I wish they had told me that they were undergoing major renovations before I booked a 3-day stay. I expected a lot from the Marriott name. There were construction areas on the outside and the inside had nearly all of the lobby totally cordoned off with the poor hotel staff stuck up under the stairs that went to the upper lobby area! The problem was that the elevator was broken that took you from the upper lobby to the main lobby and vice versa. The parking garage in behind the hotel had a walk-through that brought you to the upper lobby. They said we had to go through the long pool room to get to our rooms from the garage pass-through and vice-versa unless we climbed the steps. The 1st morning I had to go through the long pool room was not too bad as there were like 4 men cleaning the pool and pool area, but the 2nd morning when I had to go through the pool room, they had used some extremely caustic chemical that was horrid and I could not breathe, burning the eyes, burning the throat and causing me to have an asthma attack! There was another guest that came up behind me and it was awful, we were both running through to the other side to get out the door to fresh air. I literally thought I was going to die in there! The other problems I had were: 1) had to ask for a mini-fridge 2 times and when they finally brought one it was beat up and missing a leg so it wobbled real bad and so I stuck a plastic fork up under it to keep it from wobbling so bad; 2) the size of the bathroom was tiny with the door opening into the bathroom and only missing the commode by a few inches and you had to close the door to use the commode or to get into the tub/shower; 3) there was no vent fan for taking a shower so the consequence of having to basically close the door resulted in a very humid tiny room that fogged up the mirror; 4) the size of the room does not accommodate a desk with a roll chair in front of the bed - there was not enough room. They need to adjust this design as it does not work for the average individual (I notice in the photos now that they have the desk part rolled over at an angle); 5) the laundry room was closed for renovation. So I had to wash out my laundry by hand in the sink and try to dry them using towel squeezing and then hanging them up overnight and using the iron and/or hair dryer. I did order a breakfast one morning and it was very good (they do not have a continental breakfast area here like they do in most hotels). I did walk around downtown Columbia but was so disappointed in what was available - so many storefronts were vacant and for sale or lease. In looking at the renovated room, I could see that the contractors allowed short cuts like the threshold being cut several inches too short and using a lot of caulk to fill in the gap, etc. I do not plan to stay here again as I don't think the price is worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Visit Columbia Marriott, a top choice among hotels in Columbia, SC and a hotel located in the vibrant downtown Columbia area near the University of South Carolina. Our hotel offers some of the finest accommodations in Columbia, SC. To meet our guests' needs, the Columbia Marriott hotel has remodeled guest rooms, lobby, meeting space, and restaurant and bar. Stay with us and you'll enjoy generous amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, 42" flat panel televisions, and wireless Internet access for plenty of entertainment. Our 28,000 square feet of space makes our Columbia, SC hotel a favorite choice for businesses and social functions in Columbia. Just minutes from popular destinations, including Columbia Museum of Art, Riverbanks Zoo, the state capitol, Colonial Life Arena, and Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia Marriott is close to many popular attractions. Guests are welcome to take advantage of our indoor pool and on-site fitness center. Reserve a room today. ... more less
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