The weekend of May 16th – 18th is an exciting week for the city of Columbus. Due to the increase in volume for hotel bookings during this period of time, we have included an updated list of hotel blocks, rates and locations available.
Hotel rooms can be reserved by clicking on the link and following the prompts, or by contacting the hotel directly through the phone number provided. To receive block rates, please reserve your rooms by April 25th.
|Hotel, Address||Address, Phone||Location||Rate||Code||To make reservation|
|Crown Plaza||33 East Nationwide Columbus, OH||Downtown Columbus||$185||DAC||(614) 461-4100|
|University Plaza Hotel||3110 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH||Campus||$129||DISC||(614) 267-7461|
|Siebert Hall (campus housing, community restrooms w/ private lockable stalls), Ohio State University||184 West 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210||On Campus||$60 single; $28 double||—||Contact Leah Burch at 614-688-0261 or by email at email@example.com|
|Red Roof Inn||7480 North High St, Columbus, OH 43235||Worthington||$53.99||b310dac516||(614) 846-3001|
Please click here for a list of other hotels including contact information and location.
If you need help in reserving a hotel room or if you would like “local knowledge” about any of the hotels, please feel free to contact Heather Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cap City Diner: Cap City offers a classic diner atmosphere and a delicious selection of foods. They offer a wide selection of food including classic diner food (burgers, fries, fried fish, flatbread), an assortment of salads and pasta dishes as well as nightly specials. My favorite is the Romano Crusted Chicken! The restaurant has a lively outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal and take in some fresh Ohio air. There are a couple locations, but if you’re staying close to campus, you’ll want to go to the one on Olentangy Rd. Parking is easy and free!
- Betty’s Fine Foods and Spirits: Betty’s offers a great selection of food for all eaters. Many of the meals can be made vegan or vegetarian upon request, and they have a commitment to including local produce whenever possible. Betty’s beer selection is one of the best, including some Ohio brews, on tap and in bottle. It can be tough to find a seat, but if you land one, you’re in for a delicious ride!
- Tip Top: Midwestern fare and a lively bar scene. Their tap beers can be a bit rank (I suspect they don’t clean their hoses often enough). Owned by the same women who owns Betty’s, Surly Girl, The Jury Room, and that hot dog place. People really come to Tip Top for the Sweet Potato Fries. That’s what they are famous for.
- El Vaquero: An Ohio original, El Vaquero offers delicious Mexican cuisine at a number of convenient locations. Chips and salsa at every table—YUM! They have over 100 menu items, so if you’re an indecisive eater, make sure to read the menu in advance. Parking at each of the locations is easy and free!
- Martini’s: Martini’s is an upscale restaurant. It has excellent food, fish, meat, etc. but it can be a bit pricey, crowded, and noisy.
- Lemongrass: Asian style cuisine in the short north. Nice and well priced. Nothing exceptional but people like it.
- Happy Greek: The Happy Greek is an informal Greek restaurant that has wonderful food, traditional Greek dishes. Vegetarians will also find many dishes that will appeal to them.
- Rigby’s: The owner of Rigsby’s is somewhat of a local food personality. In addition to Rigsby’s he owns a the café Tazi and a gallery space which often hosts events. This is one of Columbus’ top restaurants so can be a bit pricier than other options on the Short North, but has a lovely chic ambience and a not too pretentious cocktail list. Good food, good drinks, and my favorite option is to sit at the bar for a drink and small plates to people watch.
- Union Bar and Food: I have eaten at 3 of the four places in the Ohio Union (South 1739 North High Street). The Union Market food court offers a selection of Sandwiches, Entrees, Pastas, Wraps, Ice Cream, Pizza Soup, Subs, Sushi, Fruit, and has an excellent Salad Bar which I highly recommend. I have on several occasions, had a quick coffee to go from Espress-OH where one can get coffee, tea and a selection of pastries. Sloopy’s Diner, offers breakfast, sandwiches and dinner and has great ambiance for one to hang out in a relatively quiet place. Woody’s Tarven is very lively and people can relax to various kinds of beer and good conversation.
- Elevator Brewing Company: If you like breweries this one if fun! Good menu selections and nice micr0-brews to try. Fun place to socialize but can be a touch loud depending on the night/crowd.
- North Market: Open until 7:00pm Tues-Friday, 5:00pm Sat & Sun and select Mondays. This is a fun place to wander and put meals together or hit up a restaurant. Check out their website for more details: http://www.northmarket.com/market/merchants/
- Surly Girl Saloon-Surly Girl Saloon offers “comfort food made with love and served with a side of sass.” My favorite appetizer is their Frito Pie—can’t go wrong ordering a few of these if you’re dining with friends. The cupcakes are fantastic so save room (or head here for dessert!). It’s usually easy to get a seat, but parking can be a challenge. Look on the side streets, or for one of the public lots with meters.