There are two conference hotel options:
The Blackwell Inn
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Rate: $149/night for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy
To reserve a room, please call the Blackwell Inn and say you are part of the CORD and SDHS Conference group to reserve the discounted rate.
The Blackwell is located on campus and is approximately a ten-minute walk to the Union and Sullivant Hall; there is a free campus bus that runs directly from the Blackwell to the Union.
The Blackwell offers complimentary airport transportation for hotel guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details on the transportation schedule will be available closer to the conference dates.
Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus-Downtown
501 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2008
Rate: $129/night for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy. To reserve a room, call 1-800-426-7866 or use this link: TBD
The Hampton Inn is located on High Street, in the heart of the Short North arts district and adjacent to the Brewery district and the Arena district. It is several blocks away from the Union and Sullivant Hall. The COTA #2 city bus runs straight up High Street from the Hampton Inn to the Union and Sullivant and runs multiple times per hour for $2/ride. Private busing scheduled in the morning and evening will also be provided to conference delegates.
Directions to the Hampton Inn:
From I-71 Southbound: Take I-670 West to Exit 4B (follow signs to High St), turn left on High St. Hotel is on right (across from Convention Ctr). From I-71N, I-70E & I-70W to Fourth St exit (north), to left on Nationwide Blvd, to right on High St. Hotel is on left (corner of Spruce & High across from Convention Ctr)
From the airport: Take 670 West to 3rd Street. Take right (west) on Chestnut and then right (north) on High Street. Turn left on Spruce Street for hotel valet parking.
Taxi: Typical fare is $25.
COTA Public Transportation: John Glenn International is served by COTA, Columbus’ public transportation system. COTA AirConnect provides direct bus service between John Glenn International and Downtown Columbus, serving downtown hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. AirConnect is $2.75 each way, and ride passes can be purchased with credit/debit cards at the bus stop just to the right of the taxi station. Get the full AirConnect schedule here.
There are numerous other hotels and motels in the area as well.
The Blackwell Inn
Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus-Downtown
Traveling by Air:
The John Glenn Columbus International Airport, airport code CMH (Formerly Port Columbus International Airport), is a 10-15 minute drive or cab ride to campus. The Blackwell and Hampton Inn provide complimentary airport shuttles with reservation.
-Megabus and Greyhound bus stations are each a 10-15 minute cab ride to campus.
-Columbus does not have national (Amtrak) train transportation.
-Public transportation in Columbus is through the COTA bus system. Ohio State has its own university bus system, CABS, which intersects with COTA. COTA is $2 per ride; CABS is free. For information about COTA: http://www.cota.com/
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, for tourism or business. Most conference attendees will be valid under a Business category of the VWP as eligible visitors are able to attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference. Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. You must also have a round trip ticket indicating return passage to a country outside the United States. For more information: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html#reference.
If you are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa. The 38 eligible countries for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can be found here: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.
In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. The automated web-based system allows you to determine your eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more detailed information, to apply for ESTA, and pay the fee. If you do not meet eligibility requirements for the VWP then you must apply for a visa.
Each traveler must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure from the United States. Please refer to the above website for country-specific information on the correct type of passport.
If you need a letter of invitation or a letter confirming acceptance of your proposal to present at the conference, please contact Cindy Lemek, Association Manager for CORD and SDHS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Ohio Union, Sullivant Hall, and Mershon Auditorium:
Ohio Union South Garage: http://osu.campusparc.com/home/garages/academic-south-campus/ohio-union-south
(Note that the Ohio Union South Garage and the Ohio Union North Garage are right next to each other. Visitor parking is only available in the Ohio Union South Garage.)
For the Blackwell:
or Lane Avenue Garage: http://osu.campusparc.com/home/garages/academic-north-campus/lane-avenue-garage1
or a surface lot across the street from the Blackwell (but I think the rates are the same): http://osu.campusparc.com/home/visitors-patients/visitor-parking/surface-lot-parking
For delegates staying at the Blackwell, the Union and Sullivant Hall are a 10-15 minute walk. They can also use the free CABS on-campus bus service by taking the Campus Loop North. They will get on at Knowlton Hall (stop on the corner by the Blackwell) and get off at the Ohio Union for both Sullivant Hall and the Union. Note that the Ohio Union bus stop is at the back door of the Union on College Ave, as opposed to the front door on N. High Street. (To get back to the Blackwell from the Union or Sullivant Hall, they will take the Campus Loop South, which is the reverse route.)
General CABS info with expandable tabs for routes: https://ttm.osu.edu/cabs
Campus Loop North map: https://ttm.osu.edu/sites/default/files/cln_map.pdf
Campus Loop South map: https://ttm.osu.edu/sites/default/files/cls_map.pdf
For delegates staying at the Hampton Inn or Hilton, there will be a chartered shuttle bus that will circulate at designated times in the morning and evening, with extra times for the Thursday reception at the Blackwell. If delegates want to get to campus at other times than the scheduled shuttle, they may take COTA, the city bus, for $2/ride. The Hampton Inn, the Hilton, Sullivant Hall, Ohio Union, and Mershon Auditorium/Wexner Center are on the #2 bus which runs north-south up and down N. High Street. It is about a 15-minute ride depending on traffic. See http://www.cota.com/ for more information.
Hampton Inn/Hilton to Ohio Union, Sullivant Hall, and Mershon Auditorium: Cross N. High Street and get on the #2 going north N. High Street and Spruce Street (Stop 4095), right outside the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Get off the bus at N. High Street and E 13th Ave (Stop 1189) and cross N. High Street to the Union, or get off at N. High Street and E. 15th Ave (Stop 1190) and cross N. High Street to Sullivant Hall and Mershon Auditorium.
Ohio Union, Sullivant Hall, and Mershon Auditorium to Hampton Inn/Hilton: Stay on the same side of the street as the Union, Sullivant Hall, and Mershon Auditorium. From Mershon/Wexner Center and Sullivant Hall, get on the #2 bus going south at N. High Street and E. 15th Ave (Stop 1295), right outside Sullivant Hall. From the Union, get on the #2 bus at N. High Street and E. 13th Ave (Stop 1296). Get off at N. High and Swan Street (Stop 4096).
Columbus also has Yellow Cab service, Lyft, and Uber.