Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
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... of that "West Island" corporate stuff) -> Ride to Toronto and see some friends -> ride home. All told, this should take about 2.5 weeks. Today, was packing up the bike. Also SPOT tested and GPS ready to rock. Full tank of gas in the bike, but discovered a bad seam on the extra tank. Going to have to get a new extra gas can. Time for some sleep. I gotta ride ...
We got to Canal Winchester last night. We are staying at Jarrod's dad's house. Visiting Grandpap, Grandma Carol and Ben. Not wanting to spend Porters birthday on the road we spent the day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Porter had a great day starting with a present first thing (camera) and French toast. The zoo was amazing. Hot and exhausting, but awesome!! Had a great time celebrating Porters birthday with Grandpap, Grandma Carol and ...
... a quick search led to a place which no longer existed. So yeah that worked out well. We only briefly entered an area which appeared to be bordering the "inner city" so that we did get a quick glimpse of some cultural alleys and buildings. Moral of the story : when in doubt Frisch's will always suffice. Next up ...
... I suppose. Also needing to figure out where to put everything on the bike. And how to keep things separated so I don't attract any bears. There's paracord for hanging the bag up high, but still don't want to get stuff scented either. Really good guide to the Trans Labrador Highway ...
... stick the SPOT to that. First 5 days riding planned and setup on the computer. Need to transfer to the GPS. Other interesting things of note from the past couple days:
- mounted an extra gas tank on the back of the GSA
- picked up a 4L MSR Dromidary bag for extra water
- dug the GoPro's out of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)