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Columbia Club

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121 Monument Cir Indianapolis IN 46204
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(317) 767-1361
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The Columbia Club, located in Indianapolis, provides financial and volunteer support to many local nonprofit organizations. It also supports acquisition, preservation and exhibition of items of literary and artistic significance, as well as restoration, preservation and protection of the historic clubhouse. The Columbia Club presents a wide variety of events that appeal to diverse ages and...

Your downtown one-stop shop for business networking, social connections and other services, such as: Catering for Special Events (3-300 guests), Overnight Accommodations (99 rooms), and Private Membership includes access to Fitness Center, Dining Rooms, Lounge, Reciprocal Club Access, Local Golf Affiliates, Clubs within the Club, Members Only Events and more...

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Columbia Club
Reviewer Name
Qui Zui
Review Date
April 26, 2008
Average Rating
2

The Columbia Club: A Mixed Review

I was a guest at this club recently. I was sponsored by a Columbia Club member, and I stayed several nights in a smallish, though acceptable, room on the sixth-floor. I'm sure that an old building like this one faces daily challenges balancing modern functionality against preservation of historic character, and as such, I'm willing to be more forgiving of old wiring, broken plaster and rusty pipes. However, the furniture in my room was, charitably, junk; it was held and mended together with glues, adhesives and wood filler. The table, chair, lamp, bed frame, armoire: all of them were of insubstantial build and quality, wobbling, creaking under the most casual use. Unacceptable. This furniture, even when new, was never more than flimsy, mass-produced motel-grade flotsam.

Considering eating a meal at The Columbia Club? Well, I hope that you like your food saturated in a froth of butter and salt. Seldom have I ever paid such exorbitant prices for food so unhealthily and inexpertly prepared. Is the kitchen of this club staffed with glorified school-cafeteria workers? more accustomed to slopping out mindless gruel to satisfy the palates of Snickers- and Doritos-chomping teen-agers? It is one thing for the architecture, ambience and aesthetic "presence" of this club to remain... charmingly unenlightened, but the food must possess a contemporary sophistication and understanding of nutrition. It is not enough to just ladle on more butter and cream when the taste isn't quite right. I'm guessing that regular members of this club are generally unconcerned about high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity.

Finally, I had the opportunity to speak -- at times, candidly -- with individual employees of this club: clearly, the upper-management of The Columbia Club is regarded as anathema to employee morale. The individual valets, housekeepers, front desk staff, waiters and servers with whom I had contact were courteous and professional. But this professionalism and dedication to good service seems to be in spite of the club's management-- not because of it. I encourage other visitors (or members) of this club to parse the dynamics of this too-familiar phenomenon: good employees operating in an environment of lousy upper-management. My guess? If this phenomenon continues, the venerable Columbia Club will suffer the unspectacular fate of over-priced condos with a great view of the Circle.

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Editorial Review by Christy Buena

Travel weary guests stay at the historic landmark that offers 97 rooms and suites, complimentary wireless internet and free local phone calls.

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Ideal location, excellent staff

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100

From the valet parking to the service of the staff during my stay, everything was excellent

Great location, very comfortable

Average Rating
80

I was in town for a convention. It was within walking distance. Plenty of restaurants, activities and shopping.

BUYER BEWARE - Private club with unusual rules

Average Rating
40

Despite not being spelled out anywhere on the Expedia profile of this hotel, the Columbia Club is a private club that exercises some unusual policies. First and foremost - THEY WILL CONFISCATE ANY OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK YOU TRY TO BRING UP TO YOUR ROOM. That's right, they confiscated my twelve-pack of Sierra Nevada like I was a college kid in a dorm (despite the fact that I'm well over the...

Average Rating
80

better than expected. great downtown location and walking distance to attractions.

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60

Check in went smoothly. When we got to the room there were 2 TV's but 1 did not have a remote and could not be controlled by the other remote. I called front desk and they did have someone quickly bring up a new remote. This was a "non-smoking" floor but someone was obviously smoking in and/or around this room. It smelled so bad. The next morning it was the same way. My daughter was actually...

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This lovely hotel is set in Downtown. The hotel comprises 86 cosy bedrooms. Those who dislike animals may enjoy their stay, as this hotel does not allow pets.

Property Desc: Property Location With a stay at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis, you'll be minutes from Hilbert Circle Theatre and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Circle Center Mall and Indiana War Memorial. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 89 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Your bed comes with triple sheeting and...

The Columbia Club offers a great location, putting you within a 15-minute walk of Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians. Guests can indulge in massages, and Harrison Room serves dinner. A bar/lounge and a fitness center are offered, and rooms at this historic hotel get the details right with Egyptian cotton sheets and premium bedding.

This historic hotel is within close proximity of Hilbert Circle Theatre and Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

The Columbia Club Inc was founded in 1899, and is located at 121 Monument Cir in Indianapolis. It employs 100 employees and is generating approximately $6,871,192.00 in annual revenue. Additional information is available at www.columbia-club.org or by contacting Sydney L Steele at (317) 767-1361.

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