The Best Hotels to Book Near Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia

Williams-Brice Stadium is stunning even without the Gamecocks crowd
Williams-Brice Stadium is stunning even without the Gamecocks crowd | © Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
Matt Charlton

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.

1. Hilton Columbia Center, for contemporary convenience

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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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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.

2. Graduate Columbia, for frat luxe

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Graduate Columbia, for Frat Luxe
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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.

3. The Hangar Lofts Hotel, for classy indulgence

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The Hangar Lofts Hotel, for Classy Indulgence
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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.

4. Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Cayce, for modern elegance

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Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Cayce
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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.

5. Aloft Columbia Downtown, for industrial chic

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Aloft Columbia Downtown
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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.

6. Hotel Trundle, for an artsy boutique

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A communal area at Hotel Trundle, with a range of soft seating in different colors
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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.

7. 1425 Inn, for a true Southern belle

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1425 Inn
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Just look for the bright red door. This Southern belle – a mansion-style B&B in the heart of downtown – will wrap you in local hospitality from the moment you arrive. Each lavish, country-style room is named to honor the rich culture and history of Columbia and South Carolina. The guest refreshment station is stocked with complimentary snacks and beverages all day – and you’re just a short stroll away from buzzy nightlife and restaurants.

8. Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast, for refined nostalgia

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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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You may have heard of Mary Chesnut from Ken Burns’ excellent Civil War documentary series. This house, built in the 1850s, is named after her and her husband. The Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast features antique pieces in each of its five country-style rooms, all of which have their own unique history. Breakfast is included and the grand house is just a short stumble away from many fantastic restaurants and bars – we recommend Halls Chophouse.

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