Travel Information

The Hampton Inn is the host for guests of the Orphan Film Symposium (aka "Orphans 5").   The hotel is located at 822 Gervais Street in The Vista (aka the Congaree Vista), a downtown historic district with galleries, shops and restaurants. The Hampton Inn is in walking distance of University of South Carolina campus, as well as The State Museum, EdVenture Children's Museum, the Riverwalk, and the State House (i.e., the capitol).   All Orphan Film Symposium events are within walking distance of the hotel, but a shuttle bus will also be available to take you to and from events if you prefer.

A block of rooms is reserved for symposium participants.   When making a reservation, you MUST ASK for the Orphan Film Symposium rate:   $104/night for a single room (breakfast included).     With tax, it's $115.44/night.  

Taxi fare from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to the Hampton Inn runs about $15.  

The Hampton Inn Downtown   (822 Gervais St.)
1-800-HAMPTON or dial the Columbia location directly: 803-231-2000
Fax: 803-231-2868
Free Internet access in every room.


Other hotels nearby include:

Clarion Town House Hotel  
1615 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC    29201
Phone:   803-771-8711
Fax:   803-252-9347

Holiday Inn (Coliseum at USC)
(803) 799-7800
630 Assembly Street
Some rooms are available at a university rate of $75 + tax, but there will not be Orphans shuttle service running there.   Inquire about rates for University of South Carolina guests.   (Pet friendly!)

The Inn at USC
1619 Pendleton St. (on campus)

Best Western Governor's House Hotel  
1301 Main Street   
Reservation:   800-780-7234
FAX: 803-779-7856

Marriott Columbia  
(803) 771-7000
1200 Hampton St. @ Main St.

Claussen's Inn
(803) 765-0440
2003 Greene St. (in Five Points)

The Whitney Hotel
(800) 637-4008
700 Woodrow St.


Traveling to Columbia

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is served by Continental, Delta, Northwest, Independence Air, American Eagle, United, and US Airways. Direct flights from New York City take less than 2 hours.   The airport has free wireless Internet access.

If you are driving, three interstates bring you to Columbia: I-77 from the north; I-20 from the southwest/northeast; and I-26 from the northwest/southeast. Drive times run about 75 minutes from Charlotte, North Carolina; 80 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina; 3.5 hours from Raleigh-Durham; and 4 hours from Atlanta.

Amtrak and Greyhound both stop near the conference site.

Parking at the university is limited, but some spaces are available with advanced notice. Both the city and the university have in-town public transit.