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Harbourview Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401 (French Quarter)   |  
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Ranked #6 of 58 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Rockville, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We took advantage of a Trip Advisor discount to stay here 3 nights... the offer discounted the room to $231 for two of the nights -- the rate was $319 for the third night. The room we had was initially a disappointment... we had a view of what seemed to be their electrical plant with some palmettos around it (in other words, no view) -- perhaps these were the rooms available via the discount. That said, once we got use to the idea we'd have no view at all, the room itself, while nothing special, was fine. We were traveling with our 12 year old daughter and all 3 of us slept very well on the memory foam beds (in fact we all liked them). The room was quiet, which was a concern b/c we were near their Atrium (which is the sitting area for amenities and breakfast), but we did not have a problem with any noise. We were not aware of all the amenities they offer ahead of time and we were happy we could have breakfast delivered to our room to get us going in the a.m. It was delivered on time each day and was exactly what we ordered. We were pleased they had tea and coffee and water out during the day as well as fruit and M&M's. The cookies and milk at night were appreciated by our daughter. It poured the first full day of our trip and we were glad we had a rental car (I had considered canceling the rental car -- you don't really need one to get around the historic area and it does cost $20 a night to park). The bellman made a point of warning us about flooded roads and we were very grateful for his advice, b/c in all the travel info I'd read, I never saw anything about what happens when it rains in Charleston (i.e., extensive street flooding). The location of this hotel is great if you want to be able to walk to some of the best restaurants in town and historical sights. We took a walking tour sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation and throughly enjoyed it. We also took in a concert through the Festival of Houses and Gardens and enjoyed it as well. Over the 3 days we stayed there I did begin to appreciate the service the hotel offers -- things just seemed to be taken care of without a lot of need for contact -- our rooms were made up, breakfast was delivered, turn down service was done, amenities were replaced without having to ask. Even though there isn't a big lobby, there is a small one that had a fireplace and on one of the unseasonably cold days we had it was nice to sit for a few minutes and warm up. All in all, the hotel grew on me and I would recommend staying there -- the location is great and the service is good -- for the room we had, I think the $230 price range was appropriate -- $300 plus was pushing it -- for a room with a view, this hotel would probably be an excellent choice. I do agree with others that their staff seemed a bit young and inexperienced, but we didn't need assistance. Also, while they don't have a restaurant, there are so many good restaurants within walking distance that wasn't a problem for us -- the breakfast they offer and snacks were enough to keep us going throughout the day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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West Milford, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This hotel would be above average on its own, but the amenities offered go above & beyond. Afternoon wine & cheese, tea & coffee all day, cookies & milk in evening, breakfast delivered to room ( our favorite ) each morning. Convenient location to all areas in historic Charleston- close to numerous restaurants and shopping - plus right on waterfront park with a rooftop veranda. Would absolutely recommend!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews 166 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Stayed there during our recent six-day visit to Charleston. Our room was excellent, with ample space and large bath. The continental breakfasts were simple, but well done. Nightly complimentary wine and cheese receptions and the free M&Ms in the lobby were nice touches. The service was generally very good. Our only complaint was the bell staff seemed young and inexperienced. Will certainly consider this hotel again during our next visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We loved the Harbourview Inn in Charleston, SC.
I travel frequently for business, so I am quite particular about the hotels I chose.

The staff as well as their service was fantastic. Very friendly and accommodating.
We were celebrating a birthday, and they sent up a complimentary bottle of Champagne.

The hotel was beautiful. It was clean (spotless) and welcoming. Our room was bright, spacious and sunny and we had a great view of the water, fountain and park area. We valeted our car and it was always there and waiting for us when we wanted to take a drive.

Continental breakfast was included and delivered every day at the time of our choice.

The location was excellent. We could walk over all downtown Charleston from our hotel. The Sunrise and Sunset, viewed from the rooftop deck, was stunning.

We would definitely go back and also highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to Charleston, SC.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room, overlooking the water, fountain and park area
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I'll preface this review by saying that this is easily one of the more expensive hotels we've stayed in thus far; but my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary in Charleston and decided it was worth the splurge. I don't regret it one bit!

The service was excellent; everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The room itself (303) was spacious, clean and offered an excellent view of the fountain in Waterfront Park and the harbor. We could even see the dolphins breach during high tide! The mattress was a king-size Tempur-Pedic, which I'd never slept on before; it was ridiculously comfortable and I slept like a baby. The breakfast pastries were delicious, as were the "bedtime" cookies.

The location was perfect and we walked everywhere: down to the Battery, up to the Aquarium and everywhere in between. The Inn is just a couple of blocks from the famous Charleston city market and there are tons of great restaurants and bars nearby. When the weather is nice, take advantage of that rooftop terrace; on our last night, we brought up our own beer and wine and enjoyed the views one last time. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: HarbourView Guest Rooms offer a view of Waterfront Park and the harbor. We stayed on the third floor...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at the Harbourview Inn with another couple over a beautiful spring weekend. We thought the hotel to be pricey, but discovered it was because we had a corner room with the Harbour view. Even so, i would consider it pretty expensive.

I laughed when I read that other customers hated the beds...they are orthopedic beds...we made the joke that it was sleeping in soft clay. But once we got used to them, they were quite comfortable.

What we liked: The location was great. The staff was helpful and friendly. We liked our room very much, although our friends' room was much like a traditional hotel.

What was lacking: There wasn't a restaurant or bar. They had coffee and tea available, and a small breakfast. But like all of these efforts, the coffee was not very good, and the hot water was not sufficiently hot to make a proper cup of tea. The hotel offered wine in the evening, but not at a time when we could be back to enjoy it.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were very disappointed. We expected much better for the price. Our room was small with bathroom right next to one of our queen beds. The beds were awful (very uncomfortable). But the worest part was how dirty and old looking our room was. We actually tried to move to another hotel but everything was booked. I must say the manager and staff were very nice and did try to help us find somewhere else when they knew we were not happy! The only good things I can say is that it is in a very nice location by the water and it has a roof top sitting area with a nice view. They do have some rooms facing the front with balconys. I'm sure they are somewhat better. they were booked so we never saw one. Matter what we would not stay there again till they did some updating. Usually don't bother writting poor reviews but I thought it may help someone. Again.....managment and staff were very nice to us even though we complained.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > French Quarter
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Charleston
#5 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#6 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#18 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbourview Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy unparalleled service and signature amenities from this AAA Four-Diamond and Condé Nast "Gold List Award" luxury hotel. Panoramic views, vast atriums and beautifully appointed guest rooms - some with private balconies, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs - await your arrival. From the moment you enter one of the most historic hotels in Charleston, SC, you will find modern features and services, old world charm and unpretentious Southern hospitality. The waterfront and atrium lobbies are reminiscent of Charleston's early years as a colonial nautical trading hub. They offer the perfect setting for idle reflection, a glass of wine or just the refined sport of people watching. ... more   less 
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