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Often overshadowed by Cincinnati and Cleveland, the state capital and largest city of Ohio is a tidy, spacious, and prosperous place with a friendly, youthful vibe and a sizeable LGBT presence. Columbus has gone out of its way to renovate, revitalize, and preserve its heritage: The German Village/Brewery District displays its German immigrant history with restored 19th Century homes and shops and is home to a pumping bar and club scene. The once-downtrodden Arena District now thrives with eateries and hotels in turn-of-the-century brick warehouses. And best of all is the artsy and gay-popular Short North area, situated just north of Arena District and filled with galleries, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming Columbus hotels

From $149

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus Downtown

3 stars
3.9 / 5 21 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

The Residence Inn Columbus Downtown is in a historic former bank building in the center of downtown Columbus. This all-suite, pet-friendly property is close to the city's Arena District and Capitol Square, site of the Ohio Statehouse. The smoke-free hotel offers free wired and wireless Internet access in guest rooms and... More

From $102

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Worthington

3 stars
3.6 / 5 9 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

The Courtyard Columbus Worthington hotel offers guests the perfect place to work, relax and recharge. Our renovated guest rooms feature new beds with plush mattresses, high-definition televisions, stylish décor and free high-speed wireless Internet. The new lobby at our Worthington, OH, hotel has been completely... More

From $157

Courtyard by Marriott Columbus Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5 23 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

A perfectly situated Downtown Columbus hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott offers superb service in an energetic, urban setting. Start your day off right in our Bistro, serving a hot breakfast and Starbucks coffee for a nominal fee. Relax in our Indoor pool & whirlpool or stay fit in our Fitness Center. Experience the... More

From $125

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbus Airport Gahanna

3 stars
3.9 / 5 12 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

Embrace the bright side of travel in Gahanna, Ohio when staying at the newly renovated SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna hotel. Boasting spacious, well-designed suites that allow guests to recharge and relax, each of our hotel's guest accommodations include comfortable beds, 37-inch flat screen TVs with premium... More

From $68


3 stars
3.3 / 5 284 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

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Travelers looking for a hotel where they can exercise regularly will appreciate the 180-room Best Western Columbus North's full-service sports club, free to use and located through a quick breezeway from the hotel. The sports club includes an indoor pool along with an indoor track. In addition, guests can use free... More

Lexington Inn and Suites Columbus North Polaris

3 stars
3.0 / 5 33 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

Welcome to Lexington Inn and Suites Columbus North/Polaris located in dynamic and diverse Columbus- OH - *The Discovery City*. Maintain your exercise routine at our on-site fitness center. Take advantage of our meeting facility with complimentary Wi-Fi. We offer clean spacious rooms- complimentary deluxe continental... More

From $121

Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport

3 stars
4.0 / 5 18 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

Save 20% on your stay

The Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport  provides comfortable lodging close to Port Columbus International Airport and just off an interstate. The smoke-free hotel offers a few free amenities, such as a free airport shuttle and free parking, along with hypoallergenic guestrooms upon request. RoomsEach of... More

From $91

Four Points by Sheraton Columbus - Polaris

3 stars
3.8 / 5 3 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

Save 10% on your stay

Get Ready to Shop. The Four Points by Sheraton Columbus - Polaris is located right where you want to be, just off Interstate 71. Were less than a mile away from Polaris Fashion Place, one of Columbuss top retail destinations. Youll also find many attractions within a short drive, such as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium or... More

From $90

BEST WESTERN Executive Suites - Columbus East

3 stars
3.7 / 5 64 reviews

Pickerington, Ohio

Save 15% on your stay

Awarded Brand's top quality award, this spacious and tranquil all suites property is minutes from downtown, OSU, Ohio Fairgrounds, and numerous restaurants. Convenient access to The American Motorcycle Association Museum, the Americana Parkway Business Center and the World Harvest Church. Rest, relax and rejuvenate as... More

From $135

Holiday Inn Express & Suites COLUMBUS EAST - REYNOLDSBURG

3 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Welcome to the New Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, located off I-70E at exit 112B (Route 256 West.). From the highway turn right, then turn right by T.G.I. Fridays. The hotel is located on the right. When you're searching for hotels in the Columbus, OH area, look no further than the new Holiday Inn... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay Columbus hotels

From $198

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

4 stars
4.1 / 5 49 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

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 rooftop terrace for relaxation in a uniquely urban poolside oasis. During your stay, explore top attractions from this hotel... More

From $167

The Westin Columbus

4 stars
3.9 / 5 61 reviews

Columbus, Ohio

In the heart of downtown, the Westin Columbus has been a hospitality landmark in the state capitol since 1897. An elegant formal lobby shows off the original French Renaissance architecture. The oldest surviving hotel in Columbus carries an air of grace and sophistication, from the grand ballroom to cozy guest rooms.... More

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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York Columbus Sat, Sep 19 - Tue, Sep 22 $212
Los Angeles Columbus Fri, Oct 9 - Tue, Oct 13 $363
Seattle Columbus Wed, Sep 9 - Fri, Sep 11 $573
Chicago Columbus Sat, Aug 29 - Mon, Sep 14 $171
San Francisco Columbus Wed, Sep 16 - Mon, Sep 21 $347
Boston Columbus Tue, Oct 20 - Thu, Oct 22 $224
Washington DC Columbus Tue, Oct 20 - Mon, Oct 26 $77
Phoenix Columbus Fri, Sep 25 - Tue, Sep 29 $364
Philadelphia Columbus Wed, Oct 14 - Wed, Oct 21 $248
San Diego Columbus Sat, Aug 29 - Tue, Sep 1 $315
Dallas Columbus Fri, Sep 11 - Tue, Sep 22 $212
Denver Columbus Fri, Sep 4 - Wed, Sep 9 $261
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  • Columbus gayborhoods

    The art gallery-filled Short North (just north of downtown) acts as the de facto gayborhood of the city. Amid the masterpiece murals decorating its buildings, you’ll find gay underwear shops, queer bookstores, and hangouts for the LGBT students from Ohio State University. Lesbians tend to congregate in the Clintonville neighborhood, and German Village enjoys a sizeable LGBT resident population as well.

    LGBT Events

    Columbus is said to have the second largest Gay Pride celebration of its kind in the Midwest, with more than 100,000 in attendance. Held in June, besides the traditional parade and rally, there’s also a LGBT theatre shorts festival, an antique car show, and a 5K race. Pride often coincides with ComFest, a massive three-day music festival in Goodale Park, In March, the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus hosts Out at Wex, a three-day queer film festival.

    Seeing the sights

    North Market is an open-air marketplace dating back to 1876, with tons of fresh foods, unique shops, and a bountiful farmer’s market on the weekends. Columbus’ enthusiastic art scene can be tasted at the postmodern Wexner Center with its films, exhibitions, and performances, including many gay-themed events. Capitol Square is home to the impressive 19th Century Greek Revival Ohio Statehouse. And deep in the wooded suburb of Pickerington is the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, a must for any leather aficionado or dyke on bike!

  • Spring and fall are both sublime

    Winters can be chilly and summers humid, but both spring and fall show green Columbus at its most pleasant and leafy.

    Book early for summer

    Columbus erupts in summer with a full calendar of major events, including 11-day Ohio State Fair and the three-day JuneteenthOhio African-American festivals (one of the largest of its kind in the U.S.), and many other music and food fairs. Hotels can book up, so get your early.

    Fly directly into Columbus

    Although flights to other Ohio cities may seem easier to find, the Port Columbus International Airport is located just ten minutes east of downtown and is served by a dozen airlines and low-cost carriers.

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