My husband and I will be spending a weekend in Columbus next month in between visits to Cedar Point and Kings Island, and could use some advice on where in/around Columbus to stay. We are hoping to book a room through Priceline, but can't decide which "zone" to bid in. We're planning to visit the Columbus Zoo one day, and probably head out to Hocking Hills State Park one day, but don't have any other specific plans in the Columbus area (aside from getting some Graeters ice cream!) Are there areas/neighborhoods that we should avoid? We aren't looking for anything fancy, just a clean, safe, relatively inexpensive hotel, preferrably with free parking. It would be nice if it is near some decent restaurants, so we don't have to drive too far for dinner.
Any suggestions on which areas we should look at for a hotel? Thanks for any help.