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Columbia, SC: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels in Columbia using the list and search tools below. Search for cheap and discounted hotel and motel rates in or close to Columbia, SC for your upcoming personal or group trip. We provide the best Columbia, South Carolina hotel and motel rooms. Browse the Columbia area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Columbia hotels. Booking 5+ Rooms? Find Columbia Group Hotel Rates or Check out the best Columbia meeting hotels

The Columbia center is about the area of State House and the area of Columbia Museum of Art.

Welcome to Columbia, the Southern city with nonstop festivals. Catch the Carolina Classic Home and Garden Show or the Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in the spring, and indulge at the Lexington County Peach Festival and the Palmetto Peanut Boil in the summer. More from this guide...

Columbia Hotels & Accommodations

Clarion Inn Airport
500 Chris Dr., West Columbia, SC 29169 ~4.24 miles west of Columbia
  • 3-star Airport hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
Rodeway Inn & Suite Fort Jackson - Columbia
494 Beltline Blvd., Columbia, SC 29205 Website
  • Low Cost Highway hotel
  • 5 suites in hotel
Hilton Columbia Center - Columbia
924 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Fantastic service
  • Premises was open
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District
822 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • 122 rooms in hotel
  • Updated style
  • Great room
Very Good 4.5 /5Hotel Reviews CallBookMore Details
Aloft Columbia Downtown
823 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
Hyatt Place Columbia Downtown Historic District : 819 Gervais St.
819 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 6 floors
  • Clean rooms
  • Fresh bagels
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Inn at Usc in Columbia
1619 Pendleton St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Four star Downtown property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
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Springhill Suites Columbia Downtown in Columbia
511 Lady St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 132 suites in property
  • Most guests enjoyed the friendly atmosphere
  • Comfortable beds
Staybridge Suites - Columbia
1913 Huger St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 5 floors
  • Accessible parking
  • Rooms are fab and I love
Very Good 4.5 /5Recent Reviews CallBookMore Details
Courtyard Columbia Cayce
1125 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC 29033 ~4.58 miles south of Columbia
  • Midscale Highway hotel
  • Hotel has 4 floors
Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia West / Lexington
122 Mathias Rd., West Columbia, SC 29169 ~4.71 miles west of Columbia
  • Three Star Highway property
  • Check in time: 4:00 PM
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Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel in Columbia
1400 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 132 rooms in hotel
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
  • Breakfast prices were ok, according to 56%
Very Good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews CallBookMore Details
Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • 15 suites in property
Courtyard Columbia Downtown at Usc
630 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 9 floors
  • Excellent business hotel
  • About half of guests were unsatisfied with the kitchenette
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbia : 501 Taylor St.
501 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • Free complimentary breakfast
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Gallus Stadium Park Inn : 621 South Assembly St.
621 South Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • 2 star Downtown property
  • 3 floors in property
Homewood Suites Columbia Greystone in Columbia
230 Greystone Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 5 floors in property
Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport : 110 Mcswain Dr.
110 Mcswain Dr., West Columbia, SC 29169 ~4.26 miles west of Columbia
  • Mid-scale Airport hotel
  • Airport shuttle provided
Comfort Inn Columbia Sc
911 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC 29210
  • Three Star Highway hotel
  • 6 suites in hotel
Sleep Inn Airport
2208 a Edmund Highway, West Columbia, SC 29170 ~4.72 miles southwest of Columbia
  • Economical Airport hotel
  • 69 sleeping rooms in hotel
Embassy Suites Columbia Greystone
200 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia, SC 29210
  • 3 star Suburban hotel
  • Free breakfast available
Ramada Limited Columbia - Columbia
1315 Garner Lane, Columbia, SC 29210
  • Inexpensive Highway hotel
Red Roof Inn Columbia Sc
2204 Airport Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29170 ~4.66 miles southwest of Columbia
  • Economy Airport property
  • 2 floors in hotel
Baymont Inn & Suites Columbia Northwest : 347 Zimalcrest Dr.
347 Zimalcrest Dr., Columbia, SC 29210
  • 3 star Highway property
  • Hotel has 3 meeting rooms
  • Good restaurants & bars in the area
  • All guests were happy with the price of the breakfast
Studio Plus Columbia West
180 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia, SC 29210
  • Cheap Downtown property
  • 3 floors in property
  • Terrific location
  • Most guests thought it was rather dirty
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Graph of Columbia, SC Hotel Prices for Next 20 Days

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Columbia, SC discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Columbia hotel for each day and each star rating category.

Visit for the South Carolina Oyster Festival and the Columbia Blues Festival in the fall, and don't miss the Holiday Lights on the River or the Famously Hot New Year in the winter. No matter when you plan your trip, you'll find plenty to do and hotels that offer ample Southern hospitality.

When to Visit Columbia, South Carolina

Like much of South Carolina, Columbia has four distinct seasons, with hot summers and mild winters. Summers can get especially humid in Columbia, with temperatures climbing into the 90s and producing several inches of rain each month. Despite the sometimes-challenging weather, however, summer is a great time to visit Columbia, especially with numerous hot weather festivals on the calendar.

Spring and fall tend to be the driest and most moderate seasons in Columbia, as well as some of the most popular times to visit. Hotel prices often rise in the spring, but if you want to see the city's beautiful flowering trees or plan an event during one of the most stunning seasons, visit in the spring.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Columbia, SC:

seasonality of hotel rates in Columbia

Columbia by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Columbia, SC. You can use these illustrations to calculate the most cost effective time period to book in Columbia for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in Columbia, South Carolina

4 Star Average Prices: $134.06

Whether you're planning a high-profile event or you just want to treat yourself, splurge on a stay in the heart of Columbia.

Stay downtown at the Columbia Marriott, which is just steps from the Columbia Museum of Art and the Robert Mills Historic House. This large hotel has 300 spacious guestrooms with free Wi-Fi, in-room workspaces, and coffeemakers. Enjoy a leisurely evening in with room service, or have a meal at the on-site restaurant. With more than 27,000 square feet of event space, the Columbia Marriott has plenty of room for your next business conference or trade show.

Just a few blocks from the Colonial Life Arena and the Carolina Coliseum, the Hilton Columbia Center is located right in the center of downtown Columbia. Get a great night's sleep with plush beds and high-quality linens, and relax outdoors in the immaculately landscaped pool area. Grab a drink at the hotel's bar and lounge, or head out on the town, right outside the hotel's front door. If you're planning a wedding or business event, be sure to book the Hilton's 6,000 square feet of event space in advance.

Mere steps from Columbia's best shopping and dining, the Springhill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista offers convenience and comfort in the downtown area. All 132 rooms come with refrigerators, iPod docking stations, and LCD TVs, so you'll feel right at home. Splash around in the year-round indoor pool, and work up a sweat at the hotel's on-site fitness center. If you're in the mood for a midnight snack, the Springhill Suites has you covered, thanks to an on-site grocery store.

Only a quarter mile from top attractions like the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and the Governor's Mansion, the Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone is a great place to splurge in Columbia. Spread out in the large suites, indulge in the complimentary breakfast and omelet bar, and toast to a great stay at the complimentary evening reception. With several meeting and conference rooms and a complimentary airport shuttle, the Embassy Suites is a smart choice for corporate events and business travelers.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

Affordable Options in Columbia, South Carolina

3 Star Average Prices: $107.36

With so many affordable hotels in Columbia, you can easily stick to your travel budget. Stay right in Columbia, or search for a budget-friendly hotel outside of the city to save even more.

Make yourself right at home at the Home Towne Suites Columbia. All 88 rooms feature kitchenettes with full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, and complete sets of dishes. Work up a sweat at the on-site fitness room, swim a few laps at the outdoor pool, and prepare a meal on the barbecue grills. To sweeten the deal, self-parking is free here. If you're planning to stay in the Columbia area for a while, the Home Towne Suites also offers affordable weekly rates.

No matter if you're staying for a week or just one night, the Extended Stay America - Columbia - West - Stoneridge Dr. has budget-friendly rooms with plenty of space for the family. Choose from a standard studio room or go for a deluxe studio room with a sofa bed and a kitchenette. All rooms include desks so you can catch up on work, along with 32-inch flat-screen TVs so you can stay on top of your favorite shows. Take advantage of the hotel's grab-and-go breakfast before heading out to see the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, just a half mile away from the hotel.

Located a few miles northeast of Columbia, the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is a good deal right off of Interstate 20. Whether you choose queen or king rooms, your room comes with a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Upgrade to an efficiency, and you'll have plenty of room to prepare meals for the whole family. Don't forget to fuel up with the complimentary continental breakfast before checking out nearby sights like the Springdale Race Course.

For one of the best budget hotels in the Fort Jackson area, look no further than the Super 8 Columbia/Ft. Jackson, SC. Just a mile from Fort Jackson and two miles from the Dorn Veterans Hospital, the Super 8 offers a convenient and affordable stay for members of the military. All of the rooms here include handy amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. In addition to low prices on basic rooms, the Super 8 also offers free Wi-Fi, a complimentary continental breakfast, and free self-parking.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

2 Star Average Prices: $77.67

2 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

Best Discounts on Hotel Rooms in Columbia, South Carolina

No matter your reason for visiting Columbia, you'll find numerous discounts on hotel rooms. Military members and government employees save about 10 percent on rooms at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Columbia Airport and the Super 8 Columbia/Ft. Jackson, SC.

As an AAA member, you'll save 10 percent or more at the Sleep Inn at Bush River Road and the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites. Senior travelers and AARP members save 10 percent on rooms at the Springhill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista, the Home Towne Suites Columbia, and other area hotels.

Best Value Options in Columbia, South Carolina

If you're looking for a clean, comfortable room that won't dent your travel budget, stay at one of these high-value hotels in Columbia.

Just a few miles northwest of Columbia, the Sleep Inn at Bush River Road is a solid hotel with reasonable rates, helpful staff, and a convenient location. Use the hotel's free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends at home, and use the nearby fitness center to stay fit. If you're planning an event in the area, the hotel has nearly 3,000 square feet of event space.

A great value for military members, the Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia/Ft. Jackson is less than five miles from Fort Jackson and the U.S. Air Force Reserve Recruiting Center. All of the hotel's 83 guestrooms include comfortable beds and convenient amenities like microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. In the morning, don't forget to take advantage of the free continental breakfast, and in the summer, don't miss the outdoor pool.

For a clean and comfortable stay near the airport, the Hampton Inn Columbia-I-26 Airport is a great choice. Splash around in the outdoor pool, catch up on work in the 24-hour business center, and hop on the convenient shuttle to head home at the end of your stay.

Located just a mile and a half from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Columbia Airport is much more than an airport hotel. With large rooms and friendly staff members, this hotel is ideal for families. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast, and work out at the on-site fitness center or indoor pool. Relax by the lobby fireplace and use the free Wi-Fi to plan your trip, or use the 24-hour business center to stay connected. Catch a quick ride to the airport on the hotel's complimentary shuttle.

Can’t-Miss Attractions in Columbia, South Carolina

From history to nature to sports, you'll find plenty to love in Columbia. Learn about the state's history at the South Carolina Museum and the South Carolina State House, which both offer family-friendly tours.

Pack a picnic and go for a long walk in the Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park or the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, or take the kids for a day of fun at the EdVenture Children's Museum. Catch a game at the Williams-Brice Stadium or the Colonial Life Arena or go out for a bite to eat in the charming Five Points neighborhood.

No matter what time of year you visit, Columbia welcomes you with a range of hotels, beautiful scenery, and centuries of history. Whether you're planning a casual get-together, a formal party, or a corporate event, Columbia's many event-ready hotels offer the ideal location.

'We need a full coven¦nine women¦twelve's better. Do you have any friends? - Characters, Aunt Jett and Aunt Frances to character, Sally Owens, from the movie 'Practical Magic “ These words were written by the famous screenwriter, Robin Swincord, who was best known for his works; Little Women and Memoirs of a Geisha. ­

The Metropolitan of South Carolina

Columbia is the capital city of the state of South Carolina, and ­this beautiful place is full of attractions any tourists would want to see. Along it's wide and scenic avenues are situated the variety of historic sites, ranging from the Antebellum mansion to the home of a former slave who purchased his freedom, along with musical venues, shops, theatres, museums and a vibrant backdrop for it all. You can check out the large number of bars for a great night out in a foreign city, and find great hotels in Columbia for your stay.

The city also has rivers, lakes, parks, canals, and many Columbia hotels with quaint restaurants to simply kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation. The city also houses the largest children's museum in all of Southern America, which is always fun and recreational if you are traveling with kids. Most people aren't aware of this little fact, but the name ˜Columbia' came from a poetic term used to identify the United States, which was originally derived from the name of the great explorer “ Christopher Columbus.

Finding Yourself an Affordable Get-Away

In metropolitan cities like Columbia, there are often a great number of cheap hotels catering to tourists who would rather spend on experiences than luxurious lodging. If you are on a budget trip, it's always a good idea to look for cheap hotels online, where you can even find good hotels offering amazing seasonal discounts sometimes. If not, you can choose among names like the Super 8, The Inn at Claussen's, Hyatt Place Columbia, or the Comfort Inn Ft. Jackson.

When in Search for a Fancy Accommodation

If you want to experience the finest of the city, a large number of Columbia hotels can offer you all that can make your holiday absolutely perfect. Hotels in Columbia are usually highly hospitable and accommodate your every need. Choose from the famous names like the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Hilton Garden Inn, Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel, or the Hampton Inn, which are all very classy places to stay.

Try a Local Accommodation

In places like Columbia, you can also find many boutiques and independent hotels catering to tourists from every corner of the world. You will have an even better time if you choose a great boutique to spend your days in Columbia, like the Springhill Suites, The Comfort Inn, the 1425 Inn, or the Congaree Vista. You will be able to enjoy staying in a very nice facility with exceptional services and a welcoming air. When you plan to pay a visit to this city, make sure you do your research so that you don't have to run all over the place to find you were looking for. 

FAQs about hotels in Columbia

What are the top rated hotels in Columbia?

Hilton Columbia Center, Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District and Aloft Columbia Downtown are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the upper-end hotels in Columbia?

Hilton Columbia Center, Inn at Usc and Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel are the top 3 luxury hotels near Columbia city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Columbia?

Clarion Inn Airport, Rodeway Inn & Suite Fort Jackson, and Hilton Columbia Center are the properties closest to Columbia city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Columbia cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Columbia can be as cheap as $77.67 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Columbia cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Columbia has been $107.36 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in Columbia cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Columbia has been $134.06 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the most popular independent hotels in Columbia?

Inn at Usc, Carolina University Inn and Masters Inn Columbia I 26 are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Columbia?

Springhill Suites Columbia Downtown, Courtyard Columbia Cayce and Residence Inn by Marriott Columbia West are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the most popular Choice Hotels branded hotels in Columbia?

Comfort Inn Columbia Sc, Sleep Inn Airport and Clarion Inn Airport are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the most popular IHG hotels in Columbia?

Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbia and Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city of Columbia

Below are reviews of the city of Columbia, SC from an actual visitor's perspective.

Score 4.0 / 5

Columbia as has been for some time is a nice college and military blend metro and city. Not the world wide known grande Metros of across the country but still a tourist friendly and business connected city with some nostalgia elements Tonite.

Keith S., from 08-Dec-2019
Score 4.0 / 5

Nice city.

Jimmy P., from 13-Nov-2019
"Beautiful weather"
Score 5.0 / 5

The weather was great

Ronnie H., from 21-Oct-2019
"Our Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

Small city feel with friendly people. People caring for each other makes a place beautiful to visit again.

Nancy P., from 17-Oct-2019
"Lots to do"
Score 5.0 / 5

More stuff and events to keep you entertained

Brian G., from 22-Sep-2019
Score 5.0 / 5


Robin A., from 02-Sep-2019
"Great Hotel"
Score 5.0 / 5

Not much actually the hotel was by far the best part of our time on Columbia.

Jason R., from 28-Jul-2019
"Good Location "
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything is surrounding you. There was a lot of stores to shop for all your needs and restaurants to choose from.

Joyce F., from 23-Jul-2019
"Very Satisfied!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I was very happy with the clean room, with towels and every amenity I requested! I highly suggest this property!

William C., from 13-Jul-2019
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Our choir of 50+ came for a performance and had splendid time, great accommodations as well.

Heather M., from 22-Feb-2018
"Good Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Cool city with big night life.

Danny W., from 24-Sep-2017
"Helpful Hotel"
Score 4.0 / 5

City of Columbia was helpful in setting up a pool session at the Macxy Greeg pool for us, gave a competitive rental rate and we're willing to extend extra time for us after arriving late due to traffic/weather conditions.

Cory C., from 01-Aug-2016
"Very Nice Area"
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice, enjoyed our stay. Great time visiting.

Jacquelyn W., from 02-Apr-2016
Score 4.0 / 5


Dtr Eleanor S., from 21-Oct-2015
"Great Wedding Venue"
Score 4.0 / 5

Ariel's was a great venue for a wedding. The city offers botanical gardens, a lake for fishing and a variety of shopping in the area.

Anne P., from 19-Aug-2014
"College Town (USC) with lots of interesting activities and dining choices"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of good places to eat and always something to do: concerts, museum, shopping, races, zoo.

Patricia W., from 10-May-2014
"Nice time with family."
Score 5.0 / 5

Children did do a little sight seeing and said they were pleased with what they saw . They went to a Mall and also got the grandsons (2) haircuts and was very impressed with the barber who used a straight razor as well as clipper. They had not seen haircut in this manner. And we got the best pizza from Little Caesars in Lexington, SC.

Lillian F., from 08-Apr-2014
"Great shopping and restaurants"
Score 4.0 / 5

The large shopping area near the hotel had everything you could want. Also went to the Vista area. It was beautiful and had lots of restaurants.

Shalene L., from 06-Mar-2014
"Fantastic Zoo"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love, love, love Riverbanks Zoo!

Bobbie F., from 15-Feb-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Columbia, SC shown above is 4.4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
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