I visit Columbia frequently, but this is the first time I've stayed at the Sheraton Downtown. I knew nothing about the hotel, but was pleasantly surprised to discover a posh, sophisticated gem in the heart of Columbia's urban renewal. The employees were personable, efficient and friendly but not overbearing. I felt very welcome; a precise balance of southern hospitality and professionalism.
The hotel itself is purely gorgeous. It's an historical building and though it's been renovated, the management did an amazing job maintaining the original integrity. My room was cozy and comfortable but the appointments were really high-end. I was worried at first because the floor in the room was wood, but the manager explained that noise wouldn't be an issue because there were concrete barriers between each floor. He also said the wood was original! It was really nice (as a history buff) to stay in a building with so many of those features.
My absolute favorite part was the restaurant/bar The Vault. It was actually a converted bank vault! So much character, tons of cool novelty drinks and a great wine list. The food was great and reasonably priced too. It was small but comfortable and intimate. My friends met me there and it was perfect for our group but I could definitely see hanging out there alone with my laptop if I was in town on business too.
Overall: lots of character, classy atmosphere, friendly staff. Highly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This sophisticated hotel is 1.3 miles from the South Carolina State Museum and 3.1 miles from Riverbanks Zoo. Modern rooms and suites with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors offer free WiFi, desks with ergonomic chairs, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Some rooms add whirlpool tubs. Club rooms provide access to a lounge with complimentary breakfast and evening appetizers. There's a restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, a trendy martini bar in a historic bank vault, and a hip rooftop lounge/bar. Full service Starbucks Reserve store in the lower lobby with fireplace and lounge chairs. Additional amenities include a 24/7 business center and a fitness center ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbia Sheraton