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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia
Ranked #41 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not the Best Choice”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

We recently spent 1 night at this hotel. We picked this location because it was convenient to our appointment the next day plus we had a coupon for a discounted rate from one of those travel coupon books. Having stayed at many other Country Inns, we assumed this hotel would be comparable to the others. This hotel was not clean. It looked like the hallways on the first and second floor hadn't been vacuumed in days.....what appeared to be white confetti was all over the floor on both floors. While the beds were nicely decorated and appeared to be freshly made, the bathroom was not at all clean.....there were hairs all over the bathroom floor when we entered the room. When I inquired at the front desk about the freshly baked cookies, the gentleman on duty looked at me with a disgusted look and said "I'll bake you some if you want them." Breakfast the next morning was not what I expected. The eggs were some kind of pre-formed pattie, the ham was the typed used on a salad bar.....tiny cubes and the potatoes looked like chopped up boiled potatoes. The waffle maker is in need of repair...the handles were loose so you could hardly get it to turn over. Breakfast in my opinion was disgusting! I would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Recently stayed 3 nights while in Columbia for our son's graduation from Basic Training at Fort Jackson. Picked Country Inn based on reviews, price and location. It served our purposes but was not up to the standard I expected. While relatively clean, it certainly wasn't spotless, there was a strand of hair on the back of the bathroom door when we arrived and it was still there after the room was serviced after night one, same with a bottle cap under the edge of a counter near the mini-fridge. We had an additional room for our son on night 3, it was a jacuzzi suite and the there were broken tiles around the tub. Breakfast was fine first day but on day 2, Graduation Day, they were totally unprepared for guests all trying to leave around the same time, no plates, glasses or scrambled eggs for extended period and when the eggs came out we found a piece of plastic in them.
I would probably look elsewhere next time.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

I chose this hotel because it's right off 77, the price, and the indoor pool for our kids...the yummy breakfast was a bonus! Tip, go ahead & make your own waffles in the waffle maker-they're yummy! The room was fine, liked the furniture, the beds are super comfy. The bathroom was basic. Only complaint would be the strong chlorine in the pool - we opened the doors to the outside & it helped but my eyes were burning after a while. Maybe because it's so warm in there and it makes the chlorine stronger? I don't know but my kids played for quite a while & enjoyed the pool so it worked out. The hotel is located behind a couple others so at first you don't see it, but I read that & knew to keep driving for a minute. I'd recommend staying here, felt safe and the staff was nice.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

This is a nice hotel.They serve cookies in the lobby ,which my grandkids liked.They had 2 swings+chairs on the porch to relax.Also,they have a indoor pool and hot tub which we all enjoyed.The staff was friendly.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Piedmont, South Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2012

My family and I decided on a last minute weekend trip to Columbia. Seeing as how that is only about an hour and a half away from home we didn't want to spend a lot for a room. We found this hotel in a coupon book and got the room for $69 a night. A steal considering it had a full breakfast and indoor pool. The main reason we chose this hotel was because of the price and the indoor pool. The room was looked and smelled clean. I was traveling with my mom and 4 children and the hotel was staff more than happy to accommodate that many people in the room without charging us extra. My only complaint is that the chlorine smell in the pool area was so strong it make you short of breath. We cracked the doors for a few minutes though and that helped a lot. The walls are a little on the thin side so you could hear if people were walking up and down the halls. There was some sort of construction going on where the ice machine is located. There were ceiling tiles on the floor and a huge spotlight by the ice machine. Kind of weird. The beds were so comfortable and the decor of the room was very nice. Overall I would recommend this hotel. It's not the Ritz, but it was well worth the money. Also I felt it was clean and safe which is the most important for me when traveling with my kids.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2012

Booked hotel on priceline name your own price..the only way to travel now :-) The listed price for this 21/2 star hotel is over priced I would not pay over $100 to stay here. The lobby is nice & welcoming. The beds are comfortable. The shower had hair on the walls. Breakfast was great. Nice area.

  • Stayed February 2012
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

Exterior in need of TLC. Green alge on the exterior stucco. Dining area dark and small. Water in the pool and jacuzzi looks murky. Breakfast is microwaved item then placed in warmer tray. Overall, the property is not as well kept as other Country Inn & Suites I've stayed in before. Left turn from New Exchange Blvd to Garners Ferry road cans be very difficult if not dangerous during rush hour traffic.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia
Address: 220 East Exchange Boulevard, Columbia, SC 29209
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Columbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
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