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“Near airport but prepare to pay a lot of tax!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Gahanna
Certificate of Excellence
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264 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Near airport but prepare to pay a lot of tax!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

Every first weekend of March during the Arnold Games, most hotels in the Columbus vicinity are inflated pricewise and crowdwise. This is the second time we've stayed in this hotel and service/food/quality has been consistent over the years. If convenience is paramount to you, this is no doubt the place to stay (shuttle offered to airport) but you'll pay higher taxes compared to staying at another Holiday Inn in another town nearby. When we got our itemized bill, it was double to almost triple tax. Entrance to this hotel is not from front; its from an alley/driveway off the side road. Hotel could use bright directional signs/arrows from main street. There is a Kroger's grocery across the street and Bob Evans next to hotel. A section of parking lot could use more illumination. Based on reading other reviews, I suppose it all depends on the room you get; ours was decent and clean. I suggest inspecting the room first to your liking before you decide on unpacking.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Nampa, Idaho
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122 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

For Holiday Inn Express this property was a bit disappointing. The room needed cleaning (the work desk was sticky from old coffee, etc - had to clean it before using), the wallpaper peeling and the windows never did seal properly, and the bathroom walls, mirror sort of cleaned. Breakfast however was better than average for this class hotel. Having a frequent-stay card didn't get anything extra here either. For a business stay it was OK but the need for extra cleaning was disappointing.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Nampa_Guy
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Sanford, North Carolina
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

We were visiting Gahanna to spend time with family. Being fans of Holiday Inn Express we chose the Gahanna /Columbus Airport East Hotel because of being nearby. From the moment we walked into the lobby We were treated like VIP's. Our hotel room was upgraded. And best of all they even got our name right. The room was clean and quite nice. There were just two little problems that should be attended to. The hot water knob on the sink had been stripped so we woke up in the middle of the night with it flowing full blast. It took awhile to move it to the position where it would stay off. By then I was wide awake. But that was OK as I enjoyed catching up on the internet. The second problem was on the tub surround. There was a fairly large crack on the back wall near the faucet. If it isn't repaired soon Mold will grow and can cause problems for those who are sensitive. I feel that the cleaning crew have forgotten to report these problems to maintaince. The breakfast was typical HIE, Not bad, but not Fantastic either. But I will admit I am getting jaded towards the food. I will stay here again and can honestly recommend it to others.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gheba
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Fairfield, OH
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33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

This hotel has a great stay and fly package. We stay here whenever we fly out of Columbus. The rooms are great and the staff is friendly. Shuttle to and from the airport is always prompt.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank exteacher60
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Springfield, Missouri
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

It was okay. Convenient to the airport. Few restaurant choices around. Not a lot of attention to details. It was a windy and rainy day, and the air was whistling through the leaky window. Coffee maker didn't work and tripped the GFI several times. Rooms were pretty clean and breakfast was the normal HIE stuff, which is nice. The workout equipment was not great. Two of the treadmills suddenly shut down on me at about 10mph and I about fell off. Nice big TV in the room and the staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 1BigTimeTraveler
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Vincent, Ohio
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86 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2011

Just a few days ago we returned home following my wife's surgery at Mt. Carmel Surgical Hospital in New Albany, Ohio (N.E. suburb of Columbus some 20 minutes from the hotel). We went to Columbus the night before she checked into the hospital to avoid a tiring two-hour drive on check-in day. Checking into the Holiday Inn Express (H.I.X.) in Gahanna was as easy as finding the place in the first place (thanks to TomTom and Google). The third-floor room was clean, comfortable, and roomy. The ceiling fan in the bathroom was noisy but not so much after it had run a few minutes. We purchased a couple LED nightlights so it wouldn't have to be on all night (it was tied into the bathroom lighting which we normally leave on as a nightlight).

Following dinner at Logan's Roadhouse (Easton Center, a few miles away) I swam alone in the sizable indoor pool at the hotel. There was no swirling spa but the water was almost spa temperature (too warm for my tastes but my wife would have loved it). The pool was conveniently located right around the corner from the elevators so there was no parading through the lobby dripping wet afterwards.

The next morning, my wife couldn't eat because of her upcoming surgery, but I sure did--enough for both of us. While most "free" hotel breakfasts consist of just standard continental fare, this place also had biscuits, sausage gravy, bacon, scrambled eggs (on the dry side) and the first "pancake machine" I'd ever encountered. The thing rolls them out like a copier, two at a time onto a Styrofoam plate. Although they tasted okay, they had a "polished" look to them and were not quite tender enough to cut with the accompanying plastic forks. They had accompanying plastic knifes for that. The second morning there were nicely thawed omelets and sausage patties. But all that aside, the real stars of the breakfast showcase were the cinnamon rolls. I had two each morning. The cook confessed she had trouble NOT eating them all herself.

I'd planned to stay four nights but my wife's surgery went so well the hospital (and the insurance company) sprung her a day early so I missed my fourth consecutive rendezvous with the cinnamon rolls. However, I did have the foresight to fortify myself with a batch of Max & Erma's chocolate chip cookies (boxed to go) the night before. One of the Columbus chain's dining landmarks was just eight miles north on Hamilton Road from the hotel. There's an even closer one by the airport. Next door to the hotel is a run-of-the-mill Frisch's and next door to that a Bob Evans Country Restaurant for those not in the mood to drive.

Though located only about a mile from Port Columbus, the planes could only be heard outside the hotel. Speaking of planes,the H.I.X. has a "park-n-fly" package. There's also a small fitness center with three or four treadmills, which, being the cinnamon roll/chocolate chip cookie type, I didn't have the urge to utilize. Our room rate was presumably special for Mt. Carmel patients and their families, but it was actually the same rate as for AARP members. Our bill came to just over one hundred per night counting the hefty hotel taxes levied by Columbus and Gahanna.

Whether flying out or going under the knife, this H.I.X is a safe bet either way.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jim_Lane
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Wurtland, Ky
Level Contributor
120 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2011

We stayed here for one night for an AAU basketball tourney and it was very nice. Quick check-in, friendly staff and nice room. Breakfast was good and close to resturants and fast food and right off 270. I would stay here again, I was very well pleased.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JamieWurtland_KY
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Property: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport
Address: 460 Waterbury Court, Gahanna, OH 43230
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Region: United States > Ohio > Gahanna
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Gahanna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport 2.5*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come join us at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbus Airport in the beautiful city of Gahanna, Ohio. We are conveniently located just off of Hamilton Road and I-270, making travel to any of Columbus numerous locations a breeze. Port Columbus International Airport, the Easton Town Center, and Gahanna's Creekside outdoor dining and recreation are just a few of the locations that are all within 10 minutes from us. Other office and medical facilities close by include American Electric Power, DFAS, DSCC, OSU Heart Center-Gahanna, and Mount Carmel East. There are dozens of Columbus top attractions located within 20 to 25 minutes; COSI, the Columbus Zoo, the Short North, Nationwide Arena, Polaris, Germain Amphitheater and many more. ... more   less 
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