Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus:Polaris

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Columbus, OH (2023 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Oklahoma enjoy most of the rights available to non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Oklahoma, and both same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples have been permitted since October 2014.
Columbus has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Awol Bar or Tremont Lounge & Boscoe’s are the most famous gay bar in Columbus, OH.
Columbus is Ohio’s state capital. The city’s Scioto Mile is a string of parks on both sides of the Scioto River, with a huge interactive fountain and trails. On the west bank, the COSI science center offers hands-on exhibits and a planetarium. Downtown, the Columbus Museum of Art includes American and European paintings and a sculpture garden. The German Village area has restored brick houses built by 1800s settlers.

Top attractions to visit in Columbus

1. Residence Inn Columbus Downtown 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus Ohio

Residence Inn Columbus Downtown
Residence Inn Columbus Downtown

This Columbus hotel is located 5 miles from The Ohio State University. The hotel features the Buckeye Bourbon House, serving cocktails, and suites that include fully equipped kitchens.

Residence Inn Columbus Downtown suites come equipped with 32-inch, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Each suite comes furnished with a dining room and a living room with sofa bed.

The Columbus Downtown Residence Inn provides grocery shopping service with delivery to guest suites. The hotel has a gym and guest laundry facilities. A breakfast buffet is served daily.

Housed in the former 20th-century Buckeye Bank Building, this sophisticated hotel is a 16-minute walk from the Columbus Museum of Art and a 14-minute walk from the Bicentennial Park.

Ranging from studios to 1- and 2-bedroom suites, the bright, relaxed quarters offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and kitchens, plus sitting areas, pull-out sofas, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Complimentary perks include a breakfast buffet. Other amenities consist of a refined bar, a 24-hour gym and meeting space. Valet parking is available (fee).

The front desk staff and valets were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. We loved the proximity to The Ohio Theater and German Village. The Buckeye Bourbon House was fantastic for having drinks before heading out for the evening. We had a 2-bedroom suite so we could spread out. Highly recommend! The room had a few maintenance issues but these were addressed immediately and did not inconvenience us whatsoever.

A couple of tips: If you are a coffee drinker 100% bring your own coffee and filters (there are coffee pots in the room) or go to the Starbucks located around the corner from the hotel. The coffee in the rooms and at breakfast was beyond awful. The breakfast was generic. For the value of the room it’s definitely worth spending the money to go out to The North Market or German Village instead.

The front rooms have a nice view of downtown but also face an Irish Pub that was super loud (Saturday night) & woke us up a few times. If you are a light sleeper just request a room in the back. Overall great stay. We would definitely return.

he building was formerly a bank with huge decorative ceiling. The hotel itself is typical of the newer Residence Inn format – modern fixtures and furniture. Adequate little kitchenette. Comfortable chairs and bed. Free Wi-Fi. The valet parking is a bit pricey, but inline with other downtown hotels. We were visiting friends who live in German Village, but there are lots of great things to see and do in Columbus, and this hotel would be a good home-base to see and do them from.

The location was perfect for walking to the theatre the next day. We had a two bedroom, two bath suite that allowed us to spread out. Note this hotel is in the middle of the city so there is some noise outside at night. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were very clean. The restaurant has a wide bourbon menu, is pricey but that’s to be expected in a hotel downtown. Valet is $27 overnight, but we were able to leave our car until close to 4 pm the next day when we were ready to leave town.

Overall I recommend this hotel if you’re staying downtown Columbus. It’s worth the extra expense for a nice comfortable room.

Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus
Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus

How much does a room costs at Residence Inn Columbus Downtown ?

Prices start 108$/night for Queen Studio with Sofa Bed. The 1 Bedroom Suite, 1 Queen, Sofabed is  125$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room features a dishwasher, kitchenware and sofa.

Where to book online – Residence Inn Columbus Downtown –  Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus – you can find the best hotels deals in Columbus during Columbus Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Columbus on Booking.com  or  Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus

Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus:Polaris
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus:Polaris

Located just off Interstate 71, this Polaris, Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris features an indoor pool. Central Columbus is 14 miles away.

Each guest room at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris has fully equipped kitchen with a stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. The room also includes a 42 inch flat-screen cable TV. There is a work desk and en suite bathroom. Free WiFi is accessible in every room.

Guests can enjoy a complimentary full breakfast served every morning in the lobby.

A fitness centre is available for use at the Homewood Suites Columbus/Polaris. There is a 24-hour mini-market on-site.

Off Interstate 71, this straightforward all-suite hotel is 1 mile from Magic Mountain Fun Center – Polaris theme park and 5 miles from recreations at Alum Creek State Park.

Low-key studios and 1-bedroom suites feature living areas with pull-out sofas, and kitchenettes with dishwashers. All provide free Wi-Fi, HDTVs and dining tables.

Complimentary amenities include hot breakfast, parking and evening socials, as well as grocery delivery service. There’s also an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness room and a convenience store, along with coin-operated laundry facilities.

Enjoy your stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Columbus/Polaris, OH located near Ohio State University, IKEA, Top Golf, Tanger Outlets Polaris, Polaris Fashion Place, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and the Nationwide Arena. Take advantage of this all suite hotel that offers complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast everyday. Our spacious suites offer modern amenities including 42-inch HDTVs, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. We offer a beautiful outdoor patio with gas grills, basketball court, exercise room and an indoor pool.
Great place to stay, lots to do within a short driving distance or even a short walk. Rooms are spacious and the hotel sits back far enough to be very quiet, No road noise that I herd at all. Complimentary breakfast can not be beat anywhere else.
Great stay. All staff were friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast and evening social were superb. Room was extremely well equipped, clean and will kept. Hotel was initially a little difficult to spot but once in, future in and out was easy.
The room was really nice (full kitchen, nice living room, big bathroom area) and the beds were very comfortable (we’re pretty picky about mattress firmness). It’s walking distance to several restaurants including fabulous Chicago deep dish pizza. Outlet mall shopping is just a few exits north and Columbus proper is just 10-15 minutes south. The breakfast was tasty (they managed to make good mass banquet eggs) and the staff were friendly. This will likely be our go-to hotel whenever we visit Columbus.
This hotel is tucked away in a quiet location yet it is close to many restaurants and plenty of shopping.
The check-in lady was excellent! Our room was clean and spacious. It had a full sized refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, sink, sofa, king bed and a nice shower!
We did not use the pool, but it looked nice, however, It is only open on the weekend.
Breakfast was prepackaged options to choose from. We had a very nice stay and would not hesitate to recommend it for your next stay.
Location is near great restaurants, bars, shopping, zoo and other attractions. It is also close to Ohio Wesleyan University and Ohio State University. This hotel has a great free breakfast, great all day coffee, and Monday-Thursday evening food and wine.
Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus
Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus

How much does a room costs at Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris ?

Prices start 134$/night for King Studio Suite. The One-Bedroom King Suite is  142$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This room has a DVD player, seating area and kitchen.

Where to book online – Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus/Polaris –  Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus – you can find the best hotels deals in Columbus during Columbus Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Columbus on Booking.com  or  Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Best Western Suites Columbus 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Columbus

Best Western Suites Columbus
Best Western Suites Columbus

The Best Western Suites offers all the right amenities for business and leisure travelers. Free WiFi is available and a complimentary full breakfast is served each morning. Guests will also be 3 miles from the Hollywood Casino.

The hotel offers comfortable lodging for travellers visiting Columbus for business, government work or pleasure. Each room includes cable television, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and more.

Splash about in our indoor pool or unwind in the hot tub. Enjoy the onsite fitness center, or get some work done at the business center. This Columbus hotel also offers dry cleaning, meeting facilities, 24 hour front desk and free parking.

Just off I-70, this unpretentious all-suite hotel is 4 miles from Hollywood Casino Columbus and 11 miles from the Columbus Museum of Art.

Casual suites offer free Wi-Fi, pull-out sofas and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers; some have whirlpool tubs.

Freebies include hot breakfast and parking. There’s also a indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and an exercise room. Other amenities include meeting space and a 24/7 business center, in addition to a lounge area with a fireplace.

Welcome to Best Western Suites, your Columbus “home away from home.” Best Western Suites aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

Rooms at Columbus Best Western provide a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Best Western Hotel guests have access to 24 hour front desk, express check-in and check-out, and newspaper. You can also enjoy a pool and free breakfast. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Best Western Suites.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Olive Tree Restaurant and Kabob Grill, which are some Mediterranean restaurants that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Schwartz Castle, which is a popular castle amongst tourists.

Best Western Suites puts the best of Columbus at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

The entire experience was wonderful, beginning at check-in. The woman at the front desk was smiling and very friendly and made us feel welcome. The rooms are very spacious, especially for the price. I have stayed at much more expensive hotels where the rooms were much smaller. In addition, everything was spotless.

The beds were very comfortable, and we all slept well. The breakfast is your typical free hot hotel breakfast; they offered egg patties, sausage patties, cold and hot cereal, bagels, muffins, fruit, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and make-your-own waffles. The food was all very good. We again had a very pleasant experience with the staff at breakfast; they were all very outgoing, smiling, and friendly. We really had a great experience with no complaints. We have stayed at many hotels in this area and this is our new favorite.

The beds were comfortable, the room temperature was perfect and, after a great night’s sleep, we went downstairs to enjoy a well-stocked continental breakfast with do-it-yourself waffles, mini- omelettes, sausage patties, milk, a selection of juices, and other breakfast items. The bathroom was clean and appeared to be new; the adjustable shower head was great.

The motel location is convenient. Right off the interstate but quiet. It is close to the casino, shopping and nice restaurants. This is the third time we have stayed at this property. Each time the room was clean and comfortable, the clerk friendly and helpful and the stay was pleasant. We will definitely stay here again in the future.

Location convenient just off thruway, in near a mall with selection of businesses. Room well appointed, clean, spacious. The breakfast was exceptional: not only the usual waffle and bagels, but hot sausage, fresh scrambled eggs, etc., well-served.

Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus
Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus

How much does a room costs at Best Western Suites Columbus ?

Prices start 92$/night for King Suite with Sofa Bed. The Double Queen Suite with Sofa Bed
is  100$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This rooms includes a TV with cable channels, microwave and refrigerator.

Where to book online – Best Western Suites Columbus –  Gay Friendly Hotels Columbus – you can find the best hotels deals in Columbus during Columbus Festivals which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Columbus on Booking.com  or  Agoda.com or Hotelscombined.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.