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The Varsity Inn

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Front of property
Premium bedding, individually furnished, desk, blackout drapes
Premium bedding, individually furnished, desk, blackout drapes
Premium bedding, individually furnished, desk, blackout drapes
Premium bedding, individually furnished, desk, blackout drapes

Overview of The Varsity Inn

The Varsity Inn

2.0 star property
Suburban hotel within easy reach of Ohio State University

6.6/10 Good

1,001 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathtub
The price is $61
Price available on 12/18/2022
1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Ohio State University - 4 min walk
  • Nationwide Arena - 41 min walk
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center - 41 min walk
  • Ohio Stadium - 2 min drive
  • Schottenstein Center - 3 min drive
  • Ohio Expo Center and State Fair - 10 min drive
  • Historic Crew Stadium - 13 min drive
  • COSI - 9 min drive
  • Ohio Theatre - 11 min drive
  • Hollywood Casino - 11 min drive
  • Easton Town Center - 19 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

When you stay at The Varsity Inn, you'll be within a 10-minute drive of Ohio State University and Greater Columbus Convention Center. You'll have free perks like WiFi and self parking. Also, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Nationwide Arena. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and location.


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 (see details)

What to do

  • Golfing nearby


  • 24-hour front desk


  • 2 buildings/towers


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • 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 Nov 26, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Varsity Inn on Dec 18, 2022 start from $61, 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 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






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Property conditions & facilities



6/10 Good

The stay was okay, currently our last night here and they just tried charging an additional $89.99 to my card when I had already paid for my stay. Will be asking them about it tomorrow. Shower was kind of crusty looking, didn’t get no room service, outlets uncovered, plugs fall out of the outlets easily. Otherwise, it was okay!
Ryan, 2-night trip
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4/10 Fair

There was no phone, bed was broken down on one side, bathroom needed cleaned better, outlet near sink didn't work, broken lamp in the front corner, missing light bulbs. I like to stay here during Ohio State game days but maybe finding another hotel.
Jason, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Desk clerk very nice and prepared. The room could use some updates. The shower could use a deep cleaning. Location very convenient for our stay.
Kimberly, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Good stay, but no maid service. Had to go ask for towels. Hair dryer didn’t work.
Kevin, 2-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Convenient location for OSU stadium; adequate acco
In town for OSU football game. Location very convenient for walking to stadium. Easy to access and leave hotel by car before and after game. Had two rooms. One was fine, and the other had a bad smell and sheets with burn marks. Overall, moderate cost and adequate accommodations for one-night stay.
1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Yao, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very Good

Could of been cleaner . Coffee maker didn’t work and the main light bulb was broke needed new bulb. Remote didn’t work for tv .
Joanna, 3-night family trip
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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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