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Due to the high volume of reservation requests for Ohio State Commencement weekend, The Blackwell Inn will hold a lottery for overnight accommodations. 

Simply complete the online registration starting May 1, 2018 at 8am through May 25, 2018 at 11:59pm to enter into the lottery for the 2019 OSU Commencement weekend. 

All applications submitted during this time frame will have equal access for selection.  Only requests received outside of these dates will NOT be included in the initial lottery and will be placed on our waitlist.  Any duplicate entries will be removed.   Guests calling in for reservations will be asked to complete the online form to ensure fairness and consistency in the process.  There is no advantage to early registration as all names are entered into a random lottery for the reservation selection. 

On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, names will be randomly selected from the lottery registration for reservations.  Those guest names selected can expect to receive a call from our reservations department starting Friday, June 1, 2018 to confirm their reservation.  If an individual does not answer, we will leave a voice message and the guest will have 24 hours to return our call to confirm their reservation.  After that time, the request will go on our waitlist and we will move forward with the next guest.  All calls will be made no later than Friday, June 15, 2018. 

The 2019 OSU Commencement rate is $329 per evening, for a room with one king bed or a room with two queen beds.  This excludes taxes and valet parking.   Suites are available and start at $379 per evening, plus taxes and valet parking.  All reservations require a two night minimum stay of either Friday and Saturday evenings OR Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Room type is based on availability at the time the guest name is drawn.  Reservations are non-refundable 30 days prior to arrival, therefore cancellations must be received prior to 4:00pm 30 days prior to the arrival date in order to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax.   An advance deposit is not required at the time of booking. 

Once the hotel is fully committed, all remaining reservation requests will be placed on our waitlist, which is managed throughout the year.  All waitlisted guests will receive an email notification from our reservations department confirming this status.  

Please note, rooms are not intended for resale and may not be transferred without proper notification to and approval from the hotel.  If making a reservation on someone’s behalf, please include contact details of the person staying in the room.  The Blackwell Inn has the right to cancel any reservation that is transferred or resold inappropriately, including the sale of a room above booked value, and any deposits will be forfeited.