Built in 1897 as the Great Southern Fireproof Hotel and Opera House, The Westin Columbus retains much of its old-world charm and elegance. A grand lobby features two dining experiences and sweeping staircases that lead up to a second-floor promenade, where you’ll find a beautiful ballroom and several guest rooms. The rest of the 188 rooms are located on the third through sixth floors of the seven-story building.
The hotel was renovated on more than one occasion in its history, eventually becoming a Westin-branded hotel about 20 years ago. It still features the wider-than-average hallways, which once accommodated steamer trunks and hoop skirts, and has the interesting distinction of having hosted every sitting president from 1897 to present, with the exception of a few in the 1980s when the hotel closed briefly.
Recent renovations to the hotel’s workout facility (new Life Fitness cardio machines and bright, full-wall mural) and Thurber’s bar/restaurant (fresh paint and reupholstered chairs and booths) aim to blend contemporary comforts with the traditional French Renaissance-style décor of the property’s other public spaces. And in a unique twist, this upscale hotel also is pet-friendly for trained dogs and cats, offering special amenities for your furry friend.