Be a guest in our welcoming hotels in Columbia, the friendly, relaxed capital city of South Carolina. You’re in easy reach of the award-winning Riverbanks Zoo, the historic Statehouse, and vibrant dining-and-shopping districts of Five Points and Vista.
It’s a short drive downtown from our central Columbia hotels to the South Carolina Statehouse, its mossy green lawn shaded by fragrant magnolia trees—bronze stars mark the spots where cannonballs landed during General Sherman’s fiery Civil War “march to the sea.” Slithery snakes and giant tortoises inhabit the Riverbanks Zoo, along with 2,000 other wild critters. Sunbathe on the rocks above the mild but frothy rapids of the Saluda River, directly behind the zoo.
Join the brigades of backpacked students strolling the tree-shaded urban campus of the University of South Carolina, ringed with lively coffee shops and cafes. Or head out from our Columbia hotels and do as the natives do: spend an evening dining and drinking in the Five Points neighborhood or the riverside Vista district—both hopping with good-value international restaurants and rollicking music clubs. If it’s classic Southern food you crave, head to a local barbecue joint for lip-smacking South Carolina barbecue washed down with sudsy Dixie beer.
Unwind and absorb the region’s leisurely pace just minutes from our Columbia hotels in the city’s riverside parks, where you can park yourself under a live oak fringed with Spanish moss and dream of the Old South—all for free, of course. Stay at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Columbia for four seasons of down-home pleasures, whether you’re tucking into an old-fashioned corndog at the State Fair or sipping cocktails on a balmy evening of moonlight and magnolias.