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The Varsity Inn, Columbus

2-star2 stars
1445 Olentangy River RdColumbusOH43212United States of America

Suburban hotel with outdoor pool, near Ohio State University
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • Collect nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free!
Great location
Value for money
Best value for money
Fantastic service
Could use a good cleaning
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The Varsity Inn, Columbus

from $65
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking
  • Mini King Non Smoking
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking
  • Standard Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Handicap)
  • Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking (Modified)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 119 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 4 PM-4 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check in

  • Credit card deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • 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) *

  • Restrictions apply *

  • 2 per room (up to 100 lb)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

  • RV/bus/truck parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Golfing nearby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Number of buildings/towers -
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 27-inch TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

The Varsity Inn, Columbus’s small print

Also known as

  • Varsity Inn South Hotel
  • Varsity Inn South Hotel Columbus
  • Varsity South Columbus
  • Varsity Inn Columbus
  • Varsity Inn
  • Varsity Columbus


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.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property does not have elevators.

Mandatory fees

Pet deposit: USD 10.00 per stay

Optional extras

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Varsity Inn, Columbus


  • Ohio State University - 25 min walk
  • Ohio Stadium - 26 min walk
  • Ohio State Medical Center - 16 min walk
  • James Cancer Hospital - 20 min walk
  • Ohio Craft Museum - 31 min walk
  • Jack Nicklaus Museum - 31 min walk
  • Schottenstein Center - 31 min walk
  • Newport Music Hall - 31 min walk

Getting around

  • Columbus, OH (CMH-John Glenn Columbus Intl.) - 17 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • RV, bus, and truck parking

Recent reviews

Good 7.0 From 1,141 reviews

The Varsity Inn, Columbus
Keep looking if you can afford something better
Most people would not tolerate the conditions at this hotel. I stayed because the location and the outdoor pool were more important to me than the cleanliness of the room. I loved the drive-through check in and was assigned a 1st floor room as requested when I reserved the room through I was concerned when I opened the door to my room and found 2 lightning bugs on the wall/ceiling (searched and didn't find any more). It was reasonable to assume they got in while the room was being "cleaned". Then, I found a dirty diaper behind the small table between the beds when I was plugging in my phone!!! GROSS!!! I didn't report it to the front desk because I decided I was going to stay any way. The bathroom floor and tub were stained, but I didn't see any mold. The room also had a fridge and microwave. The outdoor pool is nice, but most alarming is that there's not a restroom or shower in the pool area. You must go back to your room to use the toilet, which I doubt everyone does. I've never seen a pool without a restroom in the immediate area. Scary!! All said, I would return, depending upon the price, but definitely stay away if you're a germophobe or can afford something better.
Diane, us2 night trip
The Varsity Inn, Columbus
Adequate Motel
Very close to OSU. Motel was adequate for our stay.
Beth, us2 night trip
The Varsity Inn, Columbus
Amazing place to stay. Price was awesome. Would recommend.
Marjorie, us1 night trip
The Varsity Inn, Columbus
Skip this.
Filthy. Just filthy. Shower so filthy, I G-d to skip it. Carpet smelled of cat urine and smoke. Just disgusting.
Kirstin, us1 night trip
The Varsity Inn, Columbus
Would not recomment to anyone/Needs condemmed
The staff is not very friendly. They do not communicate between day and night shift's and notes being put on the reservation. There is mold in the bath tub and all around it. The floor is so dirty that you cannot walk without shoes. There are holes in the walls. There is mold on the ceiling where the upper floor leaked. Overall this is not fit for a human to stay in.
A Traveler, us1 night trip

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