Columbia's new boutique hotel, Hotel Trundle, is nearly ready to open in downtown's Main Street district.
The 41-room hotel spans three half-century-old buildings on Taylor and Sumter streets, which used to house a Western Auto, Powell furniture store and Rose Talbert paint store.
Incorporating elements of the buildings' past, from pressed tin ceilings to garage door hardware to wallpaper remnants, Hotel Trundle is a testament to Columbia's history and to its present talent.
Married owners Rita Patel and Marcus Munse incorporated the work of some 50 Columbia-area professionals in bringing the hotel to life. Local handiwork shines from every corner, including a custom community gathering table by local furniture maker Bricker & Beam, a Cedric Umoja mural in the Sumter Street display window, downtown-themed hallway photographs by Dalvin Spann, coffee from local roasters Indah and Loveland, breakfast treats from Main Street neighbor Ally & Eloise bakeshop and on-tap seasonal beers curated by Craft and Draft.
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Individual guest rooms, each outfitted in funky decor with themes of black and purple, feature unique details such as skylights, leftover graffiti on exposed brick walls, a wall of garage doors or a wall of windows overlooking Taylor Street.
"We saw the potential of three historic buildings, envisioned what it could be, took a 'unicorn' opportunity and created Hotel Trundle," Patel said. "We felt the opportunity was too great not to use it as a tool to add a little bit of shine to Columbia and help Columbia sparkle a little bit more."
The hotel plans to open in early April.