Hotel Varsity Inn

1445 Olentangy River RoadColumbus43212USA
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About Hotel Varsity Inn

Varsity Inn is located just one block away from Columbus’s Olentangy River, and only a few minutes’ walk away from the Ohio State University. This pet-friendly hotel offers its guests a heated outdoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi anywhere in the building and free, on-site parking.

All rooms in this hotel are smoke-free and are equipped with a 40” flat-screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a private bathroom with hairdryer, a work desk, and free local and domestic calling. Some rooms also come with a fridge and microwave.

Express check-ins and check-outs are available, and the reception staff is happy to help with visitor information.

Guests will find themselves just next to Bob Evans and Wendy’s restaurants, and a supermarket can also be reached on foot in a matter of minutes.

Hotel Varsity Inn is less than 2.5 miles away from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohio Stadium, and Nationwide Arena.


1445 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH, 43212, USA
Telephone: +1(614)2912983 | Fax: +1(614)2914082 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible paths / hallways
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby crib

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Visit university, arena and OSU medical center.

This hotel is said to be very convenient for anyone visiting the Ohio State University campus to visit family, friends or attend a sporting event. Furthermore, those who stayed considered it centrally located for accessing Nationwide Arena, OSU Hospital and other downtown attractions of Columbus and there is a Bob Evans restaurant located just outside.

Comfortable budget accommodation.

According to reviews, Varsity Inn offers a comfortable budget accommodation option suited for those simply wanting somewhere cheap to sleep and shower, and there is apparently free coffee available around the clock. Keep in mind that for these reasons and the university proximity, it does often attract a young student crowd.

Negative Reviews

Be prepared for noise.

Whether it is from the train, which reportedly runs nearby, or the young student crowd which is said to frequent this hotel in groups, be aware that there is the potential for a fair bit of noise. On top of this, the walls were not thought to be very thick, so any light sleepers should definitely bring earplugs.

Said to need renovation, appears to be underway.

Although the rooms were generally thought to be clean and tidy, guests did occasionally mention that they were a bit run down, occasionally had maintenance issues and were in need of a deeper clean. Having said this, it does appear renovation was underway at the time of writing.

Staff nice, but potentially stretched too thin.

The staff at Varsity Inn was said to be helpful and nice enough, although some guests thought the hotel to be understaffed and would have liked more controlling of noise at night.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1659 reviews across the web
6.8 /10
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6.8 out of 10 based on 1659 reviews