hotels with a view in Columbia, SC

1. Holiday Inn Express Fort Jackson Inn (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Just off I-77, this army hotel is 1.4 miles from the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum and 11 miles from Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.The contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels and work desks with chairs. Upgraded rooms include full kitchens and separate livings areas with pull-out sofas.The hotel offers free continental breakfast. Additional amenities include an exercise room and business center. There are also outdoor areas with BBQ grills, and meeting and event rooms. Parking is free.

Things You Need to Know

  • 12 min walk to Palmetto Falls Water Park
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “Housekeeping” 13 times
  • The fitness center has free weights and treadmills

Feedback From Real Customers

Gbenga Ayantade

Room is okay Service at front desk was fairly good but the General Service is one star because I stayed in the rooms for a week without Room Service

not even to come by and take out the trash out Not surprise though, it typical of the hotel, they belief the community they provide service to should clean up after themselves or they will report them to their superiorHoo-ha Btw, this is not the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time this will happen across the State ( Note: I’m not generalising, but just saying it’s because of their location and the community they provide service to)

Marz Masters

I loved this hotel from check-in, breakfast to check out The amenities are kept in excellent condition Some amenities standard to this hotel typically include washer/ dryer, gym, outdoor grill, basketball court

The staff were all pleasant and welcoming With COVID-19 on another rise, I absolutely appreciated the way the hotel kept track of spaces that needed sanitized The breakfast tables had signs if they still needed cleaning between use, the elevator was mopped and cleaned at intervals and teamwork was evident The staff wore their mask and offered help to their peers in other areas

William Foster

Our stay at the Fort Jackson IHG was tremendous Our experience was just as positive as it was in previous visits there The folks there are very gracious and attentive, from the breakfast attendants to the front desk

The room was nice and clean We did not notice any noise or inability to sleep due to loudness, the room was very quiet Our room was cleaned in a timely manner and they left extra towels like we requestedIt was a relief to have a nice breakfast each morning for the family I was just really impressed with our stay and can’t say enough When I read reviews I am always concerned with the environment and cleanliness, which for us at this hotel was great!Thanks again IHG Fort Jackson staff!

2. Hyatt Place Columbia/Harbison (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 26, this relaxed hotel is 3 miles from Harbison State Forest and a mile from Frankie’s Fun Park.Laid-back rooms provide free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, living areas and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemakers.Parking is complimentary. Amenities include a casual cafe/bar, 24/7 dining and a convenience store. There’s also a gym and an outdoor pool, as well as a business center and meeting space.

Things You Need to Know

  • 4 min drive to Frankie’s Fun Park
  • Guests praised the service
  • Some guests disliked the unclean bathrooms and the showers
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned microwaves 18 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Heather Poff

So I hate to write a bad review but I absolutely wouldn’t go back I was given my room and went up to unload and someone was already in the room I walked into someone else’s room

Shower had hair all over and the shower curtain had mold And I was only there to sleep was gone most of the time But front desk was left unattended and the employees that waited on me were friendly but didn’t seem to know exactly how to help Check out was fine the employee was kind and friendly

Heather Morris

We had a very poor experience here We checked in approximately about 6pm We go to our room to find it hasn’t been touched since the last guest had left

The bed wasn’t made, trash cans full, towels on the corner in the bathroom floor and the fridge was full of leftover alcohol andfood We called the front desk and we were told they would send up housekeeping immediately We asked to be switched to another room and were informed they are completely booked We waited thirty minutes and no one showed up We again called the front desk and they said they would page housekeeping A few minutes later they called to let us know they were switching our room I asked, once we went to the front desk, why did they tell us they were booked if there was a room available The employee explained that a guest decided to leave I don’t buy it, but it was clean and amazingly it was right next to our previous room I understand places are short staffed but just provide me with good customer service and be honestI have pics but they won’t post

Sharon Czeresko

First off, the entire staff was extremely helpful, hardworking and friendly If this review was solely based on staff I’d have no doubt given a 5 star review However, the property itself is in extreme need of some help

Just feels old, tired and begging for a deep Clean Stained carpeting and walls, trash in the halls and poor lighting Very little in the way of supplies (even the snack market was a bit sparse And the elevators (aside from being slow) were loud and scary Overall, the room itself was fairly clean, but still felt dark and tired Stayed here years ago and I guess I’d expected it to have been kept up Definitely convenient location and I felt safe inside and out of the building Just not what I would have expected from a product with the Hyatt name Likely wouldn’t choose this hotel next time I’m sorry, wish I had a better review

3. Aloft Columbia Downtown (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 823 Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: (803) 445-1900
  • Ratings: 4.4 (658 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Aloft Columbia Downtown
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Warm rooms in a hip, contemporary lodging offering a colorful bar, a terrace & a fitness room.

About this hotel

Set amid restaurants, bars and art galleries, this trendy, contemporary hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from the South Carolina State Museum, a mile from the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park, and 7 miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.Warm rooms with vibrant accents provide complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges and coffeemakers.A colorful bar features a fireplace. Other amenities include a terrace, a fitness room and a pool table, along with a kids’ club, coin-operated laundry facilities and parking (fee). Breakfast is available for a surcharge.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • Walking distance to Finlay Park and the South Carolina State Museum
  • 17 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 27 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines

Feedback From Real Customers

Jennifer Martin

Good hotel for young people traveling with dogs If you are not that, you probably will not care for this place Elevator and second floor smelled of dogs, room didn’t have a clean feel or smell

Very dark dated rooms Loud guestsThey put a lot into first floor amenities aimed at the younger crowd I was there for one night for business There are better options for business travelers in downtown Columbia

Jack Claypoole

The Aloft served as the host hotel for our recent family reunion It’s central location allowed for folks coming from five different states to not have to rent cars since it’s in walking distance to food and activities The Aloft team took outstanding care of our crew for four days – everything was perfect

Attentive, friendly staff and super facilities

TL Reynolds

Excellent room for low and reasonable price Everything exceeded expectations There is also artwork on the walls from local artists available for purchase

In the rooms, drybar is the sponsor of all bathroom soaps/loations Parking is around the corner and it is cheaper if you pay at the garage than hotel if not using valet services This was our first time staying at Aloft and we look forward to our next visit!

4. Tru by Hilton Columbia Greystone (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a leafy area off Interstate 126/Highway 76, this relaxed hotel is less than a mile from Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, and 3 miles from bars and eateries in Downtown Colombia.Streamlined rooms with a modern vibe have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges.There’s a fitness room, as well as a convenience store, and a lobby lounge with bright, contemporary decor. Breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have refrigerators
  • 14 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 18 times
  • Guests liked the beds, mentioned 29 times in reviews
  • The fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills

Feedback From Real Customers

K Law

My husband and I stayed a night here for the Elton John concert I was very impressed Felt like a newer building and had multiple entries that only opened with a room key so it felt safe

The staff were all very friendly and helpful The entire building felt clean and welcoming Our room was small but based on the photos I knew that going in The bed was comfortable and clean, the bathroom was clean and organized with towels set up and easy to get to I loved the dispensers for the soaps and shampoos The shower was beautiful and everything just felt nice The breakfast was so much better than expected You had your basics of yogurt, an apple, bagels and cereal, but they also had oatmeal, eggs, sausage, pancakes and English muffins Would absolutely come here again Easy check in and even easier check out Well lit parking lot and felt like a safe area over all Thank you so much!

William Andrew Sheppard

This is the second Tru in which I have stayed Much like the other Tru, it is decorated in a modern minimalist style Rooms are very small but clean and with comfortable beds

The lobby has a billiards table and an array of little nooks for reading or doing work Staff was very friendly and the hotel is located near the zoo and Saluda Riverwalk Only reason it is not 5 stars is the room size This is Columbia, SC, not Manhattan, there is no reason a modern hotel room should be this small

5. TownePlace Suites by Marriott Columbia Northwest/Harbison (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Flanked by restaurants off I-26, this informal all-suite hotel is 4 miles from hiking trails in Harbison State Forest, and 9 miles from swimming and fishing at Lake Murray.Unfussy studios feature kitchens, sitting areas, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi; some offer sofabeds. The 1-bedroom suites add separate living rooms and dining areas.Breakfast and parking are complimentary. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a sundeck, as well as a fitness room and a BBQ. Pets are welcome (fee).

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms and the beds
  • Guests praised the kitchenettes
  • 5 min drive to Frankie’s Fun Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests praised the service

Feedback From Real Customers

Misty Jacobs

First, this is booked by my husband’s company and hopefully this will be the last time we are here because the first three weeks were not greatconsidering the paper thin walls and constant noise along with the neighbors getting high but this time is awful The second room tonight and the place is just ghetto They half cleaned and the beds are lumpy & made without a care looking all used and wrinkled

I’m exhausted after traveling all day so changing from one room to another that’s just as bad- with no cart to carry any of our luggage- is just entirely unacceptable We will not recommend this place and will let the company know never to book here againThe breakfast is awful with no variety and the coffee is lukewarm at best by 6am

Keioshya Brown

When I checked in the agent was abrupt and seemed distracted from her taskshanded me the keys and didn’t say what room I was assigned to or anything of the sort The auditor however went above and beyond to provide whatever the guest’s may have needed

She always greeted me with a smile and let me know I was welcome there I was alone so this was very much appreciated The room was very clean and trendy while the TV was a smart TV that allowed you to log in to streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu Will definitely stay again

Jason Zheng

The house keeping workers are unprofessional, it’s under quality of Marriott brand management I placed the “Do Not Disturb” tag on the door handle during my stay, the housing keeping person till knocked on the door to check if I was going to checkout, my sweet dream was broken at 8am, I told them that I would check out at noon since I had been woken up The worst part was that envelope I told them to not bother me until my check out time, they still knocked on the door to rush me checkout at 11:15, this is unacceptable

I will never come back to this place again, and continue to post low quality review on internet for other guests caution, not being victims of worst hospitality experience

6. Staybridge Suites Columbia, an IHG Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off I-126 and a 9-minute walk from the Governor’s Mansion, this relaxed all-suite hotel is 2 miles from both the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Riverbanks Zoo.Warmly decorated suites feature full, modern kitchenettes and sitting areas, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players.Freebies include a breakfast buffet, parking, and weeknight evening receptions with food and drinks. A covered picnic area has BBQ grills. Other amenities include an indoor heated pool, a 24-hour fitness room, guest laundry facilities and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms, which have refrigerators
  • Guests praised the kitchenettes and the beds
  • Walking distance to Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion
  • 17 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned “dogs” 11 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Subrizi Scott

My overall stay here was nothing short of amazing The staff is phenomenal especially Tiffany!! She went above & beyond for us Always helpful and giving great shopping & dining tips

Although we had some issues with cleanliness & repair management was always on top of whatever issue we may have had Special thank you to Meka (house services) for being so kind whenever we needed anything! If you’re looking for a spacious room here is your place We enjoyed our two bedroom suite w/two bathrooms & full kitchen Breakfast was nice as well as the M-W social hour! Wasn’t happy the pool was operational but it had some repairs in place Be careful going out the traffic is heavy and is in need of a stop light Our beds slept great, complimentary Dove body wash& shampoo products were a plus Thank you Staybridge for an awesome ladies trip this week😊

Nancy Scraggs

From reception to culinary to housekeeping to maintenance; this is one of the nicest most accommodating hotels I have stayed in!!! We had an extended stay there for my job and were made to feel like family It was clean, well maintained, and the staff are phenomenal The food was very good and had a nice variety

Will definitely stay there again if my assignment takes me back!!

Michael Gunter

A reservation does not guarantee a room! Confirm your reservation Multiple times!My wife and I were thrilled when we found a two bedroom suite that would accommodate us, our two year old toddler, and our dog We accepted the elevated price, acknowledging the elevated price to ensure a comfortable and restful night’s sleep for all

It was quite a shock and disappointment for us to discover the day of our arrival that our reservation had been altered our reservation to two separate, non-adjoined rooms, all without any attempt to contact us to alert us of the changeSince we arrived late in the evening, we were unable to speak to a manager until the next day (Friday) in an attempt to resolve the issue Upon doing so, we were offered a partial refund on the room However, when we were contacted towards the end of the day we were informed that the refund would be a small fraction of what was originally offered and, to receive the full amount, we would need to contact the site we booked through After doing so, the booking site informed us that the hotel would not approve the refund and our attempt to contact the hotel directly has resulted in no responseWhile it can be expected that unforeseen circumstances will arise which require both business and customer to adjust, the failure to communicate these changes and the blatant refusal to follow through with the offered partial refund is absolutely unacceptableOn top of this, the indoor pool on premises, which our daughter was very excited about, had an Out of Order sign up all weekend Even when we were assured by the front desk that we were allowed to go in, the pool was so heavily chlorinated that it was uncomfortable to stay for more than 15 minutesThe saving graces for all of this, and the only reasons why this receives a two star review, is that the rooms themselves were very well kept and the beds were comfortableI will not be doing business with this company again in the future based on these interactions

7. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a commercial area alongside Route 21, this informal all-suite hotel is 3 minutes’ walk from the South Carolina State Museum and 3 miles from the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.Relaxed suites with modern accents feature desks, living areas and kitchenettes, as well as free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.Freebies include a hot buffet breakfast and parking. There’s also a bar, an indoor pool and a fitness center, in addition to 3 meeting rooms, a business center, a convenience store and a coin-operated laundry.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum
  • 16 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Guests liked the large, clean rooms but some disliked the air conditioning
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the indoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Jason Hancock

This hotel feels older than it should From the old swipe room keys to the feel of the room the hotel needs a refresh The curtains for the window didn’t really block much light, leading us to dig out our eye masks for the first time on the trip

The elevator seemed to operate on its own time, so after the first use we just used the stairs The side entry door was often situated so it wasn’t secure, meaning anyone could walk into the side entry The bathroom needed a refresh, and the TV system was a leftover from the early 2000’sIt isn’t all bad The location is pretty good to experience the vibe of The Vista and the Publix supermarket is a very short walk The pool was fine, though an old chlorine pool and the breakfast was descent for the post-pandemic Marriott properties All in all, I will skip this hotel the next time I return to Columbia

Katie W

We made the reservation based on reviews, availability of a king with an extra bed, and location To sum up my experience on the evening we arrived: I wish I could just go homeThe bed wasn’t very comfortable

The conditioner and body wash bottles were empty, and I didn’t realize it until I was already showering The air conditioner was deafeningly loud, and it was right by the bed I wish there had been a ceiling fan or something for air flow because we just couldn’t sleep with the a/c runningTo be fair, I’ll give a few pros: Decent scent in room The presence of a sofa bed and trundle bed in the room with a king, too Not a common feature! The shower had good water pressure The air conditioner worked, it was just insanely loudAll in all, unfortunately no, I wouldn’t stay here again

Michelle Roberson

Bait and switch I booked a king bed a month in advance I arrived, checked in, and my room had 2 double beds

I complained, and was told they are queens and that’s all they have Major concert in town and everyone is booked up I have a queen at home, these are not queens My husband and I woke all night long I would have been better off at a motel I travel for work and will not be booking Marriot again

8. Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Harbison (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Less than 7 miles’ drive from Lake Murray, this modern hotel is under 15 miles’ drive from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.All rooms offer chic decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, minifridges, microwaves, desks and free WiFi. Rooms with whirlpool tubs are available.A cooked-to-order breakfast is available (fee) and there’s an on-site restaurant serving American cuisine, as well as a fashionable lounge and a 24/7 pantry. There’s also a 24/7 fitness center and an indoor pool. Additional amenities include flexible meeting rooms and a business center, plus free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to Frankie’s Fun Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the showers
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 22 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with an indoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Shayla Kelly

I loved the location, it was close to anything you’d want or need as far as dining and shopping The lobby and public areas seems to be renovated which is great I knew the hotel was older by the one functioning elevator

We had a two queen beds room It was spacious! The carpet and the bathroom were super dated Overall, nice experience 👌🏾

joey desilets

The location was conveniently located next to some nice restaurants and stores The staff was very nice The food was excellent

The mini store in lobby was way over priced The hallways were hot and have this mildew smell The room itself was decent The whirlpool tub was nice being a tall guy it’s not easy to find a tub to take a bath in The shower could use some help water temp is awesome but that shower head sucks no pressure and it sprayed everywhere except down The bathroom gets hot very quick with door shut due to no working vents Toilet had some flushing issues Electronic door lock stopped working properly The room had some nasty stain brown stain on the floor that was sticky to touch after stepping on it Pillows were very nice Bed was horrible felt every spring in the mattress my wife having back problems this bed definitely didn’t help Woke up so sore and unrested Found cigar clippings all over the floor next to the bed

G Marie

Bad experience from the beginning Drove 3 hours to stay one night, as my son has a tournament for Taekwondo, and we couldn’t even park b/c there was an event at the hotel leaving NO parking for guests The receptionist ignored me for at least 2 minutes after I arrived at the desk

There were NO other guests at the desk, and she appeared to be on her phone She knew there was no parking, but was basically like “I have no solution for you” Rooms smaller than expected, stains all over the floor, and the bed’s sheet have holes All the money we pay, they should be able to afford new sheets! I should have brought my own sheets! Probably wouldn’t choose to stay here again Too expensive for poor service, no parking, and dingy room Disappointed!

9. Best Western Executive Inn & Suites (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Interstate 20, this straightforward hotel is 6 miles from the Columbia Museum of Art and 9 miles from Columbia Metropolitan Airport.Relaxed rooms have free Wi-Fi, and TVs with cable channels, plus microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add pull-out sofas and/or whirlpool tubs.Free perks include breakfast and parking. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness center, in addition to a business center and a meeting room.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms, which have refrigerators
  • 7 min drive to the Riverbanks Zoo
  • 13 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests praised the breakfast

Feedback From Real Customers


Cannot say enough good thing about this hotel The staff is very friendly and professional On top of that they were willing to work with me on an unexpected early checkout

I have been to this hotel several times over the course of a year and every time has exceeded expectations Rooms are very clean, hot breakfast and good coffee Thank you to the staff and management for working hard to make the stay enjoyable Two Thumbs Up!!

Schuyler Huff

Friendly staff 5/5Now let’s get to the roomBed super soft my boyfriend and I both where out like lights We did have a King sweet and im pretty sure we stayed in room 310

It was clean, probably one of the nicer BW we have stayed in in quit some timeBathroom I really wanna give a 45 shower was AMAZING, it has perfect water pressure and they know ya boy likes it HOT The only downfall of the bathroom was the toilet It was connected to anything so when you sat on it, it moved a lotThe nature of our stay was just one night decided not to drive home through all the storms and found this place for a great price I would honestly stay here again and hope the toilet was better secured

Deborah Crawford

When checking in I told the lady at the desk that my husband smokes and where were the designated areas She told me where I initialed the parts where it says smoking in room is $250 charge

My husband smoked outside but when we left they added $250 to my charge card They said they can prove he smoked in the room I asked the how, The answer was they do this all the time and they charge when people smoke inside I asked about the dope smoke smell in the hall and she says they charged everyone that smokes So I guess because I stated up front there would be a smoker in the room and the halls reeked of smoke when we arrived I was on the list So just to forewarn if you smell the dope smoke on your way in just know you will be charged whether you smoke or not If your clothes smell then be prepared to have a charge whether you smoke in the room or use their smoking area I am a non-smoker and I did not smell anything in our room at anytimeso just saying

10. Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Adjacent to the University of South Carolina, this straightforward hotel is an 11-minute walk from the South Carolina State House.Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas and minifridges.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and 3 meeting rooms. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, an exercise room and free on-site parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the rooms and praised the beds
  • Walking distance to the South Carolina State House and McKissick Museum
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 18 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines

Feedback From Real Customers

J Shlds

I can’t say enough about how great and friendly the staff here was; everyone from the front desk folks, to the shuttle drivers, the maintenance staff, bartenders and room cleaning folks were just spectacular! 👌 The room was great, wish the bathroom and tub could have been a little bigger but overall we are very happy with our stay The location is great and even better with the free hotel shuttle We would love to stay here again mostly due to the great staff 🙌

Carrie Sease

Ehh Stay somewhere else, it’s fine and it did the job, but the rooms are outdated, they were painting half of the rooms on the floor so it wasn’t very crowded We were driving halfway so just stayed one night

It’s in a decent location to campus but I’ve stayed in much nicer hotel rooms that have more amenities and are cleaner The shower had the shampoo/conditioner/body wash mounted on the wall so it wasn’t nice little individual bottles to use Yuck The garage is TIGHT and super short clearance Just go somewhere newer

mike williams

The best location available in Columbia if you wish to be near the railroad tracks and the main road i was there with a team for a USC event as well as a couple other teams, we were lucky only had to wait 45 minutes for our rooms, one of the other teams didn’t get there’s until late that evening One of the staff told me that it was hard to clean rooms without elevators working, evidently 2 days before both elevators were out of service so they did there best by using the stairs

It was fun getting to meet all the other guests as we waited a minimum of 5 minutes to catch the one elevator as the other one was still out of service, yet the front desk told several guests that it was working, maybe it was a invisible elevator I was told that the hotel has a new owner which explains a lot because we have stayed here many times over the years and it has always been very okexcept for the constant noise from the street and the train horn at 3 and 5 am in the morning If you are fortunate to get a room facing the pool then it’s not too bad Breakfast was well not good, runny eggs, pink bacon, and lots of fiber “ie coffee grounds” in the coffee This is by far and away the noisiest hotel in town, albeit it is the closest to a lot of areas on campus, so if you want, you won’t have to walk far, but you won’t get much sleep Only hotel I have been in that actually has a white noise machine next to the bed That should be a red flag right there, Here’s your signOh well we aren’t going to use them anymore so water under the bridge Just thought I’d let you know new owner is way worse than old owner One positive was my room was nice and comfy, just wasn’t able to use it for sleeping, but it was great for everything else

11. Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This sophisticated hotel is 1 mile from the South Carolina State Museum and 3 miles from Riverbanks Zoo.Modern rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors offer free Wi-Fi, desks, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers; some have whirlpool tubs. Upgraded rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening appetizers.A restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. There’s also a trendy martini bar in a historic bank vault, as well as a hip rooftop lounge/bar and a fitness center.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • Walking distance to Soda City Market and the Columbia Museum of Art
  • Guests mentioned “Icemaker” 10 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Evan Shearin

I’ve stayed here several times while in town on business The staff is always friendly and competent The beds are soft and comfortable

However, the beds are king sized, even when some of the rooms are really too small to accommodate a bed that size In a couple of rooms, the bed was so large that I couldn’t pull the desk chair outThe refurbished building is beautiful, the basement Starbucks is convenient, and the rooftop bar is a very cool experience But the building shows it’s age in some of the fixtures


Outstanding historic building formerly a bank Lobby has the original bank vault which leads to a cozy bar Beautiful corner suite with views of downtown

Room was very clean, staff were friendly and ready to make recommendations for the area Hotel has an amazing I got rooftop bar with amazing city views Tons of great restaurants all within walking distance, very clean and safe downtown area If you manage to travel on the weekend they have a street market every Saturday every week of the year with lots of art vendors, food truck, fresh flowers and musicians There is valet parking that cost $24 a night plus tips No restaurant on premises, loved our stay and definitely will stay again!


I loved the architecture of the building It really has an old school vibe Location is awesome

My only issue is parking They do offer valet Amazing view from the rooftop bar but no food There are tons of options within walking distance The Starbucks below it is the coolest I have seen Kind of has a speakeasy vibe The elevator will take you straight to it It’s unique and for that I say it’s worth a stay I will be back

12. Hotel Trundle (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 1224 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: (803) 722-5000
  • Ratings: 4.8 (325 reviews) Excellent
  • Website : Hotel Trundle
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Stylish rooms in an informal boutique hotel with an annex offering free evening drinks & breakfast.

About this hotel

Set on a downtown street, this unassuming boutique hotel in 2 adjoining historic buildings with an annex around the corner is 1 mile from the South Carolina State Museum and 3 miles from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. I-26 is 5 miles away.Stylish rooms offer handcrafted beds, free Wi-Fi, smart TVs and kitchenettes, as well as turndown service. Some rooms feature distinct touches such as graffiti murals, exposed brick walls and/or tin ceilings. Extended-stay rooms add skylights, sofabeds and kitchens.Freebies include continental breakfast and a welcome drink, plus daily evening socials with snacks and drinks. There’s also a fitness center.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • Walking distance to Soda City Market and the Columbia Museum of Art
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Adriana Urtubey

Everything was great but I am mainly writing this review for Shay, the very helpful and friendly lady at the front desk She has been absolutely wonderful Efficient, kind, and diplomatic

In my two day stay at the hotel, I could definitely tell she works hard and aims to please Customer service skills at its best I travel quite a bit and I rarely write reviews but this one was certainly warranted

Mindy Stephenson

We were recently guests and 5 stars isn’t enough

We arrived well after 10pm after driving all the way from Columbus Ohio and not stopping and the front desk made sure we had something to eat when we got there and the staff here is OUTSTANDING! They were so kind and offered the best service I’ve ever had from a hotel Room was fabulous and I can’t stay enough about this place!! Worth the money Every penny! They even let us park the 26 ft U haul right in front of the hotel because I was worried someone breaking in the truck Hope to be able to stay here again!

Valerie Lloyd Golson

I surprised my husband for his birthday with an overnight stay at “The Trundle Hotel” and it was exceptional in every way Upon entering the Hotel you are greeted by “Shay” not a ray of sunshine; but the sun itself! What ever other assistance is needed; your friendly all a round “Mr Fix it” John, is there to help you too

These two young people are truly “assets” to the establishment We also had the pleasure of meeting the Owners and found them to treat every guest with respect and wanting to make sure your stay is everything you want it to be Don’t be fooled by the exterior, the enterior decor is so warm and inviting No two rooms are alike Please come inyou will not be disappointed! We cannot wait to make our next reservation

13. Hilton Columbia Center (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 924 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: (803) 744-7800
  • Ratings: 4.5 (1246 reviews) Excellent Eco-certified
  • Website : Hilton Columbia Center
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: High-end hotel offering rooms with panoramic city views, plus an outdoor pool, steakhouse & bar.

About this hotel

Located in Columbia’s bustling Congaree Vista district with its upscale shops and eateries, this high-end hotel is a 2-minute walk to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and a 13-minute walk to South Carolina State Museum.All rooms offer chic decor, floor-to-ceiling windows (with panoramic city views) and custom-designed beds, plus desks, minifridges, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Suites add separate living areas and pull-out sofas.Amenities include a steakhouse restaurant, a cocktail bar, a 24/7 fitness center, and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub. There’s also a business center and 8,000 sq ft of meeting space.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have kitchenettes
  • Walking distance to The Vista and the South Carolina State House
  • 17 min drive to Columbia Metropolitan Airport
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 28 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with an outdoor pool
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Whitney Ince

My favorite Hilton Hotel as a business traveler This hotel is older but has been well cared for and updated The rooms are spacious with very comfortable beds and nice furniture

The staff is always very accommodating and the parking is the best for a downtown urban hotel as it’s a secure garage attached to the lobby so if it’s raining you won’t get wetIt’s less then a 5 minute walk from parking garage to your roomRuth Chris is lobby is good and hotel is less then one block from many other restaurants

Gloria Gaillard

Our stay was enjoyable! The room was clean, and the staff was polite and friendly Dinner at the restaurant downstairs (Ruth Chris) was great The only reason for not giving a 5 star rating was because the mattress slips on the beds wooden platform and the pillows could be more comfortable

Otherwise a great hotel, very clean, very nice!

Alan G

I said Hilton hotels All the time but usually lower end ones like Hampton inn when I’m traveling or going to see friends This Hilton Columbia center was fantastic Very clean very nice rooms and great amenities

But most importantly the front desk the people there were great the service was so good The person who helped check me in the first day saw me on the third day when I was leaving and remembered me and mentioned that I was able to get free breakfast since I was a diamond member Just the fact that she remembered me I thought was very surprising That’s what I call great service

14. Holiday Inn Columbia – Downtown, an IHG Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Along a tree-lined street in the downtown area, this informal hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Columbia Museum of Art, 1 mile from Columbia, South Carolina train station and 3 miles from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.Warmly furnished rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and microwaves, as well as minifridges, sitting areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Children age 18 and under stay at no charge when accompanied by an adult. Room service is available.Breakfast (surcharge) is served in a straightforward lobby restaurant/bar. Other amenities include a gym and guest laundry facilities. Parking is available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms and the beds
  • Walking distance to the Columbia Museum of Art and Soda City Market
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • The fitness center has weight machines

Feedback From Real Customers

William Jackson

The only disappointing part of my stay was parking They do offer parking at a premium which is in a parking garage half a block away Virtually impossible to find street parking at the hotel

Otherwise the experience was great Quick check in and out Room seemed to be clean and modern Shower had great water pressure The king bed was comfortable The restaurant was closed on the weekend and the bar is small yet quaintmake sure you shop prices and/or join their rewards program for the best rates

J Tingen-Whaley

Honestly, this is the cleanest and most comfortable hotel room I’ve ever stayed in Every staff member, all the way up to the General Manager was professional, friendly and down to earth You can tell they take pride in what they do

To even see the General Manager helping her team members at the front desk was amazing! Their decor is different and classy The beds are so comfortable that after a good night’s sleep I didn’t wake up hurting all over from an uncomfortable much to firm bed I will definitely be staying at this hotel for my future stays and highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area

Sandra E

Location: 10/10! You can walk everywhere!Room: We got a double queen premier with a tub and it was perfect It feels bigger than a King room!Service: Amazing The front desk staff are so helpful and nice

We had a great 2- night stay here!Only problem: no lids on the toilets so if you don’t want fecal spray on your towels, move them to the closetBeds + pillows: soft and comfy!Oh and guess where the Temptations stayed while they were in town? Yup! HERE! That was a pretty cool surprise 😊

15. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia, South Carolina (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel adjacent to Interstate 20 is a 7-minute drive from Riverbanks Zoo and 11 minutes’ drive from both the State Capitol and University of South Carolina.All rooms offer sophisticated decor and custom-designed beds, plus flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Suites add separate living areas.An on-site casual restaurant serves buffet breakfast, plus all-day a la carte meals. There’s also a fitness center and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include 22,700 sq ft of event space and a business center, plus freebies like parking and an airport shuttle service.

Things You Need to Know

  • 7 min drive to the Riverbanks Zoo
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the furniture
  • Guests mentioned the bathrooms are unclean
  • Guests mentioned “Housekeeping” 22 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Lcountess Wilson

I always like coming to stay here, the staff helpful and greet you with a smile The rooms are clean and comfortable The hotel bar has great selections, I miss social night and hope that will return

The pool is awesome wish they had a indoor pool as well William was very helpful and didn’t complain no matter how many times we needed him

Beatrice Hatcher

Room was not as expected and you had to pay for breakfast The lobby area is beautiful, but for the rest of the hotel, it could be a lot better considering how much you pay to stay there It was something that could have been cleaned, like the dresser, other than that it was okay

For me it’s minor things that the facility needs to address and they would be okay

John Washington

The room was very large with a living area and nice bedroom Some of the lighting in the living area and bathroom did not workThe remote control in the living area was missing a battery and did not work

They do have an on-site laundry, which is free, but you will have to purchase detergent and dryer sheets at the front desk

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