The Drury, Hyatt and Hilton all have a connected indoor walkway to the convention center. There is also a Hampton Inn across High Street. We were able to negotiate group rate disounts at The Drury and the Hyatt.
Or, call 1-800-325-0720 (Drury Reservations) and ask for the Columbus Arena District location. You must mention the Ohio LinuxFest, or Group number 2197725, to get the discounted rate which includes one parking spot.
- Drury Inn and Suites Convention
88 East Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Rooms include free, on-site, indoor parking on a first-come first serve basis. Do not be alarmed if the Drury website mentions the $12 parking fee. The regular charge is $12/night which is waived upon check-in.
For all guests, the Drury offers a free Hot Breakfast and the 5:30pm Kickback® with complimentary hot food and cold beverages
For overflow, a group rate was also negotiated with the Hyatt. (Thursday through Sunday)
The rate is $129. We were informed this includes free internet and discounted self parking at $12 a day.
The link to use to book through our discounted rate is here:
Please see attachments at the end of this post for a map of the area along with map of nearby parking lots and garages.
The hotels typically reserved for Linuxfest participants do not offer a free bus to the airport, although they do recommend:
Central Ohio Taxi
Public transportation is available from the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) http://www.cota.com/. Normal bus fare is $1.75, express fare $2.50; transfers are free.
Another option is Columbus Yellow Cab: http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/columbus-ohio.cfm/Transportation-Servi...