Conference Hotel - The Blackwell
Except for the poster sessions and conference dinner, all 5PON conference events will be held in The Blackwell. The Blackwell is a full-service hotel at the Fisher School of Business on campus, with spacious, well-appointed rooms. All rooms are air conditioned. Bistro 2110 is part of the hotel complex, and features table service at all three meals, plus a breakfast and lunch buffet.
If you wish to stay off campus, we recommend the nearby Springhill Suites by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, or Holiday Inn Express & Suites, all of which are about 2 miles from The Blackwell and $109-$116/night. All are also recently constructed. For more economical options, but sparer appointments and older facilities, we suggest The Varsity Inn North or South. Both are within 2 miles and $69-75/night.
A free shuttle will be available between these hotels and The Blackwell in the morning and evening. Details to follow.
Residence Hall Housing - closed
Housing in the residence halls on North or South Campus is available. Rooms generally accommodate 2-4, but it is possible to reserve single-person rooms. Each room has a private bathroom, study room and separate sleeping area, plus mini-fridge and microwave. Only North Campus rooms are air conditioned.
We can request, but cannot gauarantee, an air-conditioned dorm room. Note that it is likely to be very warm in Columbus in mid-July (highs around 80-90 ºF/27-32 ºC with high humidity). Also note that residence hall rooms do not have televisions, and are generaly not adjacent to restaurants. Therefore, we recommend one of the economy hotel options above over the residence halls. But we will make every effort to accomodate dorm room requests.
Residence hall room rates are $60/night for single occupancy, $29/night each for double occupancy, and $23/night each for multiple occupancy (up to 4). Payment for residence hall rooms must be made at the time of check-in by credit card (VISA or Mastercard), a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or cash (US$). Residence hall requests can no longer be accepted.
City of Columbus
The Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio, which is the state capital and the state’s long-time hub of government, education, insurance, finance, technology and retail. Columbus is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, which is the world’s largest private research and development foundation, and Chemical Abstracts Service, the world’s leading source of chemical information. It is the fifteenth largest city in the USA, and it is widely recognized as a top place to live, do business and raise a family. Six Fortune 500 companies are based in or near Columbus, including Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, Limited Brands, Momentive Specialty Chemicals, and Big Lots. Besides OSU Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus is also home to the OhioHealth network of regional hospitals. It is a short drive from Cleveland and Cincinnati, home to other renowned medical centers at The Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Attractions include the outstanding Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Columbus Museum of Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame and Jack Nicklaus Museum, COSI (museum of science and industry), and performing arts groups such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Opera Columbus, BalletMet Columbus, ProMusica Chamber orchestra, CATCO theater group and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Excellent shopping can be found in boutiques in the Short North district between Ohio State and downtown, as well as the Polaris and Easton shopping centers on the north and east sides of the city. Besides the well-known athletics programs of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus is home to the Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, the Crew of Major League Soccer, and the Clippers, the minor league baseball affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
In late July, the average high temperatures are around 85 ºF (30 ºC) and lows are around 65 ºF (18 ºC), with rain about once out of three days. The Blackwell and most other facilities are air conditioned, although dormitory rooms are not guaranteed to be air conditioned.