OCT 2014

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w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m Along with the Columbia Marriott Downtown and the Sheraton Columbia Downtown (featured on pg. 48), these five hotels offer some of the top options for groups meeting in Columbia: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia of- fers 237 guest rooms, complimentary airport trans- portation, a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, wired and wireless Internet access and more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space. The Four-Diamond Hilton Columbia Center offers 222 guest rooms and 6,000 square feet of event space and has consistently ranked in the top five for Hilton Brands worldwide. Located in the Congaree Vista entertainment area and adjacent to the Columbia Convention Center, the pet-friendly property offers an on-site Ruth's Chris and complimentary Internet access. Located on campus of the University of South Carolina, the Inn at USC (University of South Carolina) offers 117 guest rooms and suites as well as more than 3,000 square feet of event space, including six meeting rooms and a large courtyard. Among the amenities, the inn serves complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfasts. The Inn at Claussen's, once known as Claussen's Bakery, is a landmark in Columbia and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Architec- tural elements, including many of the original hardwood floors, were carefully preserved during the renovation to maintain the building's history while creating a luxury hotel with modern-day amenities. The 29-room boutique property is ideal for small groups. The Clarion Hotel Downtown offers 86 guest rooms and 9,300 square feet of flexible meeting space. The largest meeting room, the Palmetto Ballroom, is 5,616 square feet. The property recently renovated its pool area. ■ E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS COLUMBIA is a dynamic meetings destination that is centrally located along the East Coast and provides groups with the perfect blend of Southern charm and city amenities. TOP PICKS: Columbia CVB (803) 545-0108 "The South's new meetings hot spot! New and renovated restaurants, ample accommodations plus vibrant business districts await you." Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (803) 545-0001 "Centrally located in South Carolina's historic state capital, our convention center is in the middle of an exciting urban scene." DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia (803) 731-0300 www.columbiasouthcarolina. "The Doubletree Columbia offers 237 rooms and suites, and features 22,000 square feet of meeting space FOLLOW UP: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Congaree Vista Columbia Marriott Downtown COLUMBIA IN-DEPTH Visit for more about the Columbia area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, C O L U M B I A O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 49 Stay & Meet In The Capital City Try Glo's Herb Marinated Free Range Baked Chicken Where To Eat & Be Merry! Motor Supply Company Bistro has been serving the finest and most diverse culinary dishes in the heart of Columbiaʼs Congaree Vista since 1989. The menu changes daily for lunch and dinner, and includes an eclectic blend of Contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian cuisine…something for everyoneʼs palate. ■

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