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Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC
Ranked #21 of 94 Hotels in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great for a Business Trip”
Reviewed February 2, 2008

I stayed at the hotel for a few nights during the latest business trip. The hotel has been renovated very recently - and the place looks very chic and modern (exactly my slyle!) There is a very cozy bar in the lobby with a wonderful bar tender. Ask for a chocolate martini - that's her specialty.

The rooms themselves were perfect for a business traveler - had everything you'll need (complete with a big screen LCD/plasma TV and one of those cool massaging shower heads).

The only thing left to renovate were the elevators - so you felt like you stepped into a time capsule when the doors closed, but I think they were working on it back in January.

So - great hotel, great location!

Stayed January 2008
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 5, 2007

It looks like just about all the renovations are complete in this hotel and its a great hotel now.

Check-in
Easy and they let me change a room when they put me on the street side.

Room
Good size room. I have 2 queens for 139 night on a Wednesday in October. I didn't use it or ever look in but there was a mini fridge in there.
The room had a flat screen TV. They are nice but since there is no HD programing its sort of moot to me.

Bed
The bed was nice but I didn't like the pillows for my taste. They were all soft.

Bathroom
It was a bit small. It hard to move around the door when its open and you are in the shower. The shower had hot water right away and a nice flow.

Internet
Wireless, free and very fast.

Bar
VERY expensive but a nice place to unwind and have a beer with other guests. Even expensive for a hotel bar.

Checkout
Bill was under my door early and it was correct.

Parking
Free but the deck is very hard to drive in. If you have a big car it will require a 15 point turn to park and get out.

Overall I liked the hotel It looks like there are a lot of bad reviews but I think they might have been before the renovations. I'll stay here again when I'm in Columbia.

  • Liked — Fast internet
  • Disliked — Very expensive bar
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 15, 2007

I recently stayed at this new Marriott property. What a beautiful place! The hotel is breathtaking, the rooms large and very comfortable. The staff at this hotel is over the top- great service with a smile. They are willing to go above and beyond. I spent some time relaxing by the pool- what a retreat. Also this is very central to the area- USC, local concert venues, museums, shopping , and dining. I never stayed here while in town on business before, but will be back again and again in the future. Also the food is excellent in the restaurant. While I was eatingthe manager came by to check on me..nice touch.Kudos, to the chef- the Sea bass and excellent!! Hope this helps fellow travelers!!! Mark

  • Liked — The entire hotel is great!
  • Stayed June 2007
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Property: Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC
Address: 630 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201-4029
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Columbia
#23 Business Hotel in Columbia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC 3*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Courtyard Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC is located in the heart of the University Historic area within walking distance to the Colonial Arena, Columbia Convention Center, Koger Center, State Capitol and The Vistas Entertainment District. Amenities include a new state of the art Fitness Center, complimentary Guest Appreciation receptions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 with free beer, wine and appetizers and free wireless internet access throughout the Hotel. Complimentary transportation is provided to the Vistas and Five Points restaurants as well as neighboring businesses. Cocky's Bar provides libations Monday through Saturday evenings and a dinner menu is offered Sunday through Thursday nights fromt 5-10pm. The Courtyard USC also has complimentary access to the Capital City Club, a private restaurant and bar on top of the tallest building in South Carolina! Courtyard Columbia is the premier sponsor of USC Gamecock Athletics! ... more   less 
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