Columbia, SC Hotels
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“The west side of Columbia is home to many of the cheapest hotels in the area, including the Motel 6 Columbia West.”
Columbia’s “famously hot” tagline could apply to the weather, attractions, college life, and deals available in this South Carolina destination. With dozens of annual events and family friendly activities, it’s easy to book an action-packed retreat on a budget. Cheap hotels abound in the area, from the Motel 6 Columbia West to the Best Western Fort Jackson. For historic highlights, picturesque parks, and unforgettable barbecue, Columbia is the place to go. Do you want to check out Columbia for yourself? Read this guide to discover secrets for planning a cheap getaway to this fun South Carolina city.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Columbia, SC

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista
from $89
La Quinta Inn & Suites Columbia NE - Fort Jackson
La Quinta Inn & Suites Columbia NE - Fort Jackson
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3.3
1538 Horseshoe Drive, Columbia
from $65
Hilton Columbia Center
Hilton Columbia Center
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4.5
924 Senate St, Columbia
from $118
Baymont Inn & Suites Columbia Fort Jackson
Baymont Inn & Suites Columbia Fort Jackson
240 E Exchange Blvd, Columbia
from $67
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
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4.1
1400 Main St, Columbia
from $109
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia Harbison
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia Harbison
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3.9
217 Lanneau Court Harbison Blvd, Columbia
from $67
Econo Lodge and Conference Center
Econo Lodge and Conference Center
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3.0
773 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia
from $50
Inn at USC Wyndham Garden Columbia
Inn at USC Wyndham Garden Columbia
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4.5
1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia
from $99
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
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2.9
150 Stoneridge Dr, Columbia
from $59
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia/Ft. Jackson
Wingate by Wyndham - Columbia/Ft. Jackson
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3.6
8300 Two Notch Rd, Columbia
from $72
More About Columbia, SC Hotels...

Fly in to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Four airlines serve the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, with nonstop service to 11 destinations across the United States. For travelers who want to drive, there are seven rental car companies located right in the airport. Eleven nearby hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport.

The Clarion Hotel Downtown offers a complimentary shuttle to destinations in the Historic Vista District and Five Points District, so guests can take in all the highlights of Columbia without the expense of a car rental or taxi.

Head East or West for Low Prices

Each area of Columbia has its own highlights. Downtown hotels are ideal for Columbia visitors who want to see it all. Cheap hotels in the Columbia downtown area put guests close to the South Carolina State Museum, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, and University of South Carolina. Options like the Hilton Columbia Center and Clarion Hotel Downtown offer a convenient central location.

Get a taste of Columbia’s long and storied past with a hotel like the Hampton Inn Columbia Downtown Historic District. The Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel is a historic building itself, with many carefully preserved elements from the original 1913 Palmetto Building. The Inn at Claussen’s, once the Claussen’s Bakery, is included on the National Historic Register.

The west side of Columbia is home to many of the cheapest hotels in the area, including the Motel 6 Columbia West. On the opposite side of town is Fort Jackson. Nearby hotels like the Best Western Fort Jackson and Super 8 Columbia/Ft. Jackson are extremely low-priced as well.

Book Bargain Room Shares Through Airbnb

Columbia has about a dozen room shares available around the city on Airbnb. Many of these rooms are available for about half of what a hotel room would run in the area. For a low-cost option with some cozy home comforts, these room shares are an excellent choice. Most room shares include free parking and use of the home’s kitchen, so guests can save on dining out and avoid parking fees.

If you want some room to spread out, you can book an entire home or apartment through Airbnb. They range in price from $100 a night to around a thousand dollars. Overall, there aren’t a ton of Airbnb options in South Carolina, so start looking at the choices early if you want to take advantage of this smart, affordable way to travel.

Visit This College Town in Summer

Columbia is a popular destination year-round. Average temperatures only dip to the mid-50s in winter, and peak around the low 90s in July. This is a major college town, so unlike many tourist spots that get more crowded in summer, this destination can actually empty out.

A full calendar of annual events offers something special every month of the year. Try the World Beer Festival in January, Lake Carolina Oyster Roast in February, Ribs & Renaissance in June, Lexington County Peach Festival in July, South Carolina State Fair in October, and the Famously Hot New Year in December.

Enjoy the “Sesqui” and Other Family Fun

Columbia offers several family friendly attractions that are cheap or even free. Admission to the South Carolina State Museum is under $10 per person, and guests can visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden for under $15. Many events at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art are free, though donations are welcome. The Sesquicentennial State Park offers fishing, boating, hiking, and biking. The Wingate by Wyndham Columbia/Ft. Jackson offers budget rooms nearby.

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