In the Wood

The Hangar Lofts Hotel is quietly located about a mile and a half southeast of Downtown Columbia. Nestled between the established neighborhood of Rosewood, affectionately referred to as in “The Wood” and the burgeoning Columbia Downtown Airport (Owens Field), the Hangar Lofts Hotel is the ultra-modern place where you feel as if you have discovered something special others wish they knew about.

Resting amid an industrial landscape where once forgotten brick and steel buildings are finding new beginnings, the Hangar Lofts has played its own role in the urban repurposed renaissance. Once
servicing the Owens Field airstrip, this lofty hotel, the first designer hotel in Columbia, is only steps from the recently renovated Historic Curtiss-Wright Airplane Hangar. Now a popular pub, The
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery is a 13,000 square foot pub complete with a taproom, brewhouse, a bottling and a kegging line, event space, and an observation deck that overlooks the airport runways, an airfield which had the distinction of hosting many well-known aviators including Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Doolittle.

Whether you journey to Columbia for a business meeting, dinner and shopping in Five Points, a night of fun in the Vista, a football game at Williams Brice, a trip to the Soda City Marketplace, parent’s weekend at the University of South Carolina, a music festival at City Roots, a  venue at Colonial Life Arena or just stopping through on your way to life’s next adventure there is no better stopping place to rest and refuel than at The Hangar Lofts Hotel.

From the moment you arrive, one cannot help but notice why the Hangar Lofts Hotel is quickly making a name for itself as the premier designer hotel in Columbia. With lined palmetto trees lit up like a runway of white and cobalt blue bulbs and slick Ferrari Red sliding hangar doors that open to a private patio, you soon realize that this boutique hotel is the perfect place to taxi up to your own private entrance (think motor lodge turned modern motel) and begin your stay in the Capital City.

The Hangar Lofts Hotel is a delightful mix of modern, mid-century, and above all, comfort and space – lots of space – from 700 square cottages to 2000 square foot lofts. Built and designed by contractor turned developer now hotelier, Joab Dick’s architectural works have been showcased on HGTV’s “You Live in What?” and “What You Get for the Money.”

Once the patio door is closed and you open one of the numbered lofts, you begin your stay in luxury- sink into Wamsutta 500 thread count sheets and goose down pillows & comforter, recline in an Italian leather sofa perched in front of a 50 inch 4K Roku TV, surround oneself in Artemide and Louis Poulsen lighting, make a cup of Starbucks Italian coffee or relax/invigorate in a stainless steel and marble tiled rain shower. Every aspect of design from floor to ceiling windows, stained concrete flooring, cowhide rugs, to custom crafted kitchens, echo comfort, modernity, and luxury.

The footpath between the two hangars, The Hangar Loft Hotel and The Curtiiss Wright Hangar, is through South Carolina’s first urban farm, City Roots, a three and a half -acre organic farm and market and is the host to numerous events such as weddings, Farm-to-table events, and seasonal festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Tomato Festival. Fresh produce is available daily.

Across the street from City Roots is Owens Field Park which features a 15,000 square-foot skate park, 12 regulation size soccer fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, three T-Ball fields, a Miracle League Field which offers children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play baseball on a custom-designed, special rubberized baseball field, a cross country track, an airplane-inspired playground, and ample fields for football, ultimate Frisbee, and rugby.

And did we mention that the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery is across the street as well?