After driving for ten hours on our way to the coast, we decided on this downtown hotel since we wanted an environment that allowed us to take a long walk. We were not disappointed! Downtown Columbia is very charming, made more so by USC's campus and the striking state capitol building - a great place for walking!
The hotel's exterior is fairly utilitarian in appearance but the interior is where the details shine through. Our parking was covered and a few steps from the lobby entrance (which came in handy the next morning when packing up during the rain). After dumping our bags in our room, we took advantage of the lobby bar for a night cap. As luck would have it, we got there a half hour before closing and our bartender didn't want to save the opened bottle of wine and gave us two generous glasses each for the price of one. After the long drive, that was very much appreciated and we tipped him accordingly.
Our room was spacious and clean with two very comfortable queens. Equally important, it was extremely quiet (i.e., soundproof)! This was greatly appreciated since the hotel was host that weekend to at least a hundred contestants and their parents for some major dance competition somewhere in town. Between the bed, wine and the quiet, we slept like logs.
Our breakfast was wonderfull. In addition to the fairly broad assortment of pastries, cereals, juices, yogarts and meat and egg steam table item, we elected for our chef to provide us with the "eggs any style" option - all included in the cost of our room. Our breakfast would have set us back a good $10 a piece for the three of us if we would have eaten out, so not a bad deal.
I would definitely recommend this hotel, especially if you want some in-town ambiance that you don't often get in a more convenient hotel just off the freeway ramp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC is located in the heart of the University Historic area within walking distance to the Colonial Arena, Columbia Convention Center, Koger Center, State Capitol and The Vistas Entertainment District. Amenities include a new state of the art Fitness Center, complimentary Guest Appreciation receptions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 with free beer, wine and appetizers and free wireless internet access throughout the Hotel. Complimentary transportation is provided to the Vistas and Five Points restaurants as well as neighboring businesses. Cocky's Bar provides libations Monday through Saturday evenings and a dinner menu is offered Sunday through Thursday nights fromt 5-10pm. The Courtyard USC also has complimentary access to the Capital City Club, a private restaurant and bar on top of the tallest building in South Carolina! Courtyard Columbia is the premier sponsor of USC Gamecock Athletics! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Columbia Downtown At Usc Hotel Columbia
- Marriott Columbia
- Columbia Courtyard