The Drury, Hyatt and Hilton all have a connected indoor walkway to the convention center. There is also Hampton Inn across High Street. We were able to negotiate group rate discounts at The Crowne Plaza, the Drury, and the Hyatt.
The room blocks are going fast; see below for details. Book today!
The Crowne Plaza has rooms for $135 for the entire weekend: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Reservations can also be made by calling our hotel at 614-461-4100 or 1-800-227-6963 and dialing the prompt for reservations. When speaking with a reservationist, please mention the group code LIN or mention the group name Ohio Linuxfest.
Rooms are two Queen beds with a mini fridge. Includes wifi. Parking is $23 to vallet. If you prefer, you can park a the nearby, at the Chestnut Garage, for $12 a day where each day resets at 6 A.M.
Hyatt Regency Columbus
UPDATE Oct 9, 2014 - The Hyatt can accommodate guests checking in on Saturday night only. Rooms on Thursday and Friday are SOLD OUT!
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:
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215, US
Drury Inn and Suites Convention Center
UPDATE Oct 9, 2014: It appears that our block of discounted rooms are sold out on Saturday at the Drury. You may be able to negotiate the discount rate for Thursday or Friday. It is best to call and ask. There may be a few rooms on Saturday at the regular rate.
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.
We have a map of the area along with a map of nearby parking lots and garages. There are also directions to the convention center from the surrounding region.
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...