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1403 Eastwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43203   |  
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Ranked #15 of 20 Columbus B&B and Inns
2 reviews
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“Bad experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2007

When we arrived at The Greenleaf House we were concerned right away. The Greenleaf house is ONE remodeled house located in a very run down neighborhood. The area felt unsafe and it did not surprise me in the least to find out that the owner did not live there. As we parked our car we could hear a very loud band playing at a bar located one street behind the B&B. As we entered the B&B the owner Rick Smiley greeted us. The first thing I noticed right away was baby stuff everywhere and laundry piled up on the pool table. We did not arrive early so I assume that is usually how it looks. I thought perhaps the owner lived there hence the baby stuff but he told us that he watches his son at the B&B while his wife is at work. He proceeded to take us to the 3rd floor were our room was located. He handed us an invoice to sign since he had already rung up the charges on our credit card. The invoice also stated that he was not liable for anything left in the car overnight. (No kidding) As we closed our door we could still hear the band outside and continued hearing the loud music for most of the night. We could also hear our neighbors very loud and clear. We could even hear them when they went to the bathroom. Their bathroom was located in the hall. So we started to whisper knowing if we could hear them they could hear us. As we lay down on our bed we finally figured out why we could hear them so well. Above our door they had cut out a very large square. When they remodeled they made these cut out areas to resemble transom like windows but they were made much bigger and had no glass. We opened our door and the same design was carried out on our neighbor’s door two feet away and their bathroom door in the hall. Wouldn't the other couple just die had they realized we heard their every sound, enough said if you get my point. Anyway no privacy on the 3rd floor. Breakfast was good. The owner Rick was a cook in the Navy, we had an omelet, scone, and baked pear. Since I stayed on the 3rd floor I am not sure what the rooms were like on the 2nd floor. Bottom line, we couldn’t wait to leave and had a miserable night.

  • Liked — breakfast
  • Disliked — No privacy
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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NE Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2007

We just stayed Saturday night, so I wanted to write this while it's still fresh in my mind. We have stayed at several bed and breakfasts, and Greenleaf House is one of the best! The furniture and rooms were beautiful (in fact, my husband wanted to take a little mouse lamp home as a souvenier), the game room and family room were comfy and full of interesting books and magazines, and Rick and his wife were very pleasant and welcoming. It was a full house the night we stayed and we never heard anyone else. The first we knew of others staying there was in the morning at breakfast. Can't beat the location, convenience, and "homey" feel of Greenleaf House. We will definitely be back.

Stayed February 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2006

If you admire the Arts and Crafts movement and style of Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll want to stay at this B&B which was established in 2005 in a thoroughly renovated 1890s home east of Downtown Columbus. It was the perfect place for our getaway weekend as we enjoyed the annual Columbus Arts Fest June 2-4. We were also able to walk to Franklin Park Conservatory just a few blocks away.

The handsome bedrooms, all with private baths, on the second and third floors are distinctly fashioned. We enjoyed the spaciousness of the suite named for Dard Hunter, a designer during the Arts & Crafts period who hailed from Chillicothe, Ohio. The main room has a exceptionally comfortable queen size bed; we utilized the adjoining space with a club chair and desk (as well as a twin daybed and twin trundle) for reading and relaxing. The bathroom is off the main room and has a pedestal tub and shower combination.

Breakfasts are memorable! Owner Rick Smiley was a cook in the Navy and continues as a skilled and inventive chef delighting us with scones, unique omelets, even a Bosc pear baked in a berries and wine sauce. He's so personable and glad to tell guests about how he and his wife (who live a couple blocks away) fixed up the house.

Other pluses include a guest refrigerator with complimentary bottled water and soda, oatmeal soap, hairdryers and alarm clocks and cable TV/DVD ("hidden" in an attractive chest in each bedroom and also availble in a big-screen mode in a common room on the first floor).

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Address: 1403 Eastwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43203
Location: United States > Ohio > Columbus
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Ranked #15 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Columbus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whatever the purpose of your trip to Columbus, let us treat you to friendly and easygoing Midwestern hospitality. Our goal is to create an oasis in the city, a retreat from the hustle and bustle. We are nestled on a quiet, residential street in the Olde Towne East area of downtown Columbus. ... more   less 
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