Best Areas to Stay in Columbus, Ohio

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Where to Stay in Columbus – A Guide to the Capital of Ohio

Columbus, the capital of Ohio, is known as a university city filled with colorful neighborhoods, markets, museums, zoos, and parks.

Some of the must-see places in Columbus are districts like the German Village, a place full of history, shops, restaurants and architecture that makes anyone feel like they are in Europe for a little while.

Another attraction of the city is the zoo, known as the best in the United States, with species that include polar bears.

The weather in Columbus ranges from warm summers to winters that reach 32ºF (0°C), but, if what you want is to explore the city with ease, with less rain and no snow, the best thing to do is visit Columbus between May and September.

Transportation in Columbus is easy to use, buses run through much of the Ohio capital, and taxis are cheap. In addition, both have connections with the airport.

John Glenn Columbus International Airport serves the metropolitan area and other cities in Ohio. This air terminal has domestic flights and connections with destinations such as Mexico, Canada, and the Dominican Republic.

Travelers staying in Columbus with a car will be happy to know that the city has many parking spaces, and there is not as much traffic as in other American cities.

Columbus has a calm vibe during the day and a fast pace at night, when the food outlets, bars, and clubs fill up with tourists and locals.

Italian Village is the best area to stay in Columbus, Ohio, for its excellent cuisine (See accommodation in Italian Village). On the other hand, Downtown is one of the best areas to stay in Columbus for business travelers (See hotels in Downtown Columbus).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Columbus, Ohio.

The Best Areas to Stay in Columbus, Ohio

1. Our Favorite Area: Italian Village & Short North District

The Italian Village and Short North District area began as a place full of Italian immigrants and, today, it preserves part of its culture and essence, making it the perfect place for lovers of great food and coffee.

Among the attractions of the Italian Village is the St. John the Baptist church, but the area is known for hosting events such as the Italian Festival, which includes a parade, live music and, of course, excellent pizzas.

The Italian Village Park is located within the district and is perfect for picnicking with the family and taking a break from shopping and walking for a moment, as this is a very pedestrian-friendly area.

A district that goes hand in hand with the Italian Village is the Short North District, a modern area that stands out for its cultural movement, its galleries, and contemporary art exhibitions.

In the Short North District it’s easy to find record stores and vintage clothing, as well as coffee shops, craft beer bars, and restaurants. It can be said that Short North is the quintessential bohemian neighborhood of Columbus.

In addition, it is a fairly gay-friendly neighborhood, and this is reflected in its bars and clubs especially aimed at the LGBT community.

This is one of the best areas to stay in Columbus, Ohio, for its variety of accommodation and its good transport connections with the rest of the city.

Best areas to stay in Columbus, Ohio - Short North District

Best areas to stay in Columbus, Ohio – Short North District

Accommodation in Italian Village - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Italian Village – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Columbus, Ohio:

  • Best area for sightseeing
  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Great food
  • Good nightlife
  • Gay-friendly
  • Bohemian area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Moxy Columbus Short North

    This property offers air-conditioned rooms in the Short North district of Columbus. Moxy Columbus Short North is 600 meters from the Italian Village. It is 1.1 km from Segaway Tours around Columbus, 2 km from Balletmet and 2.3 km from Ohio Theater. Free WiFi and private parking are available for a fee.

    from US$159
 

 

 

2. Downtown Columbus

Downtown Columbus is the business district in the city, which is why it is mostly associated with modern buildings, office complexes and business or luxury hotels.

However, this area is much more than its corporate environment. Here are also theaters, bars, restaurants, and breweries where you can have a good time in Columbus.

Another option is to take a walk on the banks of the Scioto Mile River, ending in Bicentennial Park to see the fountain and the performing arts pavilion.

This is the best area to stay in Columbus with a car for its many parking spaces, but it is also a pedestrian-friendly place, with bike lanes and bus stops.

The heart of Columbus begins at Broad Street and High Street, also located in this area, where you can see the shops or gardens of Capital Square.

For lovers of culture and history, here are the Veterans National Monument and Museum and the COS Science and Industry Center, an interactive museum especially created for children.

Downtown is among the best areas to stay in Columbus due to its proximity to most of the city’s attractions, and for being only 8 minutes drive from the airport.
 

Recommended area to stay in Columbus, Ohio - Downtown Columbus

Recommended area to stay in Columbus, Ohio – Downtown Columbus

Accommodation in Downtown Columbus - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Columbus – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Columbus, Ohio:

  • Best area for business travelers
  • Great bars and restaurants
  • Good area for shopping
  • Best area to stay with a car
  • Business-type hotels
  • Heart of the city

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Columbus

This all-suite hotel overlooks the Scioto River and is very close to all major attractions in downtown Columbus, Ohio. It has spacious 2-room suites with all modern comforts.

from US$109
Budget

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown – Capitol Square

Located in Columbus, steps from the Ohio Theater, this hotel features a restaurant. It also offers a shuttle service to John Glenn International Airport.

from US$89
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Columbus – Downtown

Located less than 1 km from Balletmet, Crowne Plaza Columbus – Downtown offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness center and a bar. This 4-star hotel has a 24-hour reception and room service.

from US$179
 

 

 

3. University District

The University District is located north of Downtown Columbus and, as the name implies, houses one of the most important universities in the United States, Ohio State University.

Why is a university district one of the best areas to stay in Columbus? Simple, in addition to mixing bohemian and residential neighborhoods, the University District has a unique and youthful atmosphere, with a very lively nightlife.

It has not only small parks to spend the afternoons, but also restaurants and stores for shopping lovers.

Staying in this area allows you to be close to the university campus, enjoy a Buckeyes soccer game or attend events at the Schottenstein Center.

The University District is well-connected to other areas by public transport, but it is also easy to explore on foot and by car.

University District is one of the best areas to stay in Columbus as it is far from the bustle of Downtown and, at the same time, enjoy its own entertainment, from theaters to small bars with live music.

Where to stay in Columbus - Near the University of Ohio

Where to stay in Columbus – Near the University of Ohio

Accommodation in University District - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in University District – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Columbus, Ohio:

  • Good nightlife
  • Connected by public transport
  • Youthful area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Staybridge Suites – University Area OSU

Staybridge Suites – University Area OSU is located in Columbus and offers a fitness center. A free full breakfast is offered to all guests.

from US$104
Budget

Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown – Capitol Square

Red Roof Inn Plus – The Ohio State University is located across from Ohio State University and offers free WiFi in all rooms. The accommodation is located less than 3 km from Ohio Stadium (The Horseshoe).

from US$64
Luxury

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus University Area

Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus University Area is located in Columbus, 5 km from Old Ohio, offering accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness center and a bar.

from US$164
 

 

 

4. Polaris

The Polaris district refers to the area surrounding Polaris Fashion Place, one of the largest shopping malls in Columbus.

Polaris Fashion Place is the perfect place to hang out, thanks to its shops, movie theaters, and restaurants.

In the surroundings of the shopping center, there is a residential area, as well as some parks and other recreational centers.

Therefore, this is a peaceful area to stay in Columbus, located about 20 minutes north of the City Center, with bus connections and parking spaces.

It may not be the best area for those who want to do sightseeing in Columbus, but it is a luxurious area, ideal for those seeking tranquility during their stay.

No matter the reason for your trip, the Polaris district is one of the best areas to stay in Columbus, with hotels of different types for all budgets.

Where to stay in Columbus, Ohio - Near Polaris Fashion Place

Where to stay in Columbus, Ohio – Near Polaris Fashion Place

Accommodation in Polaris - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Polaris – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay in Columbus, Ohio:

  • Peaceful area
  • Good area for shopping
  • Polaris Fashion Place

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Moxy Columbus Short North

    This property offers air-conditioned rooms in the Short North district of Columbus. Moxy Columbus Short North is 600 meters from the Italian Village. It is 1.1 km from Segaway Tours around Columbus, 2 km from Balletmet and 2.3 km from Ohio Theater. Free WiFi and private parking are available for a fee.

    from US$159
 

 

 

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