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Clarion Hotel Downtown

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1615 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
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Ranked #63 of 93 Hotels in Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was very dirty and old. Scuff marks on the walls, very old nasty carpeting, smelly bathroom. They had no room refrigerators. The carpeting is nasty, and the room smelled moldy. Not worth the rate I paid of $129.00. But it was only place with vacancies.

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Glenwood, Maryland
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6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Lobby was dank and musty, room was dirty and aged. The location close to Five Points was convenient for USC activities, but would not choose to return. For a university hotel, acceptable for groups of kids, but many other better quality choices in Columbia.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Nice stay overnight, clean rooms, must request to be in the tower. This is the newer part of the hotel. Small bar area, reasonably priced. Friendly, helpful staff, well lit parking area. Would definitely stay here again.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This hotel was gross. There was mold growing in our bathroom, the wallpaper was peeling, it smelled bad, and the people hanging out at the lobby did not make me feel safe. The coffee machine and safe in the room did not work. Overall, just gross. The pool was drained and full of gross water (see photo). If you need... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I tried to call and reserve an airport pickup for several days before my arrival and was told by each hotel employee answering the phone that I could eventually book one, but that I'd have to call back. I called back three times and was finally informed (just hours before my arrival) that I'd have to "call a cab" because... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I travel and stay at many hotels. I recently price lined the Clarion In in Columbia SC and was excited because I felt that the Hotel looked nice and I had never stayed at a Clarion In before. I stayed at the Clarion In in Columbia,SC on Saturday July 19, 2014 and decided to wait to write this review to... More

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Emily C, Manager at Clarion Hotel Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for voicing your concerns about our hotel. Please be aware that we are doing everything we can to better the hotel until the renovations are complete. We are having constant training and coaching with our staff on the standards we expect and the way to address guest. These processes take time and I apologize for any... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My room had roaches and they switched me to another room and it had roaches as well. Questionable stains in the bathroom. Carpets filthy. Don't forget about the roaches. Roaches. I would not open or unpack my suitcase. Shower pressure was like Chinese water torture. Management did absolutely nothing accept to offer "reward points". No thanks. For real, save yourself... More

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Emily C, Manager at Clarion Hotel Downtown, responded to this review

Dear Timothy, I'm sorry that your stay was less excellent as that is what we strive for. I do believe we have spoken previously, but it seems that more issues have arisen since we spoke. If you would like to contact me at the hotel to discuss the matters further please feel free to. Best, Emily Bach Assistant General Manager... More

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We made reservations to stay with our sons team in Columbia. the hotel was recommended by the tournament director. In our group we had 17 players + parents. When we called in to make our reservation we were told there "are no available rooms inside, only outside rooms have been reserved for the team" This is all we were told.... More

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North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This hotel is in a good location - not walking - for conducting any business in downtown Columbia. The hotel staff is exceptional! From checking in to asking for directions to letting me check out late - they were all wonderful - hence the 3 stars. The rooms are in need to repair and upgrades. Wallpaper peeling, TVs that are... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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25 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I stayed at the Clarion on a business trip. The room was comfortable and at a good price. Everyone I dealt with was very friendly and wanted to be accommodating. However, their seems to be a lack of either communication or infrastructure to make this a truly well run hotel. There was no chair at the desk in my room... More

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Address: 1615 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Clarion Hotel Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 85
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Clarion Hotel Columbia
Clarion Columbia
Columbia Clarion

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