From “The Road” being recorded in room 301, to the many bands & guests that we have welcomed over the years the hotel has been the central, gathering place for many years.
However, let’s take a walk into the past to see how everything came about.
Our journey starts in 1967 with James W. Rouse who broke the mold & created history with his dream of developing a community that would enhance the quality of life for it’s residents.
A community of nine villages was envisioned & built around a single nucleus, the Columbia Town Center.
During the process of building the city & villages a central gathering place that would provide hotel accommodations was needed. A three tier lodge building was built at Lake Kittamaqundi & officially named as the Cross Keys Inn
In 1977 the Cross Keys Inn changed it’s name to the Columbia Inn Hotel.
In 1988 the Columbia Inn Hotel began an extensive renovation & redesign. An additional 9,000 square feet of event space & a new tower of guest rooms were added on to the existing three tier lodge buildings.
Fast forward to 1998 another change was occurring at the central gathering place of Columbia. After an extensive renovation & rebranding the Columbia Inn Hotel was granted the privilege of being renamed as the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel.
Our next chapter is upon us now.
In December of 2019 the Sheraton Columbia Town Center began extensive renovations & a complete redesign.
From a brand new tower of guest rooms & suites, to the rooftop pool & bar to our custom designed restaurant everything has been crafted with inspiration directly from the city of Columbia.
In the spring of 2021 the Merriweather Lakehouse, a boutique, luxury hotel, selected as an Autograph Collection Hotel®, will officially open & continue with the tradition inspired by James W. Rouse as the central gathering place for the Columbia Town Center.
“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
― Winston S. Churchill