The Varsity Inn

1445 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43212 United States (USA) near Exit 110a on I-71 (~2.2mi)
View Map Reservations: 1-800-760-7718
2 Star Property
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Based on 179 guest reviews

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  • Has an outdoor pool!
  • 119 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 12:00pm
  • Group score of 9.1/10

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Local Attractions

Many fine dining and casual restaurants within blocks. A strip mall with movie theatre as well.

Verified Reviews of The Varsity Inn

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Good Motel for the money."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
We were passing through. Good room. No complaints.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
04-Jan-2021 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Jan 01 to Sat Jan 02 2021 at a $77.99 average nightly rate.
"Nice, respectful, friendly understandable, clean lovely it's a great place to go trust me."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
Love the stay why was not noisy was not messy was an enjoyable stay I will go back to their again very nice people very respectful and understand they are great the place is nice and neat no odor and it was just over all the best I have seen so far in Ohio does room service was nice.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
07-Jun-2020 Verified Review, stayed from Wed Jun 03 to Fri Jun 05 2020 at a $56.53 average nightly rate.
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Overall a very good experience. Front desk was helpful and very personable. Room was clean. Bathtubs may need a different type of cleaner to help with the hard water stains otherwise the stay was very nice.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
05-May-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Sat May 04 to Sun May 05 2019 at a $116.87 average nightly rate.
Overall Score2.0/ 5
The front desk attendant was wonderful and the room thermostat/heater/ac unit was great and there were NO bugs. That's where the "good" ends. The Hotel Manual that was laid upon the bed was so dirty that it left dirt and black marks on the white bed spread. There was no hairdryer. There was a thick layer of dust on the tv, dresser, lamps. The plugs we're so bad that the light plugs kept falling out plunging the room into grayness (as it wasn't dark w the nightlight and digital display of the thermostat). Trying to charge my cell phone was a curious task of trying to plug it in and push the nightstand back to hold it place. Then when I shut the light out, the switch controls the outlet so I had to turn it back on and manually shut off the light, not a big deal if it was the only issue, when combined with everything else, it quickly became very annoying and only added to the frustration of what was SUPPOSED to be a chill night. There was no mini fridge/microwave, so when I wasn't able to finish my meal I had to just throw it out such a waste as I got it expecting to have it for lunch the next day as well. I didn't even have a chance to turn on the TV as I was trying so hard to even find a place to be comfortable. The mattress was so hard that the floor was a better alternative and I ended up putting the sheet down and folding the comforter up with the pillows in it and using a blanket/travel pillow from in my car to even get SOME sleep. The night light couldn't be turned off and the digital display on the thermostat couldn't be covered so the room had so much light I had to pull my blanket over my head for any kind of "dark". The bathtub had pink mildew/mold in the bottom of it. I ended up putting the white hand towels down in the tub to take a shower and then couldn't wash my hair bc there was NO HAIRDRYER! It's WINTER in OHIO. I woke up to freezing rain and slush and ice, went to my car and fell on the NON cleared, NON salted sidewalk ramp to my car. The only reason I could give a score of two was for the attendant, heating/ac unit and NO bugs. otherwise I'd give it a 1. I'm sad to have to do that; but after such an awful night with little sleep and no restful sleep, I feel like mgmt needs to take some serious looks at the rooms and see how they'd feel staying in such environments.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
20-Feb-2019 Verified Review, stayed from Tue Feb 19 to Wed Feb 20 2019 at a $59.00 average nightly rate.
"False representation of Varsity Inn and condition of hotel."
Overall Score1.0/ 5
The service and neighborhood were a sad disappointment. Originally, I thought I was staying at a property with the OSU name, very misleading. The staff was absolutely horrible about handling everything. The exterior of the hotel was unkempt and disrepair. Almost cancelled my stay because of conditions.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
15-Jun-2016 Verified Review
"Not what I expected."
Overall Score4.0/ 5
Would not stay at this property again. Rooms need updating. Towels have a yellowed, dirty look to them. I use better quality towels to wash my vehicles at home. The pictures online showing the property are misleading.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
02-Jul-2014 Verified Review
"Great location, clean."
Overall Score3.0/ 5
The handicapped bathroom was huge. The location was excellent.
(Individual traveler, booked 1 room), from US flag
13-May-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Fri May 02 to Sat May 03 2014 at a $112.99 average nightly rate.
3.0 out of 5. Based on 179 guest reviews

Property Description

The Varsity Inn OSU is close to downtown's business and arena district, with rooms near Wexner Medical Center at OSU, The Ohio State University campus, Ohio Stadium and many area attractions. We also offer high-speed wireless Internet access.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 4:00pm
Check Out: 12:00pm
Year of Last Renovation: 2015
Floors: 2
Rooms: 119
Corridors: All Rooms Have Exterior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 119
Handicap Rooms: 4
Suites: 0
Room Windows: Windows Don't Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 0
Dist. to Food/Bars: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to 24hr Restaurant: 2.0 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: 1.0 Mi
Pool Info:
We have a Seasonal Outdoor Pool open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
Policies / Expenses
24 hours in advance
Nightly Parking: 0
Total Taxes: 17.50%
Total Misc Fees: $0.00 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
State Tax: 7.50%
Occupancy Tax: 10.00%
Additional Person Fee: 5.00 Per Person

Amenities / Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Central location
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Electronic key card
  • Fax available
  • Free local calls
  • Hairdryer available
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Free WiFi Internet
  • Microwave in room
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Pets allowed
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Radio in room
  • Refrigerator
  • Self controlled heating/cooling system
  • Shower
  • Swimming pool - outdoor
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Telephone - Free local calls
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • TV Channel: HBO
  • Voicemail
  • Express Check-Out

Airport & Shuttle Information

Fifteen minutes away from the airport.

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.

Pet Friendly?

Service animals complying with ADA Title lll regulations are allowed.

Yes! Pets are allowed.
Pets allowed up to 80 lbs. $10/per stay plus tax.

FAQs about The Varsity Inn

What time is check in?

Check in time is 4:00pm based on the hotel's local time. Early check in may be available if requested at the front desk on the day of check-in.

What time is check out?

Check out time is 12:00pm based on the hotel's local time. Late check out may be available if requested at the front desk during your stay.

How many rooms does The Varsity Inn have?

There are 119 sleeping rooms in the hotel.

Is there shopping nearby?

Yes. Close to restaurants/shopping. Great shopping. Every guests reviewed liked the proximity to shopping.

Are there good dining options at The Varsity Inn?

Good dining.

Is there a WiFi internet?

Yes. Free Wifi. Average wifi quality. The majority of guests thought the wifi quality was ok.

Are there rooms with kitchenettes?

Yes. Kitchenette needs more attention. Almost all guests were unsatisfied with the kitchenette.

Is there a pool at The Varsity Inn?

Yes, there is a pool on-site at the property. We have a Seasonal Outdoor Pool open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend..


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"Everything went excellent. I'm really glad I decided to go with both your company and Sierra Suites for accommodations for my wedding. People are now wishing there were more Sierra Suites around. They were even kind enough to offer the discounted rate to those people that weren't sure they'd make to the wedding until after the cutoff date. I have already referred someone to your service for a wedding she's planning in Michigan." R.S. - Parsippany, NY

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