I spent two nights at the Hilton Columbia Center for a conference. Overall this was a pleasant experience and a good hotel for our small conference.
The hotel offers valet parking but it is really not necessary for most guests. The self parking entrance to the parking garage is right around the corner and the hotel entry on the second floor is easy to find and a short walk to the lobby. You can save about $10 per night by self paking.
Check-in was smooth, the room was nice. The bathroom had a shower unit, not a bath. The shower head was sufficiently high, good water pressure, plenty of hot water - all important qualities for me.
I had a corner room, very quiet.
The HVAC worked well, the room was very cool. Wifi was free and more than adequate, both in the room and the meeting room.
One issue with the room was with the pillows. There were five pillows on the bed, none of which were very firm. My head sunk down to the mattress no matter how I stacked the pillows. I needed to take the pillow from the chair in the room to serve as a base - slept soundly after that.
Front desk staff was very helpful, readily agreed to my request for a 1 p.m. checkout due to a Noon end time for our conference. Check out was fast and easy.
Printing my boarding passes in the business center was an adventure. All of us trying to print passes had a difficult time with perhaps the slowest computers I have ever seen. I tried to print using one of the Apples - never did print. Tried an HP during a break in our conference and it took five minutes to enter through the five screens to get to the print page. One of the HPs had a new computer set up page showing. A quality hotel like a Hilton needs a better business center. I cannot recommend staying here if your trip will require using the computers and printer in the business center - otherwise you are good to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant in atmosphere and striking in detail, the Hilton® Columbia Center is ideally located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district. Our hotel provides a spacious haven for business and leisure travelers coming to Columbia, South Carolina. Enjoy our graceful combination of historical architectural elements with modern facilities, chic design, and Southern hospitality....Hilton-style. We feature 222 signature guestrooms and suites including 2 Presidential Suites, 12 Executive Suites, and 3 Junior Suites - all surprisingly spacious and inviting. Each of our guestrooms and suites was decorated with warm rich earth tones and elegant dark woods, floor-to-ceiling windows to entice business travelers and vacationers alike. We offer all the amenities needed to ensure an unforgettable experience each time you stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Columbia Hotel Columbia
- Hilton Hotel Columbia
- Columbia Hilton