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"Pool was closed, strange for a hot July . The front desk was supper busy for one person to handle, but she managed quite well. Got me into my room 2 h ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 25 Jul 2018

Hotel Description

Hotel near Ohio State University in Columbus

In suburbs

You'll find Ohio State University and Ohio Stadium within 2 miles (3 km) of this Columbus hotel. Schottenstein Center and Greater Columbus Convention Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Round-the-clock service

This hotel doesn't skimp on freebies - guests receive free WiFi and free self parking. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide around-the-clock assistance.

Free WiFi, cable TV

The individually furnished guestrooms offer free WiFi and free local calls. Other amenities include premium bedding, coffee/tea makers, and TVs with cable channels.


Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$64 per night


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max


Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Varsity Inn ratings based on 49 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.2 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Varsity Inn

Everyone (40) Couples (2) Family (7)
4 out of 5
Clean room. Very easy check in. All necessities available. Always use this hotel when I am in Columbus because I know I can trust them.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2019

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4 out of 5

Posted by on Jul 6, 2019

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3 out of 5
Our mother was in MICU at OSU Wexner center and we needed a room for the night. This was on the list of hotels that the hospital gave us. The price was great for what we needed , which was a place to crash and shower. But the room could have been cleaner. My husband found dried urine when he lifted the seat on the toilet and a fingernail on the counter by the sink(black and silver with rhinestones). When I wanted to use the ice bucket, i found it was full of stagnant water and i had to wash it with soap and water. Good place for just what we used it for, but not someplace i would spend any time while visiting the area.

Posted by on Jun 21, 2019

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1 out of 5
BUGS. Cockroaches and centipedes are not acceptable.

Posted by on May 21, 2019

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4 out of 5
I liked the location and the staff was friendly and the room was decent. However, the bathroom door needed to be cleaned. I was very pleasantly surprised that there was a mini fridge and microwave in the room. That wasn’t mentioned online.

Posted by on May 20, 2019

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2 out of 5
Check in Lady who was black rude and exhibited aggressive mannerisms towards us

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019

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2 out of 5
Nothing unique at all. Said rooms were "renovated" LOL NOT! No smoking signs on every door and a 250.00 fine if you smoke in the room for a cleaning fee. Love to know how they can tell if you smoke because the minute we opened the room door the smoke smell was awful! The only renovations I could see was a new floor in the bathroom area but the painter should be fired there was paint dripped on the floor in many places. The shower only had a hand held shower head but was on a pole where you could move it up and down which of course ours was broken so the shower head was about a foot off the floor of the shower which made for an interesting shower. Also the regulator was broken so you could never tell if you were on hot or cold and I almost scalded myself. Pictures they provide are NOT the rooms they actually have. Check in was the biggest joke of all! The woman tried to say they didn't have our reservation because the name on the credit card I held the room with was in my maiden name and we had gotten married so I tried to explain this to her and she wouldn't listen even after I showed her all the documentation she, gave us the number for EXPEDIA to call when weren't even booked through them! After I called Tavelocity the nice woman called the hotel talked to the manager and was told that should have NEVER been an issue and gave us the room but we were freaking out because all hotels in the vicinity were booked because of a sporting event we were there to attend.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019

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4 out of 5
Drive through check in was great, everything else was mediocre.

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019

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4 out of 5
Did not use the pool or see it so don't know if it is still available.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019

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4 out of 5
the beds are comfortable but the bathroom needs some improvements

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019

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Property Features

The Varsity Inn offers its guests a vending machine and RV/bus/truck parking. Public spaces have free WiFi. Self parking is free. This Columbus hotel is smoke free.

  • 119 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Columbus, OH (CMH-John Glenn Columbus Intl.) (14.3 km / 8.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Varsity Inn offers 119 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Beds feature premium bedding. Premium cable television is provided. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Connecting rooms available


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 10 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 10.00 per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 100 lbs)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No elevators


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Pet deposit: USD 10.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 10 per accommodation, per stay

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.