I was in town for a night, and had visits in West Columbia and at USC, this hotel was perfectly located on the main street in town (Gervais St).
The hotel itself was just fine. The room was nice, not terribly noisy inside despite being on the Gervais side, bathroom was clean. The front desk staff was friendly enough - nothing to write home about, but very pleasant. Plenty of parking, although it was a bit odd to have to walk to the main door (which was along the driveway without a sidewalk) after 10pm. I understand the security issue, there's just no sidewalk to get to the main door from the parking lot.
I never understand why hotels under $100 offer free continental breakfast, and anything above has to charge, but whatever. (I booked through hotels.com, so I still paid less than $100.) I didn't pay for the breakfast buffet, but I'm sure it was nice. The wifi was still free, so that was good.
Again, I was just here for a night, and for a cheap hotel that's walking distance to USC, the Statehouse, and the little historic district, this is where to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Carolina University Inn located in the heart of Downtown Columbia. Travelers of all needs can take advantage of our one of a kind property located in the business, financial, and entertainment district of downtown Columbia. Unique local restaurants, boutique shopping, and exciting night life are all located within a one mile radius. The brand new USC Law School opening in Fall of 2017 is just across the street from the hotel's front door and a short walk from where you can discover everything the University of South Carolina campus has to offer. We take great pride in our Gamecocks here in Columbia. Williams Brice Stadium is a short 2.9 mile drive where you will experience college football here in Gamecock Country! Breathtaking views of the South Carolina State House are blocks away on Gervais Street. The South Carolina State Museum and Museum of Art are conveniently located downtown offering a taste of our local culture. Take the family on a delightful educational adventure to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden or the Edventure Children's Museum, both located within 5 miles of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Columbia
- Clarion Columbia
- Columbia Clarion