This is the third time we have stayed at this hotel and most likely, we won't return. The first time was good, the second time I had some concerns and after the last stay, we will seek elsewhere. I see that after being open for about 10 years, they have decided to start charging for parking. This was one of the reasons we stayed here instead of the nearby Hilton as it offset the costs as this hotel is expensive for a Hampton Inn. I am sure it is because of the location, which is fine if you want or need to stay in the area. Since we were traveling on motorcycles, we asked it they might give us a break on parking, since we were only taking up one spot. We were told there was no way to do that, which I know better being a Diamond member and a FDC can do just about anything with the final bill. That's OK though, as that is their rules and never hurts to ask as other hotels have given us a break on parking.
Our room was decent as before, however they need to pay a little more attention to details like mold in the shower under the shelf & the dust bunnies in the exhaust fan, just to point out a couple of things. The coffee filter basket still had some leftover gunk in it, however we always wash this out before we use it. I am sure they are always pushing to get all the rooms cleaned as it seems to stay full on the weekends.
The hotel can be very noisy on the weekends, depending on what is going on. It's located near several big churches and very popular place for a wedding guests to stay. While they do not host weddings or receptions at the hotel, apparently the party continues on in the foyer & hallways once everyone returns and in this past weekend, until 2:30AM. I seem to recall it was that way last time and thought it might have been a uncommon happening, however I seen where they were welcoming eight weddings on the sign in the lobby. Also, if you prefer a quieter room, don't get one that face Gervais street as you will hear the road noise all night long. I believe the odd number rooms face the road and even number rooms overlook the parking lot & are quieter.
When we checked out & left, the FDC should have said something about needing a card to exit the parking lot. Pulling up to the exit does not seem to open the gate (or the weight of two large motorcycles is not enough), and the sign says to use your key card or ticket to exit. Well, we turned in the key cards when we left so they can be used again. If this is correct, then you need to keep your key card to exit the last time, then what do you do with the card, toss it in the trash? Not very environmentally friendly if this is happening many times day. I did see several key cards tossed on the ground at the exit, so assume some people are just using them to exit & throw them on the ground. Made the area look trashy with those & paper tickets laying around.
So all in all, it's a popular place for the wedding crowd & maybe the party crowd with the three bars next door, it's just not some where we plan on going back too and if we do, will most likely try the Hilton a few blocks over.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hampton Inn® hotel in Columbia-Downtown Historic District is located at the heart of the Vista surrounded by over 30 bars and restaurants, less than a mile from the University of South Carolina, the South Carolina State Capitol, the Convention Center, the Colonial Life Arena, 10 minute drive to the Williams Brice Stadium, and most major museums. Get a feel for the southern charm by browsing our local specialty shops just outside our door, or get up close to history at the South Carolina Statehouse-both are within easy reach of our hotel in Columbia. Dig into more history at the South Carolina State Museum, the largest in the state. Our Columbia hotel also gives you easy access to nature wonders like Congaree National Park, one of the last old-growth forests in the south teeming with wildlife and our nearby local river walk, the Riverfront Park, only a mile away and just one exit away from the Riverbanks Zoo. You can also browse masterpieces by Monet at the Columbia Museum of Art. Our parking closed lot is located in the back of the hotel on Lincoln street with a small fee. Any other questions on our property please call us to speak to one of our Guest Service Representatives! ... more less
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