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Get some culture on and off campus in Columbus

As well as being named after the famous explorer, Columbus, Ohio, distinguishes itself in a number of ways. As the capital of Ohio as well as its largest city, Columbus is also home to Ohio State University, one of the biggest campuses in the entire US, enriching the city with attractions like the Wexner Center for the Arts. Catch a football game at the Ohio “Horseshoe” Stadium, explore the work of writer James Thurber at his former home, or just tour Columbus' distinct neighborhoods for everything from German culture to gallery-hopping.


Things to see

German Village

Get a taste for what life would be like in a Medieval European town by visiting Columbus's German Village. This district stretches across 233 acres just south of Downtown, and is characterized by quaint, cobblestone streets and beautiful homes, including charming bungalows and lovely estates. Schiller Park acts as the nucleus of the village, which also boasts numerous German restaurants and the all-important craft breweries.

Short North

Experience the creative side of Columbus by spending time in Short North, the city's arts district. This highly walkable neighborhood is studded with numerous galleries, restaurants and shops. On the first Saturday evening of each month, the district springs to life with the Gallery Hop. Many galleries and shops stay open exceptionally late, and throngs of visitors roam the streets while snacking, drinking and socializing.

COSI

The Center of Science and Industry, or COSI, is a state-of-the-art hands-on museum that's especially popular with families and children. With more than 300 interactive exhibits, including Sherlock Holmes games and sweeping world panoramas in the National Geographic Theater, it's a terrific place to spend time on a rainy day.

OSU Campus

You'd be remiss to visit Columbus without spending at least a little time on the OSU campus. Highlights include The Horseshoe, which is the school's famous football stadium, The Oval and Mirror Lake.

Jack Nicklaus Museum

If you like golf, make a beeline for the Jack Nicklaus Museum, also found on the OSU campus. As the hometown of the man himself, Columbus celebrates the history of golf and Jack' successes in the game here, as well as plenty of collector's memorabilia and fun facts.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Sprawling across nearly 600 acres on the Scioto River just north of the city, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals, from African parrots to polar bears. Split into sections that represent various regions of the world, the compact size still makes it doable for younger kids.


Traveling to Columbus

Road

With its location in the heart of central Ohio, Columbus is easy to access via a number of major interstates and freeways. From the east and west, Interstate 70 and Interstate 670 provide direct access to many parts of the city. From the north and south, Interstate 71 and State Route 315 serve as the main arteries into and around Columbus. Interstate 270, which is often referred to as the Outer Belt, is also a convenient way to get around town.

Air

For air travelers, Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is the natural choice. All major airlines are represented here, and there is service to and from a dizzying array of major cities domestic and international. Downtown is just 10 minutes away, and rental cars are readily available. You can also grab a taxi or hop on the No. 92 bus to get to the city.


Climate

Summers in Columbus are hot and humid, with temperatures reaching 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Lows of 23 degrees mean that winters tend to be very cold but relatively dry, and the city doesn't really experience excessive amounts of snowfall, so getting around is not a problem. The best rates on Columbus hotels are generally offered in the winter. As far as shoulder seasons go, spring is characterized by mild temperatures —just watch out for thunderstorms! —while fall offers crisp, cool weather and beautifully-colored foliage.

Recently Rated Columbus Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Columbus North
3.1 / 5
197 reviews
3 stars $50
Hyatt Place Columbus/Dublin
4.2 / 5
71 reviews
3 stars $80
Hyatt Place Columbus/Worthington
4.0 / 5
48 reviews
3 stars $79
Extended Stay America - Columbus - Worthington
3.4 / 5
20 reviews
2 stars $69
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Airport Columbus East
3.5 / 5
54 reviews
3 stars $68
Days Inn Columbus Fairgrounds
2.5 / 5
52 reviews
2 stars $62
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area
University District
4.2 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $107
BEST WESTERN PLUS Columbus North
3.3 / 5
283 reviews
3 stars $56
The Westin Columbus
Downtown Columbus
3.9 / 5
61 reviews
4 stars $119
Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown
Downtown Columbus
3.8 / 5
21 reviews
3 stars $139

Featured Columbus Hotels

From $159

1 Hilton Columbus Downtown

4 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

401 North High Street Map

The Hilton Columbus Downtown hotel offers a contemporary presence in the eclectic urban hub of Columbus, reflecting the spirit and energy of the area. This Columbus, OH hotel is within walking... More

Perfect location in the Short North
Great location for nightlife in Short North, Arena District, and downtown. Staff is always kind and courteous and the rooms are always spotless. Parking is never an issue with the on-site garage.
Mar 26, 2015
From $179

2 Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 49 reviews

50 North Third Map

Rate includes breakfast

Relax in over 400 luxurious Columbus hotel rooms with upscale amenities and contemporary styling while enjoying stunning views of downtown. Let the colorful art of local artisans guide you to the... More

Great trip!
Clean hotel. Great service. Highly recommend. And that's saying a lot as a Michigan Wolverine!
Dec 30, 2014
From $144

3 Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown

3 stars
4.3 / 5 26 reviews

501 North High Street Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

a hopping historic town...welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown hotel.There are so many reasons to visit the Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in downtown Columbus, such as our famous... More

Can't beat the location
The place to stay for a quick overnight in the Short North. North Market is literally a 30-second walk away, and you can get anywhere downtown within a few minutes. Very handy, great staff, free...
Nov 3, 2014
From $79

4 Hyatt Regency Columbus

4 stars
3.9 / 5 65 reviews

350 North High St Map

Save 20% on your stay

Newly renovated, modern guest rooms and a brand new Stay Fit Fitness center give Hyatt Regency Columbus guests a relaxing and enjoyable visit to Columbus, Ohio. The hotel also features a full... More

Great visit
Very nice place. Would definitely stay again. The only reason I rated amenities lower was because I feel paying extra for the broadband was going a bit too far.
Feb 11, 2015
From $109

5 Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center

3 stars
4.3 / 5 30 reviews

88 East Nationwide Blvd. Map

The Extras Aren't Extra at Drury Hotels. Your great rate includes FREE hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback. FREE hot breakfast, FREE wireless Internet access and FREE long distance.... More

Columbus Gem
One of the best stays I've had. Great location and rate.
Dec 29, 2014
From $119

6 The Westin Columbus

4 stars
3.9 / 5 61 reviews

310 S. High Street Map

Save 15% on your stay

The grand dame of Columbus hospitality for more than a centuryIn the heart of downtown, the Westin Columbus has been a hospitality landmark in the state capitol since 1897. An elegant formal lobby... More

Excellent
The room was clean and comfortable. The staff was helpful and polite. The only issue that I had with the room was the lack of a refrigerator in the room.
Mar 10, 2015
From $127

7 Hyatt Place Columbus OSU

4 stars
4.2 / 5 28 reviews

795 YARD STREET Map

Save 15% on your stay

Hyatt Place Columbus/OSU is a brand new hotel located minutes from The Ohio State University, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, The Arena District, and the wonderful cultural neighborhoods of... More

Great spot for family night
This hotel is very well kept and breakfast was great. the staff were very kind and the room was clean. Great place for a buckeyes game and right off the highway
Jan 28, 2015
From $98

8 Holiday Inn COLUMBUS DWTN-CAPITOL SQUARE

3 stars
3.6 / 5 68 reviews

175 East Town St Map

Our Hotel Is Located In Downtown Columbus, Ohio And Currently Under A Renovation To Enhance Your Guest Experience Situated in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, this hotel's location is close to... More

Birthday Getaway Weekend
The hotel was great. In/out parking was very reasonable. The complimentary breakfast was good. Rooms were comfortable and the location was ok since we were using taxis & uber to get around.
Mar 4, 2015

9 The Lofts Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 23 reviews

55 E Nationwide Blvd Map

The Lofts Hotel is a trendy fashion-forward loft style hotel with luxurious amenities perfect for the traveler who wants to experience Downtown Columbus Ohio in a unique way. Located just steps... More

What a great place to stay
We love finding places that are unique, and The Lofts definitely filled that bill. We loved the unique room decor and furnishings and the location was perfect for us. All our experiences with the...
Jan 26, 2015
From $94

10 Crowne Plaza COLUMBUS-DOWNTOWN

4 stars
3.7 / 5 46 reviews

33 East Nationwide Blvd Map

The Top Choice of Hotels in Columbus, Ohio Conveniently located near Port Columbus International Airport, the Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus hotel offers upscale amenities, exciting features and... More

Over priced for service
Staff couldn't tell us anything about area places to go. I tried to use their computer so I could print my boarding pass & not one knew how to access the web. Every question I asked it was let me...
Oct 5, 2014
From $139

11 Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown

3 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

36 E Gay Street Map

The Residence Inn Columbus Downtown hotel is a contemporary all-suite hotel situated in the exquisitely renovated Historic Buckeye Building. This high-rise hotel in Downtown Columbus will impress... More

great trip
Relaxing trip. Great location and very nice staff. I recommend this place.
Mar 10, 2015
From $119

12 DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown

3 stars
3.6 / 5 44 reviews

50 S Front St Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Columbus Downtown is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, connected via a covered walkway to the Huntington Center, Vern Riffe State Office Tower and the... More

Great room/location!
Overall, I was satisfied with my stay -- the room was very nice and a free cookie at check in is a delightful perk! However, I was slightly disappointed with the wifi connection. I was only able to...
Oct 6, 2014
From $119

13 Columbus Airport Marriott

4 stars
4.1 / 5 36 reviews

1375 N Cassady Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Columbus hotel has updated accommodations convenient to airport The Columbus Airport Marriott provides comfortable lodging close to Port Columbus International Airport and just off an... More

ohio state grad
good staff helpful staff understanding king bed was nice but found hair in it.
Dec 29, 2014
From $107

14 Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University Area

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews

3232 Olentangy River Road Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The Hilton Garden Inn Columbus-University hotel in Columbus, Ohio is located in the heart of it all! Our Ohio State University hotel is only one mile from the campus so you’re easily accessible to... More

Nice weekend at OSU
Out at OSU for son's bday weekend, great rate for a hotel that is usually more expensive. Helpful, attentive staff. Clean, well-appointed room, even a pretty good breakfast buffet. Definitely would...
Mar 13, 2015
From $109

15 Holiday Inn Express & Suites COLUMBUS UNIV AREA - OSU

3 stars
4.2 / 5 34 reviews

3045 Olentangy River Road Map

Columbus, Ohio Hotel's Location Can't Be Beat Our hotel is in the heart of the city and currently is ranked number 1! The Holiday Inn Express & Suites® Columbus University Area - OSU is the only... More

Good business stay
The hotel is very conveniently located near OSU campus. Rooms are spacious and clean. It has all amenities for comfortable stay. The staff is competent and friendly . Great 3 star with lots of...
Oct 4, 2014
From $83

16 BEST WESTERN Port Columbus

3 stars
3.8 / 5 68 reviews

1450 Airpointe Drive Map

Travel with Fido to this amenity-rich airport hotel in Columbus The Best Western Port Columbus is just off the interstate, near Port Columbus International Airport. The pet-friendly hotel... More

DELAYED FLIGHT
Had to stay here due to delayed flight.. staff was really nice. Hotel was ok.
Mar 10, 2015
From $122

17 Embassy Suites Columbus - Airport

3 stars
4.5 / 5 14 reviews

2886 Airport Drive Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Stay at the Embassy Suites Columbus Airport hotel, a highly rated all-suite hotel located one mile from Port Columbus International Airport. Relax in your spacious two-room suite with a separate... More

Convenient
Easy drive to downtown, the airport, and Easton from this pleasant place. Low key and friendly.
Dec 5, 2014
From $125

18 Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5 24 reviews

35 West Spring Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Take center stage at this Columbus hotel near the Arena District The Courtyard Columbus Downtown is close to the city's Arena District and Capitol Square, site of the Ohio Statehouse. The hotel is... More

Disappointing
Did not have a good night of sleep. Heater was very noisy. It was going on and off the whole night. Noise from the door of next room closing was very loud.
Dec 16, 2013
From $119

19 Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

4 stars
3.4 / 5 46 reviews

75 East State Street Map

Save 25% on your stay

We look forward to welcoming you to the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square. Conveniently located across the street from the Ohio Statehouse, were close to all the downtown attractions. The... More

Great Location, Nice Stay
I only stayed for one night but I have no complaints. Location is awesome and had a great view of the capital building. Bed was really comfortable. Overall I was very pleased.
Nov 30, 2014
From $109

20 Staybridge Suites COLUMBUS-AIRPORT

3 stars
4.1 / 5 18 reviews

2890 Airport Drive Map

Guests Find Hotel's Suites in Columbus, OH Affordable You don't have to sacrifice outstanding amenities for affordability at the Staybridge Suites® Columbus - Airport hotel. The hotel's convenient... More

Made our trip so easy!
We love this hotel for its location, amenities, and cleanliness. We will stay again and refer our friends.
Dec 1, 2014