My 16-yr-old son and I stayed at this hotel one Friday night in late September, to attend a Gamecocks football game the following day in Columbia. USC's stadium is a fairly easy 15-min drive away.
I chose this hotel largely because of it's proximity to Columbia and because the Ramada name stood out among hotels in the $50-$70 price range. Also, I couldn't find any consistently bad write-ups about it online, like I did for some of the other area hotels I was considering.
Reservations and check-in was a breeze. Front desk staff was quite friendly on the phone and in person. The hotel entrance is a bit tricky to find, because it's actually located right on a highway exit ramp and you don't actually see the hotel until you're right on it. There's a helpful small sign with an arrow at the highway ramp entrance reading "Hotel Entrance".
We were assigned room 224, which required us to go up some well-worn stairs and travel down a couple hallways. We were at the end of hallway, which afforded us nice quiet privacy.
Our room was surprisingly spacious, about 18' x 10'. The foyer in the room (connecting main room to bathroom) was 7' x 7', and the bathroom was a fairly spacious 7' x 7'.
Room contained a Desk w/ two chairs, dresser w/ four big drawers, and an iron w/ full size ironing board. We also had a microwave oven and good size fridge. TV worked fine. I don't recall how many channels we had.
Mattresses were fairly comfortable. I'm picky about that, since I'm a belly sleeper and need a firm mattress.
As you can see from the photos, the condition of the room was very good. I got the impression it was recently renovated because things didn't look too worn, like the stairwell and icemaker machine area we passed earlier.
The bathroom had the usual hotel toiletries and coffee for the coffeemaker. Plenty of towels and a nice shower, with a new massage shower head. Lots of empty space under the bathroom sink, should you need to store anything there.
Our room overlooked the small swimming pool (see photo). The pool ranged in depth from 3 ft to 5 ft. Even though it was the off season, the pool water still looked clean.
Breakfast in the lobby was included and consisted of bagels, waffles, pancakes, cold cereal, fresh fruit, OJ, Cranberry juice, milk, coffee, yogurt, etc. A pretty nice spread for a small discount hotel. The pancakes and waffles were pre-cooked and refrigerated, requiring heating in the microwave.
The hotel has WiFi, but I didn't test it. Instead I used the complimentary computer in the lobby. Users are limited to 30 mins, but when I went downstairs Saturday morning at 9 a.m., I didn't have to wait. You can surf the internet, but there is no printer.
Checkout time is a generous 12-Noon, which anyone bringing teenagers will appreciate. Checkout was quick & easy. My total cost was $59, which included tax.
For what we got for the money, I could easily envision staying here for a longer period of time. Right next door to the Ramada Limited is another discount hotel called the Royal Inn. I can't comment on it's quality, but from a location standpoint it's maybe one to consider too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ramada Limited in Columbia, South Carolina is conveniently located off of interstate 20 exit 65 (Broad River Road). We are 5 mins from Riverbanks Zoo and 15 mins to University of South Carolina. We offer clean, quite rooms with a friendly, helpful staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Limited Columbia Hotel Columbia
- Ramada Columbia
- Columbia Ramada