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Residence Inn Columbia Northwest/Harbison
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Irmo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2014

Last time I passed where the hotel is there was just a vacant lot. Now there is a new Residence Inn there so I thought I would try it out on my return. Getting to the hotel is weird as the road meanders around off Lake Murray Blvd. Parking is OK but not spacious. Hotel is new and bright with the Courtyard-ish lounge and eating area. Staff are perky and pleasant. Got a nice room upgrade. Room was very nice, bed was great. Had a full oven which was also great. Elevators were very large. Only negatives I found were that the TV in the seating area could have been bigger. 32" in the bedrooms is fine but a little small for the seating area. Cheap iron leaked immediately. Why can't hotels provide better ones. Breakfast was not really very good. Unappealing choices. Basic stuff but the oatmeal was one solid inedible mass. They had no white bread and no polystyrene travel boxes but they did have hazelnut creamer which keep me happy. Not a cheap hotel but very nice. Would stay there again

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

My wife has stayed here several times but this was my first visit. This Residence Inn is on the north side of Columbia, SC. near Irmo, SC, home of The Okra Strut. It is a little challenging to get to but is convenient to many restaurants and places to shop. Parking was close by and check in was very easy, especially due to the very friendly and helpful staff. It was Christmas Day but no one seemed sad about working. In fact, the hotel had dinner (turkey and all the trimmings) for the guests that night. Elevators were nearby and our room was at the end of the hall. View was the parking lot, a church and woods. The hotel is less than six months old so everything seemed fresh and new. Bed was standard, comfortable RI quality. Accommodations were nice and roomy. We especially liked having a couch and a comfortable chair with footstool. Bathroom was adjacent to separate bedroom and towels were soft; water was hot. Breakfast was better than a Hampton Inn and dining area was clean. Checkout was easy and once again, the morning staff was ultra friendly.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GRGADA
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed at this 6-month old hotel for a family wedding and can't say enough about the friendly and helpful staff, delicious breakfast and gorgeous, comfortable, spacious and super well-equipped rooms!! So many extras are included -- breakfast, wi-fi, outdoor fire pit with s'more kits to enjoy, and on and on.....
Highly recommend!

Room Tip: We were on the top floor and didn't hear any other guests...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Jersey_Girl915
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Brand new hotel. Beautifully decorated - modern and colorful. The atmosphere is amazing.
You can feel right at home. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Cannot say enough about the wonderful breakfast in the morning.
We travel a lot and stay in different types of hotels but this was the best stay ever. Especially when you consider the price.
It also has a great location, close to the I-26, shopping and restaurants.
We will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Magdalena C
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

The staff is incredible. It was the best stay I've had in a long time. Super clean, rooms were great. I stay at many properties all across the country and this has by far gone to head of the pack. It was my pleasure to stay there. The friendliest staff I've ever experienced. Everyone seemed to care about each and every customer staying there. The food was good, the service was incredible. I loved it there.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

I traveled to Columbia to visit family for the holidays. We were extremely excited to be staying in a brand new property in a great location! The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area.

There was a Dunkin Donuts, Marco's Pizza, and a Smashburger all within walking distance however we were very satisfied with the delicious breakfast they served each morning as well as the social which we were able to take part in on Wednesday and Thursday nights. (Free food and beer!)

I would definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting Columbia, as it is a short 10-15 minute drive downtown and only a mile from Columbiana Mall! A big thanks to the amazing staff and we cannot wait to come back!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Wow this is a great hotel, it is still new and has a great staff. We have stayed here twice and love it and also the area is great with plenty to do and nice resturants to eat at. We will be returning to this hotel again

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank Vicki P
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Additional Information about Residence Inn Columbia Northwest/Harbison

Address: 944 Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo, SC 29063-2923
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Irmo
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Irmo
Price Range: $124 - $265 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Columbia Northwest/Harbison 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set a pace that suits you at the brand new Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia NW/Harbison. Whether you're with us for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters. You'll thrive at Residence Inn with the conveniences you need, like spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living and sleeping areas. We offer a fully equipped kitchen ready for your favorite cuisine. Complimentary Internet lets you connect to work and the outside world. Our free hot breakfast will start mornings off right and the evening social hours will be a great end to your day. Our onsite fitness center and putting green will allow you to work out while on the road. Afterwards, relax on our outdoor patio with a fire pit. Relax and unwind when you want and stay focused and productive when it's essential. At Residence Inn, we'll make sure you thrive during your stay. ... more   less 
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