I was in South Carolina for an emergency and I needed a place to stay in a pinch.
I used my favorite app to secure a hotel, 3.5 stars, which was the highest rated in Columbia at the time, perhaps in general.
I showed up at the hotel at 4 am, which probably affected my initial impression. The hotel was once a bank and so it still has that feel, which isn't too welcoming or warm. The lobby is nice, but definitely a bit cold and dark. However, they still have the bank vault off the side of the lobby and I must admit it's very cool.
When you take the elevator to the rooms, the hotel transforms into a different place - a very welcoming and warm place. I was told the hotel was recently renovated and it shows. The rooms are really lovely - renovated but still keeping the old character of the building: subway tile and tv in the bathroom, beautiful tub, hardwood floors, keurig machine in the room - the place was so nice. I was in DC the night before staying at a different Sheraton that was touted as a luxury hotel and this hotel beat that place hands down - even as a 3.5 star.
There were bars and restaurants in the hotel, and the location was convenient. Since I was there for a very quick trip I couldn't enjoy the amenities, but what I can speak of is positive.
I was surprised there wasn't a starwood club member floor but was told that was undergoing renovation and I imagine it's going to be as gorgeous as the rooms when it's complete.
This was my first time visiting South Carolina but I know where I'll be staying if I'm here in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sophisticated hotel is 1.3 miles from the South Carolina State Museum and 3.1 miles from Riverbanks Zoo. Modern rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Some rooms add whirlpool tubs. Club rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening appetizers. There's a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, a trendy martini bar in a historic bank vault, and a hip rooftop lounge/bar. Full service Starbucks Reserve store in the lower lobby with fireplace and lounge chairs. Additional amenities include a 24/7 business center and a fitness center ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbia Sheraton