The upbeat, intriguing, and fun university city and Ohio’s capital is Midwest’s hippest city. In fact, it’s been named (by Yelp analysis) to be the nation’s ‘hottest hipster market.’ Want to know where the cool kids hang out and then sleep too? From sleek boutique hotels to fun Instagram-friendly high-rises, here are my favorite cool and trendy hotels in Columbus, Ohio…
Staying at the Graduate Columbus felt like staying at one of my favorite places. The Studio Suite was perfect for me, providing warm, tailored, and incredibly cool spaces that immediately made me feel at home. The suite boasts a master bedroom and a separate living area, both adorned with hip, Ohio-inspired interiors that I absolutely loved. The attention to detail in the room was impressive, making my experience truly memorable.
For meals, I could grab some delicious food at Shake Shack or Pointdexter, conveniently located within the hotel. Alternatively, I explored nearby restaurants for more culinary adventures. The complimentary bike rentals allowed me to effortlessly explore the charm of Ohio. The vibrant colors representing the Buckeye State welcomed me in the lobby, creating a unique and inviting atmosphere. The hotel’s proximity to Italian Village, BalletMet, The North Market, and Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum made my visit even more convenient.
Retro cafe and American restaurant
The Buckeye themed rooms
Loaner bikes are complimentary
Paid valet parking
Not for all ages
Moxy Short North
I love this spot in Columbus—the Moxy Columbus Short North. It’s one of my favorite places to stay. The location is perfect, just a 15-minute walk from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena. While visiting, I got to stay in one of the 116 cool and unique guestrooms. My room was trendy, with a comfy pillowtop bed and complimentary Wi-Fi that kept me connected throughout my stay. The bathroom had a sleek shower and designer toiletries.
Checking in at the bar was a unique experience, and the bonus was getting a token for a free drink right away. The hotel offers a state-of-the-art gym, lightning-fast Wi-Fi, and a fantastic sixth-floor terrace. And let me tell you, the vibe is just right. There’s also an arcade and gift shops, adding to the overall charm of the place.
Free drinks token at the bar
Chic game room with a cafe
Terrace for picturesque vistas
Enjoy playing Billiards and Tennis
No in-room coffee machine
Breakfast not included
Lively vibe might not be for everyone
Staying at Sonesta Columbus was a delight. The moment I stepped into one of the 421 air-conditioned rooms, I felt at home. The relaxed ambiance, complete with a refrigerator and flat-screen TV, made it one of my favorite places. The complimentary wireless Internet that kept me connected throughout and the cable programming added entertainment to my stay.
The central location of the hotel was a game-changer for me. Just a 5-minute walk from Nationwide Arena and a 6-minute stroll from the Greater Columbus Convention Center, I loved being at the heart of it all.
The amenities at Sonesta Columbus were impressive. The 24-hour business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby enhanced the overall experience. If you’re considering hosting an event, this chic hotel covers you with its 13,000 square feet (1,208 square meters) of space, including a conference center.
Chic indoor and outdoor fireplace
Picturesque terrace and snack bar
Chic lounge area for relaxation
Close to the Nationwide Arena
Parking is a bit tricky
No microwave in room
Breakfast not included
Le Meridien The Joseph
Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, is one of my favorite places in the Short North Arts District. While visiting, I immersed myself in the artistic vibe, making it a perfect choice for weddings and anniversaries. This luxury hotel near the North Market and Wexner Center offers exquisitely handcrafted rooms and spa suites.
I love the farm-to-table fare and cocktails served here. During my stay, I experienced the pampering in the spa suites and explored the Guild House’s culinary delights. The location is fantastic, nestled near High Street in a charming neighborhood. One highlight was the complimentary visit to the Pizzuti Collection at the Columbus Museum of Art, adding an extra touch to my stay. Without a doubt, Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, is among the best boutique hotels in Columbus.
Serving delectable farm-to-table fare
Lobby lounge showcasing art exhibits
Rooms with coffeemakers and minibars
High-end restaurant with a bar
No hot tub
Dark parking lot
Slightly noisy at times
While visiting downtown Columbus, I found one of my favorite places—a 4-star luxury boutique-style hotel seamlessly blending historic charm with elegant French design. The rooms, adorned with sophisticated décor, offered stunning river views that I absolutely loved.
During my stay, I opted for the one-bedroom larger Suite for a more spacious experience. The separate living room and oversized shower added a touch of luxury to my stay. What caught my eye was the telescope in every suite, providing a unique opportunity for some star gazing.
Keep Liquor Bar became my go-to spot for drinks and small bites, creating a perfect evening atmosphere. Needing a quick workout fix, I hit the fitness center, which was conveniently available. The on-site Modern French Brasserie offered a fine dining experience, serving themed cuisine and mouth-watering cocktails that I couldn’t resist. The hotel’s chic boutique vibe perfectly complemented its proximity to attractions, making my overall experience truly unforgettable.
Telescope in suites for star gazing
Polished rooms with vintage vibes
Bathrooms with rainfall showers
No in-room jacuzzi
Breakfast is not included
No swimming pool
During my stay at The Urban in Columbus, I enjoyed one of their 20 fun and funky guestrooms, each equipped with a flat-screen television. Staying connected was a breeze with complimentary wireless Internet access, and I had a range of digital programming for my entertainment. The bathrooms were a delight, featuring showers and comfy slippers. Convenience was vital with amenities like coffee/tea makers and desk chairs, and the daily housekeeping added a nice touch.
I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the recreational offerings, including a relaxing spa tub. The complimentary wireless Internet access was a plus, and I spent time in the communal living room, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. The Urban’s location in Columbus’s University District was perfect.
Rooftop terrace and outdoor pool
Courtyard with fire pits and grill
Walk away from Ohio Stadium
No cots available
Slightly small rooms
Pets not allowed
The AC Hotel by Marriott Columbus became one of my favorite places instantly. Its modern and sleek European-influenced design transported me far from Columbus. Tasty tapas and cocktails became my nightly ritual at the rooftop bar Vasco. Each morning, I started my day with a delightful Spanish-style breakfast at AC Kitchen.
The spacious rooms, adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows, let me soak in the city views while planning my night out in Bridge Park. With shops, restaurants, and the Exchange event center just steps away, I was immersed in the best of the city—no passport required.
Tapas and cocktails on rooftop bar
Spanish breakfast every morning
Comfortable and spacious rooms
Rooftop terrace with city views
Cash not accepted
Slightly noisy due to the bar
No in-room microwave
While visiting the Short North Arts Neighborhood, the Hilton Columbus Downtown became one of my favorite places. The bold artwork from local artists, custom lighting, and the creative juxtaposition of plush interior spaces with sweeping city views left me in awe. The rooms were not only beautifully designed but also highly functional. I love the furnishings, especially the famous Hilton Serenity Bed and Suite Dreams mattress and a cozy down comforter. The 42-inch flat-screen television, ergonomic workstation, and mini-fridge added to the overall comfort.
During my stay, I experienced the culinary delights offered by the hotel. The FYR restaurant by Executive Chef Sebastian La Rocca, with its wood-fired grill and Spark featuring a Midwestern menu with cocktails and local brews, was exceptional. The Stories on High rooftop bar on the 28th floor of the 402 Tower provided a spectacular setting.
The on-site amenities, including Provisions on High for grab-go meals and drinks, a fitness center, and an indoor swimming pool, ensured a delightful stay. Exploring the trendy dining and entertainment venues within walking distance was a highlight.
Varied breakfast and evening appetizers
Cafe and atrium bistro
Indoor pool and a hot tub
Bicycle rental and art galleries
Some parking issues
No in-room hot tubs
Breakfast not included
The Westin Great Southern
Stepping into this historic building, it’s like time travel to a more gracious era. The red brick facade and the elegant white and gold lobby make it one of my favorite places. While visiting, I loved how the comforts seamlessly blended with 21st-century conveniences. The sleek and spacious rooms, filled with light, became my haven. They’ve been newly renovated, boasting modern amenities like a mini-refrigerator, HDTV, and the irresistible Westin Heavenly Beds.
The neutral decor, adorned with intricate fabric details and vibrant artwork, impressed me. The separate seating and work areas added a touch of productivity and relaxation to my stay. I experienced a delightful dining journey at Bar Cicchetti. Run by the renowned celebrity chef and TV personality Fabio Viviani, it serves his favorite classic comfort foods. The fitness center was a plus, and I couldn’t resist exploring the beautiful and historic ballroom.
A breakfast and lunch grill
Classic vibe for old-school lovers
Wood-paneled bar with seasonal patio
Fresh cocktails by celebrity chefs
Per-day parking fee
No mini bars in rooms
While visiting Columbus, one of my favorite places to stay is the Hilton at Easton. Nestled conveniently near the university and local offices, it perfectly complements the upscale charm of Easton Town Center. I love the picturesque red brick exterior and cobblestone front yard. Walking into the stylish interiors, the play of lighting, textures, and artwork creates a luxurious atmosphere. The rooms, adorned in restful neutrals with subtle lighting and artwork, boast plush drapes and seating.
During my stay, I experienced the delightful dining options. Herb N’ Kitchen, both locally sourced and fresh, offered a flavorful culinary experience. Meanwhile, Easton Social was impressed with its gastropub menu and drinks. The hotel also boasts a well-equipped fitness center and a tranquil terrace with comfortable seating.
Seasonal fare and brick-oven pizzas
Cafe and lounge with live music
Allows pets for a fee
Heated pool and sports bar
No jacuzzi on-site
Early morning breakfast
I found one of my favorite places, located just 10 miles north of downtown Columbus, right off I-270. It’s a pet-friendly hotel perfect for the family. This very hip and stylish spot emanates a chic and creative vibe, nestled just 1 mile from both Sharon Woods Metro Park and Inniswood Metro Gardens and only 11 miles from the heart of Columbus.
I loved the ease of brewing my coffee in the stylish suite. It was a haven for me, offering not only a comfortable stay but also a strategic location, just 15 minutes from downtown Columbus. This allowed me to experience another side of the city. The hotel exudes a creative and funky atmosphere.
Full continental breakfast daily
Styled rooms with nostalgic vibes
Restaurant and an industrial-chic bar
An indoor pool with a terrace
No extra beds
No parking available
Staying at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel was a dream come true for me. It’s a family-friendly 4-star gem nestled near the Columbus Museum of Art and COSI Columbus. One of my favorite places to be, this high-rise hotel put me right in the heart of the action. The modern adventurer in me couldn’t have asked for a better spot among the great hotels in downtown Columbus.
While visiting, I loved the hotel’s eclectic décor and artwork. The rooftop pool, the inviting bar and lounge, and the cozy rooms were more than just amenities—they were experiences in themselves. Being so close to downtown hotspots like the theater, the historic village, and chic eateries made my stay even more memorable.
Free breakfast and evening snacks
A sleek seasonal rooftop pool
Polished restaurant and a bar
Family Rooms and cots
Paid internet connection
Pool closed occasionally
Smoking is not allowed
50 Lincoln Short North Bed & Breakfast
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Short North neighborhood, 50 Lincoln Short North Bed & Breakfast became one of my favorite places during my stay in Columbus. The recently renovated Italianate-style B&B, starting at $148 per night, exudes charm and uniqueness. While visiting, I loved the personalized touch in each of the seven guestrooms. Making myself at home, I enjoyed the private patios that came with some of the rooms. The shared kitchen added a homely feel, allowing me to prepare my meals just how I like them.
One of my highlights was the complimentary wireless Internet, which kept me connected throughout my stay. Cable programming provided entertainment, and the bathrooms, complete with shower/tub combinations and hair dryers, added a touch of convenience to my experience.
Free full American breakfast
Cozy parlor or screened-in porch
Walk away from restaurants
Art galleries and exciting nightlife
Paid extra beds only
No coffeemaker in rooms
Pets are not allowed
Best Offbeat Hotels in Columbus Compared
The following table draws an in-depth comparison of the Top 13 Cool and trendy Hotels in Columbus.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attraction(km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|The Graduate||750 North High Street||$199-$310||Yes||0.3||12|
|Moxy Short North||808 North High Street,||$157-$210||Yes||0.3||9|
|Sonesta Downtown||33 East Nationwide Boulevard||$190-$362||Yes||0.2||6|
|Le Meridien The Joseph||620 North High Street||$234-$539||Yes||0.4||9|
|Hotel LeVeque||50 West Broad Street||$210-$263||Yes||0.3||9|
|The Urban||200 W Norwich Ave||$128-$170||Yes||0.4||7|
|AC Downtown||517 Park St,||$203-$375||Yes||0.2||11|
|Hilton Downtown||402 North High Street,||$179-$454||Yes||0.4||8|
|The Westin Great Southern||310 South High Street,||$187-$351||Yes||0.3||5|
|Hilton Easton||3900 Chagrin Drive||$169-$491||Yes||0.2||7|
|Aloft||1295 Olentangy River Rd||$142-$157||Yes||0.5||7|
|Renaissance Downtown||50 North 3rd Street||$169-$304||Yes||0.3||7|
|50 Lincoln Short North Bed & Breakfast||50 E Lincoln St,||$186-$190||No||0.2||8|
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