Columbus Gay-Friendly B&Bs and Inn
In historic German Village, the gay-owned and wonderfully stylish German Village Guest House (748 Jaeger St. for guest house, 177 E. Whittier St. for suites; 866-587-2738) is the nearest you'll find in this city to having your very own artfully decorated home away from home. The property consists of a guest house with three chic rooms, and a nearby historic house containing two 800-square-foot suites with fully equipped kitchens, spacious sitting areas, and myriad amenities. Guests can check in 24/7 and are given utmost privacy - you won't feel pressured to mingle with other guests here, especially if you book one of the self-contained suites, which have their own private entrances. Abundant with thoughtful touches, this is one of the finest small inns in the Midwest.
You'll find several other charming B&Bs in or near the Short North. 50 Lincoln--Short North B&B (50 E. Lincoln St., 800-516-9664) is just a few doors off the High Street main drag, close to many restaurants and gay bars. This stately redbrick mansion contains seven rooms with period furnishings and private baths. Edging Victorian Village and the Short North, the graceful and gay-friendly Harrison House B&B (313 W. 5th Ave., 614-421-2202) contains four spacious, Victorian-decorated rooms and includes a first-rate full breakfast in the rates; and Neil Avenue B&B (1237 Neil Ave., 614-670-5075) occupies a dramatic, turreted, redbrick Queen Anne mansion in Victorian Village, with three romantic, period rooms.
Among larger, chain properties, the 179-room Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Downtown (501 N. High St., 614-559-2000) has one of the best locations of any hotel in the city for convenience to gay nightlife and the Short North's fab dining and shopping. It's by the convention center, too, and has been fashioned out of a handsomely converted historic warehouse. A few blocks farther south, both the Hyatt Regency Columbus (350 N. High St., 614-463-1234) and Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown (33 E. Nationwide Blvd., 614-461-4100) are well-maintained properties with close proximity to Short North attractions. The Crowne Plaza adjoins (and operates) a terrific boutique property, the gay-popular, stylish Lofts Columbus (55 E. Nationwide Blvd., 614-461-2663), which has just 44 rooms, each with high ceilings, clean lines, big windows, Frette Italian linens, Aveda bath products, and handsome tile bathrooms. This is a great option if you want to be downtown but in an intimate hotel with personalized service. A bonus: guests can use the gym and other facilities of the neighboring Crowne Plaza.
Another upscale, attraction option that's close to the Ohio Statehouse, theaters, and downtown dining, the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel (50 N. 3rd St., 614-228-5050) rises 21 floors and is home to one of the better hotel restaurants in the city, Latitude 41. Rooms are well-appointed, and there's a large, well-equipped fitness center, rooftop outdoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. On the south end of downtown, the handsome and historic Westin Columbus (310 S. High St., 614-228-3800) is relatively close to German Village and the Brewery District, and is one of the most regal historic hotels in the Midwest, having opened as the Great Southern in 1897. The building retains its historic flair, but rooms are contemporary and stylish with flat-screen TVs and iHome radios.