SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

January 27, 2014 15:30 ET

Downtown Columbia Hotel Hosts U.S. Soldiers During Army Competition

Champions of the Armed Forces Recharge at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast

COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwired - Jan 27, 2014) - Supporting U.S. troops is always a noble cause, but sometimes it can be downright fun, too. Such was the case during the Best Warrior Competition from December 14 to 19, 2013 when the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast welcomed competing soldiers to its fresh and comfortable accommodations and prepared them for the challenging exercises ahead.

As one of the best value-added hotels near Fort Jackson, the Fairfield Inn & Suites was a natural choice to serve as the host hotel for the event. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 98th Division of the U.S. Army were able to relax in their spacious suites and hotel rooms in Columbia, SC, thanks to features like thick mattresses, custom comforters and flat-screen televisions. Finer touches, like Kohler bathroom fixtures and well-lit desks, lent an air of luxury to each room that enhanced its overall comfort.

Considering the challenges facing the 22 competitors who were vying for two titles -- Non-Commission Officer of the Year and Soldier of the Year -- such luxuries made coming home at the end of the day that much sweeter. Combat and strategy, after all, fade into the background when guests are relaxing on the patio and listening to the fountain splashing over the rock garden.

But this hotel near downtown Columbia, SC primed soldiers for battle-like scenarios as much as it offered a respite from them. A fitness center equipped with free weights and cardiovascular equipment like treadmills, elliptical machines and recumbent bikes provided the perfect workout to prepare soldiers for physical competitions, and the complimentary hot breakfast let guests refuel each morning so they could do their best during the day.

Soldiers aren't the only ones to appreciate the many amenities of this property, though. Its guest rooms, complimentary Internet and breakfast, fitness center and outdoor pool are as convenient for leisure travelers as they are for business guests. And as one of the most conveniently located hotels near attractions like the University of South Carolina and a variety of corporations, those with specific itineraries benefit from its geography as much as its accommodations.

About the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast
Located with convenient access to businesses, recreational destinations and institutions for higher learning, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbia Northeast welcomes travelers for every reason. Its 79 guest rooms are outfitted with thick mattresses and soft pillows, flat-screen televisions and Kohler bathroom fixtures, while 17 suites include additional amenities like microwaves and refrigerators. Complimentary hot breakfasts entice visitors with fresh fruit, hot coffee and continental options, and an outdoor picnic and barbecue area are perfect for networking events or socializing. The hotel's 1,100-square-foot meeting room can welcome groups of up to 70 people, and complimentary high-speed Internet access makes it easy to meet deadlines after business hours. A fitness center and outdoor pool complement the patio's rock-garden fountain for a diverse array of ways to relax. Plus the property's easy proximity to destinations like Lake Murray and the Riverbanks Zoo ensure that guests have as much fun out and about as they do at the hotel.

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