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The Varsity Inn

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Front of property
Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking | 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

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk
1445 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationOhio State University4 min walk
  • Popular LocationOhio State Medical Center14 min walk
  • Popular LocationJames Cancer Hospital19 min walk
  • AirportColumbus, OH (CMH-John Glenn Columbus Intl.)13 min drive

Room options

About this area


In the business district, The Varsity Inn is in an area with good shopping. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Goodale Park and Battelle Riverfront Park, while Ohio Craft Museum and Newport Music Hall are cultural highlights. Ohio State Fairgrounds and COSI are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including golfing.

What's nearby

  • Ohio State University - 4 min walk
  • Ohio State Medical Center - 14 min walk
  • Olentangy Bike Path - 15 min walk
  • James Cancer Hospital - 19 min walk
  • Ohio Stadium - 2 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

Hotel near Ohio State University
The Varsity Inn is located close to Ohio Stadium, and has plenty to offer. Guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also find perks like:
  • Free self parking
  • RV/bus/truck parking, a 24-hour front desk, and smoke-free premises
  • A vending machine
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the overall value, helpful staff, and proximity to shopping
Room features
All 119 individually furnished rooms have thoughtful touches such as premium bedding and air conditioning, in addition to amenities like free WiFi. Guest reviews speak positively of the comfortable rooms at the property.
Other amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with hydromassage showers and shower/tub combinations
  • 27-inch TVs with premium channels
  • Coffee/tea makers, daily housekeeping, and desks


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.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • RV/bus/truck parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available
  • Onsite parking includes off-street options


  • Vending machine

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • This property does not have elevators
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Premium bedding


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Hydromassage showerhead
  • Private bathroom
  • Shampoo
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • 27-inch TV
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Desk
  • Free local calls
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - anytime
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 10.00 per stay
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees
Welcoming dogs and cats only
2 per room (up to 100 lbs)
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Children up to the age of 12 years can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Pet deposit: USD 10.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 10 per accommodation, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be 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
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
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

Property is 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

Is The Varsity Inn pet-friendly?

Yes, The Varsity Inn allows cats and dogs (limit 2 per room) with a maximum weight of up to 100 lbs per pet. There's a deposit of USD 10.00 per stay and a fee of USD 10 per accommodation, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.

How much does it cost to stay at The Varsity Inn?

As of Dec 10, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Varsity Inn on Dec 18, 2022 start from $64.0, 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.

How much is parking at The Varsity Inn?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at The Varsity Inn?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - anytime.

What time is check-out at The Varsity Inn?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is The Varsity Inn located?

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ohio State Medical Center and Ohio State University. Nationwide Arena and Greater Columbus Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Varsity Inn and receive a full refund?

Yes, The Varsity Inn offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Varsity Inn cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings

Rating 10 - Excellent. 268 out of 1001 reviews" "
" "10 - Excellent 27%
Rating 8 - Good. 276 out of 1001 reviews" "
" "8 - Good 28%
Rating 6 - Okay. 175 out of 1001 reviews" "
" "6 - Okay 17%
Rating 4 - Poor. 102 out of 1001 reviews" "
" "4 - Poor 10%
Rating 2 - Terrible. 180 out of 1001 reviews" "
" "2 - Terrible 18%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
It was clean the check in staff was friendly. There was no extra's. we just needed a place near the Shoe and this was perfect. Clean beds comfortable, It was all we wanted.

6/10 Okay

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service
I liked that the property was close to the stadium but we seen some bugs and some of the towels looked dirty. Then the refrigerator was making noise.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2022

8/10 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Clean beds, that's about it. Room smelled funny,barhroom was kind of gross.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

2/10 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
I checked in to my room and the door was dirty . Their was blood on the bathroom door. I stayed two nights while my husband was getting a liver transplant. I ended up catching Covid I believe from the uncleanliness of my room.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2022

2/10 Terrible

Traveled with partner, Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
I reserved two rooms for my son/his gf and husband to attend an OSU game on Saturday, October 22. When they arrived my son’s room was gross. The sheets had spots on them which looked very much like blood from bed bug bites. They were in the rooms for approximately 1/2h. They asked to be refunded and the front desk said they’d likely refund for my son’s room, but NOT husband’s and the manager would have to speak to them. The manager wasn’t available to speak to my husband until Wednesday (!) of the following week and indeed confirmed that they’d only refund for my son’s room. If there is a bed bug infestation, do they think it’s restricted to one room?! Also, if one room is gross, the group with one car should split up and stay in two separate locations?!? Save yourself the trouble and don’t stay at the Varsity Inn.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

6/10 Okay

Traveled with group
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Nice location by football stadium. Only one towel in bathroom, two lightbulbs out, one lamp barely worked, fridge didn’t work and alarm clock broken, two different size pillows and really no bedcovers, curtains had to get closed. Very strange place.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

2/10 Terrible

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Varsity and is poorly maintained and badly step. There is no shampoo in the room, holes in the walls, crack addicts hanging around the property. Most unsatisfactory stay
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

4/10 Poor

Traveled with partner
Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Cleanliness
The room was disgusting... would have rather driven home after the OSU game than pay a crazy amount of money for a dirty room.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

8/10 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Clean and convenient.
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

10/10 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Within walking distance of Ohio Station
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022