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Gaffney, South Carolina
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71 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

The front desk was great!!very friendly. Hotel is under construction though. There was no breakfast like advertised, though they did have coffee. I think maybe the food service was closed because of renovations? Room had a pair of underwear behind the door of the bathroom. Toilet didn't look clean. Carpet didn't look vacuumed. But it was left expensive then the... More 

1 Thank clarinetjpc
Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

We went to Columbia to attend a baseball game and ended up here because a friend booked it for us. It was obvious from the interior and exterior that this is an older building in need of a lot of TLC. The young lady at the front desk was very nice and checked us in quickly. The hallways have the... More 

2 Thank Nancy C
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

Stayed here during University of South Carolina Admitted Students weekend. Hotel was conveniently located near school. We were a mile away from Vista District and we walked to restaurants for dinner. Hotel is under renovations. There was no restaurant and no bar as both were closed due to the rest-model. Next time I come, I will go somewhere else. I'm... More 

2 Thank Deirdre D
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2016

I had a lovely visit and meal two years ago, and well, things weren't quite what they had been as the hotel is being renovated. The staff is friendly and helpful, while clearly they did not quite have access to resources they needed to make the stay a stellar one. I don't think it was quite worth what I was... More 

1 Thank JungAbernathy
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2016

My stay at the hotel was great. The staff was professional, friendly and courteous. I had a problem with charges for the room but the representative answered all questions and will change my credit card. Also, the "Rep" was friendly and professional. The whole experience was very good.

Thank smallsjacqueline
Columbia, South Carolina
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121 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

We just stayed there on Friday and Saturday night because there was nowhere left in town to stay. I thought we could "rough it." More like wretching it than roughing it -- and for $139! We got locked out in the rain and cold both nights because they close the lobby at 11 and apparently go home or leave? Our... More 

5 Thank Chapinite
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64 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Never ever stay at this hotel. The hotel is outdated, the carpet is stained and dirty, the hotel has a terrible odor. As we were attempting to check in the clerk notified us that many people at the hotel were sick. He proceeded to get down on his knees and vomit into the waste basket. We walked out! This is... More 

3 Thank Adah L
Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2016

We have stayed at the Clarion many times. I used to think it was a decent hotel in a good location for a decent price. However, since the renovation started, things have definitely gone down-hill. ( Looks as if the renovation as come to a complete halt.) Our last stay was the absolute worst. First of all, everything looks beaten... More 

2 Thank jdub2016
Greenville, South Carolina
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

lights in the first room did not work, room was changed by the stuff, billing at the check out was correct but after I left $40 was added to my bill without my knoledge and without my permission when I called I was told that it is customary, next day that $40 was droped but day later new chardge $20+... More 

1 Thank Yuri M
Clinton, South Carolina, United States
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25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

I hosted an event here and Brittany went out of her way to accommodate us. The hotel is under major renovations but we made the most of it. I will be hosting other weekend events in their ballroom twice a year and am looking forward to the new improvements.

1 Thank Kathi H

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Family Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • Free Parking
  • 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 Street, Columbia, SC 29201 (Formerly Clarion Hotel Downtown)
Region: United States > South Carolina > Columbia
Price Range: $155 - $192 (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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  • Blood on duvet cover.
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  • Gross stains on room carpet
 of 5 bubbles 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....”
 of 5 bubbles lnc06a, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“There are no good rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles Chapinite, 22 Feb 2016 | Read review
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