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Inn at USC Wyndham Garden
Ranked #6 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Beaufort, South Carolina
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98 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Just right”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

This is a Wyndham Garden Hotel but is known primarily as "Inn at USC". Self described as a boutique hotel and built around a 1910 historic home, this is not your average Wyndham! The university neighborhood is nice, and the Inn is conveniently located. The historic district, State House and many good restaurants are within 10-15 minutes walking distance, and they are just a short drive if weather makes walking uncomfortable. You can expect all the amenities available at other Wyndham properties.

The room wasn't large, but it was large enough (something you could also say about the Inn). There was still ample room for the king-size bed, desk, sofa, refrigerator, etc. Furnishings were ample and nice. This is one of the cleanest and best-maintained hotels that I have stayed in. Service was excellent and the lobby/lounge area is warm and inviting. Two minor dings: The bedding system employs a duvet instead of a blanket. Duvets are increasingly popular at nice hotels. I just don't like them personally as they retain body heat very well (think down comforter) and it is easy to get too hot after a while. Solution: turn the room temperature down low when going to bed. I slept much better after figuring this out. Second ding: toiletries were not replenished daily. Two people stayed in my room and we needed to break out our own supplies the second day. I used the gratis wireless internet and it was OK. Wired is also available.

When looking at room prices, consider that you will add State Accommodation Occupancy Tax, City Tourism Tax, and Marketing Destination Fee to your daily room charge. This isn't unique to this property, but amounted to 11.6% of the total bill and should be considered.

The dings were minor, especially considering what is personal preference, and the Inn at USC deserves it's 5 stars. It will be at the top of my list next time I am in Columbia.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

I stayed here with my parents in November 2013. We shared a room to cut costs, so I slept on the fold-out couch, which was surprisingly comfortable. The complimentary breakfast was very good - including made-to-order omelets and waffles. Easy walk onto the USC campus. Ample parking. Good water pressure in the shower.

While the front desk said there were restaurants within walking distance, to them that meant within a mile or so.. which was farther than I wanted to venture on foot for dinner. So one disadvantage is no lunch/dinner options within walking distance (except the campus eateries).

I was also surprised that this hotel does not have fold-out luggage racks to hold suitcases during a stay.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights over a Thanksgiving weekend while visiting friends. Staff were lovely and helpful. The room was quite large and the bed comfortable. The shower and room facilities were pretty good too. We did see the gym, and it's not huge, but looked to have a moderate range of equipment. For what it was, I thought it was pretty good. It's not really a "destination hotel" but the facilities were fine, the room was good and it wasn't expensive.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

I stayed here last week while visiting the Univ SC with my daughter and the location was very convenient to the school with pretty red brick buildings. Overall, it was a comfortable stay except I didn't have any hot water-luke warm- for my shower at 8am. I mentiond it to the front desk--they noted it but didn't apologize or make an effort to make-good on the issue. The young women at the front desk noted it and said well no one else complained. I find that a comfortable bed, clean room and hot shower are 3 important things when staying at a hotel. That was a big negative to me as I like to start my day with a hot shower. The staff was pleasant and helpful. What you would expect of that price point hotel. Not overly attentive as you would find in a more high end hotel, but attentive enough and able to answer questions. I do know good service is free and perhaps the desk staff should try and greet new guests with more enthusiasm and southern hospitality. The breakfast was good-enough choices to find healthy options. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet. I would stay here again and would recommend it but would be wary of not having a hot shower in the morning if too many other guests are showering.

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Property: Inn at USC Wyndham Garden
Address: 1619 Pendleton St, Columbia, SC 29201-3809 (Formerly Inn at USC)
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Columbia
#9 Business Hotel in Columbia
#10 Romantic Hotel in Columbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn at USC Wyndham Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 117
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