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Graduate Columbia

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • Stay just steps from the University of South Carolina and downtown Columbia 
  • Guest rooms are whimsical, with Gamecock-inspired headboards and vibrant patterns, complete with free Wi-Fi
  • Just a 30-minute drive from Congaree National Park
  • Amenities include complimentary rental bicycles, access to a 24-hour fitness center with Peleton bikes and pets stay for free

Enjoyed This
"The cutest hotel I have ever seen!! Very comfortable."
3 Feb, 2020 - Sumter, SC, USA
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The brightly decorated and newly renovated Graduate Columbia is in the heart of downtown Columbia, just steps from the University of South Carolina. The Colonial Life Arena is easily accessible, at less than a mile away, and hosts many big-name concerts and USC sporting events. This 4-star hotel is in an ideal location for those looking to tour the university or explore the capital city. 

For some of the best nightlife downtown, visit the nearby Five Points neighborhood and mingle with the locals. The Vista, another popular neighborhood known for its restaurants and shopping, is also close by, at less than a mile away. Nature lovers can canoe down one of Columbia's three rivers or head to nearby Congaree National Park and spot an abundance of wildlife, not to mention some of the tallest hardwood trees in the eastern U.S., amongst the swampy landscape.

Guests are welcomed by a bright pink check-in desk, black-and-white checkered marble floors, floral wallpaper and original hardwood accents. Rooms are equally vibrant and playful, with pink gamecock headboards, USC-themed table lamps and stylistic portraits of Darius Rucker. While this area has no shortage of impressive restaurants, guests can also grab a quick coffee or a sit-down meal at Poindexter, a casual spot that turns into a bar at night. 



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Complimentary shuttle service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.
Extra bed available upon request: US$10 plus tax, per night.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request: free of charge.
Maximum weight: 7 kg.

Fees: Car park fee: US$10 plus tax per day.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Graduate Columbia over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The cutest hotel I have ever seen!! Very comfortable.
Tami 03 Feb, 2020 Sumter, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Refrigerator was noisy and I had to unplug it. Hotel changed lock prior to our checking out
M R 13 Jan, 2020 Easley, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Excellent location, beside campus, easy to walk downtown to restaurants, museums, other attractions. Very friendly, attentive & helpful staff. Shuttle driver also friendly, very helpful, attentive & made our experience so easy getting around.
Holly 05 Jan, 2020 Asheville, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Very nice stay.
Paul 02 Jan, 2020 Blythewood, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Was surprised at $10 parking fee even though students were on holiday and there was plenty of parking. The fee was not mentioned when we checked in.
31 Dec, 2019 Pisgah Forest, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
The special holiday rate was a primary factor in selecting this hotel but we would return even if the rate was 30% more!
Richard 27 Dec, 2019 Pawleys Island, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. We really appreciated the shuttle service. The hotel was SO COLORFUL, and just delightful to walk around in. We enjoyed ourselves very much.
Jack 26 Dec, 2019 Matthews, NC, USA
Enjoyed Most
From the front desk to the complimentary shuttle, the people working here are top notch. This is a stylish boutique that doesn’t skimp on substance!
Other Comments
Kimberly at the front desk was excellent at making us feel welcome
Joy 13 Dec, 2019 Mount Pleasant, SC, USA
Enjoyed Most
Excellent customer service, clean, comfortable, spacious room. Very cozy and accommodating common areas.
Pamela 08 Dec, 2019 Savannah, GA, USA

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