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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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...

Thank Tracey P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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...

Thank 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...

3Thank MMcAbee68
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 25 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...

4Thank 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
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Being a dated hotel is no excuse for the uncleanliness and disrepair of the the hotel in general and the room we stayed in. We actually switched rooms after opening the door to the first room. We were going to be charged regardless of the stay so we looked at two other rooms and picked the lesser of two hog...

1Thank Jay D
Rochester, New York
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

STAY AWAY! This is a tired, old hotel. The halls, rooms smelled horrible. Carpeting was filthy. TV didn't work. NO amenities. Front desk staff very nice but still didn't make up for bad shape hotel is in. Needs an overhaul.

1Thank 734palg
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Absolutely disgusting! We stayed in room 669. The ice machines on the 5th an 6th floors were broken. The ice machine on the 4th floor was out of ice. The end of the hallway on the 6th floor was a wet marshland. (My jeans got wet walking through it and I was wearing heals.) the woodwork around the windows on...

1Thank lnc06a
Hartsville, South Carolina
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This was booked as the Clarion but when I arrived name was University Inn. I had to unload suitcases on a trolly thay had flat tires. No one offered to help is. My spouse is 83 and I am 62. He was in town for heart surgery. Our room was 667 and it was very HOT. The room never cooled...

1Thank Roberta N H
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

I am in the room as I write this review. Disgusting!!! Filthy!!! I am here for a college visit and if I didn't drive 12 hours or another place had rooms I would leave.. cutting trip short for sure, not at all what is advertised on hotels.com.

3Thank danabigs

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Parking
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Family Rooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Banquet Room
  • Conference Facilities
  • 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: $140 - $676 (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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“run, and find a better hotel”
  • dust, dirt, grime, mold.
  • Blood on duvet cover.
  • Mold and gross stuff n A/C Unit
  • 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
“did not see any difference”
 of 5 bubbles 422yurim, 19 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Look for another location”
 of 5 bubbles Dan_Keaton20, 1 Dec 2015 | Read review
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