The Columbia Marriott is a fine hotel, but ironically its location on Columbia's Main Street makes it out of the way and somewhat inconvenient for football weekends (my reason for being there). I checked in on a Friday before a South Carolina football game and checked out the following Sunday. You would have thought there was an evacuation order in effect in the surrounding area the entire time. Nothing -- nothing -- was open in the immediate vicinity. The Vista area and the Five Points area (both several blocks away) were alive with entertainment and restaurant choices, but Main Street and the downtown area around the hotel was dark, and practically a ghost town. The hotel itself was fine. The rooms were comfortable, the staff friendly, and they comped our breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant since the concierge lounge was closed for the weekend. The staff was great -- they opened up the gift shop after it had closed and my wife and I wanted to buy bottled water -- no where around the hotel to do so. The hotel has valet parking, but we parked for free in a municipal garage that was connected to the hotel by a skywalk. Overall, the hotel was nice and probably a good choice if you are in town during the week on business, but definitely not the center of activity otherwise. My rating is based on the location and the fact that I had to pay an exhorbitant rate since it was a football weekend. Definitely not worth what I paid, and I would not stay here again on a football weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit the Columbia Marriott hotel, located in the vibrant downtown Columbia area near the University of South Carolina. Our hotel offers some of the finest accommodations in Columbia, SC. To meet our guests' needs, the Columbia Marriott hotel has remodeled guest rooms, the lobby, meeting space, and the restaurant and bar. Stay with us and you'll enjoy generous amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, 42" flat panel televisions and wireless Internet access for plenty of entertainment. The 28,000 square feet of space makes our downtown hotel a favorite choice for businesses and social functions in Columbia, SC. Just minutes from popular destinations, including Columbia Museum of Art, Riverbanks Zoo, the state capitol, Colonial Life Arena and Williams Brice Stadium, our downtown hotel is close to popular attractions. Guests are welcome to take advantage of our indoor pool and on-site fitness center. Reserve a room today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbia Marriott Hotel Columbia
- Marriott Columbia