Highlander Motel

2.5 star property
No-frills hotel in Athens

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Highlander Motel

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Economy Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking | Desk, free WiFi, bed sheets
Front of property
Combined shower/tub, free toiletries, towels
Free self parking
Economy Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking | Desk, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Highlander Motel

7.4 out of 10 Good
7.4/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • 24/7 front desk
The price is $65
Price available on 9/25/2023
420 W Union St, Athens, OH, 45701
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Room service
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Vending machine
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cable TV service
  • Free self parking
  • Free toiletries

Room options

Economy Single Room, Non Smoking

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Twin Bed

Economy Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Economy Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Double Beds

Economy Single Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Economy Single Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 King Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • Ohio University - 2 min drive

Getting around

  • John Glenn Columbus Intl. Airport (CMH) - 83 min drive


  • Boyd Dining Hall - 4 min drive
  • Larry's Dawghouse - 1 min walk
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill - 3 min drive
  • Donkey Coffee & Espresso - 3 min drive
  • Broney's Alumni Grill - 4 min drive

About this property

Highlander Motel

Highlander Motel is a great choice for a stay in Athens. You'll have free perks like WiFi and self parking.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks are required at the property
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - 11:00 AM
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

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


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Height restrictions apply for onsite parking

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Room service (limited hours)


  • 24-hour front desk


  • Stair-free path to entrance

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies


  • Parking height restrictions apply

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-out is available.


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 and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Highlander Motel Athens
Highlander Athens
Highlander Motel Hotel
Highlander Motel Athens
Highlander Motel Hotel Athens

Frequently asked questions

Does Highlander Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Highlander Motel 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 Highlander Motel?
As of Sep 24, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Highlander Motel on Sep 25, 2023 start from $65, excluding 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 Highlander Motel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, 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 Highlander Motel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Highlander Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Highlander Motel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - 11:00 AM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What's the area around Highlander Motel like?
Highlander Motel is located a short 14-minute walk from Ohio University.







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Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very Good

I have stayed here dozens of times. It's a great motel if you're on a budget. There are certainly cheaper motels in Athens, but those scare me. The Highlander is in a nice spot in Athens near a bike path and between a coffee shop and a popular hotdog stand. It's a long walk to "downtown" Athens but doable if. This is not the Ritz. You are getting what you pay for. The floors may be squishy at spots, but they are clean floors. Beds are nice. The water pressure from the showers is actually impressive--so that's a plus. This is a popular motel with construction contractors doing work somewhere near Athens. I almost always see a few construction trucks and vans every time I stay here. This place is family owned and they seem to take pride in their work with limited means. If you want to stay in Athens for cheap, stay here.
Matthew, 1-night romance trip
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8/10 Very Good

Big dirt bike race in town —The John Penton GNCC— had every hotel in town full. The Highlander was a simple, spartan, elegant solution. Would do it again. Considering the cost, 4.5 of 5 stars! 90 of 100! Thanks
Todd, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Dingy towels
I usually stay in this motel but lately, towels are dingy and looking warn out. Also not enough soap or any tea bags
1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

The room was perfectly fine for one night but we did not make it one night as the environment became unsafe after dark.
Laura, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Kayla, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Tatiana, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very Good

Cheap and functional. Rundown but clean. Owners pleasant. Great location for Ohio University.
john, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Good value
Bathroom clean but room light switches had visible dirt as well as sides of doors from peoples hands. Some towels were quite worn. Appreciated the room fridge which was also clean. Friendly staff made nice dinner recommendations.
1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

1-night trip
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