Columbia, Maryland, Hotels

by Don Amerman Google

A sprawling suburb located midway between Baltimore and Washington, Columbia, Maryland, is a planned community with a population of about 90,000. Visitors to the city, which was developed in the 1960s and 1970s, have a rich mix of hotel accommodations from which to choose. The selection includes both high-end and mid-range properties, as well as a number of all-suites hotels that are ideal for travelers planning an extended stay. One hotel accepts pets for no additional fee.

Upscale Hotels

Travelers who are looking for upscale accommodations with on-site restaurants and a full array of amenities will find two Columbia hotels that fit the bill. Only minutes from Interstate 95 and the Baltimore-Washington Airport, the Sheraton Columbia is built around a soaring atrium. The Sheraton’s Waterside Restaurant overlooks a tranquil lake, and the hotel also has a limited number of allergy-friendly rooms. The Doubletree Hotel Columbia is set on park-like grounds and provides guests with complimentary shuttle service anywhere within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Its on-site Morgan’s Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Mid-Range Hotels

For guests who are willing to settle for somewhat fewer amenities in exchange for more attractive rates, Columbia has four hotels that fall into the mid-range category price-wise. The Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn, both Hilton properties, don’t have full-service restaurants on the premises but do offer some alternatives, including a complimentary breakfast at the former and room service from a nearby restaurant at the latter. The Holiday Inn Columbia has a buffet-style restaurant on the premises and lies only two miles from the Columbia Gateway Office Park. Popular with business travelers, the Courtyard Columbia provides wireless Internet in all guest rooms and common areas, including the on-site business center.

All-Suites Hotels

Family groups and travelers planning an extended stay in the area may want to consider all-suites hotels that offer larger units and some kitchen facilities. Guests at Homewood Suites Columbia can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, each of which features a fully equipped kitchen. Staybridge Suites Baltimore-Columbia also provides full kitchens with its units. Suites at Extended Stay Deluxe Columbia and Studio Plus Deluxe Studios Columbia, both part of the ExtendedStayHotels chain, all feature kitchens with microwave ovens, refrigerators and cooktops. The studio units at SpringHill Suites Columbia are more spacious than standard hotel rooms, but they offer more limited kitchen facilities, providing only microwaves and compact refrigerators.

A Pet-Friendly Option

Visitors to Columbia who are traveling with a pet should consider the La Quinta Inn & Suites Columbia-Jessup. The four-story hotel, located in the nearby town of Jessup, accepts well-behaved pets for no additional charge. For its human guests, the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as both business and fitness centers.

About the Author

Don Amerman has spent his entire professional career in the editorial field. For many years he was an editor and writer for The Journal of Commerce. Since 1996 he has been freelancing full-time, writing for a large number of print and online publishers including Gale Group, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Greenwood Publishing, Rock Hill Works and others.