Had a wonderful stay here over two nights. James at the front desk is wonderful. This is more of a bed and breakfast hotel. I don't understand how it received 3 starts. This place is by far every bit of 4.5 and close to being a 5. Do not expect a new hotel, this is a historic hotel with antiques to fit the ambiance of the hotel. The hotel is extremely clean, well maintained, and you feel like you are stepping back in time the minute you walk in the door. We had the Camille Room which looked out over the road. Was very fairly priced for what we got - a very large separate sitting room with a working fireplace, sofa, desk, two lounge chairs and a television. Then you step into the bedroom where there was a huge bed made up in period garb again with an armoire and a television and another lounge chair and desk. The floors are all original old wood floors that have been refinished perfectly and the furniture is all beautiful. The bathroom was a little dated but extremely clean and well stocked with upscale soaps/conditioners/lotions. The location of the hotel is dead center of the historic area and is an easy walk to anything in the downtown area. It is about 4 blocks to the water (pier) which I would recommend to watch the sunset and as a bonus, get a swing set on the pier. It is within walking distance of Fort Sumter, and also to most of the historical properties. There is a Starbucks around the corner and some of the best food you will ever want to eat in either direction you go. Also, if there on a weekend, don't forget the farmer's market which is just out the back door and a short one minute walk.
What sets this hotel apart from others are the free perks you get here. At night, there is a free cheese and wine mixer in the outside garden which is good fun, in the mornings, they bring you free continental breakfast to your room if you request it, which has plenty of choices (the croissants and cinnamon rolls were amazing and delivered warm each morning). There is also free coffee downstairs and in the evening, the coffee is replaced with free sherry to get folks to sit down in the lobby sitting area and mingle with each other. Housekeeping is also incredible and all of the staff were very, very friendly. Wi-Fi was also free, which is rare in hotels. Parking behind the building is very convenient and is fairly priced at $12 a night.
I say a 4.5 because there are just a couple of things that I would like to see at the hotel, first, I'd like to see a phone in the sitting room. The only phone was in the bedroom which was a pain to have to get up and run into the bedroom to get the phone. Second, the bathroom and sink areas are separate, however, there is no privacy divider between the sink area and the bedroom area. If one person gets up early it would be nice to have even a curtain to close block the light and for a little privacy. Otherwise, this place is wonderful. Do not believe the 3 stars rating. This place is every bit a 4.5 nearing a 5. Keep in mind it is a bed and breakfast, not a full fledged hotel. There is a big difference, it is also a historic hotel with furniture from the period. If you want romance, this is it. And, as a bonus, it is pet friendly.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Kings Courtyard Hotel Charleston
- Courtyard Hotel Charleston
- Courtyard Hotel Kings
- Courtyard Charleston
- Charleston Courtyard