Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia – home of the South Carolina Gamecocks – is one of the finest facilities in college football. If you’re attending a game, you won’t be short of other things to do – the South Carolina State Fair takes place down the road, while the Military Museum and plenty of restaurants and bars are there all year. Stay nearby in one of these hand-picked hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
Located among the classy shops, restaurants and bars of the Congaree Vista district – and a picturesque 15-minute walk to South Carolina State Museum – the Hilton is a fantastic proposition. The understated, classy rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end furnishings, with a 55in UHD 4K TV and plush, modern bathrooms. Amenities include a 24/7 fitness center, a cocktail bar, a steakhouse restaurant and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
The excellent Graduate brand always injects a little kook and class into its properties and this place is no exception. Set in a frat-like, federal-style red-brick building opposite the university, this trendy hotel – with a sprinkling of kitsch and vintage – is just 1mi (1.6km) from the Columbia Museum of Art and 2mi (3.2km) from Columbia rail station. The quirkily luxurious designer rooms have Gamecock-themed headboards, while amenities include loaner bikes, a cafe and a gym.
Stay in one of the five 1,200sqft (111sqm) Hangar Lofts, converted to add a classy and intriguing edge to any Columbia trip. Each one is extremely well-appointed – see the custom cabinets and high-end kitchen with Bosch appliances. Just across from a brewery and next to an urban farm, you’ll be talking about this place for a long time.
This relaxed and modern hotel has everything you need for a great stay – and then some. Both rooms and suites are on offer, all offering free wifi, contemporary decor and a lot of space. The new lobby bistro provides guests with healthy food and beverages in the morning – and there’s an evening dinner service with a bar. There’s also an outdoor pool, a recently refurbished fitness center and a coin-operated laundry.
This trendy Marriott offshoot will add a touch of style to your Columbia stay, with a welcoming, industrial-chic lobby featuring a colorful bar and fireplace. The playful feel continues in the rooms, with ultra-comfortable beds, a walk-in shower, custom toiletries by Bliss Spa and more. There’s also a cool terrace, a billiard room and a 24-hour pantry, where breakfast is served.
You’ll definitely want to trundle back here after your first visit. For a true taste of the city, this independent boutique hotel is a great choice – supported as it is by local artists, craftspeople and business owners. The 41 rooms – which make considered use of the original architecture – reside in three historic buildings combined into one. There’s a continental breakfast, a welcome drink, plus daily evening wine socials.
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