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Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus Downtown
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   501 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

I recently spent 3 nights at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Columbus, Ohio while traveling on business. I booked a suite for an upcharge but wanted the extra space since I was going to be there for a while. The room was spacious and clean. The couch was comfortable as pull-outs go. I was able to watch TV on the big screen TV and work using the free wi-fi. The bed was great - very comfortable. The showerhead was high, great for tall folks like me. Since it is a Hampton Inn, there was a decent free continental breakfast. For lunch and dinner, there are a number of great restaurants close by in the Short North and Arena District.

The one watchout - valet parking is $23 a night and there is no option for self-parking.

I will definitely be back on my next trip.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2010

After reading a very lengthy review about this hotel, we booked it anyway. Why? Because experience with the Hilton chain of hotels has taught me that when there is a problem and I have an unsatisfactory stay and report the stay, I get my money back for that night.
This Hampton is well located for conventions, sports events, and trendy night spots. We were there for our son's 35th birthday party at a nearby nightspot.
The property was clean. The staff were friendly. The room was typical Hampton with the comfortable beds and neutral decor. I expect no less with the Hampton chain. Breakfast was also typical and I did find that I could stay on my WW points easily with the selection. If you don't like what's being served at a free buffet in a hotel you can go elsewhere and pay.
The valet parking was $21 with in and out access. Cheaper than most of the hotels in the area.
We were on the top floor and there were no issues with noise. Granted, the 2nd floor to this Hampton is unusual with all the amenities grouped onto this floor; pool, breakfast area, business center, fireplace lounge, etc. But, as I will repeat again, Hampton has a 100% refund policy that I have taken advantage of a few times in the last 10 years.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2010

I don't usually write reviews, but I had such a pleasant experience here! I'm not sure what the person before me is talking about - it's as if they're describing another hotel entirely!

I was in Columbus on business for 5 days and was a bit nervous b/c I just returned back to work now that my 3 kids are in school. The staff there couldn't have been nicer, friendlier, and welcoming. It made being away from my family a lot easier.

The beds are very comfortable and have real down comforters, which probably accounts for the 'lumpiness' the previous reviewer noticed. The beds aren't lumpy at all. My room was kept very clean (and I'm quite a germaphobe - even with 3 kids!) and everything was excellent working order. As far as noise, I didn't notice anything (and I'm a very light sleeper) and the hotel was booked to capacity.

The location is amazing. It's the only hotel within walking distance to great shops and restaurants. And the staff was very helpful whenever I was looking for a specific type of cuisine. I was always greeted with a sincere smile and everyone was always ready to help me with anything. A couple of staff members even took the time to listen to me go on and on (and on - LOL!) about how much I missed my family. They were very sincere and empathetic.

This was a great experience and I highly recommend this hotel. You can't beat the staff, the service, the cleanliness, and the price!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

I had a LONG stay at The Hampton on High Street. During that time, I made many observations. $174 is a lot to pay for a 2.5 star hotel. I honestly don't get it.
Go stay at The Drury Inn - it is close, way nicer, and less expensive than The Hampton. My second choice would be The Westin.

BOTTOM LINE: I would NOT recommend this hotel. For the price, you'd think it would be better. You are paying for location and nothing else. If you want to stay in an expensive shabby LOUD econo-type hotel w/ free icky breakfast across from the Convention Center with $21 valet parking - go for it! (At $187/night this is highway robbery!)

This is a detailed review - so I have broken it down into sections below. Here are some highlights:

The Room - Lumpy blankets and scratchy towels. Get a King or Suite only (**never** do double beds, never.)

Bath - Shallow Tub, non-functional drain, no exhaust fan - very humid, generic toiletries (for single use), hair non-dryer that is attached to the wall (do not use if you like your hair).

Noise - VERY LOUD (loud a/c, loud noises, PAPER THIN WALLS, ice machine, **3** dingdingding elevators, weekly trash pickup, etc..) LOUD!!

Amenities - Free (disgusting) breakfast, small 4.5 foot deep wading pool + whirlpool, gym

Hospitality - Cranky and indifferent, except for the exuberant doorman who LOVES JESUS!

Location - Start of the Short North, directly across from the Convention Center

Parking - $21/night - Valet only. No street parking unless at a meter, no overnight street parking here.

Double bed rooms very fairly cramped, making it difficult to be in the room with another person. One of the beds was pushed right against the wall with about a 6" gap from the wall. The king rooms are fairly sized and have a seating area - it's not comfortable for actually sitting and watching the TV. Advice - make sure the alarm clock is "off" - mine was "on" at 6:30am.

I agree with the person who called them out on their **lumpy bedspreads** - they look like they have hives. In this heightened "Bed Bug" Hotel-era, I expect the linens to at least look like something I would want near my body, or at least on the bed I'm about to lie down in. This was a lumpy mess - all the synthetic fluff-stuff inside was crunched up into the squares of the comforter resulting in a gridded-off lumpy surface - not cozy looking at all. The only other blanket was a folded up brown velour number on the top shelf of the closet inside a zippered bag. It was not big enough for a queen sized bed, think of it as a throw blanket. During my (long) stay, my comforter was not washed or replaced unless I specifically asked for it. As I said, I was here a long time. I don't know that the blanket is ever washed...

The A/C and Heating unit - worked well, but it was hard to get a good temperature. Either it was ice cold or sticky in my room. The thermostat is a dial with a line, like a car from the 70's. Your guess is as good as mine. I would leave the fan on all the time, because when it kicks on and off it is NOISY. Plus, it can be used to drown out your (loud) neighbors.

The bathroom has a very shallow tub and mine didn't have a working drain. There is no luxury here - generic toiletries, threadbare and scratchy linens, and the dreaded hairdryer. When I turned on my shower, it screamed LOUDLY. I am serious, the pipes sounded like someone screaming. I tried fidgeting with all of the knobs to no avail. Even the toilet flushed loudly and pathetically. Oh and no exhaust fan in the bathroom - so the moisture hangs in the air forever and everything in the bathroom gets wet after a hot shower.

What?!? It is VERY NOISY in this hotel!
The walls are wafer thin and you can easily hear full conversations going on in the next room. I woke up to someone else's cellphone ringer! If that doesn't get you - then the door that is 1.5 inches off the floor will - making any hallway noise clearly audible. You will be acutely aware of the other guests here. I could smell things coming from the rooms, especially on game nights, dude. Also after a game, it smells like beer.

I strongly advise **against** staying on the second floor due to a number of factors:
-- The traffic caused during the breakfast hours and pool / gym visitors.
-- This is a "family friendly" hotel - which means that if you have kids you let them run and scream all over the hotel, but if you are an adult and have your TV on too loud - you'll get feedback from the front desk in the form of a sharp knock to the door or a phone call (even if you have asked not to receive calls).
-- More on the AWFUL SECOND FLOOR - The trash receptacles are kept on the side of the building facing downtown - the noise from trash collection can WAKE THE DEAD. Seriously, I sat straight up in bed at 5:30AM (!!!)

The TV was a flat screen, but the sound was terrible. You have to turn it up pretty loudly to hear over the A/C with the walls being so thin and the gap near the bottom of the door... The cable sucks - there are a lot of channels, but the guide is hard to find and is not printed out ANYWHERE in the room. Have fun. Pay-per-view is $14.99 per movie and there wasn't much to pick from. (I didn't look at kids stuff or porn, but they had both.)

The gym/pool area is actually pretty nice. The gym had some ellipticals, treadmills, weights, medicine balls, etc. The pool is a stainless steel tub. It's not very deep or large - I think the capacity is 15 people max. It is about 4.5 feet deep everywhere. No diving, nothing special for kids. Threadbare miniature towels are lying around on lounge chairs. There is a hot tub.

WARNING / possible BONUS: THERE ARE NO SECURITY CAMERAS IN THE POOL OR GYM AREAS. So no one is watching you - for your safety or privacy concerns. I wouldn't let my kids swim there. Also - the only bottled water in the hotel is here - in the gym. Go here for all your drinking water and extra (small) towels.

Directly across from the Convention Center and next door to The North Market, location is one of the things this hotel has going for it. you are smack at the end of the Short North, so if you go to your left there are tons of bars, restaurants, bars, restaurants, bars and more bars. (See how this ties into the noise thing...?) If you go to your right, after the highway below, there are more businesses / corporate buildings - if you keep going, you get to the classier side of Columbus. If you want to stay nearby - check out THE WESTIN. Similarly priced, but the Westin has class and grandeur from the sheets to the ballroom. Wow.

Hit or miss. Some of the people working here seem to be genuinely interested in hospitality, others are more interested in talking to their co-workers in the adjoining office, some are just plain miserable. There are 1 person in particular who just looks like she'd rather be anywhere else - Ashley. She has red hair and a perma-frown. Maybe the Hampton just isn't her dream job, but really - would it kill you to be a little less robotic and angry at the world? They call it hospitality for a reason. Other people on the staff were close seconds to her in the Debbie Downer department or just totally out of it and invisible.

The most friendly person here - by leaps and bounds - is the doorman. He is very cheerful and eager to please. You will hear a lot of "God love you", "God bless you", and other Christian things come out of his mouth. I'm not a religious person myself, but he seems very "joyful" and unable to contain himself. (Sorry un-Christian folk, no separation of Church and State in this hotel.)

-- There are a ton of business visitors that stay here - they are loud, unruly and obnoxious. They run in packs because this hotel is smack across from the convention center.
-- The other kind of guest is a Serious Football Fan. If you are into it, great! If not, you will hear a lot of cheering and drinking long into the night on game days. Also, there will be face paint at the complementary breakfast buffet, which is always fun to see.

Speaking of the breakfast buffet - VEGETARIANS/ BEWARE, Vegans - do not even bother. While breakfast is well stocked it is disgusting. The only thing worth eating is the waffle, which you make yourself. It comes out a little soggy and is basically tasteless, but trust me - nothing else except packaged cereal and light yogurt is worth it, not even the fruit. The bacon literally drips with grease (watch when they put fresh bacon out and see for yourself), the eggs are pre-made and then steamed in back, leaving them a rubbery sponge-like texture, the "home fries" aren't even as good as a crappy diner or a freezer bag. They are grainy salty and "colored to look browned". The "juices" taste clearly concentrated - and are pure sugar, I would liken this breakfast to a school cafeteria. The water they serve is not filtered, it's tap water. The coffee is awful. The toaster barely works. But - seriously - eat up, breakfast goes from 6-10am every day and it's FREE. ALL YOU CAN EAT!

If I have officially grossed you out - take a walk out the front door and take a right - you'll see The North Market. Go inside and have a real meal from any one of a hundred vendors for anything from espresso to curry, homemade ice cream, bratwursts, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods - the works. The location is one of 3 things that I liked about this hotel, location, location, location.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

Very comfortable. The extra room of the suites and mini suites are well worth the minor additional cost. The buffet breakfast is actually quite nice, just ends too early.

I have stayed 4-5 times and will be back next month. The location is great for the Art Walk. Not as nice as the Hyatt, but much better location. Very comfortable bed.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

This was my second stay at this hotel since I was so pleased with the first stay. Hotel is nice with a downtown atmosphere. The location is great since some fine eating establishments are within walking distance. Great for a business trip to downtown.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

The hotel has a GREAT location in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus! There are quite a few restaurants and bars within walking distance. The hotel is also very clean, but other than that, it is a typical unoriginal chain hotel with a free sub-par breakfast and all.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 501 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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Location: United States > Ohio > Columbus
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Romantic Hotel in Columbus
#4 Business Hotel in Columbus
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus Downtown 2.5*
Number of rooms: 179
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