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The Varsity Inn

2-star property
Suburban hotel within easy reach of Ohio State University

6.8/10 Good

1,000 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Vending machine
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Ohio State University - 4 min walk
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center - 41 min walk
  • Ohio Stadium - 2 min drive
  • Schottenstein Center - 3 min drive
  • Nationwide Arena - 8 min drive
  • Ohio Expo Center and State Fair - 9 min drive
  • COSI - 9 min drive
  • Historic Crew Stadium - 12 min drive
  • Hollywood Casino - 11 min drive
  • Easton Town Center - 19 min drive
  • Polaris Fashion Place - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • John Glenn Columbus Intl. Airport (CMH) - 13 min drive


  • Cap City Fine Diner - 4 min walk
  • The Columbus Fish Market - 6 min walk
  • Bravo - 10 min walk
  • Champps Americana - 12 min walk
  • Watershed Distillery - Kitchen & Bar - 15 min walk

About this property

The Varsity Inn

Hotel near Ohio State University
The Varsity Inn is located close to Ohio Stadium, and has plenty to offer. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also find perks like:
  • Free self parking
  • RV/bus/truck parking, smoke-free premises, and a 24-hour front desk
  • A vending machine
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the overall value, helpful staff, and proximity to shopping
Room features
All guestrooms at The Varsity Inn have thoughtful touches such as premium bedding and air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi. Guest reviews speak positively of the comfortable rooms at the property.
Other amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with hydromassage showers and shower/tub combinations
  • 27-inch TVs with premium channels
  • Coffee/tea makers, daily housekeeping, and desks


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 119 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM - anytime
  • Minimum check-in age - 21
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Children (12 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only, 2 per room, up to 100 lbs)*
  • Service animals welcome
  • Restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Onsite RV/bus/truck parking (fees apply)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Golfing nearby


  • 24-hour front desk


  • 2 buildings/towers


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 27-inch TV
  • Premium cable channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hydromassage showerhead
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pet deposit: USD 10.00 per stay
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per stay

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Varsity Inn South Hotel
Varsity Inn South Hotel Columbus
Varsity South Columbus
Varsity Inn Columbus
Varsity Inn
Varsity Columbus
The Varsity Inn Hotel
The Varsity Inn Columbus
The Varsity Inn Hotel Columbus

Frequently asked questions

Does The Varsity Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Varsity Inn does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Varsity Inn?
As of 6 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Varsity Inn on 9 October 2022 start from NZ$174, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Varsity Inn?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Varsity Inn?
Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a limit of 2 per room and maximum weight of 100 lbs per pet. There's a charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per stay, and there's also a deposit of USD 10.00 per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at The Varsity Inn?
Yes, there's free self parking. RV/bus/truck parking is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Varsity Inn?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
Is there an onsite casino at The Varsity Inn?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Hollywood Casino (11-min drive) and Scioto Downs (15-min drive) are both nearby.
Are there restaurants at or near The Varsity Inn?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Cap City Fine Diner (4-min walk), The Columbus Fish Market (6-min walk), and Bravo (10-min walk).
What's the area around The Varsity Inn like?
The Varsity Inn is a short 4-minute walk from Ohio State University and 14 minutes' walk from Ohio State Medical Center. Travelers say this hotel is in a good location.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



2/10 Poor

House-Keeping will wake you up at 8am.
It is a motel and about a 2 star stay. We paid $178.00 for a $70.00 room. Lady at check in was rude, and past reviews show others felt the same. There was a stain on our bed and a reese peanut butter cup wrap on the floor. Worst was the made waking up guests at 8:30am when check out is noon. Myself and another guest complained about being the house keeper waking everyone up, but nothing was done.
michael, 1-night trip with friends
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8/10 Very good

good place to stay. close to food, shopping etc.
Harold, 1-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

In town for a football game
Was in town for a football game. I was unaware the hotel is actually two separate buildings, with a Bob Evans in between. Initially, I was put in the second building (the building not containing hotel check-in). I’m guessing the hotel caters to low income individuals with an option to pay weekly/monthly rates. When we got to our room, there were two kids running around outside and the mother was inside yelling at a crying infant. There was also a heavy smell of marijuana. I don’t blame the hotel for this, some things are outside their control, but I did not want to put up with that all night. I requested a new room, and it was given to me. The room was nice, clean, comfortable. Considering the fact that we also did not have to pay for parking for the game, since we could walk to the stadium from the hotel, I was quite happy. Would certainly stay here again if I’m in town for a game.
Scott, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Clean place to stay- cheap with issues
Clean place to stay. Check in process very easy. Headboard hanging half on the wall, one washcloth left for 2 of us, mattress very uncomfortable. Someone scrubbing walk early in morning with bleach that came into the room ventilation. But what do you expect for the price.
Renee, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Rob, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

John, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

There was no beding on the bed the people in the office were rude and didn't want to help
Heath, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Buckeye Fan not pleased....
Housekeeping wike us up 2 times once at 9 and again at 10... Check out was 12! arrived at hotel around 1230 from game ate and went to sleep before 7 hour drive home. Debated another night stay but left. We have stayed once or twice a year for games and were dissapointed this time. The phone didnt even have a cord? We will think harder about another stay....
DeWayne, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Debra, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Game day
Varsity Inn is a clean, convenient place to stay for an OSU game. Check in was a breeze. Our room had been updated with new finishes. Would stay there again.
TJ, 1-night trip with friends
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