Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
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Scheduled for departure on 8/8/14 and this time we're off to Prague to begin our first visit to the more eastern reaches of Europe.
Hopefully, I'll have a little more time to share our explorations with you here. For now, it's time to dive into packing!
... of the admins. The bus had wifi which obviously made the job easier. From there I checked into the Hilton Columbus at Easton - lovely place, after my last experience with hotels I have decided it is luxury all the way for me! Once settled in I wandered off to the Easton Shopping Centre. It was there I indulged in a movie at the AMC dine in theatres and watched Get On Up which is about James Brown. I quite enjoyed it, if you are interested ...
... then enlisted his help pushing out - much easier with a second set of adult hands.
We manned up, started and taxied out without any delays. We taxied in front of the crowd at show center as me made our way for takeoff on Runway 36. After just a brief moment at the hold short, we took off, then circled to the east.
Once clear of Oshkosh, we started a climb, ultimately reaching 13,500' as we headed southeast, crossing ...
... the brain interrogates the world...” How about that? Love this brain stuff (smile)!
REST STOP EXERCISE #1 - My brain told me I was hungry (really just mak’in sure Dad stretches those legs.) My brain then told me that Cheez-Its were a “breakfast of champions” choice compared to Dad’s little bite sized bacon egg and cheese sandwich. Hmmm, I’m think’in ...
... Back home that rhythm is gone.
The plan is to make this the last point for the Go East Trip. Some lessons learned, some highlights and we'll see what else makes it in.
- The GSA gas tank can deform due to vacuum pressure. I got a pretty big dimple on the right side during the trip that subsequently went away when I got home.
- An extra gallon of gas would have been nice to have ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
Great hotel experience (surprising in light of other reviews).
I stayed on the 4th floor of this hotel. There's a really nice fitness center on that floor that is open 24 hours (with sauna, showers, towels, etc.). (Some weight plates were cracked -- but, that was a minor inconvenience.) The room was really clean, notwithstanding the small towel that was on the floor when I checked in. The two beds had really nice comforters. The heating/cooling system was very modern and quiet. The TV was a nice size. The bar/restaurant people were friendly and very cordial. Inside the hotel reminded me of my previous stays at Hilton hotels. This is just a few blocks away from City Center (an indoor mall of sorts -- with a music store, bookstore, department store, restaurants, and a lot of other interesting stores) and the heart of downtown. The area surrounding the hotel is very walkable and it's safe to walk about, even at night. There is a Starbucks very close by.
Needless to say, despite a few minor complaints, I really liked my stay. I was in Columbus for a seminar and I got the impression that a lot of business people stayed in this hotel. Good experience all around.
A Spot for a Family Gathering
My uncle reserved a block of rooms for out of town guests attending my cousin's wedding. Unfortunately our rooms were not together. We were all on different floors which made the visiting we wanted to do problematic, especially the night the elevator broke.
We wished the lobby had more seating as we spent time there visiting and waiting for each other.
Housekeeping was uneven, my room was fine, but one relative had a stack of clean bedding left on her unmade bed.
Hotel provided in room coffee maker, and a small refrigerator on request for one relative who needed it for her medication.
Valet parking only for an extra charge and often an extra wait.
No airport shuttle.
Warning, on weekends there are no restaurants open downtown within easy walking distance. The hotel eating is adequate, but not for 3 meals a day.
The hotel was adequate for this purpose, but I would not make an effort to stay there again.
Super 8 (but dirty) in Renaissance Clothing
The good news is, they did not break into our rental car, or steal anything from our room while we were staying there. The bad news is, despite being a Renaissance, this place had an overall feel that made me think such an event might be possible. While it is a high-rise hotel in the scenic bustling metropolis that is Columbus, the view even from our high floor room was of a fairly depressed industrial landscape.
The room itself, even though a non-smoking room with a sign on the door to prove it, smelled faintly of old cigarettes and older 70's decor. The furniture (old), bed (saggy), bathroom (dreary), carpet (worn), wallpaper (spotted) would have been just as at home in a beaten-down Super 8 motel by the side of a nameless highway in the middle of nowhere than they would have been in a notional 4 star hotel.
The fitness center did appear modern and well equipped, but the pool deck complex with frightful little film-covered hot tub was like something out of a Kubrick movie. We did not swim because we feared for our health (seriously).
I echo the sentiment of the person who said restaraunts near the hotel close early - we had to eat at a creepy little deli two blocks away, after walking passed throngs of people who appeared to be living on the streets near the hotel (this was not due to a dearth of places to eat - we walked past many - but they were all closed on the weekend). All in all, I paid far too much for far too little, up to and including the $22 valet parking at a place with ample - FREE - weekend on-street parking outside the door. Marriott should be ashamed to have hung their name on the door.
Are you kidding me?
When I booked the room, I saw photographs and read a description online. When I got to the hotel, I couldn't believe that I had paid so much for so little. The staff was very friendly and helpful, but the room was very, very, very small. The ammenities (Bath and Body Works stuff) were nice, but that did not make up for the high price. All of the restaurants in town apparently close at 8:00 pm, and room service was very expensive ($ 9.00 for a hamburger and fries). This hotel was definitely not worth the money, and I will never spend my money there again.
This place is a Renaissance??????
First of all this is supposed to be a Renaissance, 4 star, place. This place feels more like dingy Holiday Inn built in the 1970s. Peach carpet and light brown wallcoverings were well worn and in need of replacement decades ago. Chandeliers were ala 1970's smoked globes. This hotel was not shy about charging for every little service despite it's obvous shortcomings, ie local calls $22 daily parking.
After arriving late in the evening I waited for several minutes at the front desk only to be told unapologeticly that my room was not available and to retire to the bar, where the watered down drinks were at least gratis. Then I was approched with a key card to my room with no offer of baggage assistance. I entered this room to find several coleman coolers suitcases and various items of clothing littering the extremely unkempt room which appeared to have occupied five or more people. After some complaining I was given an un occupied room, which was comfortable but dated in appearance especially the bathub that did not drain. The beds were quite comfortable though.
Overall not deserving of being a "Renaissance" brand hotel but rather Days Inn would be more suiting. I am genuinely surprized that Mariott would bestow this title on such an inferior property.
The rate for the property was no bargain either with $159 for a Saturday night 'special rate'. Westin and Hyatt ,MUCH superior properties, both offered $99 rates for the date but were sold out.
Pay for every 'extra'
The Renaissance was nice enough inside. The front desk staff went out of their way to get us a room, even though it had been a very busy night prior to our arrival.
When we arrived at our room, it was clean except for the previous guest's coffee filter pack still in the coffee maker. No real biggie. The tip I would have left for housekeeping paid for the two cups of coffee I purchased.
The biggest problem I have with the hotel is the $22 charge to park. We parked on the lot across the street for $5. I would recommend that to others, as well. In the future, we will stay at a hotel that provides the free breakfast and offers beverages in the lobby during the evening.
Adams Mark Hotel Review
The Adams Mark Hotel was one of the best resorts/hotels I have ever stayed at. The lobby was upscale, and the rooms were excellent. The staff and personel were great. All of the rooms are about twice the size and twice the comfort of a normal hotel room. The pool and spa, plus the fitness center were great. When you stay at the Adams Mark, you will feel like you are the richest person in the world.
The staff was pleasant except they didn't want to accept the fact that our shower only ran cold water. They said the hotel wasn't full enough and it took a while for the hot water to get to our room. After two days of complaining, I contacted the manager. We were then placed in a suite overlooking downtown and had hot water in the shower.
Great Hotel & Location
I reserved a room for my parents for Mothers Day weekend. My parents were delighted with the room and when I visited I noticed that the staff was very freindly and thier room was very nice and clean. Great outdoor pool and huge sunning area which is unusual for a downtown hotel. Walking distance to the City Center mall, theatres, Arena district and downtown neighborhoods.
Adams didn't Mark the spot
The Adams Mark in Columbus, OH has an "upscale metropolitan lobby", but my "upscale" experience ended there. Check-in was normal and at first glance our standard room with a kingsize bed appeared no better than any other average hotel I've stayed at before; except as the night went on, me and my girlfriend found a cigarette burn on the bed spread and the bathtub, along with the toilet that didn't fully flush unless you flushed it 3 or 4 times giving this room more a motel feel. (Just stay at room 715 to see what I'm talking about)
After settling in and relaxing for a bit, we decided to go downstairs to the Players Sports Bar for a few drinks and appetizers. Getting back to the lobby floor was a little more difficult then getting to the room. It happened that we stayed the same night as some highschool competition, and the four elevators were packed with highschoolers and teachers going to their rooms. So after about 10 minutes of waiting we found an elevator that we were able to push ourway into. The Players Sports Bar was fairly empty when we got to it. Maybe like three people sitting at tables watching a football game. Well we decided to sit at the bar and ask for menus where we received a sarcastic laugh from the bartender, then told that the menus are on the table as if we should of known to grab a menu off a table before sitting at the bar. Now I would of thought maybe this was an isolated incident involving me, but in my twenty minutes sitting at the bar I saw two other people who asked for menus at the bar receive the same "friendly" treatment. After my one drink we decided to skip food at this place, and venture out to a resturant at the City Center Mall for dinner. The rest of our stay was decent until checkout. I'm guessing curfew for the highschool kids was about midnight because by midnight the halls were quiet and no longer had kids running around, which to me is acceptable after all they are paying customers as well.
The next morning I woke up with a checkout receipt under my door, so I tried the express checkout option on the TV but it was "unavailable" so we had to checkout at the front desk. I came to find that I had to pay a valet parking fee of $18 dollars. (I booked this room using Expedia.com and it turns out Expedia didn't cover the parking charge.) My past experiences with valet parking in other hotels that were much nicer than the Adams Mark stated the terms of parking before checkin and the cost was at least half as much as this ridiculous $18 fee. Don't get me wrong, I would happily pay the parking fee, but its not worth it at this hotel.
All in all, if you have to stay here, I recommend to be aware of any competions, banquets, or meetings involving large amounts of people during your stay, don't stay in room 715 if you are expecting high quality, and defenitly park on the street. We could of parked for free as far as half a block away around the corner.