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The Blackwell
Ranked #4 of 143 Hotels in Columbus
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Acton, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
429 reviews
75 hotel reviews
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“Best place to stay for prospective students”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

I really liked the Blackwell, but maybe not for the same reasons as some. Yes, the lobby is quite nice, and the rooms are well-equipped. Ours was on the third floor and overlooked the road leading away from campus. We could see people outside, and that’s always a plus. The beds were very comfortable and sealed tight with airproof, bug-proof mattress bags. For folks paranoid about bed bugs and cognizant of the fact that Columbus was ranked two years ago as the nation’s bed bug capital, this little amenity was a big plus. Also, the towels were soft, the white robes (which we didn’t use) smacked of excellence, the green glycerin and white curved bath soaps were ideal for their intended tasks, and the shower water pressure was excellent. There was even a pull down service every night with accompanying Lindt truffles! The windows opened for fresh air, and the shower pressure was strong. However, the blinking light on the smoke detector – to remind us every 15 seconds that it was still functional – was a royal pain in the middle of the night. It felt as if I was in a slow motion strobe light scene or being subjected to a form of primitive sleep deprivation torture. Please, Blackwell, turn these off!

Service at the hotel was quite professional with the exception of the glitch we experienced upon arrival at CMH. The Blackwell had told us to grab any Orange cab for a $20 flat rate to the hotel, but the airport folks insisted this was only available when booked in advance. This caused confusion and frustration in the wee hours of the morning. The Blackwell acted confused and pointed fingers back to the Orange Cab, but they did offer breakfast coupons and a slight bill adjustment, so I’ll give them a mulligan. More importantly, the bulk of the staff, with the exception of management, is students. For prospective families checking out the university, it’s great to be surrounded by OSU students who are well-spoken, cordial, eager to please, and happy to share their impressions of the school. This includes the waiters, waitresses, and omelet makers at the restaurant (which was excellent, by the way, including the made to order cappuccino in a tall glass mug) as well as the complimentary chauffeurs who’ll take you anywhere you want within a three mile radius. These are the same drivers who go to and from the airport. One day, they made an exception and took us downtown Columbus for us to visit the State House.

We paid $119 with AAA discount. It’s comparable to surrounding hotels … maybe a wee bit more. Sure, you don’t have a pool, but for the day or two you’ll be around, it’s not a big deal. Plus, you won’t need a car to get to and from campus. The engineering building, for example, is a stone’s throw away.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

very nice hotel on campus at ohio state university
great help at the front desk
large rooms very clean with lots of light
there is a driver to take you around within a 5 mile radius of the campus
they had good advice for what to do and where to eat
great value

Room Tip: nice to stay on campus while visiting
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hillsboro, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014

My first stay at the Blackwell,could not have been happier.the room was large with all the amenities.You are right in the middle of campus,bus service at your door,parking right across street.Staff very helpful.If you have business or other on OSU campus,this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Rooms 228,229,&231 are next to exercise room,which is used very early in the morning.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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New York City, New York
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224 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We stay here whenever we have meetings at OSU. The rooms are nice and clean. The service is friendly and the food is fine. They have a nice shuttle service that will take you to various locations on the OSU campus and pick you up so it's not necessary to rent a car if you're just staying on campus. They will also arrange a van to take you to the airport. The hotel is attached to a conference center which makes holding meetings very convenient.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Canton, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

I stayed at The Blackwell for a four-night stay in March, 2014. I was attending a conference on OSU's campus, and this hotel seemed the obvious choice because of its proximity to campus. It turned out to be much more than close to campus! This is a really nice hotel! The rooms are clean and comfortable, and they provide more than the basics as far as amenities: shampoo and conditioner, obviously, but also a little shoe-polishing cloth, makeup remover, Q-Tips and cotton balls, a good hairdryer, much of the stuff you've got handy in your own bathroom. There was a nice Keurig coffee maker in the room. (I typically never use hotel coffee makers, because they're usually filthy, but this one was clean.) The beds are comfortable and plushy.

The service was excellent too. Our room was attended to multiple times a day, for cleaning in the a.m., then for a turn-down service at night. There is a shuttle that will take guests to and from the airport, but also to locations at a reasonable distance in town from the hotel. Not having to pay for multiple cabs was a nice surprise. Everyone on the staff (at least everyone I encountered) was courteous and helpful.

These may seem like little things, but all these little conveniences add up to a great experience. It was more than I was expecting, because this hotel is reasonably priced. (I'm a jaded Northeasterner and used to exorbitant hotel prices.)

I'd absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

One of the best staffed hotels I've ever stayed at.The food was great with a wide verity to choose from.Parking was a breeze. Shuttle service made it easy to get around. Everyone who worked there would help you out , where to go what to do.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Marlboro, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

The Blackwell is a very well run, clean hotel. The room was very large and comfortable for a family of four. The bathroom had nice amenities and was spotless, the beds very comfy after a long car trip. The valets were helpful and the complimentary car service to the Union for our tour was great…no need to worry about parking. The only improvement would be the turndown service which we had requested in our reservation. They only left one chocolate for the whole family and no extra towels!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Blackwell
Address: 2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210-1137
Region: United States > Ohio > Columbus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Columbus
#1 Business Hotel in Columbus
#1 Luxury Hotel in Columbus
#5 Romantic Hotel in Columbus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Blackwell 4*
Number of rooms: 151
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