Sometimes when you read reviews you need to be a Detective to try and figure out what is real and what is not. When you review a property you have to focus on the important things like cleanliness and safety and go from there. You cannot dwell on something that may never happen to another guest again.
That being said I had the pleasure of staying at Residence Inn in downtown Columbus during a Convention in early June, 2014. For the most part, it was a very nice experience.
Let’s talk about the “good”. As you may have read, the hotel resides in a building that was once a bank. Someone had the amazing insight to preserve as much of the “bank” as possible, and gracefully incorporate a hotel. That in itself will give you that “wow factor”! It’s true what you have read, you actually grab breakfast in what was the former “vault”. Passing through the vault’s door is pretty cool to say the least. Those of you who are a little older and have been inside a City-style Bank building will remember the tall ceilings, old clocks, stairways, offices, etc.
Another “plus” was the staff at this Hotel. Our Convention had us coming and going all hours of the day. Whether it was 8 AM in the morning, or after Midnight, every single co-worker made us feel like a guest in their own home. Every one smiled and said “hello”. One even went out of their way to find me some printed information about the old Bank when he saw I was fascinated by the architecture.
Yet another surprise was the unique layout of the rooms. It was so refreshing not to walk into yet another rectangle room with a bathroom up front followed by a bed or two and finally those two chairs by the window. The spacious and spotlessly clean kitchen, eating area, living space, bedroom, and oversized bathroom area were absolutely awesome. The soft décor made it feel more like a home than a room. It was an absolute joy returning at the end of a long day.
Let’s move on to everyone’s favorite pastime, eating! If you do not like the breakfast at this property chances are good you accidentally ate somewhere else. A nice young lady and staff make it their mission to keep breakfast hot and plentiful. If the spoons run out wait just a half a second because they will be replenished immediately. The choices are endless and include fresh fruit, hot waffles, eggs, sausage, several varieties of cereal, bagels, muffins and the list goes on and on and on. Additionally, is always something new every morning. I honestly can’t imagine the breakfast being any better. I appreciate the plentiful seating area which is an issue at many hotels that offer breakfast. A hint to those of you who are considering this property: Breakfast ends a little earlier than I would like, (I believe 930 AM), so set your alarms if it’s something you don’t want to miss!
Those of you familiar with Columbus know the City is far from the preverbal American City. Columbus pretty much closes up at the end of the work day. Where in the Country does a Chipotles Restaurant close at 4 PM? Lol! That being said, you will want to check your maps to see if this coincides with your plans. It should be noted the City appears to be extremely safe and we were not the least big concerned walking the six blocks or so to and from the Convention Center each day.
So what didn’t I like? I was a little surprised there was no safe in the room? With the amount of electronics we carry today every room needs to have a safe large enough to accommodate valuables. It should be noted I did not inquire at the Desk so they very well may have accepted valuables there, however even if so, it would be highly inconvenient. (Yes, I agree it is a little ironic especially because the hotel was in a bank, lol!)
Another “con” is the parking. As you may have read and heard this receives mixed reviews. When the Convention people checked in the first words out of their mouth after hearing the parking charge was, “That ain’t happenin’, so where should I park?” I’m not paying those prices for a room and another $20 or $25 to park my car. The funny thing about Columbus is, as may know, there is parking garage on just about every corner. From surface lots to garages there are plenty of places to park. Meters and Garage Parking rates are confusing to say the least and that is compounded by missing attendants. I witnessed guests asking Police Officers for clarification. However, once you know the prices/system you can find parking around the corner. Meters are free after 8 PM and all day Sunday if that is any help. The Columbus Visitor’s Bureau is aware of this concern. Hopefully better rates and signage is in the near future.
In closing you are getting a room and an experience. You will get a kick out staying in a bank. You will receive a delightful room and equally delightful breakfast. The staff will treat you with kindness and respect. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Inn Columbus Downtown hotel offers contemporary all-suite accommodations in the exquisitely renovated Historic Buckeye Building. This high-rise hotel in Downtown Columbus will impress you from the moment you arrive with the lobby's soaring 40-foot ceiling. Specializing in extended-stays, our Columbus hotel features newly renovated, spacious suites with fully equipped kitchens, living and work areas, luxury bedding and free Wi-Fi. In the morning, indulge in a variety of healthy and hearty favorites from our complimentary hot breakfast buffet. During downtime, work up a sweat in our state-of-the-art fitness center featuring free weights and cardio equipment with TV screens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Columbus Downtown Hotel Columbus
- Columbus Residence Inn
- Residence Inn Columbus Downtown Ohio