My husband and I are coming into town for the Columbus marathon the weekend of Oct 13-16. Since we're not familar with parking on race day (and the city in general) we'd like to stay near the start/finish area, which is downtown (the race finishes up at Nationwide Arena). However, since we'll be in town for a few days we'd like to get a good glimpse of Columbus and also be able to walk to restaurants, activities, etc.
Anyone have recommendations for good, safe downtown hotels that are also convenient to shopping, restaurants, etc? Or, is it more advisable/reasonable to stay a little outside of this area?
Also, any can't miss restaurants? Since we're coming for the marathon we'll definitely be interested in good food! :)
Thanks in advance!!