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Red Roof Inn Columbus - Ohio State Fairgrounds
Ranked #110 of 145 Hotels in Columbus
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The bed was comfortable, the front desk staff were friendly and engaging and the many classic car enthusiasts staying in the inn provided a great diversion. The towels could be bigger and better and the other supplies more plentiful, particularly at the unusually high price.

Room Tip: The back end is best for a quiet night's sleep
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

This was not a corporate property. They did not want to honor reservations from Cyber Monday (very good rates). It took quite a bit of fuss after a 9 hour drive to get this straightened out for my room and the other room reserved at the same rates. The room was fairly dirty and the bathroom smelled pretty bad. At check out, we realized that the rates for the second room had not been corrected at check in. The lady at the front desk wanted to call the GM, who wouldn't be in for several hours, to see if he would straighten this out. After presenting both printed reservations, see took responsibility and corrected the rate on the second room. That was the only positive from this experience.

Room Tip: Choose a room in another hotel if you want a better value
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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Don't be that fool unless you like: lukewarm showers, dirty bathroom towels, construction dust, no public restroom, no secure internet, no ice, disconnected room phone (no receptacle to plug into), and dirty room. We stayed 30 minutes and booked it. Low price yes, but beyond minimal standards absolutely.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled on business
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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.
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  • 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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Additional Information about Red Roof Inn Columbus - Ohio State Fairgrounds

Address: 1221 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229-3301
Region: United States > Ohio > Columbus
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 145 Hotels in Columbus
Price Range: $82 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Red Roof Inn Columbus - Ohio State Fairgrounds 2.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No matter what exciting event or attraction brings you to Columbus, your room at the Red Roof Inn Columbus-Ohio State Fairgrounds will be your personal retreat. Free WiFi,in-room coffee makers, hairdryer, and microfridge are just some of the amenities offered for your enjoyment. We also offer free local and long distance calling within your guestroom. Red Roof Inn Columbus-Ohio State Fairgrounds offers easy access to interstates 71 and 270, and is conveniently located near OSU, The Ohio State Fairgrounds and great shopping at Easton Town Center and Polaris Mall. Other near attractions are the Columbus Crew Stadium, along with the Columbus Zoo. A credit card is required at the time of check-in. ... more   less 
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