Columbus Georgia is most notable for hugging the Chattahoochee River and bordering Alabama—you can even zip-line from one state to the next. Many travelers find their way down to this southern city to visit a loved one at Fort Benning, or to visit other military attractions such as museums and monuments. Unfortunately, you won’t find boutique hotels or quirky bed and breakfasts when searching for a place to bunk up, but you will find some solid chain selections to meet all your basic needs, whether you’re there to enjoy the artsy river walk, or to visit the military base.
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Hampton Inn Columbus/ South Fort Benning (Prices & Photos)
Quite popular among families visiting basic training graduates from Fort Benning, this Hampton Inn delivers with basic yet cozy rooms, an impressive lounge that looks like it belongs at a swanky ski resort, and as always, a darn good hot breakfast. TripAdvisor reviews have settled this location at nearly a solid five on the rating scale, which is quite astonishing. Fort Benning is mere steps away from the hotel, so the location is optimal if visiting Columbus for anything military related.
Hilton Garden Inn Columbus (Prices & Photos)
Serenely positioned by a small lake, Hilton Garden Inn has a lovely exterior that feels a bit more like an escape. Don’t get too excited about the rooms, they are nice but straightforward. However, the large indoor pool is a nice bonus, along with a generous breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy and a list of other tasty items to start the day. Some suites do feature whirlpools, and outside you’ll find a nice waterside walking path for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
Staybridge Suites Columbus (Prices & Photos)
A great place for longer stays, this Staybridge location offers micro kitchens equipped with essentials like larger refrigerators and microwaves. A media room with cushy movie theater recliners and a flat screen TV is a fantastic addition in the commons area. Outside, a simple, clean-cut pool is complemented by a huge gas fire pit for nights hanging with friends and family.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus (Prices & Photos)
Larger kitchens with modern espresso-toned cabinetry accent the open suites with uniquely homey touches. Lots of colorful trim and accent pieces really bring the place to life, so it’s a pretty uplifting spot to settle in for a while. The rectangle pool is surrounded by a nice recreation area with grills and chairs, and across the street you’ll find more entertainment at the local movie theater. A short walk in either direction will take you to shops and food joints like Panera Bread, Target, Fresh Market and loads of other hot spots. Breakfast is more than adequate, with yummy waffles, breakfast sandwiches and above average coffee.
Sleep Inn (Prices & Photos)
Dipping as low as 60 bucks a night, you get a great value on your hard earned money at Sleep Inn in Columbus. The lobby is warm and welcoming with wood touches and a cute staircase with metal railing, which leads to guest rooms that more than meet expectations. The coffee in Columbus, for some reason or another, is consistently delicious, because guests rave about it here, too. Breakfast is, of course, included, and has all of our favorite staples like eggs, yogurt and freshly made waffles.
Best Western Plus Columbus Ft. Benning (Prices & Photos)
Best Western Plus is almost always a sure bet when searching for consistency, comfort and amenities that make life a little easier. The front entrance and lobby are streamlined and nice, while the breakfast served every morning is extensive and satisfying. Customer service is highly rated here, with rooms being touted as perfectly clean, and front desk attendants going above and beyond. The location is near shopping and restaurants for added convenience.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbus-Fort Benning (Prices & Photos)
You can always count on Holiday Inn—the design is typically kept up to date, the complimentary breakfast features little extras and the price is pretty predictable and affordable. At this site, you’ll find a sufficient workout room to complete an adequate cardio workout, along with a laundry area if staying for a while. The hotel goes the extra mile with the layout of rooms for the disabled—they are super spacious and accessible, making for a much more comfortable stay than at other hotels. For hanging out, there’s a nice pool and even a cocktail lounge which serves some pretty good drinks.
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Columbus (Prices & Photos)
The indoor pool area is the most impressive aspect of the Fairfield Inn—it’s quite large and clean cut, with a big hot tub as well. A tiny market with essentials and snacks is located in the commons area—a much-welcomed convenience. The onsite fitness area is well equipped, and the general price of your stay is typically well under $100. In the lobby, you’ll always be pleasantly surprised with the little extras like infused water, hot cocoa, and again, highly praised coffee.