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Carolina University Inn

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Columbia, South Carolina
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We arrived on Sunday March 19 to enter what appeared to be a war zone. Demolition all around, and debris in the walkways. Dust everywhere. Elevators, kitchen, pool --- all are shut down. And just dirty. Toilets don't flush, nothing has been cleaned. They let us cancel our room, and fortunately, the Hyatt had room. The staff at the Hyatt...

Thank 638tamara
Knoxville, Tennessee
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is hands down the worst hotel I have ever booked with. Yes, it's under construction, but none of the issues I will mention have anything to do with renovations. First, the parking lot is very poorly lit and not conducive to large vehicles. I didn't feel 100% confident in the elevator. The pillows did not have pillow cases, and...

Thank lbfa2013
Greenville, South Carolina
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The hotel front appears to be boarded up; nothing like the online pictures. There’s a dimly lit parking lot in the back where you enter. The lobby smelled musty; the guy at check-in didn’t speak much English; the elevator was slow & loud with a handprint on the wall (see pic). My room was gross. The door was hard to...

Thank ghbeckwith2016
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Have stayed here before while visiting our son at USC.. but this time we had to leave immediately..stinks of mold and stale smoke..hair in bed..sheets had not been changed and " housekeeping have left" was the reponse..inflated rates when something on in town too. Never again! Found a much nicer place about 15 minutes away ☺

Thank Marcella R
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Serious dump. Smells moldy and smokey. Stains on the carpet and furniture. The renovation on this place cannot get done fast enough. The person that booked this is going to catch a load of crap tomorrow. If my car did not have a flat outside the Raycom station I would have booked at my own expense at on of the...

Thank Gayle W
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Absolute rat hole!! This place was horrible. Floors were dirty, the beds were made up but the sheets were not changed from the visitors before me. Pizza boxes and molded food on the floor behind the bathroom door. hair still in the sink from where someone shaved and didn't clean up. They would not refund me even after going into...

1Thank Tracey P
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We booked a 2 queen size bed room for 88,48$. Upon arrival they placed us in a 1 bed room.... but we still had to pay the initial price ! What a rip off. The staff would not hear any complain. Worst of all, the room we were given was so not as advertised on the pictures : mold, stained...

1Thank Sophie G
Huntingtown, Maryland
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Where to begin... if I cold post a negative "overall rating" I would. This hotel is absolutely horrible. From the staff, to the accommodations, on down the line. We were visiting my daughters friend at USC for the weekend - 8+ hour drive down from Maryland. Got there around 1pm, they would not let us check-in early, even though the...

4Thank MMcAbee68
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This hotel is barely being held together. The hotel was dirty and old and smelled, and so did my room. The air conditioner barely worked at full power, the faucet in the bathroom wouldn't shut off, the toiled barely flushed. When I checked in, they said the elevator wasn't working correctly and unless a guest who used it "sent it...

5Thank JoeZ15330
Ladson, South Carolina
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Be advised that this property is currently being renovated top to bottom. The "tower" structure is completely gutted and there are no amenities (restaurant, bar, swimming pool). That being said, there are still rooms available in the other building of the hotel. Keep in mind that this is an older property and showing its age. But you can still expect...

1Thank s0uthernc0uple

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to the Carolina University Inn located in the heart of Downtown Columbia. Travelers of all needs can take advantage of our one of a kind property located in the business, financial, and entertainment district of downtown Columbia. Unique local restaurants, boutique shopping, and exciting night life are all located within a one mile radius. The brand new USC Law School opening in Fall of 2017 is just across the street from the hotel's front door and a short walk from where you can discover everything the University of South Carolina campus has to offer. We take great pride in our Gamecocks here in Columbia. Williams Brice Stadium is a short 2.9 mile drive where you will experience college football here in Gamecock Country! Breathtaking views of the South Carolina State House are blocks away on Gervais Street. The South Carolina State Museum and Museum of Art are conveniently located downtown offering a taste of our local culture. Take the family on a delightful educational adventure to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden or the Edventure Children's Museum, both located within 5 miles of the hotel. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Carolina University Inn

Address: 1615 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201-3413 (Formerly Clarion Hotel Downtown)
Region: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Price Range: €898 - €1,017 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carolina University Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 87
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Also Known As:
Clarion Hotel Columbia
Clarion Columbia
Columbia Clarion
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“Choose the Inn at USC, or something in the Vista”
638tamara, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Don't choose a room here. Seriously.”
lbfa2013, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“This hotel has been saying it's under renovations for months, with no sign of improvement. Stay away. There's no good room in this place.”
  • broken sink stopper; no soap
  • disconnected phone; stain on sheet
  • no smoke detector in room
  • missing laundry sack
  • curtain with broken hook falling off rod
  • hole in ceiling above closet alcove
ghbeckwith2016, 6 Feb 2017 | Read review
“run, and find a better hotel”
  • Gross stains on room carpet
  • Mold and gross stuff n A/C Unit
  • Blood on duvet cover.
  • dust, dirt, grime, mold.
MMcAbee68, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Do not go here. It was worse than a Stickit Inn! The only good thing about it was the location. Sorta....”
lnc06a, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
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