The unicorn-themed bedroom of your childhood is all grown up in Columbia, South Carolina. Set on Taylor Street, steps away from downtown’s bustling Main Street, Hotel Trundle redefines the boutique hotel experience to merge industrial grit with whimsy. Owners Rita Patel and Marcus Munse pooled their backgrounds in architecture and design to restore three historic buildings into an escape that reflects Columbia’s artistry and charm.
The character at Hotel Trundle comes from its juxtaposition of contrasts: The rooms are both plush and minimalist, with velveteen headboards and decorative pillows alongside steel and wood furnishings. Inside the lobby, kaleidoscopic sparkling lights and local artwork pop against the exposed brick and charcoal-colored walls. Mid-century modern furnishings in rich hues of green, purple, and earth tones offer an invitation to relax with a beverage during cocktail hour, or watch the street traffic during the morning coffee service. And the playful unicorn motif throughout the property is right at home in the sophisticated space.
Play, Stay, and Nosh at Hotel Trundle
The hotel is a boutique experience for those traveling to the state’s capital or visiting the University of South Carolina. The university’s campus is about half a mile from the hotel, and the immediate surroundings include the Columbia Museum of Art, Soda City Market, theaters, coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants. A quick drive across the bridge lands visitors in West Columbia’s Riverwalk District, with its park, multiuse paths, and neighborhood of indie shops and restaurants.
Hotel Trundle partners with six independent eateries and purveyors to deliver local Columbia flavor directly to guests. Upon checking in, guests are welcomed with a draft beer from a nearby brewery, or their choice of wine. Each stay includes complimentary made-to-order breakfasts delivered via room service. Guests have their choice of breakfast sandwiches and toasts from Sandwich Depot, such as the Unicorn—a grilled pork chop, fried egg, and cheese sandwiched between a cheddar-and-onion bialy—or pastries and baked goods from Ally & Eloise Bakeshop.
Art is in the details at Hotel Trundle, especially within the rooms. The industrial elements—steel-colored floors and walls along with exposed trusses—are softened by jewel-toned curtains, matching headboards, and local artists’ work hanging on the walls. Additionally, the custom-made mattresses and bed frames evidence that comfort is top of mind during your stay. Swaddle yourself in one of the sweatshirt-soft robes and enjoy a moment of respite before heading off to game day, state business, or on-foot exploration around downtown Cola.
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Erin Byers Murray
- by Lia Grabowski