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.
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- Inn At Usc Hotel Columbia