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Kings Courtyard Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   198 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“great location and price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

great staff, and pretty good rooms- we had one overlooking king street with a gas fireplace and big windows. nice bed and bathroom. park the car in the back- daily rate, and walk to everything. room service, and wine and cheese in the afternoon.

Room Tip: overlooking king street. some rooms have fireplaces
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This spot is great to allow you to walk all over historic Charleston, whether for dining, shopping, catching a carriage ride or whatever. We had a king room on the first floor, four-poster bed, nice reproduction mahogany furniture. Some noise as we were right by the back door, but nothing too disturbing. Bathroom was small and simple, but clean and comfortable. The desk staff is very helpful with ideas of places to eat and things to do. We opted to have the continental breakfasts delivered to our room. My husband was happy with his cereal, fruit, juice, tea and breads. I added eggs for a very reasonable additional charge. The happy hour from 5-6 with free wine, cheese and crackers was not well attended in off season, but was very nice. The first night we met another couple there and wound up having dinner with them later. The free sherry in the evenings is a lovely extra touch to help you wind down after a day of sightseeing! Would definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Kings Courtyard Inn, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
I thank you for such a wonderful review of your stay at the Kings Courtyard Inn. I am thrilled that you had such an enjoyable time and took advantage of our location and complimentary extras like breakfast, wine and cheese. We hope your new year is off to a great start and hope to host you again soon.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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SC
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Stayed over the weekend. Very nice hotel. We had a king room on the first floor. Nice room (typical 1st floor noise).

The location is great, only about a block from the intersection of Market Street and Meeting Street and the front door opens onto King Street.

The other couple with us had made a mistake on booking, but the front desk quickly resolved the issue.

They offer breakfast and an afternoon wine gathering. We didn't make it to either (had other plans). Maybe next time we'll check them out.

We'll definitely consider this hotel again when staying in Charleston.

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

LOVED this hotel! My friend and I had a double room, it was spacious, clean, nicely furnished, and had a working fireplace.(!) A really charming room. Our friends had a king room, it was just as nice as ours. We enjoyed the wine and cheese hour, and the complimentary breakfast. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Not just polite, but actually very friendly. The location is perfect. I'm only sorry the weather was bad, we would have spent time in the lovely courtyard. I would definitely recommend Kings Courtyard, and will stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Kings Courtyard Inn, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review about your stay at the Kings Courtyard Inn. I am thrilled to read that our accommodations suited both you and your traveling companion so well. I'm sorry to hear that the weather was not in your favor, but am glad that you had a wonderful trip nonetheless. Thank you for your kind note about our staff. They are a wonderful team that I am very proud of. We look forward to hosting you again.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Wilmington, NC
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9 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Our family spent Thanksgiving in Charleston this year and stayed at the Kings Courtyard. It suited our needs perfectly. The rooms were a nice size, especially for an historic hotel, and beautifully appointed with reproduction furniture in keeping with Charleston's ambiance. The location could not be beat, right in the middle of the historic district. I had been concerned about noise, but the hotel is recessed between Kings and Meeting Street and was blissfully quiet. We enjoyed the complimentary wine and cheese and the evening sherry, as well as the free continental breakfast. Hot items are available, at an extra but fair charge. The concierge staff was extremely helpful, making multiple calls to secure us a spot on a walking tour. It was a bit chilly for us to enjoy the courtyards, but we did appreciate their ambiance and sound of the fountains whenever we passed through. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Charleston.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Kings Courtyard Inn, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Thank you for such an outstanding review. I am thrilled that your family enjoyed such a memorable Thanksgiving here at the Kings Courtyard Inn. I am glad that our accommodations suited the group so well. It sounds like you were able to take full advantage of our complimentary extras and enjoyed our central location. We hope to see you all back in Charleston soon. Thank you for the recommendation.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by the cozy charm this property exhibited. I went with friends for a "girls weekend" and we shared a 2 bedroom suite that was perfect for our needs. The complementary breakfast was a nice touch and the outdoor courtyards were great for the afternoon wine and light appetizer reception. It is centrally located and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Kings Courtyard Inn, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thank you for your recommendation of the Kings Courtyard Inn. I am glad that our hotel served as an excellent destination for your girls' weekend trip. Our guests find that suites provide a comfortable and convenient space for group travel. We appreciate your wonderful review and certainly look forward to hosting you again. We hope that a girls weekend here at the Inn will become a new tradition in years to come.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Over Thanksgiving, my husband, dog and I drove to Florida to visit family. It was our first trip with the dog and our first experience with "dog friendly" hotels. Our experience ran the gamut from welcoming to tolerant. The Kings Courtyard Inn is tolerant.
The hotel's location is great -- right in the center of the action. There is a parking lot adjacent to the hotel.
When I called to make the reservation and to check that they did indeed welcome dogs, I spoke with a woman named Lisa -- she was lovely and based on my conversation with her, we were excited for our stay.
I would say that's where our positive experience ended. Some of it based on our timing and some of it based on staff and the room.
Upon checking in, I felt less than welcomed, I felt like an imposition. The gentleman at the front desk allowed another woman to jump in front of me with a question while I waited to check in. He seemed annoyed by both me and our dog. When I spoke with Lisa she indicated there would be a list of dog friendly restaurants waiting for us -- there wasn't. After some pressing, the gentleman came up with a couple of suggestions one was Bubba Gumps.
Our room was 402 -- it was off the courtyard, worn and dark -- the windows faced an alley. I understand that it's what you get when you travel with a dog. The head board was loose, the in-room fridge dirty and unstable -- like the one I had in college. I wanted to open the window, but neither had a screen. When your window is street level and opens to an alley, you want SOME protection.
They offer a little social hour from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. -- we missed it, they were serving their last guests as we walked in about 6:15 p.m and even though the wine and the glasses were out -- it was too late.
There is no restaurant or room service -- we got carry out at Toast a little restaurant around the corner. They were very nice and the food was good -- we ate in our room.
We left early the next morning. There was coffee in the lobby, which was nice, but the guy at the front desk barely noticed us at check out.
It was too expensive for the experience. Maybe other rooms are nicer, maybe other guests feel more welcome, but if you're traveling with a pet -- I would not consider this an option. Based on our experience, I would not return, even without a pet.

Room Tip: The rooms off the courtyard are dark and the windows open to an alley.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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OwnerCharmingInns, Owner at Kings Courtyard Inn, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thank you for reviewing your stay at the Kings Courtyard Inn. I am glad that you enjoyed our downtown location. We take each TripAdvisor comment very seriously, so I am sorry to read about your negative experiences. I can assure you that we treat all guests with the same care and respect- whether they are traveling with or without a pet. Although we do not have a restaurant on site, we do have a breakfast room and also offer room service during morning hours. I’m sorry that you were not aware of this complimentary service. We appreciate your feedback and have spoken to the gentleman mentioned in your comment. We constantly strive to improve our guest experience and value your review.

Sincerely, Richard Widman, Proprietor
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Address: 198 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#24 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kings Courtyard Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1853, Kings Courtyard Inn is one of downtown Charleston, South Carolina's most historic inns. Architect Francis D. Lee designed the three-story antebellum structure in the Greek revival style with unusual Egyptian detail. The building is one of King Street's largest and oldest structures, and has had many uses during its 150 year existence. The building has housed high quality shops, private residences and at one time, the upper floors served as hotel rooms for plantation owners, shipping interests and merchant guests. Kings Courtyard Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district. The Inn maintains the residential atmosphere of lower King Street, and extreme care has been taken to ensure the necessary architectural and historic accuracy for which Charleston is famous. Each of the rooms has an individual distinction. All rooms feature oversized beds- some have canopied beds and fireplaces. Many rooms boast excellent views of the inn's interior courtyards.All hotel guests receive complimentary sherry on arrival and a morning newspaper delivered to the room. They also receive a continental breakfast served each morning in their room, the courtyards, or in the breakfast room. Guests may also choose to order a full breakfast from the kitchen. Kings Courtyard Inn is within easy walking distance of Charleston's historic homes, gardens, churches and only a block away from the City Market. Here, one may explore interesting shops or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the city's many delightful restaurants. ... more   less 
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