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Columbia, MO: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find the perfect hotel in Columbia using our hotel guide provided below. Search for cheap and discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Columbia, MO for your personal leisure or group travel. We list the best Columbia, Missouri motel and hotel rooms. Browse the Columbia area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Columbia hotels. Coordinating a group? Get Columbia Group Hotel Deals or Check out the best Columbia meeting hotels

The Columbia center is around the area of Historic Missouri Theater and the area of Stephens College.

Welcome to Columbia, the fourth most populous metro in the state and home to the University of Missouri. Whether you want to stay in the heart of downtown or in a budget-friendly accommodation a little farther out, Columbia offers a variety of hotels to meet your needs and budget.

Prior to European settlements, the Columbia area was home to the Osage and Missouri tribes. By the time the city's development was under way in the early 1800s, it was rooted in three economic foundations: insurance, medicine, and education – all of which play an important role in the modern economy. By 1963, Columbia became the home base of the University of Missouri and Columbia College systems. Today, the city boasts fine arts venues, annual film festivals, a flourishing music scene, and a deep-seated sports culture.

Whether you're here to visit the galleries, see a game, or do some shopping, it's important to find the right hotel that places you close to the action. More from this guide...

Columbia Hotels/Accommodations

Wingate by Wyndham Hotel - Columbia 3101 Wingate Court, Columbia, MO 65201 Website
  • 3 star Highway property
  • Free breakfast
From$79
Very Good 4.5 /5 Latest Reviews Call
Candlewood Suites - Columbia 1400 Creekwood Pkwy., Columbia, MO 65202
  • Two-star Suburban property
  • Hotel has 96 suites
From$59
Excellent 5.0 /5 Latest Reviews Call
The Tiger Hotel - Columbia
+1-800-997-5148
23 South 8th St., Columbia, MO 65201
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 18 suites in property
From$129
Very Good 4.5 /5 Reviews Call
The Broadway Hotel a Doubletree by Hilton : 1111 East Broadway
+1-888-690-5247
1111 East Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 100 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$49
Very Good 4.5 /5 Latest Reviews Call
Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia 1225 Fellows Place, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Mid-scale Rural property
  • 134 rooms in property
From$99
Very Good 4.5 /5 Reviews Call
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center : 2601 South Providence Rd. 2601 South Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203
  • Low-priced Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 11 meeting rooms
From$79
Very Good 4.5 /5 Hotel Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Columbia Univ A 1402 Cinnamon Hill Dr., Columbia, MO 65109
  • Affordable Highway hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00pm
From$144
Very Good 4.5 /5 Hotel Reviews Call
Country Inn & Suites in Columbia
+1-888-690-5281
817 North Keene St., Columbia, MO 65201
  • Three Star Highway property
  • 42 suites in hotel
From$80
Very Good 4.5 /5 Review Score Call
Hampton Inn - Columbia 3410 Clark Lane, Columbia, MO 65202
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • 5 floors in property
From$99
Very Good 4.5 /5 Guest Reviews Call
Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Missouri in Columbia 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201
  • Midscale Highway hotel
  • 133 rooms in property
From$89
Very Good 4.5 /5 Guest Reviews Call
Baymont Inn & Suites : 2205 Cardinal Dr. 2205 Cardinal Dr., Fulton, MO 65251 ~20.73 miles east of Columbia
  • Midscale Rural hotel
  • 63 rooms in property
From$70
Very Good 4.5 /5 Hotel Reviews Call
Candlewood Suites 3514 Amazonas Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109 ~25.41 miles south of Columbia
  • Cheap property
  • 80 suites in hotel
From$70
Very Good 4.5 /5 Recent Reviews Call
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Jefferson City : 3621 West Truman Blvd.
+1-800-881-1523
3621 West Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65109 ~25.43 miles south of Columbia
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$99
Very Good 4.5 /5 Guest Reviews Call
La Quinta Inn & Suites 2500 Interstate 70 Dr. Sw, Columbia, MO 65203
  • Two star hotel
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$75
Very Good 4.0 /5 Read Reviews Call
Comfort Suites Columbia 1010 West Business Loop 70, Columbia, MO 65202
  • 3-star Highway hotel
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
From$75
Very Good 4.0 /5 Guest Reviews Call
Best Western Plus Columbia Inn : 2904 Clark Lane 2904 Clark Lane, Columbia, MO 65202
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$59
Very Good 4.0 /5 Guest Reviews Call
Staybridge Suites Columbia 805 Keene St., Columbia, MO 65201
  • Midscale Suburban hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$64
Very Good 4.0 /5 Read Reviews Call
Residence Inn Columbia Mo in Columbia 1100 Woodland Springs Court, Columbia, MO 65202
  • 3 star Suburban property
  • 4 floors in hotel
From$99
Very Good 4.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call
Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia 3300 Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO 65202
  • Affordable Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 26 suites
From$99
Very Good 4.0 /5 Recent Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Columbia East 915 Port Way, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Midscale Suburban property
  • 25 suites in property
From$64
Very Good 4.0 /5 Hotel Reviews Call
Comfort Inn of Boonville 2427 Mid America Industrial Dr. I 70 at Exit # 101, Boonville, MO 65233 ~23.44 miles west of Columbia
  • Low-priced Highway hotel
  • 51 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$92
Very Good 4.0 /5 Read Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Express - Boonville
+1-888-690-5281
2419 Mid America Ind Dr., Boonville, MO 65233 ~23.71 miles west of Columbia
  • Midscale property
From$85
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call
Comfort Suites
+1-800-230-4134
4804 Country Club Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65109 ~25.74 miles south of Columbia
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • Check in time: 03:00pm
From$85
Very Good 4.0 /5 Review Score Call
Hampton Inn
+1-800-997-5148
4800 Country Club, Jefferson City, MO 65109 ~25.75 miles south of Columbia
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$84
Very Good 4.0 /5 Latest Reviews Call
Suburban Extended Stay in Columbia
+1-888-690-5247
3100 Wingate Court, Columbia, MO 65201
  • Low priced Highway property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$39
Average 3.5 /5 Guest Reviews Call
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When to Visit Columbia, MO

Summers in Columbia can be quite long and hot, with average highs from June to August hitting the high 80s. As a college town, though, you won't necessarily encounter the biggest crowds during the summer. As long as you're not in town for a major event, you may be surprised to find great summertime deals at area hotels.

Columbia winters are cold and harsh, with average highs in January hovering in the high 30s. Since it is basketball season, hotel rates tend to creep up around sporting events, which is something to keep in mind. If you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing, it's best to wait for fairer weather.

April and May, and again in September and October, are the best months to visit Columbia. Spring and fall temperatures are in the high 60s and low 70s, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore the city on foot. Just be mindful of the local university schedules, as students may be moving out in May, which can cause area hotels to fill up with family members.

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

seasonality of hotel rates in Columbia

Columbia, MO: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. price patterns by star rating class in Columbia, MO. Browse these line graphs to calculate the least expensive seasons to make a reservation in Columbia for your upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Columbia, MO

4 Star Average Prices: $108.64

If you're looking for an upscale hotel in Columbia, you may be surprised to find the city lacking in higher-end accommodations, but that doesn't mean they're not there.

The Tiger Hotel is a three-star boutique hotel within walking distance of the University of Missouri Columbia campus. It boasts a refreshing blend of modern sensibilities with upscale amenities, including soaking tubs, high-end toiletries, free Wi-Fi, Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and iPod decks. Opting for an upgraded room or suite can get you a whirlpool tub, walk-in shower, and separate sitting area. You also won't want to miss the chance to dine in the 1930s-themed café, cupcake shop, and swanky bar.

The Broadway Columbia – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, is another chic downtown accommodation offering higher-end amenities. Located just two blocks from the University of Missouri and five blocks from Columbia College, this four-star hotel places you in the heart of the city. All guest rooms are thoughtfully decorated with contemporary décor and custom-designed beds. They also feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, while suites throw in living areas and balconies. Hit the rooftop bar or all-day restaurant to enjoy the tastes of Columbia, or head to the 24/7 fitness center to blow off some steam.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

Affordable Hotel Options in Columbia, MO

3 Star Average Prices: $110.96

Finding an affordable hotel in Columbia is easier than you might think. Howard Johnson Inn Columbia is a two-star accommodation off I-70. Less than 5 miles from the University of Missouri and The Blue Note club, this motel offers modest guest rooms with cable TV, free Wi-Fi, work desks, coffeemakers, mini fridges, and microwaves. You also get some other great amenities, including free parking, a free continental breakfast, and use of the business center, outdoor pool, and fitness room.

Ramada Columbia is also located off I-70, providing easy access to everything the city has to offer. This basic hotel offers free Wi-Fi, cable channels, mini fridges, and microwaves, but upgrading to a suite will throw in sitting areas or whirlpool tubs. Even better, kids under 17 stay free with a paying adult. You'll also enjoy a free continental breakfast and ample parking for cars, RVs, and buses.

Super 8 Columbia East is a quick 11-minute drive from the Central Missouri Events Center, which is home of the Boone County Fair and other popular events. Rooms at this Super 8 feature en suite bathrooms, premium cable channels, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers. Some rooms throw in mini fridges, hot tubs, or wet bars, and everyone enjoys free Wi-Fi. Other motel amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast, an indoor pool and hot tub, guest laundry facilities, a business center, and free bus and truck parking.

Budget Host Inn Columbia is situated on Highway 763 just off I-70 near Stephens Lake Park and the University of Missouri. The basic accommodation offers straightforward guest rooms with premium cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Mini fridges and microwaves are available upon request. Guest amenities include access to the outdoor pool with sundeck, welcome snacks, a free continental breakfast, business services, free parking, and guest laundry facilities.

Other affordable hotel options in Columbia include the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Columbia, Red Roof Inn Columbia, Days Inn Columbia I-70, Royal Inn, and Super 7 Motel.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

2 Star Average Prices: $77.47

2 Star Hotel Prices in Columbia

Columbia, MO Hotels with Discounts

Depending on where you stay, you can save even more money on your trip to Columbia by taking advantage of discounts. Several area hotels offer discounts to AAA members, AARP members, military personnel, government employees, and seniors. If you prefer a certain hotel chain that offers a rewards program, such as the Holiday Inn, you can earn points to put toward a later stay.

Most accommodations offer their own unique travel packages to help you save even more. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia University Area – Highway 63 offers a romance package that entitles you to a box of chocolates, sparkling wine, and breakfast for two during your stay.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Columbia, MO, also has a romance package, but it goes a step further by offering a local shopping deal and business package. Booking the shopping deal will get you a gift card to an area store, while the business package gets you a free newspaper, free high-speed Internet access, and use of the business center.

Wingate by Wyndham Columbia offers seasonal discounts and a manager's special, which includes complimentary appetizers in the lobby three days a week. Keep in mind, though, that these types of special offers, package deals, and discounts change frequently, so keep an eye on your favorite hotels to see what discounts they're currently offering.

Best Value Options in Columbia, MO

Columbia has many mid-range hotels that give you plenty of bang for your buck. Holiday Inn Executive Center – Columbia Mall is a four-star business hotel off I-70 that's within walking distance of the Columbia Exposition Center. If you're doing business in Columbia, this is one of the best places you can stay. The hotel offers casual rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and mini fridges. Upgraded suites throw in separate living areas, whirlpool tubs, lounge access, and a free hot breakfast.

Drury Inn Columbia is a three-star redbrick hotel within walking distance of the Columbia Mall. The modern hotel offers flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, work desks, mini fridges, and microwaves. Opting for a suite will give you a separate living space. Guest amenities include a free hot breakfast, popcorn and soda in the lobby, an evening social, indoor pool and whirlpool, business center, and 24-hour fitness center. Pets are also welcome.

Courtyard Columbia is less than 10 miles from Columbia Regional Airport. This accommodation offers contemporary rooms and suites with upgraded amenities like whirlpool tubs and wet bars. There's even an American restaurant on site that serves Starbucks coffee. Airport shuttle service and parking are free.

Top Attractions in Columbia, MO

While Columbia is certainly known for being a college town, it offers some great attractions you won't want to miss. The Blue Note indie rock club is located inside a vaudeville-style theater, and has been bringing Columbia the best performances for more than 20 years.

Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is central Missouri's last remaining pre-depression vaudeville stage and movie palace. Many university concerts take place here, so reserve your spot early.

The Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri offers a fascinating tour through history. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum features a series of changing exhibits that provide visitors with even more opportunities to engage with art and history. It's arguably one of the city's most memorable museums.

Whether you're looking for a boutique hotel downtown or a budget-friendly accommodation near the interstate, Columbia offers a little something for everyone. Start planning your trip today!

Recent traveler reviews of Columbia, MO

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

"Great City Tour"
Score 5.0 / 5

Enjoyed going to the campus and touring, and the baseball complexes were very nice.

, from 14-Jun-2015
"Beautiful Community"
Score 5.0 / 5

Nice variety of restaurants for dining options. The Katy Trail is handy for use.

, from 29-Apr-2015
"Check it out for yourself"
Score 5.0 / 5

There were so many great shops and restaurants in Columbia, particularly in the downtown area. Cosmo park is a wonderful area for baseball and soccer tournaments!

, from 28-Jul-2014
"University of Missouri College Town"
Score 4.0 / 5

Columbia is a wonderful college town. Great bars, great coffee shops, book stores, and restaurants. Enjoyed the shops and the quaint downtown. A very pleasant place to visit.

, from 30-Jun-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Columbia, MO shown above is 4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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