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1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212-1449
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#127 of 164 hotels in Columbus
Just renovated all bathrooms in the front building with renovations to continue into the back building later this year. All new showers. Rooms include mini - fridge and microwave in most rooms. Complimentary WiFi. Convenient to The Ohio State University and Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital. Hotel is pet friendly. Plenty of free parking. Bob Evans located next door with Wendys and Tim Hortons also just a couple doors down. Walking distance to Lennox Town Center. Minutes to High Street and the Ohio State University Campus. Close to Ohio State University Hospitals including The James Cancer Center, Stephanie Spielman Cancer Clinic, Wexner Medical Center, Ross Heart Hospital. Close to downtown and Nationwide Arena for sports and concerts. Within one mile of The Schottenstein Center and Ohio Stadium - "The Shoe". Conveniently located off Route 315.
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JakeOSUBucks wrote a review Yesterday
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Hotel room smelled of smoke. Smoke detector was broken, carbon monoxide detector was hanging from the ceiling by a wire, toilet seat had hair, dead insect on the bathroom floor. Manager refused to issue a refund after I checked in despite not remaining in the room. That's ok - you screwed me, and I have exercised every avenue to cause you problems that are FAR worse. You have no clue what's coming. Just remember, Mr. Manager: YOU decided to make this difficult.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Don't go.
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twhite212 wrote a review Feb 2021
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This is not a hotel. This is a spot used by hundreds of local gays to have sex in the rooms and the parking lot. This is located by a place called Club Columbus, which is a gay sex hookup spot in disguise as a "gym". Those of you leaving bad reviews because the rooms are dirty, or you hear knocking all night, or a lot of men headed to one room...that is not drug deals and protitutes, that is the type of decay that happens when local gay men choose a place for all of their activities to take place. Hundreds of guys show up each night to have sex with each other in the rooms and parking lot. The staff can't possibly control it at this point. The cops don't care when they're battling gay public hookups at the local parks (yeah where kids play and stuff, those have become other hookup places). Just avoid this hotel. It is not for normal people.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from , General Manager at Varsity Inn
Responded 25 Feb 2021
I apologize for your experience, however our hotel is not as described above. Our staff monitors any activity that poses a security risk to our guests and will actively pursue having those rooms reported to local authorities and removed from the hotel. We do not condone any illegal behavior at the hotel.
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Edwin S wrote a review Jul 2020
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Picked this place close to hospital, so I could see my daughter. Stayed a week. Clean during the day looks descent enough. At night people knocking on couple neighbors doors all night long. Syringes & bent spoons in parking lot. Cars playing loud music hanging out. Ask to be changed to other building, clerk gladly did it. This building even worse. Obvious drug deals & hookers. 2 rooms women had men in & out and others waiting in cars to come in. Not to mention fire alarm going off for over an hour after midnight.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Danny.H.Britton wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have stayed here several times, along with several other fellow employees when we have meetings in Columbus. We have had several issues, but nothing serious, so we never complained. And to be honest, we always came back because the front office staff was always so polite and friendly. However, before leaving for my most recent trip I woke up feeling "ill". With the current pandemic / virus situation, I thought it best to cancel my reservation. The general manager refused to offer me a refund, or even some kind of credit towards my next stay. Needless to say, my fellow co-workers and myself will no longer be booking rooms at the Varsity Inn.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ket R wrote a review Jun 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
We were given a room in the second building and the room was dirty. It had not been cleaned so we were given a new room which was even worse, room had live and dead bugs and stuff on floor. Normally stay in Red Roof, but was trying something off Olentangy. Never again!! The front desk guy was nice though but rooms are nasty and not cleaned.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Varsity Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Varsity Inn?
Nearby attractions include Four String Brewery (0.6 km), AMC Lennox Town Center (0.9 km), and King Avenue 5 (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Varsity Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Varsity Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Varsity Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Varsity Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Katalina's, and Bravo! Italian Kitchen.
Are pets allowed at Varsity Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Varsity Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (6.6 km), German Village (5.1 km), and Kelton House Museum & Garden (4.8 km).
Is Varsity Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.