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The Varsity Inn

2-star2 stars
1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212, United States of America

Suburban hotel within easy reach of Ohio State University
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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Restrictions related to your trip

Ohio may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. Find out more

  • Disappointed in this hotel. While the price was great (should have known), the room…Feb 22, 2021
  • They stayed there before in building A and had no problem the week of 2/14-2/18 So I…Feb 15, 2021

The Varsity Inn

from €58
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible
  • Standard Room, 1 King Bed
  • Standard Room, 2 Double Beds
  • Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible

What’s around The Varsity Inn


  • Ohio State University - 22 min walk
  • Schottenstein Center - 30 min walk
  • Greater Columbus Convention Center - 41 min walk
  • Nationwide Arena - 44 min walk
  • Ohio Stadium - 24 min walk
  • Newport Music Hall - 29 min walk
  • Ohio State Medical Center - 15 min walk
  • James Cancer Hospital - 19 min walk

Getting around

  • Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) - 13 min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

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


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Ohio may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
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

Travelling with others


  • Children 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 lbs)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free onsite self parking

  • Onsite RV/bus/truck parking (fees apply)

  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

  • Onsite parking includes off-street options

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

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

In the hotel

Things to do
  • Golfing nearby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

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
  • Free toiletries
  • 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’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 Varsity Inn Hotel
  • The Varsity Inn Columbus
  • The Varsity Inn Hotel 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.

For details on pet restrictions, contact the property at 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 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 accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

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

Service animals exempt from fees

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

FAQs for The Varsity Inn

  • Does The Varsity Inn offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, The Varsity Inn does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • 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 requires staff to wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at The Varsity Inn?
    Yes, there's free self parking. RV/bus/truck parking is available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Varsity Inn?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Cap City Fine Diner (4-min walk), Brazenhead Irish Pub (10-min walk), and Bravo! (10-min walk).
  • 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.

Recent reviews

Good 7.0 From 1,521 reviews

Very Good 8.0
Clean, affordable, few glitches, serves purpose!
Very clean room overall, but room smelled of either old smoke or musty. Old food left in refrigerator from prior guest. Only 1 set of towels for our 4 guests, but when asked front desk for more towels, they could only provide 1 more set, stating that they “only had 4 sets of towels extra for the whole facility, and can only give out 1 set more” (so we had to share used towels in the room). Surprising, since we checked in at 3:05 pm, early in the 3:00 pm check in time. But appreciated the coffee available, the Ice machine, free parking, and cost of the stay (compared to cost of competitors). Convenient to downtown Convention Center, as a Volleyball Tournament was our venue. But overall courteous staff and clean enough room for our purpose, and price reasonable!!
Peter, us1 night family trip
Poor 2.0
Anything goes motel
What happen quality of service at this hotel. The second Hotel I stayed in Columbus that was bad
James, us1 night business trip
Poor 2.0
Management is terrible
Management was rude and would not work with us because we booked through
Lori, us4 night business trip
Good 6.0
It was a very nice stay this time. They have been hit or miss with service amd with cleanliness in the past. But this time the stay was pleasent. New set up of room and furniture in the King accessible was well appointed.
Frederick, us1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Bumpy start, ok finish
Little bumpy at first, wouldnt let me check in early. Then shift change and this crew was alot nicer. I had booked a 4 night stay, oncthe mornkng of my first day 4 employees banged kn my door and told me I had overstayed and was supposed to havr checked out at 12. Then a phone call from a rude and abrupt desk clerk again woke me up telling me I over stayed. However after this issue my stay was uneventful.
Kristen, us4 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Varsity inn
Overall it was good
Jessica, us1 night trip
Very Good 8.0
Don't rattle his cage
The man who checked me in seemed angry and couldn't have been more disrespectful and rude.
David, us1 night trip with friends
Poor 2.0
Absolutely Awful
Dirty, smelly room so bad I booked somewhere else, that changed our plans but it was a better, safer option.
Rachael, us1 night trip
Poor 2.0
Worst stay ever
Billy, us2 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Front desk lady from hell!!
Everything was absolutely wonderful except for onee thing. The lady working on christmas day was extremely rude and plain mean for no reason what so ever. Especially knowing i am a regular guest at this location who goves them alit of my money and buisness.
Jessica, us2 night family trip

The Varsity Inn