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Varsity Inn

1445 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43212
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Ranked #88 of 142 Hotels in Columbus
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 4 nights last week. It wasn't a nightmare, but it wasn't great, even for the low price. Problems with the hotel: 1. Wireless Internet doesn't work consistently. We were only able to successfully get online one time during our entire stay. 2. Housekeeping does not come unless you call and harass the front desk. Once I even... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a inexpensive place to stay for one night in Columbus and The Varsity Inn was clean and had a comfortable bed. They don't offer any kind of breakfast, just coffee, but there are places near by.

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Westchester, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a motel and they don't pretend to be anything more. Check-in is drive-through; there is no lobby to speak of. My non-smoking room smelled vaguely of cigarette smoke. Room was quiet except for train right behind the property (not terribly loud). Bed was clean and comfortable. Towels are very small. Location is perfect if you are visiting OSU.

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United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

On October 26, 2014, my husband and I spent the night at the Varsity Inn South. We were in Columbus because he needed to be at OSU James Cancer at 5:30 the following morning. We live 2 hours away. We found our room to be warm, pleasant, quiet, and very clean. All appliances worked, the little coffee maker was perfect... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Pros: front desk staff extremely friendly and helpful. Check-in was pretty painless. Cons: rooms felt a little dated, especially for the price. Had two or three red bug bites on me in the morning. Bathroom was sorta dirty. Towels are cheap and thin. Definitely not worth the price. Would rather spend the extra 10-20 bucks and stay at the adjacent... More 

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Flatwoods, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

close to osu hospitial, resturants like bob evans an wendy an speedway an malls. very curtious staff. very comfortable beds. has microwave an med size fridge. nice an clean rooms. an they give discount if you have a love one at or going to osu hospitial. highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here an ohio state event. Can't beat the cost - this is far from a high quality hotel but beds are comfortable, showers are hot, nice flat screen tvs, and room was very clean. No breakfast but Bob Evans is just next door. Only downside is train very close to one section of rooms. Next time I'll request... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The good: It's located near the OSU hospital. The staff is super friendly. The rooms are clean. The beds are more like what you would see in a more expensive hotel...very comfy. The bad: is not that bad. The walls are a bit thin in that we could hear what was going on in the next room - which was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I think the first mistake may have been booking the South location rather than the north. It was a good location which is walkable to dining, shopping, and the 'Shoe. Very old-school and bare-bones. Sleeping area was clean but the bathroom was not. For $125 a night, I will stay at a more distant, nice hotel with a shuttle to... More 

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