Your Guide To 7 Great Hotels in The Vista

Are you looking for hotels in the Vista — Columbia SC’s premier dining and entertainment district? This hotel guide will help you choose the right hotel for you to make your stay in The Vista unforgettable.

Located in downtown Columbia near the State House, The Vista is known for its restaurants and nightlife. It’s also home to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Colonial Life Arena. Check out our visitor’s guide to The Vista to get better acquainted with all that The Vista has to offer!

The Vista is a great destination if you are attending a conference at the Convention Center or are attending a show or sports event at the Colonial Life Arena. There are several hotels nearby and a ton of restaurants. It’s also a great destination for Columbia’s nightlife scene.

Map of Hotels in The Vista

Amazing Hotels in The Vista

The Vista is one of Columbia’s most sought-after and centrally located tourist destinations. Each of these hotels will serve as a great base to explore The Vista, Downtown Columbia and the greater metropolitan area.

The Hyatt Place Hotel is right in the middle of the Vista on Gervais Street. The entrance is on Lady Street, though, which actually helps with parking.

There are a ton of restaurants nearby, including Blue Marlin (southern seafood), Motor Supply Company for farm-to-table fine dining and Di Vino Rossi for a nice Italian dinner. Donut Guy is just across Gervais and Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe is on the same block. Both are excellent spots for baked goods in Columbia!


Hampton Inn is just across the street from the Hyatt Place mentioned above. It’s another great place to stay if you want to be on Gervais Street in the heart of the Vista.

There are several restaurants nearby including smallSUGAR, which is a great restaurant for lunch in Columbia. They are also open for breakfast and have delicious pastries. Try their almond croissant!


Aloft is located on Lady Street a block from the main street in The Vista — Gervais Street. Coa Agaveria y Cocina, an upscale Mexican restaurant, is located in the same building.

The hotel property is within walking distance of everything else in the Vista, and especially close to Blue Marlin (southern seafood), Studio Cellar (wine, craft beer, appetizers) and smallSUGAR (breakfast + lunch.)


Cambria is located on the north side of Gervais near Aloft and one block closer to the State House and Main Street. It’s close Cola’s, which is an excellent date night restaurant, and Mellow Mushroom if you are looking for delicious pizza in Columbia. Panera Bread and The Aristocrat (upscale gastropub with jazz music) are also nearby.


The Hilton Columbia Center Hotel is one of only two four-star hotels in Columbia. It’s located on the south side of Gervais Street in The Vista near the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, the USC Alumni Center and the Colonial Life Arena.

Nearby restaurants include Hickory Tavern, Five Guys, Menkoi Ramen House and Motor Supply Company Bistro. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located on the ground floor of the Hi


SpringHill Suites is located on the edge of The Vista District, but it’s close to the SC State Museum, the Trustus Theater and Publix (The Vista’s only grocery store!) It’s easily within walking distance to several of the Vista’s great restaurants, though. Gervais & Vine tapas bar is across Gervais in this area and is always such a treat!


The Holiday Inn Express is another property on the edge of The Vista District — but still within walking distance of several things. It’s only two blocks down from all of the action on Gervais Street. It’s also only one block over from the Aristocrat, an upscale gastropub with live jazz.


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