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Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin 
2.5 out of 5
5125 Post Rd, I-270 At Exit #17-a, Us-33/sr-161 East, Dublin, OH
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The price is $58 per night
4/5Very Good! (986 reviews)

"Nice place nice location great staff nice facilities"…"

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin 
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
2.5 out of 5
111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH
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The price is $76 per night
4/5Very Good! (2,179 reviews)

"The only issue I found was when walking into the hotel, there was no air conditioning. The air was also not on at all in our room. Luckily, we had plans throughout the evening to give our room time to cool down, so else we would have been pretty uncomfortable for a while. Only negative!"…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center
Holiday Inn Express Columbus Downtown
2.5 out of 5
650 South High Street, Columbus, OH
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The price is $85 per night
3.8/5Good! (994 reviews)

"Nice location great beds in rooms Customer service front desk helpful Need better heating systems not working when arrived"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Columbus Downtown
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Worthington
2 out of 5
7480 North High Street, Columbus, OH
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The price is $54 per night
3.8/5Good! (201 reviews)

"Beautiful ppl so nice . the rms are nice and clean"…"

Reviewed on May 3, 2020

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus - Worthington
Motel 6 Columbus West
2 out of 5
1309 Saint James Lutheran Lane, Columbus, OH
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The price is $54 per night
3.7/5Good! (514 reviews)

"Outside was clean vending machine was fool our room was clean beds and pillows could be softer but overall we slept well"…"

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2020

Motel 6 Columbus West
Red Roof Inn Columbus - Grove City
2 out of 5
4055 Jackpot Rd, Grove City, OH
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The price is $54 per night
3.6/5Good! (988 reviews)

"Always clean, staff is always friendly! The beds are so comfy and its nice being able to walk out and get air when ever"…"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Red Roof Inn Columbus - Grove City
Rodeway Inn
1.5 out of 5
3950 Parkway Ln, Hilliard, OH
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The price is $65 per night
3.6/5Good! (536 reviews)

"The room was clean and worked for the one night that we stayed, a little noisy and wasn’t a fan of the dead body being found outside of our room but you win some you lose some."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Rodeway Inn
The Varsity Inn
2 out of 5
1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH
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The price is $56 per night
3.5/5Good! (2,640 reviews)

"The lady who checked me in is ALWAYS nice, and gave me a free upgrade!!! Housekeeping came there first morning then never again. This stay was a lot better than last time though!"…"

Reviewed on May 30, 2020

The Varsity Inn
German Village Inn Columbus
2.5 out of 5
920 S High St, Columbus, OH
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The price is $71 per night
3.4/5Good! (842 reviews)

"Village inn has a good location in the area with a fair price"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

German Village Inn Columbus
Motel 6 Columbus OSU
2 out of 5
3246 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH
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The price is $57 per night
3.4/5 (990 reviews)

"Best Motel 6 I’ve seen in Columbus OH. Clean and updated, great neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Motel 6 Columbus OSU
Ramada by Wyndham Columbus North
2 out of 5
6767 Schrock Hill Ct, Columbus, OH
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The price is $59 per night
3.3/5 (992 reviews)

"It was very quite had a good time but had to clean the jet tub it was very dirty there was hair and black dirt in the tub but other then that good time"…"

Reviewed on May 2, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Columbus North
Econo Lodge Worthington
2 out of 5
50 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH
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The price is $48 per night
3.2/5 (602 reviews)

"Beds n pillows r a bit hard."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Econo Lodge Worthington
Super 8 by Wyndham Columbus
2 out of 5
1078 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH
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The price is $48 per night
3.1/5 (997 reviews)

"Night workers are extremely nice, rooms are nice, checkin and out very convenient"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Columbus
Magnuson Grand Columbus North
3 out of 5
888 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH
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The price is $54 per night
3.1/5 (2,426 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly and helpful! We got there a bit early and they were able to check us in early for out convince."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Magnuson Grand Columbus North
Motel 6 Columbus - Worthington
2 out of 5
7474 N High St, Columbus, OH
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The price is $53 per night
3.1/5 (914 reviews)

"It is very very inexpensive so not bad for a $60 a night room!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Motel 6 Columbus - Worthington
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Columbus Airport Area
2.5 out of 5
2447 Brice Rd, Reynoldsburg, OH
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The price is $53 per night
3/5 (991 reviews)

"Friendly employees, Good location, nice breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Columbus Airport Area
Days Inn by Wyndham Columbus Fairgrounds
2 out of 5
1700 Clara Street, Columbus, OH
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The price is $57 per night
2.7/5 (1,090 reviews)

"The property was clean and big free. I stayed overnight to check out Columbus for a day. It was in close proximity to my destination. I really enjoyed my stay. The staff was friendly and attentive. ~ MaLa B I"…"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Days Inn by Wyndham Columbus Fairgrounds
Extend A Suites Columbus
2 out of 5
887 Morse Rd, Columbus, OH
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The price is $65 per night
2.6/5 (497 reviews)

"This was just recently taken under new ownership within the last two weeks. You can tell that they have put a lot of effort into the renovations already, but they have a lot more to do. Overall a good experience, staff was extremely friendly they showed a ton of hospitality, and the room itself was ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Extend A Suites Columbus
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Cheap Hotels in Columbus

Columbus offers a variety of cheap accommodations and places to visit, making it a great getaway spot for budget travelers. In addition to its well-known attractions like Sky Zone and COSI, this destination is home to Columbus Commons and Battelle Riverfront Park, which you can enjoy while spending very little.

If you're looking for places to stay in Columbus that won't break the bank, the 123 budget accommodations in the area give you plenty to choose from. These options offer competitive rates and have earned good reviews from Expedia travelers in search of a bargain:

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center - 2.5-star hotel. You'll find free breakfast, free WiFi, and air conditioning at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its overall condition and central location.

Econo Lodge Worthington - 2-star motel. It offers free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

Motel 6 Columbus West - At this 2-star motel, you can take advantage of free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Reviews mention the comfortable rooms and overall value.

German Village Inn - 2.5-star motel. You'll find free WiFi, free parking, and air conditioning at this property. Guests who stay here appreciate its helpful staff and clean rooms.

Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus - Dublin - Customers like this 2.5-star motel for its convenient parking and overall value. It offers free WiFi, free parking, and air conditioning.

Planning Your Trip to Columbus

Still deciding on your trip dates? Use these temperature and rainfall averages to get an idea of the best months to visit so you can maximize your time.

  • Hottest months: July, June, August, and September, with an average temperature of 84°F
  • Coldest months: January, February, December, and March, with an average temperature of 24°F
  • Rainiest months: July, May, June, and April, with an average rainfall of 4.09 inches
  • Driest months: February, October, January, and September, with an average rainfall of 2.60 inches

Sightseeing In and Around Columbus

Columbus attracts visitors with its theater scene and lively festivals, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the top local attractions that interest you most, such as Sky Zone and COSI, and then look for sights and activities that cost little or nothing at all. Check out the area's cultural spots like Columbus Museum of Art and Ohio Theatre, or get outdoors at Columbus Commons.

Columbus is also notable for its:
  • Sports
  • Entertainment
  • Art
  • University life
  • Shopping

Getting Around Columbus

The most convenient airport is in Columbus, OH (CMH-John Glenn Columbus Intl.), situated 6.6 mi (10.6 km) away from the city center. If that doesn't suit your budget, you can arrange flights in and out of Marion, OH (MNN-Marion Municipal), which is 45.4 mi (73.1 km) away. Columbus may not have many public transit options to choose from so a rental car could be an economical alternative to see more of the area.

Frequently asked questions

What is Columbus like for travelers on a budget?
Columbus has a variety of cheap accommodations and places to visit, making it a great choice for a budget-friendly getaway. In addition to its well-known attractions like Ohio Theatre and COSI, this destination is home to Columbus Commons and Goodale Park, which you can enjoy while spending very little.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Columbus?
Based on reviews, Red Roof Inn Columbus - Grove City is a popular 2-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good options to stay on the cheap include Days Inn by Wyndham Columbus Fairgrounds and Red Roof Inn PLUS+ Columbus Downtown - Convention Center.
What's the seasonal weather like in Columbus?
The hottest months are usually July and June with an average temp of 72°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 34°F. Average annual rainfall for Columbus is 39 inches.
What is there to see and do in Columbus?
Columbus attracts visitors with its theater scene and lively festivals, and offers plenty to see and do without spending a fortune. You can budget for the top local attractions that interest you most, such as Ohio Theatre and COSI, and then look for sights and activities that cost little or nothing at all. Check out the local culture at Palace Theatre and Capitol Theatre, or visit other spots like Southern Theater.
What's the best way to get around Columbus?
The nearest airport is 6.6 mi (10.6 km) from the center in Columbus, OH (CMH-John Glenn Columbus Intl.). However, if that doesn’t suit your budget, you can look into flights to Marion, OH (MNN-Marion Municipal), which is 45.4 mi (73.1 km) away. Columbus may not have many public transit choices so a rental car could be a reasonable alternative to see more of the area.

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