(Let me start by saying I am a Platinum Premiere with Marriott. Around 150-160 nights per year.)
I have stayed many nights at Residence Inns and they can be wide ranged in their quality and service. (The best easily remains the Residence Inn in Beaumont Texas.) Although this Columbia Res Inn is quite attractive and well designed, it's literally in an industrial park with a major rail line running close by. The shock was when I opened the drapes of my top floor room and viewed the Wall. A solid steel building three stories tall less than 30' away and running as far as you could see, both directions. No windows in the part of the steel building I could see, just bare solid steel. There was no concertina wire on the roof but there could be. However, if you want privacy from outside, this is the ultimate. There were at least 15+ rooms with this same issue. What were they thinking when they bought the land without any view buffer?
2:32 am. Apparently the 2:30 major freight train was running a little late. The sound was deafening with one of the whistle blasts near the property and echoing between the Res Inn and the steel building. Additional blasts followed as the train made its escape. I expected the bed to start moving across the room similar to an I Love Lucy episode. (This apparently does not always happen as the next 4 nights the train went by quietly.)
For nearby restaurants there was a Country Kitchen, BoJangle Chicken and a Wendys. That was basically it. Although Columbia has numerous fine restaurants there were none in this area. A driving sweep three miles each direction found nothing but there may have been some out there. Luckily, the property does have the customary good breakfast and the snacks/drinks at night. Caution: Don't take your complimentary glass filled with wine to the food area 8 feet away. Apparently the rules of SC or the property have deemed that an infraction. The hostess (in socks?) chased me back. To top off the social evening, there was a tip jar in a prominent position for when you left the room. NEVER saw that before at a Res Inn. Kind of tacky.
If you pick a room carefully with no steel wall, minimal train and no highway noise you could do just fine. The rooms are new, nice and clean and the staff was helpful and courteous. But there are many fine hotels in the Columbia area where these noise/view issues don't exist.
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