Columbia boutique hotel sets opening date

Hotel Trundle will occupy three historic buildings
Hotel Trundle will occupy three historic buildings FILE/THE STATE

Hotel Trundle, a boutique hotel in downtown Columbia, has announced an opening date of April 1, 2018.

What makes Trundle unique is that it incorporates three landmark buildings along Taylor St. between Sumter and Main — the Rose-Talbert and Western Auto buildings on Taylor, and the Powell Furniture Company building facing Sumter St. all date from the early 1900s. It is also a non-branded, independently owned hotel property.

Owners Rita Patel and her husband Marcus Munse, who both have architectural degrees, have tried to preserve a number of the buildings’ original features and others will peek through the renovations of the 41-room hotel.

“We live, play and work here – love it, and we really want to support our community,” Patel said. “Our guests will be leisure, corporate, hopefully some government officials. We really want to use the space as a platform for community, supporting all different types of people events.”

Patel has partnered with local businesses to bring Hotel Trundle to life, including University of South Carolina’s Hospitality Program, Indah Coffee Company, Craft and Draft, and Bricker & Beam furniture company.

Hotel amenities include complimentary local beer at check-in, local breakfast, fitness studio, complimentary Wi-Fi, concierge services and valet parking.

Check-in and main office of Hotel Trundle is at 1224 Taylor St.