The Hilton Columbus/Polaris is a great hotel. I have stayed there several times and each time it has been very clean and the staff have been very courteous and friendly. It is right off of the highway and was built in 2008.
There are several other hotels in the Polaris area that you might want to take a look at, as well.
The Polaris area fits your description. The same exit has a Hilton Garden Inn, Hampron Inn, and Fairfield Inn. Everything off this exit is new within a couple of years. Many restaurants and a major mall nearby.
Thank you both for the information. We will stay in one of the hotels in Polaris. Is there any place in the area that you would suggest for dinner? We would be interested in a place that is a local restaurant and not a chain restaurant.
Well since you'll be on the 71 N path I would second the poalris area. Do a keyword search for Polaris hotels also check out Crosswoods area near worthington. Depending on your budget there are quite a few restaurants in the immediate area most are chains and some local chains not national. What type of cuisine?Edited: 4:47 pm, May 31, 2011
The food options in the Polaris area run the gauntlet. Locally owned restaurants are:
Marsala's (Italian - on Polaris Pkwy)
El Vaquero (Mexican - on Sancus Blvd)
Ming Flower (Chinese - on Lazelle Road).
House of Japan (hibachi & sushi - on Sancus) **Highly recommend
Claddagh Irish Pub (Irish pub fare - on Sancus)
Rusty Bucket Tavern ("comfort food" - on Polaris)
Hoggy's or City BBQ (BBQ - both on Sancus)
I've heard good reviews about the new Fisherman's Wharf that just opened but I have not ate there yet.
Adding to Annual's list: Polaris Grill at the SE corner of the I 71 intersection. Local, single location. The house salad is a favorite. Good crab cakes. Atad upscale, but reliable performer.
If you decide Mexican, the same family who own El Vacero have a new location, Blue Agave at the corner of Cleveland and Polaris. I believe better atmosphere and staff than Vacero.
Marsala should be Marcella's offering italian small plates as well as entrees. A good spot more modern than mom and pop.
The Polaris Pub is nice for a drink. It's at the east end of the mall, tucked behind the Cheesecake Factory.
For Indian food, Cumin (across the street from the west end of the mall) is pretty good.
Within the mall itself, Lindeys is a nice local place, excellent food, and NOT what you would consider a typical mall restaurant at all.
If you need a snack, about 2 blocks east of the I-71/Polaris interchange in a strip mall on the south side of the road is the Suisse Shoppe. It's won multiple awards as one of the best bakeries in Columbus, especially for its cakes and cookies. The chocolate sour cream cookies are my absolute favorites.
Since you will be traveling on I-70 to Columbus, a different option might be the new Hyatt Place in Grandview Yard. It is not as close ( maybe 1.5 miles)to a freeway as the previous Polaris posts but you would it would give you a place that does not look like any location off a freeway in a large city. Not that that is a bad thing but just a different thing. You would follow the signs for I-670 from I-70..not complicated, no wild merges, exit at Grandview Ave, turn right on Goodale Blvd, and the hotel will be less than a mile. The next morning it would be easy to take Route 315 North to I-71 to continue to Canton. In the Grandview location you would have a local restaurant next door or the hotel staff could give you simple directions to either the Short North or the Grandview Ave dining areas. Both will have a number of small local options for dining and shopping.Edited: 7:15 pm, June 29, 2011