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Quality Inn / Travelodge Suites, 1539 Horseshoe Drive: 2000s   10 comments

Posted at 10:57 pm in stores


QUALITY INN Northeast
I-20 & U.S. 1
1539 Horseshoe Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29204
Phone 803 -- 736-1600

I noticed the other day that there was a blanked out hotel sign visible from Two Notch at the I-20 Westbound on-ramp, so I decided to turn at the Union 76 station and take a look.

I'm not sure it comes across in the picture, but you can barely read "Travelodge Suites" on the blanked-out sign in person, and a quick google confirms the location. The place is still listed in a lot of "book your hotel online" sites, so I'm guessing the end didn't come too long ago.

The architecture is a bit unusual. The hotel seems to be divided into two buildings, an admin building and the main structure, and both have a "modern" looking design -- not your typical boxy hotel buildings.

I'm not sure what happened to this place, but the notes on the door of the admin building would indicate that it wasn't voluntary. The place is a little hard to get into and out of, what with the somewhat odd light placement on Two Notch and the traffic backing up at the lights. Perhaps that played a role, or perhaps it was something else entirely.

UPDATE 17 September 2009: This place has been in the news lately. It has been taken on by Benedict College as dorm space for students, and in fact the kids have moved in, but now the county says it is unsafe and they will have to move out. Obviously you can't take chances with kids' safety, but there seems to be some miscommunication between the college and the fire marshall on exactly what needs to happen. Stories here, here and here.

UPDATE 13 October 2009: Added scan of Quality Inn postcard and entered the text on the reverse. Also added "Quality Inn" to the post title.

UPDATE 2 July 2010: It turns out I was wrong about the second building, the one with the notes on the doors, being part of the Quality Inn / Travelodge property. It was actually the headquarters for the infamous 3 Hebrew Boys financial scam company, and I have made a separate post about it.

UPDATE 28 July 2010: Well acccording to The State Richland denies Benedict zoning for hotel-turned-dorm, so I guess Benedict now has a huge, useless property on its hands.

Written by ted on October 22nd, 2008

10 Responses to 'Quality Inn / Travelodge Suites, 1539 Horseshoe Drive: 2000s'

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  1. I think this used to be a Quality Inn...

    Dave

    22 Oct 08 at 11:24 pm

  2. Could be -- hotels change nameplates like musical chairs. There were a Holiday Inn & Best Western side-by-side in Roslyn VA and one time when I went back there was still a Holiday Inn & Best Western side-by-side, but this time the new Holiday Inn was the old Best Western and vice-versa.

    Anyway, I'm fairly sure it was a travelodge most recently.

    ted

    22 Oct 08 at 11:36 pm

  3. I remember that it was a Quality Inn when it opened in the early 80s. But Ted is right, it had been a Travelodge for a number of years.

    Tom

    23 Oct 08 at 5:31 am

  4. Well, looks like this place is in the news, and not in a good way.

    ted

    17 Sep 09 at 12:04 am

  5. This place is pretty far from the school. Why is it a dorm?

    MR BILL

    17 Sep 09 at 8:57 am

  6. The first story I read about it (I don't have a link now) said something like there was nothing closer to campus available, and that they were running a shuttle service to get the students to and from school.

    ted

    17 Sep 09 at 9:05 am

  7. This place has been closed and an eyesore to the Springwood Lake neighborhood for years. Now it's been painted purple (Benedics) and back in the news. They need to find a place closer to the school to house the students and tear this building down.

    Len

    20 Sep 09 at 11:22 am

  8. Didn't one of these buildings burn down recently? I know I was on my way to work when traffic was crawling. I needed to hop on 20, then I saw the fire. From the pictures I can't tell if it was one of these buildings or not. I think it was though.

    Amanda

    7 Jul 10 at 2:01 pm

  9. ted

    7 Jul 10 at 3:43 pm

  10. Yep This place did burned down but the place is all cleaned up now.

    Javier

    21 Sep 10 at 5:25 pm

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