The Clarion Hotel Downtown is conveniently located one block from the University of South Carolina and minutes from the Colonial Center, the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Williams-Brice Stadium and the South Carolina State House. Be sure to visit the hotel's restaurant, Carolina's, for delicious southern buffets, homemade soups and a fully stocked salad bar. The on-site lounge is a popular destination for evening cocktails and conversation; enjoy free hors d'oeuvres with a favorite beverage M-Th. This full-service hotel offers free wireless high-speed Internet access, free weekday newspaper, free parking, exercise room, sauna, sundeck and seasonal outdoor pool. Our property is starting renovations and the pool will be closed for 2014 season.
When we checked in and found our room, after traveling, I needed to use the facilities and was unable to for there was no tissue paper. So as expected I tried to phone the front desk and to my surprise there was no directory, by luck I did finally reach them. I've never stayed somewhere that didn't have the room fully stocked on arrival or somewhere without a detailed phone directory (what number to dial out, etc.). The state of our shower was sub par as well displaying some combination of dirt and mold. After an evening out in the vista we returned to the hotel to find we were locked out and a note on the door instructed to ring the bell to be let in and that we did. The weather that evening was frigid, windy and raining. We were stranded outside of the building in this weather for 35 minutes before an employee let us back in. Will not be staying here again and would not recomend it.