The Inn at Claussen's

One-Night Stay for Two with Wine or Zoo Tickets and Welcome Basket at The Inn at Claussen's in South Carolina

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Historical Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Five Points District

A weathered sign stamped atop two stories of vintage red brick proclaims "Claussen's Bakery", a relic leftover from the building's former life as a bakery dating back to 1928. The warehouse-cum-hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and vestiges of its past have endured in the form of original hardwood floors and vintage moldings. Each morning, guests awaken to breakfasts of freshly baked bread, an homage to the building's heritage.

As a cornerstone to an entrance of Columbia’s vibrant Five Points district, The Inn at Claussen's cuts an imposing brick figure, trimmed with palmettos. The boutique hotel comprises 28 rooms outfitted with four-poster beds. Traditional rooms incorporate a regal palette of burgundy and gold and are appointed with period furniture. In a traditional loft suite, guests can ascend the spiral staircase to the loft bedroom and toss candy to imaginary spectators gathered below. Each evening, the innkeepers host a wine-and-cheese reception in the double-height lobby.

Columbia, South Carolina: Capital City with Small-Town Charm

Columbia, located just 3 miles from the exact geographical center of South Carolina, was founded as a compromise capital in 1786 to satisfy both Lowcountry and upstate factions. Although much of the city was torched in 1865 on General Sherman's march to the sea, Columbia was rebuilt and thrives today as a historic state capital with wide streets and abundant greenery, thanks to its location near the confluence of three rivers and the massive Lake Murray. In downtown Columbia, the Congaree Vista district centers on the old Adluh Flour Mill, with nearby warehouses and railroad stations repurposed as indie restaurants, galleries, and boutiques in a thriving arts community.

Northwest of the city, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hosts more than 2,000 animals from across the world, including lions, siamang apes, and ring-tailed lemurs. Zebras and giraffes roam across 2 acres of simulated African savannah, and reptiles and sharks swim and slither in the 20,000-square-foot Aquarium Reptile Complex. At the kangaroo walkabout, visitors can mingle with marsupials and discover the many uses of their pouches, besides child rearing and shoplifting.

Less than 20 miles outside the city, Congaree National Park beckons outdoor enthusiasts with elevated boardwalk trails that meander through floodplains. Park rangers lead free tours on land and water, with guided hikes through leafy forests and canoe trips beneath bald cypress trees.

What You Get

  • For $79, a one-night stay for two in a traditional loft and a bottle of wine, valid December 13, 2011–March 5, 2012
  • Or, for $99, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a traditional room, four tickets to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, and a welcome basket with snacks, bottled Fiji water, and logo coffee mugs, valid May 14, 2012–July 31, 2012.

Amenities

  • Fresh breakfast breads delivered to the room daily
  • Complimentary wine-and-cheese reception each evening
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Free parking

The Fine Print

  • Not valid on 12/31
  • Must complete travel by 3/5/2012 or 7/31/12 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 11% tax and $1 destination fee not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call the Inn at Claussen by expiration date.
  3. Choose a valid date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

Traditional Loft Suite

  • One king- or queen-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Four
  • Adding occupants above standard: Adults 18 and older are $15 per person per night; children 17 and younger are free.
  • Spiral staircase to the loft bedroom
  • 32-inch flat-screen cable TV
  • Mini fridge and sink

Traditional Room with Two Queens

  • Two queen-size beds
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Four
  • Adding occupants above standard: Adults 18 and older are $15 per person per night; children 17 and younger are free.
  • Four-poster iron or brass beds
  • 32-inch flat-screen cable TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: Noon
  • Parking: Free
  • Rollaways: Not available
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: No pets allowed inside the property
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: Upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.

What It's Worth

  • For $79, a one-night stay for two in a traditional loft, valid December 13, 2011–March 5, 2012 (up to $139 value)
  • Bottle of wine (up to $25 value)
    Total value: up to $164

  • Or, for $99, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids in a traditional room, valid May 14, 2012–July 31, 2012 (up to $129 value)
  • Four tickets to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (up to $34 value)
  • A welcome basket with snacks, Fiji bottled water, and logo coffee mugs ($46 value)
    Total value: up to $209

Customer Reviews

128 Ratings

Beautiful, nice staff, thank you
Elizabeth C. · May 30, 2012
Loved how all the rooms were different.
Kim D. · March 4, 2013
the convenient location and I enjoyed that it was a small hotel with a more intimate feel - rooms were very nic too
Denise P. · December 30, 2012
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