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Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison

This is a 3 star hotel in Columbia
101 Woodcross Drive, Columbia, SC, U.S.A.
Photo 1 - Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison
Great staff and complimentary breakfast, clean rooms, lakefront location
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • The staff were complimented on their helpful and knowledgeable service
  • Many guests enjoyed their clean and quiet rooms
  • The hotel was praised for its proximity to highway access, shopping and restaurants
  • Several reviewers were pleased with the quality and choice of the free breakfast
Cons 
  • A few guests complained of cigarette odours in the common areas of the hotel
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Sep 19, 2013
Overview
Located a 1-minute drive from the nearest Interstate 26 on-ramp and adjacent to Lake Harbison, the Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison is geared towards business and vacation travellers who require a pet-friendly hotel with easy highway access, a free breakfast and an outdoor pool.

Each of the hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms and suites offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a free weekday newspaper, a lap desk, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a sitting area and a sofabed, a separate bedroom and a jetted tub are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness room, free bicycle rental, meeting space, a business centre, an outdoor fireplace and seating area, BBQ facilities, guest laundry facilities, free parking and a free breakfast. On weekdays, breakfast is available to-go. Pets are permitted free of charge. This hotel has a non-smoking policy.

Frankie's Fun Park is a 3-minute drive from the hotel, while Columbiana Center offers shopping roughly 14 minutes away on foot. Harbison State Forest is a 5-minute drive away and Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) can be found about 20 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted free of charge, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: September 11, 2013)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, rooms, location and breakfast.

Numerous guests praised the hotel's staff. They were characterized as helpful, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable about the area.

The hotel's accommodations were complimented by many reviewers. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, spacious and well appointed, with comfortable beds and linens and nice lake views.

Several patrons were pleased with the hotel's location. They described it as safe, and close to Harbison Lake, highway access, shopping, restaurants, Lake Murray and Riverbanks Zoo.

The hotel's breakfast was enjoyed by several lodgers, who found it to be well stocked, with a good choice of hot and cold items and a clean and large seating area. One guest remarked, "Breakfast was a cut above most 'free breakfast' locations".

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about cigarette odours.

A few guests complained of cigarette odours throughout the hotel. They reported the odours throughout the hallways (although not in the rooms), as well as the outside seating area, despite the hotel's smoke-free policy.
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 of 91 Columbia hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 212 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5 from 207 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.6 out of 5 with a 98% recommendation rate from 202 reviews.

The author called the hotel on September 11, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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109.48 USD - 0.00 USD Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison
Rating:
7.8
Good
Ranking:
#4
Out of 100 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.8 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 5
No. of guest comments: 5
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #4 out of 100 hotels in Columbia ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
Just what a business traveling looks for.
"This hotel is a great example of a reliable Hampton: close to the work site I was visiting, close to the airport, easy to find, and quiet. A good night's sleep is the best part!"
Jeanne from Madison, WI US rated Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison 9 out of 10 on September 23, 2011
"The room was outstanding and the employees were well trained. We will recommend this Hampton Inn to all of our friends for future use."
Donald from Stuart, FL US rated Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison 10 out of 10 on August 10, 2009
Verified Guest from Gaffney, SC US rated Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison 8 out of 10 on August 06, 2006
"Clean and comfortable."
Donnie from Leesburg, GA US rated Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison 8 out of 10 on April 24, 2006
"The bathrooms really do need exhaust fans. Your coffee is the best I've ever had. My husband and I really enjoyed our stay."
Patricia from Clarksville, IN US rated Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison 10 out of 10 on September 03, 2004

Amenities

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Hampton Inn on the Lake at Harbison

  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycle Rental
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Picnic Area/Tables
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Delve into the rich heritage and natural splendor of Columbia, where history, art and culture converge in the south. The Hampton Inn® hotel in Columbia-I-26/Harbison Blvd. (Mall Area) is located near downtown, with easy access to Lake Murray and only steps from the Columbiana Centre Mall. 

Get in touch with nature at the Harbison State Forest, only one mile from our Columbia hotel. You will also be near natural beauty and recreation at Lake Murray and Congaree National Park, one of the last old-growth forests in the south. Our hotel in Columbia gives you easy access to the South Carolina Statehouse, featuring a copper dome and bronze stars marking where General Sherman's cannonballs struck. Behold more history at the South Carolina State Museum, the largest museum in the state, or behold masterpieces by Monet at the Columbia Museum of Art. Ask the team at our Columbia hotel for more tips on the amazing attractions of this historic and scenic city. 

Accessibility Options Handicapped Parking | Wheelchair Accessible
Category Accommodation and Food Services
Fax 803-749-9398
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
General Amenities Safe-deposit box (front desk) | Suitcase Storage | Breakfast Available | Coffee / Beverages in Lobby | Wedding Services | Laundry Machines | Fitness Room | Laundry Service
General Property Info Elevator/Lift | 24 hr Service | Air Conditioned
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 00:00
Number of Rooms 112
Parking Outdoor | Free | Lot
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Place Status Open at this location
Public Access Open to the General Public
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 00:00
Sunday Closing Time 24:00
Sunday Opening Time 00:00
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 00:00
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00


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