I booked this hotel stay for only one night in late November 2012 as I had an early morning, all-day meeting nearby and didn't want to have to wake up at 6am to travel 2 1/2 miles to Columbus from NE Ohio. I was able to use my hotels.com Welcome Rewards free nights stay for this reservation, and my total bill came to a little more than $20. I planned on checking in and then parking my car at the nearby State House for CHEAP parking, but this plan didn't work out, as I arrived after sunset (blame it on a traffic jam on I-71). I declined the valet parking and decided to park myself. In the future, if I ever stay in this hotel in the evening, I will bite the bullet and just valet park. I recommend any woman traveling to this hotel, alone, at night, to valet park. The neighborhood, which is usually busy in the daytime hours changes a bit in the evening; downtown Columbus seems to "close up" in the evening (unlike larger cities) and if you are a woman, traveling alone, you might not feel entirely comfortable walking around solo. The only reason why I stress this point is the self-parking lot is located in a side lot and while I was never bothered by anyone,and there is always an attendant on duty, I didn't always feel comfortable transporting my luggage to the hotel. The hotel itself is spectacular. This is a historic hotel that has been lovingly restored,and it shows. The front desk was very polite and courteous. I was very surprised by the fact that as a very infrequent Starwood preferred guest, she "upgraded" my room and gave me a drink voucher. My room, while a bit cramped, was extremely clean. The bathroom was very clean as well, but also small. There is an area, below the sink, one can place items, but it is suited for larger items, like towels, not toiletries. What is even more frustrating is one cannot place "taller" items on the night stands because of the way the lamp is positioned on the wall. Consequently, I had to dump my cosmetics on the floor, right outside the bathroom. Yeah, I'm a woman and I have a lot of stuff, but perhaps some type of board could be inserted on the bottom shelf of the sink area to provide more storage area. The bed, while generally comfortable, needs to be flipped. I felt like I was sleeping on the side of a hill.
All in all, this was a very pleasant stay, but I am not sure if I would stay here again, especially if I had to stay for more than one night, due to the cramped conditions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Columbusis ideally situated in the heart of the Downtown Columbus business district. This Columbus, Ohio hotel is within walking distance of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and some of the finest things to do in Columbus, including the State Capitol, Nationwide Arena, the Arena District, the Brewery District, German Village, Ohio's Center of Science & Industry, and the Short North Area. HISTORIC HOTEL IN COLUMBUS Known as The Great Southern Hotel since its grand beginnings in 1897, the city's most-renowned hotel offers guests gracious service and luxurious surroundings. The hotel's grandiose architecture is from a different era and is the perfect backdrop to your big day - begin planning your Columbus wedding. ... more less
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- Westin Columbus
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