Let me preface this by saying this was a business trip, and somebody else chose and paid for the hotel. Still, the price is not out of the range I would pay while on vacation or if my employer were paying for it.
The hotel is fairly easy to find, as the eight story moniker on the side of the building easily stands above most of the nearby buildings. I checked in a little after 5:00 PM and was late for the meet & greet. This wasn't a problem, as the check in process was painless. I was able to drop off my bags in my room and make a pit stop in less than ten minutes.
The hotel is extremely clean. All of the common areas were well kept and the room was great. While I would much rather have a walk in shower (who takes a bath in a hotel tub??), all of the tile and grout was free of any grime. The bed was comfortable, and there were multiple feather pillows. One of the big bonuses I found was the number of charging ports – whether they were standard plugs or USB ports. I brought along a number of gadgets that needed to be charged and had plenty of places to charge up.
I didn't have time to use the pool or fitness center, but they looked nice. Ruth's Chris restaurant is attached to the hotel. This is a big plus – if your host is paying for it. Otherwise, you can walk to one of several great restaurants or bars just around the corner.
Since I was late arriving, I opted to use the valet. This was a mistake. Because everything is in easy walking distance, I didn't use my car again until I checked out. I could have easily self parked for about half the cost. The garage is attached to the hotel, and really makes the valet unnecessary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant in atmosphere and striking in detail, the Hilton® Columbia Center is ideally located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district. Our hotel provides a spacious haven for business and leisure travelers coming to Columbia, South Carolina. Enjoy our graceful combination of historical architectural elements with modern facilities, chic design, and Southern hospitality....Hilton-style. We feature 222 signature guestrooms and suites including 2 Presidential Suites, 12 Executive Suites, and 3 Junior Suites - all surprisingly spacious and inviting. Each of our guestrooms and suites was decorated with warm rich earth tones and elegant dark woods, floor-to-ceiling windows to entice business travelers and vacationers alike. We offer all the amenities needed to ensure an unforgettable experience each time you stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Columbia Hotel Columbia
- Hilton Hotel Columbia
- Columbia Hilton