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A new full-service Holiday Inn will go inside the former office building located on 1233 Washington St. beside the Sheraton. The Holiday Inn will feature 90 rooms, a restaurant and bar.
A new full-service hotel is opening in downtown Columbia that promises to pump more energy into a revitalized downtown.
The Holiday Inn is going into the former office building on 1223 Washington St., a half block from Main Street next to the Sheraton. It will feature 90 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.
“All the floor (plans) are the same, but all the rooms are unique and different,” said Lee Mashburn, of Mashburn Construction, whose company also renovated a building a few blocks away into the popular boutique Hotel Trundle. “A lot of beautiful vistas and views. It’s right in the heart of the city. You’ll be able to walk to all of the restaurants.”
But the new Holiday Inn, developed by Lexington Hospitality, is just one of four new hotels that will be opening soon in downtown Columbia. And more will likely be coming, according to Columbia tourism and development leaders.
“I continue to have discussions with others,” said Fred Delk, executive director of the Columbia Development Corp., which encourages and guides investment in the Vista and other areas of the city. “In at least two cases people are talking large, full-service hotels — 250 rooms and up.”
Jason Outman, head of the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, said a growing University of South Carolina, more tourists, and the steady influx of business people, state and federal workers, lobbyists and Fort Jackson parents are maxing out occupancy rates and driving up room rates.
Through the end of May, the 11 hotels in the downtown area — roughly from Blossom Street to Elmwood Avenue and Gregg Street to the Congaree River — had a 75.7 percent occupancy rate. That’s up from 70 percent last May.
“That’s a golden number,” he said. “That makes it tough to get a room.”
And he noted that it’s not uncommon for occupancy rates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — the optimum days for business travel — to reach 90 percent.
“It’s the quick business trip,” he said. “And we’ve always got government travel.”
The full-service Holiday Inn is one of four new properties being built downtown.
Two of them — the duel Home2Suites and Hilton Garden property at 1615 Gervais St — are expected to open in September. The Home2Suites has 100 rooms, and the Hilton Garden Inn has 123.
The project is a renovation of the former Clarion Townhouse, which has been ongoing for about five years. Developer Seraj Patel of CN Hotels of Greensboro, N.C., said turning a existing hotel into two separate hotel proved challenging.
“Sometimes is easier to go from the ground up than to do a renovation,” he said.
Patel said that in addition to downtown Columbia’s attractive occupancy rates, the average daily room rate is also high, drawing the attention of more developers.
“If you have 80 percent occupancy at $50 a night it’s not worth it,” he said. “But at $150 a night that’s worth looking at.”
Outman of the CVB said the average daily room rate for the 11 downtown hotels in May was $159. That’s up 5 percent from May 2018’s $151. In 2013, when he began segregating the downtown hotel market from those in the region, the rate was $122.
“We’ve gone up every year in the nine years that I’ve been here,” he said.
And construction is just underway on a new five-story, 105-room Holiday Inn Express at the corner of Washington and Lincoln streets adjacent to the Columbia Police Department. The hotel, being built by Sumter developer K.C. Udani, is expected to be completed in May or June of next year, according to architect Craig Otto.
Otto said that the site was attractive because it’s only three blocks from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and Colonial Life Arena.
“The highest occupancies are always closest to the corner of Gervais and Lincoln,” the nearest main intersection to the convention center, Delk said.
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Strictly Running provides a wealth of information to runners looking for local runs in the beautiful area around Columbia SC real estate. On the 2nd of December there will be two separate events for all the runners who call Columbia SC home. The First Annual Red Ribbon Run/Walk has been organized by the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina, and on Saturday the 2nd at the Maxcy Gregg Park this 5k race will begin at 9 a.m. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race, with only a $25 fee to register, and the necessary packets can be picked up the day before at Strictly Running from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Awards will be given for the top three overall male and female participants. Those looking for more information can contact Daniel Casillas at email@example.com or (210)264-9327. Visit Strictly Running to register online.
The other runs planned for the day are the Deck The Hall Family Holiday Events. There will be a 5k and 2k race, as well as the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400 Meter Run. The fun all begins in the morning at 8:30 a.m. on the lovely piece of Columbia SC real estate belonging to Heathwood Hall Episcopal School located at 3000 S. Beltline Blvd. Columbia, SC. The 5k Trail Run will be the first event and is open to everyone 6 years old and up for a $30 fee. There will be prize money awarded to the top male and female runners! Then at 9:30 a.m. the 2k Trail Run begins for everyone 7 to 14 years old who pays the $25 fee. There will also be 5k and 2k Team Races with teams made of three members of any age for a $50 fee, and these runners are requested to indicate which race they will be competing in as well as their team name when they register. A special Family of Four fee of $95 is offered but a separate registration form is necessary for each member.
At 9 a.m. the Kid’s Reindeer Games and 400m Run begins with its different age group races through the 4th grade and both events cost $20. At 10 a.m. the Awards Ceremony will begin with awards going to the top 3 male and female racers in each category, as well as the top three teams. There will even be prizes for the top three best costumes for adults, youth, and children! T-shirts in adult and youth sizes will be available but can only be guaranteed for those who register before November 27th. Registration can be done online at Strictly Running, or on the day of the race people can register for a $35 adult fee or $25 youth fee beginning at 6:45 a.m. The necessary packets can be picked up at Strictly Running on December 1st, the day before the race. To learn more contact Willis Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (803)765-2309.
Holiday fun is coming to Columbia SC homes. Main Street Ice will open Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at Boyd Plaza, at the intersection of Main Street and Hampton Street. After the turkey and pies, come for ice skating any time between 5 and 10 p.m. On opening day, admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the skating rink will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. The rink will stay open for skating through January 15th. Regular open hours will be Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday hours are 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, everyone is invited for skating from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays the rink will be open from 1 to 9 p.m.
Hours will be extended from December 18th to January 1st. Kids and adults from Columbia SC homes can have a blast Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours will stay the same. The rink will close on Christmas Day. Ring in the new year by ice skating until midnight on New Year’s Eve! The rink will re-open on January 1st at noon and stay open until 9 p.m.
Admission Monday through Wednesday is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. From Thursday through Sunday, admission is $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Active military personnel with identification and seniors 55 and older get in for $8 any day of the week.
If you are planning to host a group or party at your Columbia SC real estate, consider making it a skating party. The rink is available for group reservations. Just call Columbia Parks and Recreation at 803.545.3100. Get more details about Main Street ICE!