spacious and include full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops and dining tables, as well as discounted rates for extended stays. Laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi and parking are also available, however, there is no gym or pool. TripAdvisor members loved that it was close to a number of restaurants, shops and a movie theater.
Best for Families: Best Western Suites Columbus Ohio
For a family-friendly stay at a great price, the Best Western Suites ticks all the boxes. Located near Ohio State University, Berliner Sports Park, and the Ohio State Fair, the 66-room hotel is just off I-70 about six miles from downtown Columbus. Kids will love splashing in the indoor pool, while adults can unwind in the hot tub or catch a workout in the fitness center. A free hot breakfast buffet will save families some cash. Spacious, clean rooms have microwaves and refrigerators, modern décor, couches and soaking tubs. Guest laundry is available for a small charge. TripAdvisor members loved that a Bob Evans restaurant was within walking distance. Parking is included.
Best Nightlife: Residence Inn Columbus Downtown
If you’re a night owl, the Residence Inn Columbus Downtown is within walking distance to a number of downtown bars, including a dueling pianos bar, several breweries, a music bar and Express Live, which is a massive concert venue. The hotel is housed in the renovated Historic Buckeye Building and features an impressive 40-foot lobby and a trendy bourbon bar that serves craft cocktails, barrel-aged bourbon and tapas. The 126 suites have a living area, fully equipped kitchen (grocery shopping service available), dining area and plush pillow-topped mattresses. A hot breakfast buffet is included with room rates, but valet parking is additional. TripAdvisor members loved the historic building, which even has the original bank vault door in the breakfast area.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Hawthorne Park Bed and Breakfast
Travelers who appreciate a traditional bed and breakfast should consider the Hawthorne Park Bed and Breakfast, located three miles from downtown Columbus and within walking distance to the Franklin Park Observatory and Botanical Gardens. Built in the early 1900s, the historic home was renovated in 2012 to include modern amenities for guests’ comfort. The five reasonably priced rooms are individually decorated with contemporary furnishings, hardwood floors, docking stations and free Wi-Fi. A home-cooked breakfast is included with every stay (as are freshly baked cookies in the evening). TripAdvisor members loved the neighborhood lined with historic mansions and the friendly innkeepers who made them feel right at home.
Best Romantic: Hilton Columbus at Easton
Couples seeking some romance while in Columbus should consider the Hilton Columbus at Easton, a sophisticated, 345-room hotel located a 10-minute drive from downtown Columbus. The sprawling hotel façade has massive columns, rows of colorful flowers and a historic, colonial design (although built in 2000 and remodeled in 2017). Couples can relax in the indoor pool and hot tub or enjoy a cocktail at the lobby bar. Lavish rooms have a minimum of 400 square feet of space, sleek designs, Italian marble baths with glass-enclosed showers and docking stations for gadgets. A free shuttle to the airport and self-parking are included (a charge applies for valet).
Best Boutique Hotel: Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph
Those who prefer a boutique hotel should consider the Joseph, which is part of Le Meridien Hotels and located in the North Short Arts District. The sleek, futuristic exterior is made of of glass panels, while the gorgeous lobby has geometric shapes and other unusual design elements. The 135 rooms have glass and tile spa-style bathrooms, plush robes and premium bedding, wooden paneling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Through a partnership the Pizzuti Collection (a contemporary art gallery), guests of the hotel can enjoy free admission. Guests can dine at one of two onsite venues: a casual bar in the lobby or at the artisanal restaurant that serves locally sourced, American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.