On February 28th, having driven some 600 miles from Fort Pierce FL. Mrs Too and I were tired and a little hungry. We noted from a sign on I85 that there was a Sleep Inn at the next exit in Columbia, SC. We have almost always been quite happy with Choice Hotel properties, so we took the exit and the motel popped up right in front of us. We always face a toughie when arriving at any drive-by hotel, in that we need not just a room, but a smoking room. This time we were in luck on the first try. The front desk host was a cheerful soul who whisked us right in and sent us on upstairs. The room was an absolute beauty, and as spotless as a dairy. It wasn’t very long, though before we noticed that we had only two line voltage sockets. There was a coffee maker in the room, but it was unplugged. Plugging it back in was easy but now we had a single outlet to recharge the laptop and two camera batteries. That took a bit of planning, but we made up a little schedule and got started on it. That was when we noticed the message waiting light blinking on the room ‘phone. No button or combination of buttons had any effect whatever, prompting a call to Cheerful Soul who said that, yes, they were having trouble with the ‘phones. Disconnecting the signal/power cable from the RJ11 jack took care of that.
When we stopped at the desk to ask about a spot for dinner, C.S. was right in his element. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to ask that and be told that the clerk had only been there two weeks and hasn’t any notion beyond McDonald’s. This man reeled off a regular litany of choices ending with a glowing recommendation that we try a spot called The Villa just a few blocks away. We did, and were so glad we did.
We slept like rocks, had an above average breakfast on the house, and went happily on our way home. All’s well that ends well, right?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located off I-20 at Bush River Road, near I-26, the Sleep Inn at Bush River Road places you right in the heart off all that is Columbia. You will find at your doorstep a wealth of different attractions such as Downtown Columbia, Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Gardens, University of South Carolina, the home of the Gamecocks, and the town of Lexington and beautiful Lake Murray. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sleep Inn Columbia Hotel Columbia
- Columbia Sleep Inn