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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   181 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 55 Hotels in Charleston
Hilton Head Island
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Mediocrity”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

First, the good news: The Doubletree is well-located, which is the reason I selected it and it allows an easy navigation around the area. It's strength is its staff -- everyone was pleasant and very welcoming. The public areas were well-kept.

When I first saw my room, billed as "Deluxe, King" I was dismayed. In the room photos on the website, understand that where they show you the view of the bed, the photographer was literally standing against the wall to take the shot. The room size is about what I recall from the 1960's city hotels -- small and relatively cramped. There was a "sitting room" immediately inside the room door which is about the size of a large walk-in closet. The TV in that room didn't function. The bathroom is your typical shower/bathtub combo and about the size of any bathroom in a lower class motel. In my opinion, Doubletree needs to seriously renovate by taking 3 rooms and making them into 2 rooms -- each room should be at least half again larger.

We were out of the room from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. In 8 1/2 hours, the maid service didn't manage to clean the room. The front desk finally sent someone when we requested a box of tissues.

This is a limited value, even at a so-called internet non-refundable, non-changeable price. Wi-Fi is offered nearly everywhere for free nowadays; not so at Doubletree. The same goes for breakfast -- I was very surprised that a breakfast "buffet" that was inferior to what some cheaper chains provide for free cost $29.90 for two, a fact that the dining room staff didn't mention before we sat down. Parking for 2 nights was an add-on, too. Frankly, you should hear a cash register in the background because Doubletree is tacking on charges for just about everything.

If I hadn't booked at the internet nonrefundable rates, I would have checked out and moved to one of the many other, far nicer hotels in the immediate area. The "special" rate isn't all that special when you add in all of the specialty charges that I just mentioned. It is far better to simply book a more expensive (to start) hotel with no add-in charges. Doubletree and Hilton should be ashamed.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for your honest review of your recent stay with us. It's so nice to hear that our hotel location was convenient and you were welcomed by our warm and friendly staff. We like to provide a personalized experience for each of our guests, but also look for ways to keep costs low while providing comfort and convenience. We appreciate your feedback and we’ll keep your feedback about internet and breakfast charges as well as cosmetic updates in mind as we work to make our services better.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Right in the center of the historic district. Couldn't ask for a better location in which to walk to the best restaurants, city market, and historical buildings. The staff was incredibly friendly to the extent that a housekeeper volunteered to fill our cooler with ice so we could take home a freshly caught fish. Would definitely recommend and return.

Room Tip: Got a room that had a nice view of the neighborhood facing Hank's restaurant. It is probably qui...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
We thank you for your recent review and recognition of our property and staff. We strive to ensure each and every guest is provided the best possible experience and it appears our efforts were successful during your visit. It is rewarding to hear we made “such a positive impression” as Charleston is full of options for lodging and this is a fantastic nod to our dedicated team of professionals.
Best Wishes and we look forward to assisting you on your next to Charleston.
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New York City, New York
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118 reviews 118 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Overall it's a pleasant enough hotel in a great location. Aside from the decor (the drapes were easily the ugliest I've seen in my life, I mean, distractingly hideous), the room was relatively comfortable and spacious. It's always nice to have the half kitchen. Breakfast was great. There were no wow moments, but I'd stay here again if the rate were right.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thank you for your candid review of our hotel and its service. I will be sharing your comments with our Team as they are one of the special points you made comment to in your review. As a company it is our goal to make each guest experience a warm and inviting experience offering our signature “southern hospitality”.
One point of concern was your comment regarding the draperies. We are in the process of refreshing our hotel with a completion set for early 2013.
Best Wishes and we look forward to assisting you on your next to Charleston.
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Wareham, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

After a week of traveling we decided to splurge and stay at the Doubletree in the heart of the Historic District in downtown Charleston. We had recently stayed at a Doubletree in Fayetteville NC and were more than pleased so we expected the same wonderful experience. We started off great. The young man who took our bags, registered our car for valet parking, and brought us to our room was pleasant and helpful with dining suggestions as well. Things went down hill from here. At registration we were assigned a first floor room, we requested a QUIET room on an upper floor and were reassigned a room on the second floor (hotel has 5 floors). We were also told if we decided to leave early (reservation was for 2 nights) we would be charged 50% for doing so. Maybe this was an omen? Our quiet room was anything but, with people talking outside on the street our room at 10:30 and again at midnight, the street cleaner sweeping the street outside during the night and at 7AM the septic truck pumping outside our window, and a trash truck at 8:15. So much for a decent nights sleep.
To add insult to injury, we asked to upgrade our reservation to include the breakfast package. Since we booked on line the upgrade price on the website was $20.00 for two and the hotel was $30.00 for two. We asked if they would honor their web price and when the receptionist asked the manager, Mr Valentine, if she could do this his answer was, " No, they should have done it when they booked the reservation on line". Not the greatest customer service. We decided to eat elsewhere.
The hotel is clean and nicely appointed, however the management needs some lessons in customer relations.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We are very sorry to hear about the uncomfortable noise disruptions you experienced while staying with us. We're reviewing your concerns with our staff so we can work on additional resolutions and appreciate that you brought this to our attention. I'm also sorry that we couldn't honor your room reservation request. Our front office goes through a lengthy process each day to try to accommodate all reservations but occasionally can’t due to extenuating circumstances. We appreciate your feedback and hope you give us a second chance if you return to the area.

Kind regards,
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Bydgoszcz, Poland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I wish that we had been notified before-hand of extensive renovation on our floor. I think our room, and our Mother's room were the only two rooms not being painted or carpet changed. Our room smelled strongly of paint, and I think ours had just been finished a day or so prior to our arrival. It was impossible to wheel our luggage for us (2 adults, and 3 young kids) because of the furniture piled in the hallway, carts full of paint (which I was sure my kids would knock over), etc. Looking back, I wish that I had complained a little stronger at the front desk, as the price we paid was so very much higher than the quality of our stay. Also, you can unload your bags and family, then park your car at a 24h parking garage just down the block. It's a little inconvenient, but would have saved us a little had we known. Call the hotel to see if they are renovating any of their rooms, and if so, be sure to stay on an already updated floor.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
I appreciate your flexibility as we undergo some growing pains and apologize for the inconvenience. We're currently working with our team to improve communication to our guests about the refreshes. We hope that you'll come back once the renovations are complete and let us know what you think. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss this in further detail.

Kind regards,
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Sugar Grove, North Carolina, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The accomodations were very good. Immaculate room and bath. Breakfast had good variety. Very courteous staff. The best in room coffee we've had in years. Walking distance to restaurants, sightseeing. Valet parking is a plus and at a minimal charge for the convenience.

Room Tip: If you are traveling with kids, get a suite. Good value
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Thank you for your posting and reminding everyone of our numerous amazing attributes that make Doubletree by Hilton such a special place to visit in Charleston. As you mention, our attentive staff assist with making memories for our guests on a daily basis with a genuine sense of pride and hospitality not found in many properties. We look forward to your next visit.
Best Wishes…
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tampa bay, fl
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We are pretty loyal Hilton Points people and are always happy when the Hilton we get is in a perfect location with nice accomodations. We flew in and didn't rent or need a car due to the close proximity of this hotel to everything.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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DTreebyHilton, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your candid review regarding you recent stay at our Doubletree by Hilton hotel. I will be sharing your comments with the entire Team so they can hear your comments. We appreciate your business and look forward to your return visit.
We wish you safe travels…
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Address: 181 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Charleston
#28 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#30 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Charleston - Historic District 3.5*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located overlooking the Charleston City Market in the heart of Charleston's Historic District, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites offers the perfect combination of incredible location, guest room size, Southern hospitality, and amenities. DoubleTree Charleston Historic District is surrounded by award-winning restaurants, including Hank's Seafood and Brasserie Gigi. ... more   less 
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