I travel to Columbus, Indiana a number of times every year, and the Clarion is the hotel I most frequently stay at. The hotel switched from a Holiday Inn to a Clarion in the past year, and the improvements with the new company are quite obvious.
The desk staff is very friendly and accommodating. They had no objection when I asked to check in early so I could just throw my bags in the room. I was greeted with a smile and a "how are you?" every morning while passing the desk on my way to breakfast.
I had a king room in what is known as "the tower," the six-story "hotel" part of the facility (as opposed to the two-story exterior-entrance older portion that is obviously the original part of the property). It was very comfortable. The bathroom was well-supplied with soap, shampoo and towels. My room had a microwave (which I did not use) and a mini-fridge (which worked fine). The furniture has been updated since Clarion acquired the property, including the addition of LG flat screen televisions.
The facility has a whirlpool, a large pool, a putting green and a game room in the play area. This is all indoors so it is available year-round.
Another plus to this facility is the decor inside. The lobby and pool/game area have room exteriors that look like village shops.
The breakfast buffet didn't change much in the five days I stayed most recently (nor from previous stays): scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon or sausage, and biscuits and gravy filled the hot food portion. Fresh fruit, both as a salad and individual oranges, bananas and apples, was available daily. The buffet also featured juice, yogurt, danishes (and, unlike other places, they did not taste like they had been around for a few months) and cereals. The service was a bit slow; however, to be fair, every morning the buffet was packed.
Clarion has turned this facility around into a winner. Their dedication to quality accommodations shows in the way they have upgraded this property.
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- Holiday Inn Columbus Hotel
- Holiday Inn Columbus Hotel Columbus
- Holiday Inn Columbus
- Columbus Holiday Inn
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