Thank you DiscoverOhio and Experience Columbus for the complimentary stay to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. #DiscoverOhio
During our 30 day road trip we stayed in several hotels. We camped. We stayed with family and friends. And we stayed in our time share. So when I say that Drury Inn and Suites is a lovely place to stay, I mean it! And not just compared to other hotels, but in general.
We were able to stay in the Drury Inn and Suites as part of the Roar and Explore Package provided by Experience Columbus. It included a two night stay, tickets to COSi, and to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which also features a water park. The reason I mention this is that the package is geared toward families, and the hotel is too!
The service, amenities, and rooms are perfect for families who want to travel in comfort. The lobby was inviting, and one thing I really loved is that while I was checking in my kids were able to plug in their devices. Sounds weird, but the seating area had USB ports so you could plug in right there. It was great.
The suite was great too, as it had 2 queen beds, and then a nice living room area with a pull out bed. It was perfect for our crew, with the separation, it made things like differing bed times, and nap time a lot easier to manage.
But let’s talk about the amenities. It had the standard stuff like a pool and a breakfast. But there was nothing standard about it. The breakfast was huge, with tons of options. I loved that it had hot and cold options. Oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, waffles, juices, fruit, yogurt. It was great.
However, in addition to the breakfast the hotel also serves a light dinner. They called it the 5:30 Kickback, and it has a rotating menu with soups and salads, and then things like mac and cheese, hot dogs, etc. And drinks. We unfortunately did not make it back to the hotel in time to try it, but if it was anything like breakfast I am sure it was great.
The one thing we did get to try was the free soda and popcorn that they had available in the lobby from 3 pm to 10 pm. My kids were in heaven. And loved trying all the soda options. It was great for getting them to chill in the room and watch TV while little sister went to bed early.
Drury Inn and Suites also offers free wifi, 60 minutes of free long distance calling, free parking, a corporate shuttle service, and laundry options. Even the bathrooms were great!
My kids had a great time during our stay. Look at those happy faces, and that bed head!!! As soon as we woke up they wanted to run down to breakfast.
One last thing I have to mention is that I appreciated the staff making it as pleasant as possible for us to stay. They went out of their way several times, from carrying a tray of drinks up the room for my youngest son, to alerting us when fresh popcorn was ready, to providing us with a nice gift bag with treats and bottled water when we arrived. The entire experience was pleasant.
And they even handled unpleasant things well. At one point another guest was taking photos of my kids while we were at breakfast. Don’t ask me why. It is kind of a crazy story, and I won’t tell it all in this post. But basically I saw her doing it, and when I went up to approach her about it she basically ran away from me.
It made me super uncomfortable, and since I couldn’t talk to her about it, I went to the front desk and I talked with the manager. I told him I had observed her photographing my kids, and that it had made me uncomfortable. He was very kind, and said he would keep an eye out for her, and talk to her about it if he noticed her doing it again.
After we left the breakfast area, I saw him approach her. I was happy they took my concerns seriously, and that I did not have to make a big scene.
Whether you are traveling with family, or by yourself, I can’t stress enough how great the Drury Inn and Suites is. I definitely recommend checking out their website to see all they have to offer.