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1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43212
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#138 of 175 hotels in Columbus
Location
4.2
Cleanliness
3.2
Service
3.1
Value
3.6
Your home away from home in Columbus, Ohio, The Varsity Inn delivers affordable lodging and incredible amenities near OSU.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Telephone
Microwave
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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GoPlaces580590 wrote a review Jul 2022
Findlay, Ohio1 contribution
After making my reservation for 3 nights, I read a review titled “Never stay here” and had 2 thoughts. “Oh No” and “but surely it can’t be that bad”. Well, after staying I discovered Yes it actually is that bad ! The room wasn’t clean when I checked in & had questionable liquid stains on a couple of the tables that I wiped up myself with a towel thinking I’d get a change of towels. During my 3 night stay, there was no housekeeping whatsoever nor any new towels brought in. It was advertised as 100% smoke free but I smelled smoke in my room & saw numerous people sitting on their door step or standing right outside their door smoking. When walking around looking for a working ice machine, a few of them talked to me with the exact same complaints about this place. At a little over $100/night with taxes & fees, this place’s only benefits are it’s location and the fact the better inns close by are sometimes already full. They sure take advantage of the situation too with the employees bad attitude & unwillingness to even attempt to be pleasant or helpful. Even if it was only $19/night, I’d still rather just stay in my wifes’s hospital room at the James overnight 😮
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Sema C wrote a review Apr 2022
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I had to stay here 4 days; I did not know this is such a terrible place. The room is not clean, no housekeeping, the room do not have proper lighting. There was an internet problem when I checked in. They assured that they will solve it, and they did not. They could not solve a basic internet issue for 4 days!!! Basically, they do not care and work. They just playing with their phones. Stay away, this is a trash place.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Tour227882 wrote a review Nov 2021
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We stayed two nights at the Varsity Inn Columbus and Gerard at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. He gave us a recommendation on a wonderful place to eat and helped us with walking directions multiple times. He even checked back in with us later to see how it went. Would recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Never stay here! wrote a review Oct 2021
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We went to check in with our reservation and was told they oversold, even after we talked right to a Varsity Inn worker saying we could come check in at any point, but then when we went to check in our room was gone. We notice 3 others turned away as we were trying to find another hotel on game day at 11:30 pm. They could have cared less and we ended up finding a room 20 miles away after almost giving up and sleeping in our car as noticed some other had made that choice. Do not count on your reservations being there for you. Stay somewhere else!!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Michelle P wrote a review Oct 2021
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I have been here 1 year now an they r always nice to me an my boys never mean when u need something they always get it for u. I would come back here if i had to a great hotel friendly people. Keep up the good job an thank u
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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JakeOSUBucks wrote a review Apr 2021
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Hotel room smelled of smoke. Smoke detector was broken, carbon monoxide detector was hanging from the ceiling by a wire, toilet seat had hair, dead insect on the bathroom floor. Manager refused to issue a refund after I checked in despite not remaining in the room. That's ok - you screwed me, and I have exercised every avenue to cause you problems that are FAR worse. You have no clue what's coming. Just remember, Mr. Manager: YOU decided to make this difficult.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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twhite212 wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This is not a hotel. This is a spot used by hundreds of local gays to have sex in the rooms and the parking lot. This is located by a place called Club Columbus, which is a gay sex hookup spot in disguise as a "gym". Those of you leaving bad reviews because the rooms are dirty, or you hear knocking all night, or a lot of men headed to one room...that is not drug deals and protitutes, that is the type of decay that happens when local gay men choose a place for all of their activities to take place. Hundreds of guys show up each night to have sex with each other in the rooms and parking lot. The staff can't possibly control it at this point. The cops don't care when they're battling gay public hookups at the local parks (yeah where kids play and stuff, those have become other hookup places). Just avoid this hotel. It is not for normal people.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from , General Manager at Varsity Inn
Responded Feb 25, 2021
I apologize for your experience, however our hotel is not as described above. Our staff monitors any activity that poses a security risk to our guests and will actively pursue having those rooms reported to local authorities and removed from the hotel. We do not condone any illegal behavior at the hotel.
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Edwin S wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Picked this place close to hospital, so I could see my daughter. Stayed a week. Clean during the day looks descent enough. At night people knocking on couple neighbors doors all night long. Syringes & bent spoons in parking lot. Cars playing loud music hanging out. Ask to be changed to other building, clerk gladly did it. This building even worse. Obvious drug deals & hookers. 2 rooms women had men in & out and others waiting in cars to come in. Not to mention fire alarm going off for over an hour after midnight.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Danny.H.Britton wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have stayed here several times, along with several other fellow employees when we have meetings in Columbus. We have had several issues, but nothing serious, so we never complained. And to be honest, we always came back because the front office staff was always so polite and friendly. However, before leaving for my most recent trip I woke up feeling "ill". With the current pandemic / virus situation, I thought it best to cancel my reservation. The general manager refused to offer me a refund, or even some kind of credit towards my next stay. Needless to say, my fellow co-workers and myself will no longer be booking rooms at the Varsity Inn.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Ket R wrote a review Jun 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
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We were given a room in the second building and the room was dirty. It had not been cleaned so we were given a new room which was even worse, room had live and dead bugs and stuff on floor. Normally stay in Red Roof, but was trying something off Olentangy. Never again!! The front desk guy was nice though but rooms are nasty and not cleaned.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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$87 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Varsity Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Varsity Inn?
Nearby attractions include Four String Brewery (0.4 miles), Lennox Town Center 24 Theatres (0.6 miles), and King Avenue 5 (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Varsity Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Varsity Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Varsity Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Varsity Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cap City Fine Diner and Bar, Katalina's, and Bravo! Italian Kitchen.
Are pets allowed at Varsity Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Varsity Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (4.2 miles), German Village (3.2 miles), and Kelton House Museum & Garden (3.0 miles).
Is Varsity Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.