Downtown Columbia, SC

Columbia
Columbia
A magnet for visitors to the southeast, this compact city is a favorite for its charm, cuisine, historic neighborhoods, world-class museums and pretty green spaces.

Create a customized visit to Downtown Columbia, centered on Main Street in South Carolina’s enticing capital city. Watch an indie film at the Nickelodeon Theatre or view art by Monet. Eat local fare at the weekly Soda City Market or tour nearly 40 properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy shopping, an art walk showcasing the murals of Downtown or a free tour of the historic South Carolina State House.

For art, start with the Columbia Museum of Art, a renovated space showcasing its collection thematically. Browse pieces by topic, time period or culture. Numerous galleries offer stunning collections related to spirituality, identity, heroism and more. The highly regarded museum features impressive Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as an excellent American art collection. Continue your art education outside with a street art tour. Favorites pieces include Middle of Nowhere, Tunnelvision and World’s Largest Fire Hydrant.

Walk to the South Carolina State House, a work of art in its own right. This copper-topped architectural gem, which took more than 50 years to build and features native blue granite, is one of the state’s top attractions. See the Revolutionary Generals Monument, the Palmetto Regiment Monument to the Mexican-American-Mexican War and the African-American History Monument. Stroll through the exterior gardens and tour the inner corridors. Outside, look for six stars along the exterior marking spots where Union artillery hit the building during the Civil War.

The Downtown/Main Street District encompasses 36 blocks, surrounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly and Marion streets. Use the complimentary shuttle and COMET public transit system servicing the district. Pay for parking in a public garage or on the street. Look for a City Center Ambassador, wearing a yellow shirt and stationed throughout Downtown, to direct you to wherever you’re trying to go. See how art, music, cuisine and heritage define the Downtown Columbia experience.


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Gallus Stadium Park Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
Gallus Stadium Park Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection
2.5 out of 5
621 S Assembly Street, Columbia, SC, 29201
The price is $78 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.9/5 Good! (550 reviews)
"Great for work travel!"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Graduate Columbia, S.C.
Graduate Columbia, S.C.
4 out of 5
1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC, 29201
The price is $135 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
Well worth the expense
"Convenient location to everything in Columbia and surrounding areas. Staff was extremely friendly and pleasant with every interaction. Plenty of parking available. I will be staying with this hotel again in the future."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Cambria Hotel Columbia Downtown The Vista
Cambria Hotel Columbia Downtown The Vista
3 out of 5
1000 LADY STREET, Columbia, SC, 29201
The price is $137 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star property in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour fitness center. Popular attractions Fort Jackson and North Carolina Mutual ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (76 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful and extremely clean. The staff at the front desk and the restaurant were friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed our stay at the Cambria."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Marriott Columbia
Marriott Columbia
3.5 out of 5
1200 Hampton St, Columbia, SC, 29201-2826
The price is $169 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (718 reviews)
"It was nice and convenient for Parent's Weekend. Staff was Friendly. Biggest issue was the breakfast buffet which price was not advertised. It was your normal free not so great hotel breakfast but when the bill came it was 30/person."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1400 Main St, Columbia, SC, 29201-2806
The price is $116 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great central location, valet parking was super-convenient, and it’s a gorgeous old bank building. Bed was extremely comfortable, room was clean, service was fantastic."

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2022

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
3 out of 5
511 Lady Street, Columbia, SC, 29201-3015
The price is $144 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Columbia. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (999 reviews)
Nice stay for college parents
"The staff was so pleasant and helpful!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

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