The Best Hotels and B&Bs to Book Near Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Graduate Columbia will pass all tests with flying colors as you head to Fort Jackson
Graduate Columbia will pass all tests with flying colors as you head to Fort Jackson | © Graduate Columbia / Expedia
Nick Dauk

Just east of South Carolina’s capital Columbia sits Fort Jackson, the main Basic Combat Training center for the United States Army. A sizable base that sends out nearly 60,000 soldiers each year, Fort Jackson has been the unofficial home of the Army for over a century. Whether you’re in Fort Jackson for drill or are proudly celebrating your recruit’s graduation, these are the best hotels and B&Bs nearby, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Comfort Suites Columbia Northeast - Fort Jackson, for working out, or in

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Two double beds separated by a bedside table and lamp in a carpeted Comfort Suites Columbia Northeast - Fort Jackson room
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On the chilly Columbia nights at Comfort Suites, the indoor pool is a great way to get exercise without venturing far from your warm accommodation. If laps around the pool aren’t your thing, the fitness center will help you work up a sweat your way. Undaunted by a bit of wet weather? The forested trails at Sesquicentennial State Park are on your doorstep – ideal for some cross-country yomping.

2. Graduate Columbia, for college kicks


The pink cabinet checkin desk at Graduate Columbia, stood on checkerboard flooring and behind a floral-patterned wall bearing the hotel logo
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A charming campus hotel only steps from the Horseshoe, we give Graduate top marks for acing an aesthetic that’s refined, yet funky. Guest rooms are decked out in collegiate chic, while the rich, dark woods of the lobby are given a playful pop of color to lighten the mood. Whether you’re an aspiring Gamecock or too cool for school, Graduate has a bike for you to cruise around campus.

3. Hangar Lofts Hotel, for an elevated experience


A large bed in a room at the Hangar Lofts Hotel, shaded by a drawn black curtain
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If ever there were a hotel that you could describe as fly, it would be Hangar Lofts. Once a space for planes to rest their rotors, the property now welcomes passengers to touchdown in loft-style lodging. Steel beams and concrete floors create an industrial vibe that’s given a rustic edge by custom cabinets and exposed brick walls. So close to CUB airport that you can almost smell the jet fuel, Hangar Lofts Hotel is a first-class ticket to an elevated evening.

4. Hilton Columbia Center Hotel, for steak and courtside seats

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A communal area at Hilton Columbia Center Hotel in the evening, with a range of seating options and much wooden furniture
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All of Columbia’s finest attractions are within reach from this Hilton hotel. Right in the center of Congaree Vista, you’ll scope the city or pool from your king or queen room. Follow the sizzle of sirloin down to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, or indulge in munchies at the 24-hour snack bar. Concerts and college hoops are footsteps away at the Colonial Life Arena, but if you’re headed to the Riverbanks Zoo, opt for the 3mi (4.8km) cab ride.

5. Candlewood Suites Columbia-Ft. Jackson, for self-catering convenience

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Two double beds in a Candlewood Suites, Columbia/Ft. Jackson room, with ensuite bathroom facilities near the door at one end
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Standing to attention in Fort Jackson, we salute Candlewood Suites for their service and dedication to guests. Military families will find comfortable pet-friendly quarters with in-room kitchenettes for convenience. Breakfast is free the moment the bugle calls reveille and any midday or midnight bites can be found in the Candlewood Cupboard. McEntire Joint National Guard Base is a fifteen-minute drive east, getting your recruit, reserve or active military member to drill on time.

6. Aloft Columbia Harbison, for shopping and cocktails


Perched northwest of downtown Columbia, Aloft is super easy to relax in, yet you may still be tempted into back-to-back retail therapy sessions. The Harbison Court and Columbiana Station shopping malls are just 1mi (1.6km) from your chic suite, turning your day into a cycle of tag-popping and sipping drinks at the W XYZ bar. When you find the perfect fit, hit the outdoor patio and dance the night away to live music.

7. Hotel Trundle, for boutique embellishments


A communal area at Hotel Trundle, with a range of soft seating in different colors
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The unicorn flag hanging above Hotel Trundle tells you everything you need to know about this Main Street District hotel. This unique boutique is a rarity in the age of modern hotels, forgoing the standard accouterments for locally sourced amenities. From the custom-crafted beds to the handmade turn-down treats, Hotel Trundle is a hometown hero that will make you feel like a local in no time.

8. Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast, for minimalist magic

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A four-poster bed in a cream-toned Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast room; two tall, soft seats are close by
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As one of the lucky buildings spared from the fires of the Civil War, Chesnut Cottage welcomes you into its Dixie-era home with a modern mindset. Whirlpool tubs sit alongside antiques beneath the high ceilings of the guest rooms. Your four-poster bed is no more than 1mi (1.6km) from the center of town – head there after a breakfast as hearty and delicious as the ones Mary Boykin Chesnut used to cook.

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