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Since you are probably wondering what this is all about, I've decided to take this opportunity of freedom from the land of cubicles and office hour expectations to head off on a trip with the the bike. And since I think everyone who's reading this is pretty cool, I'm going to hope that you will come along for the ride (to the extent the internet makes that ...
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 ...
Finally figured out how to get the SPOT mounted. Entailed a second trip to the Beechwold Hardware (celebrating 70 years in business!) for more odd sized screws and nylock nuts. Activated the SPOT too. Also made sure my battery connections are loctited down. Important when the going gets rough. ...
Spent the day trying to update the maps on the GPS, figuring out where to mount the SPOT and other pre-trip prep stuff. Got to hang out with a couple of good friends too. Garmin drives me seriously up the wall. Riding with a GPS is easily worth an extra 100 miles a day, but they make it so bloody hard to program stuff ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Westin Columbus
The Columbus Westin is a very nice, old hotel with many of the charming aspects you'd expect- located in the heart of Columbus within walking distance from many of the areas key attractions. The lobby area was very nice, and retains much of the look and feel of the original architecture. One of the signs on the building implied that it was originally the Columbus Opera House.
I stayed at the Westin Columbus on 2 separate nights over the holidays. The first night was on my way out west and I chose the hotel because of their pet policy. I booked the first night a week ahead of time and received a king room for $99. I decided to wait on booking the second night as I was unsure exactly which day I would be returning. The exit off I-70 for the hotel was closed and I had to call to be guided in - which a staff member did with aplomb. The valets got my pup and me all unloaded, informed me about a park half a block away for the pup, took the car and we proceeded to checkin. Yes, the parking is $20, but it was late and being from Boston, where over night parking can run $50 or more, I didn't complain. The room was quite small and it was apparent that this particular room had not been cleaned well at all. There were several tell-tale signs of the previous occupant: left over soap in the shower, hair in the tub and an unscrubbed toilet. However it was 11:00pm and I had been driving for 14 hours and was exhausted. I ordered a salad from room service and it arrived promptly altho it was light on the greens and heavy on the bacon. I went to bed to be awakened by what I believe were flea bites. My dog is treated for this, but I am not! My bill was under the door and I proceeded on my trip.
Great staff, lousy facility
The staff tried mightily to overcome the fact that this is a tired, old, wornout building greatly in need of rennovation (which, after sharing my comments about our stay with the General Manager, he said was planned for 2007). The lights dim when you use the blowdryer, the bathrooms are tiny with no ventilation (heat/air/fan) at all, overall the rooms are quite small though well appointed, the so-called workout facility had the oldest functioning equipment I have seen recently, and the $20/night for parking is a rip off. The hotel does not own the parking lot and said there was nothing they could do about it. YOU can - drop your bags and park within a block of the place. The Heavenly Beds and Westin's try-hard attitude saved our one-night stay. But I doubt we will be back.
This is a four-star hotel?
This "historic" hotel in the City Center of Columbus, Ohio, is looking a bit dated. While the check-in desk boasts an impressive array of AAA "four-diamond" awards, including one for 2006, my impression was that the hotel's facilities were extremely shabby, especially for a Westin. I had to change rooms, as the first room smelled terrible and almost every fixture in the bathroom was (quite literally) falling out of the wall. The only positive thing about the experience was that the hotel's staff was tremendous. Everyone was very friendly and very helpful. They deserve four or five stars for service, but the facility itself is one star at best. It certainly is not up to Westin's standards, and the Heavenly Beds at this hotel are at least a couple of years past their prime.
I liked the Westin Columbus a lot. I stayed one night on business. I did notice a chemical/cleaning product smell when I walked in, but that didn't bother me. The bed and shower were heavenly, as expected. One great surprise was the room service breakfast. I got the all american breakfast and it was AWESOME. I am used to mediocre room service and this was anything but. It was fast, hot, and delicious. Not greasy at all.
I ate dinner down the street at Elevator, which was very good. I recommend that. The hotel has coupons- just ask at the front desk.
Loved the Westin/Great Southern
I have stayed at this hotel a number of times, most recently last week. It is one of my favorites, and I have never had a bad experience here. I do not know what the critics are complaining about, the service is excellent, the rooms, although small (it is an old hotel) are comfortable, and, because we were repeats we received a small goodie basket on arrival. The hotel is within walking distance of all government offices in Columbus, and a short walk from German Village. To work the heating/air conditioning, you simply adjust the thermostat.
Historic and delightful
I was very surprised after seeing the poor reviews. I love the "Old Southern" the name of the hotel prior to its Westin name. We were there for 3 nights in a large corner room that was very nicely furnished. A difference may have been that our room had a door plate that said "preferred guest" because of membership in Westin's point system. I found the front desk staff to be very friendly. The first night we realized that a light bulb was not working and called the desk. A gentleman was there within 5 minutes to replace it and apologize.
I booked a one-night stay in a rush because I had a very early morning meeting in downtown Columbus, and wanted to be near the building. I made the worst mistake ever...assuming that just because it was a downtown Westin, that it would meet my needs. I've been a Starwood / Westin Premier member for 20 years, and this is the worst hotel, nevermind Westin, I've ever stayed in.
Unfortunately a collegue already set this hotel up for a business trip. Never would have stayed if I had read the reviews. This is the feedback I provided to Westin customer service.