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Reviewed 26 May 2016

We booked our reservation at Red Roof Inn Columbus - Ohio State Fairgrounds primarily because it was the midpoint of our drive from Upstate New York to Nashville, Tennessee. The ease of access from I-71, recent property renovations, the favorable Trip Advisor rating, a Long John Silver's restaurant within a 1/2 mile, reasonable rates and the amenities that were featured with their Superior King room also contributed to our decision. And we weren't disappointed. I may touch on several negative aspects of our visit, the room and property; but they certainly would not discourage us from returning or recommending the hotel to others.

Access from I-71 couldn't have been easier: Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp, travel under the bridge and take the first right at the well marked sign. The east parking lot closest to the Front Desk is shared with the Comfort Inn next door and a wee cramped; but we didn't trust the secluded west parking lot. Although the neighborhood isn't high rent, it seemed safe enough for one night; park near one of the outside flood lights for additional vehicle security. Check-in was swift and Red Roof honored the online discounts we'd arranged from our reservation. The were out of complimentary bottled water; but my biggest gripe was there isn't a working ice machine anywhere onsite. The ongoing renovations deemed the first floor rooms uninhabitable; but a second floor elevator would be a nice touch.

Our room was clean and spacious with a comfortable bed; but I still don't like the trend of budget hotels doing away with carpeting in lieu of hardwood floors. The mini-fridge had a nice sized freezer section; which was crucial since we were traveling with meat and avoid bagged ice. The toiletries were meager, consisting of two small bars of soap and a tube of conditioning shampoo; but we didn't expect premium items like mouthwash or the elusive sewing kit found at pricier properties.

Getting back onto I-71 south the next morning was somewhat tricky; due to the median and u-turns prohibited at the closest intersection. But the access road that runs parallel to East Dublin-Granville Rd. does lead to the traffic signal and a left hand turn towards the ramp. That access road provides easy travel to the Popeye's near the parking lot, a liquor store, White Castle, Long John Silver's (our favorite) and endless restaurant options further down the road. The BP gas station adjacent to the hotel parking lot has some of the best prices in the region. We'll return next season.

Room Tip: Pay the extra money for a Superior King room.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

The rooms were dirty when we checked in - . We were there for 4 days and had no hot water 95% of the time. Card keys did not work. Holes in the walls, lights burnt out, TVs were not working. Toilet paper not replaced.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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Thank Becky L
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

I chose this hotel because of the location and price. And, I guess you get what you pay for. The facility is still being re-modeled. That wouldn't have been a problem except they did nothing to make up for the inconvenience. The staff, though efficient in checking us in, were not very friendly or welcoming. A recognition of what was going on and a comment about what amenities WERE available would have been nice. Our room was clean and comfortable, though the "extras" --soap, shampoo, lotion, etc-- that one typically gets in a motel were minimal. The ice machine was broken. The drain in the sink was stopped up and the shower switch in the bathtub had to be "babied" to make it move water to the shower. If you stay here and expect the extras like coffee in your room and breakfast, be aware that you have to pay extra.

Room Tip: From what I could tell, there was no elevator.
  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Thank M D
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Reviewed 12 May 2016

staying here with 4 other co-workers close to downtown and plenty of restaurants nearby. good hotel for contractors and friendly staff workers.10 minutes from easton mall 5 minutes from downtown plenty of parking

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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Thank aaewing
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

The place is clean and staff is warm. The internet connection is fast and stable. We stayed at this hotel before we moved our new apartment. The location is a little bit far from the downtown. The only cons is the sound of the fridge. They should buy new silent ones, we turned it off while sleeping.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Bora T
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Sachin P, General Manager at Red Roof Inn Columbus - Ohio State Fairgrounds, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2016

Hi Bora,

We appreciate the positive feedback and happy to make your stay comfortable. Yes our management updated a brand new Guest Wifi system throughout the hotel. We have had some great feedback regarding it. We are approximately 15 minutes from downtown Columbus. Please stay with us on your next visit to Columbus, Ohio.

Thank you

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