Take advantage of the free airport/area shuttle service, stroll to any number of nearby restaurants or be as lazy as you like with local dinner delivery. Other enticements include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a 24-hour market and an on-site restaurant. Self-parking is free. Essentially part of the USC campus, the hotel is located two blocks from Colonial Life Arena and three blocks from the State House grounds. Business travelers appreciate that the convention center is within five blocks, and Gamecocks fans say how nice that Williams-Brice Stadium is a five-minute ride. With kids in tow, guests in the know head to Riverbanks Zoo and EdVenture, both within a 10-minute ride. Columbia Metropolitan Airport is seven miles. The "nice" Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC has an "awesome" staff, "very comfortable" rooms and an "excellent" location, say our guests.