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The MainGate Fort Jackson Area

We are delighted to have recently been named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner and look forward to sharing our brand of South Carolina hospitality with you on your next visit to Columbia. Just six miles from the downtown state capitol building, we’re a pet-friendly, non-smoking hotel with friendly staff. Guests enjoy the free Bright Side Breakfast® served each morning, as well as in-room amenities which include refrigerator and microwave in every room. Whether you’re here on business or pleasure, you’ll find our easy access location off I-77 to be convenient for both local company offices and sightseeing highlights.  

With a year round temperate climate and plenty of sunshine, Columbia is a top-ranked city for residents and visitors alike. We consider ourselves a hot spot that’s surprisingly cool, with plenty to see and do where three rippling rivers converge in our city. This region, known as The Midlands, is halfway between the mountains and the beach. The recreational center of the Sand Hills State Forest is Sugar Loaf Mountain, part of a unique eco-system. It’s a popular destination for quiet, shady walks, picnic lunches, bird-watching, horseback riding, fishing, and nature walks. Observant visitors will note the distinctive chiseling sounds of native woodpeckers and the croak of resident tree frogs. Congaree Park and Lake Murray offer yet two more playgrounds for the outdoor enthusiast.      

Hotel Services and Amenities

After a comfortable night’s rest in one of our rooms or suites, your in-room alarm clock wakes you for a cup of coffee fixed right in your room. Stay connected by tuning in to the morning news on cable TV and check emails using our free high-speed internet Wi-Fi service. Then, head downstairs to enjoy a free Bright Side Breakfast of waffles, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, Otis Spunkmeyer pastries and unlimited coffee and juice. For your convenience, rooms are furnished with a hair dryer and iron with board. Upon returning to the hotel after a busy day, an inviting outdoor pool and fitness center are at your disposal.

MainGate Fort Jackson Attractions

With all the charm of a southern city featuring wide avenues and antebellum homes of a bygone era, the state capital is a place of grace and serenity. Yet, we’re a vibrant home to the student body of the University of South Carolina, offering an entrepreneurial, youthful vibe. Tick off such highlights as the world-class Riverbanks Zoo and one of the largest children’s museums in the world with 300-plus fun exhibits, Edventure Children’s Museum. Historians won’t want to miss the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, where the 28th U.S. president spent his boyhood years. On the east side of the city, only one mile away, Fort Jackson is a 52,000-acre site responsible for training more than half of the nation’s army recruits. The Fort attracts 100,000 family members to graduation ceremonies taking place here throughout the year.