by Karon Warren
Located just two blocks from the University of Missouri and 1 mile from downtown Columbia, the Hampton Inn & Suites/Columbia at the University of Missouri is ideally situated to everything this city has to offer. Built in 2008, this non-smoking property continually undergoes renovations to keep every aspect — from all public spaces to each individual guestroom — outfitted with the best furnishings, amenities and appearance available.
When you are ready to relax at the hotel, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly amenities to make your stay enjoyable. From the indoor swimming pool and whirlpool to the complimentary coffee and tea in the lobby to the spacious guest accommodations, this hotel welcomes families to do as little or as much they want throughout their stay.
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- Free hot breakfast daily
- Free hotel-wide Wi-Fi
- Indoor swimming pool
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
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The Hampton Inn & Suites/Columbia at the University of Missouri has 134 guestrooms and suites available. Every guestroom features a coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, microwave, mini-refrigerator, WaterpikÂ® showerhead, LCD flat-panel TV, free Wi-Fi and night lights in the bathroom. Also, there is a charging station located by one of the nightstands, and the lamp on the desk contains extra outlets, too.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available for no charge upon request. If possible, request these upon booking so they can be set up in your room prior to arrival.
Standard Two Queen Beds Guest Room
In the 62 standard guestrooms with two queen beds, you'll find two queen beds, a work desk and chair, a dresser and a nightstand. The bathroom does have a shower/tub combo. Please note rollaway beds are not permitted in this guestroom.
Accessible Two Queen Beds Guest Room
There are three accessible guest rooms with two queen beds. In addition to the furnishings available in a standard two queen bed guestroom, this guestroom has a bathroom with a tub and bench, plus grab bars. Rollaway beds are permitted in this guestroom.
King Studio Kitchen
In the 39 guest roomsknown as King Studio Kitchen, you'll find a wetbar with sink, coffeemaker, microwave, mini-refrigerator and counter space; a sofabed with small side table and coffee table; a work desk and two chairs; a dresser; and a king bed flanked by two nightstands. The vanity is located outside the bathroom. Inside the bathroom is a tub/shower combo and the toilet. There also is a closet. Rollaway beds are permitted in this guestroom.
Accessible King Studio
Similar to the standard King Studio Kitchen, this guestroom contains a roll-in-shower in the bathroom rather than a shower/tub combo. The vanity is located outside the bathroom. Rollaway beds are permitted in this guestroom.
Additionally, rooms with one king bed or one king bed with a Jacuzzi are available for families who may be traveling with grandparents.
Would recommend the place because it is close to the hospital and not far to drive. The staff are very accommodating and well versed with what they do to help the customers that are staying with them.
Great place to stay when visiting Columbia, MO. I would definitely recommend. The location was great for hopping on to I-70 quick, while also being in close range to the university and downtown eateries and bars.
The hotel maintains an indoor swimming pool that measures from 3 feet to 5 feet deep. Guests at the pool will find some, but not a lot, of chairs and small tables around the pool. Towel service is provided, and restrooms are available just outside the entry door. No lifeguard is on duty.
Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Pool hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A room key is required to access the pool area. No glass containers are permitted in the pool area. Water fountains are available outside the pool area near the restrooms.
Located in the pool area, the whirlpool measures 3 feet deep. Like the pool, the whirlpool is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Towel service is provided. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Every day from 6 to 10 a.m., families can enjoy fresh and hot breakfast offerings in the lobby dining area. Breakfast selections include a waffle station with a make-your-own waffle maker, plus toppings like butter, syrup, nuts and whipped cream; hot items like cheese omelets, sausage, gravy and scrambled eggs; an oatmeal station with oatmeal and toppings such as cinnamon, nuts and dried raisins; bread and pastries like bagels, toast, biscuits, muffins and Danish, plus toppings including butter, jams and jellies; cereal and milk; hardboiled eggs; yogurt; fresh fruit; and beverages including juices, coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate.
Complimentary On the Run Breakfast Bags
For those on the go, grab a complimentary On the Run Breakfast Bag at the front desk from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. throughout the week and upon request on weekends. The bags usually contain a muffin, a miniloaf, a granola bar (usually a Nutrigrain bar), fruit (usually an apple), and water. Oatmeal is available upon request.
Starting at 5 p.m., fresh-baked cookies are available until they are gone. Also, a 24-hour beverage station with coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate is available.
Located adjacent to the front desk, this pantry sells a variety of snacks (think candy, chips, cookies, nuts, frozen treats, microwave meals and beverages) 24 hours a day. Note: Drink machines also are located on every hotel floor.
Although not an official onsite dining restaurant, this attached restaurant does offer room service and "to go" orders to guests staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites/Columbia at the University of Missouri. In addition to a regular menu of such sports bar favorites as burgers, wings, nachos and sandwiches, the restaurant offers a kids' menu with mini burgers, chicken strips, mac and cheese, and more. It is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. All orders incur an 18-percent delivery and to-go charge, plus tax. This service is not available during Mizzou game days. Check the front desk for coupons.
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All About the Extras
Check-in is at 4 p.m., with checkout by 11 a.m. Late checkout can be arranged upon request and availability.
The onsite fitness center is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. Fitness equipment includes two treadmills, an elliptical machine, a bike machine, free weights, kettlebells, a weight bench, an exercise ball and a resistance weight machine. Towels and water also are provided. No one younger than 18 is permitted in the fitness center. Guest room key is required to enter fitness center.
Safe Deposit Boxes
Complimentary safe deposit boxes are available at the front desk.
Parking is free and uncovered.
The Art of Smart Timing
Because of the wealth of activities taking place at the colleges in Columbia, the hotel experiences high occupancy from approximately Feb. 18 through November. The hotel's low season usually is between December and Feb. 17. The earlier you book your room, the better chance you have of guaranteeing a room when you want to visit. The best rates traditionally are available when booking three weeks or more out. In addition, kids 18 and younger stay free with parents.
The nearest airport to this hotel is the Columbia Regional Airport (COU), which is located 19 miles south of the hotel. There is no airport shuttle; however, most taxi providers charge a one-way flat rate of $30 for one person and $35 for two people.
The hotel does not offer any shuttle service around town, so a rental car or taxi is recommended. Also, the local transit company -- Como Connect -- maintains a bus stop approximately 250 yards from the hotel --Â about a 10-minute walk. Riders 18 and younger always ride free, while adults pay $1.50 for a single, one-way ride or $3 for an all-day pass. Please note all riders must have exact change to pay their fares. The transit service usually offers free transportation during event weekends, but check schedules before heading out.
For Mom and Dad
For parents who manage to grab some alone time, head to Stadium Grill, where they can enjoy a cocktail and dinner for two. Or, if the pool area is quiet, enjoy a good soak in the whirlpool.