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“Quaint, like staying at Grandma's House” 4 of 5 stars
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Kings Courtyard Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   198 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
Dayton Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Quaint, like staying at Grandma's House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2006

The Kings Courtyard Inn was built in the mid-1800s and refurbished in the 1980s, it is not like staying at your local Marriott Hotel built/renovated in 2006. In fact, there really isn’t any comparison. Our room at Kings Courtyard was well appointed with antiques and thus carried it own old world charm. But the hotel, like most antiques, shows the wear of years of use. Like Grandma’s house the hotel has been lovingly cared for, and cleaned regularly, but it is just not possible to combat some 25 years of frequent use since it‘s refurbishment. The hotel is what it is, a charming, aging antique. Yes, it absolutely could use some serious labor to bring it into the 21st century but for $150 a night (internet rate we paid for a non-smoking standard queen room) you can’t beat the location and character. Our room was very cute, with a four poster bed, fire place, and nice view overlooking King’s street. If you’re looking for a slick, posh, shiny, new hotel, you will probably not enjoy your stay. If you enjoy antiques, old world charm, friendly but relaxed service, and don’t mind a little discolored grout in a 1980’s bathroom you’ll be just fine. One has to be realistic, given its perfect downtown location if the Kings Courtyard was brand spanking new I know I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. In all I very much enjoyed my stay and would come back again.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2006

This was the most horrible place I've ever stayed! They "upgraded" us, so I hate to see what room we had before. The carpets were dirty, the toilet was always running, the tub was dirty, the blanket had crusty stuff on it, dust was every where, and it was just not comfortable b/c I was scared to sit and touch everything. One of the reasons why I decided to stay here was b/c they advertised wireless, which I thought I could get in my room, but NO I had to go downstairs and sit in the dining room to get on the internet. Breakfast was ok, not the best, but just ok. Great location, but I'm not sure if it was worth it. By all means the staff was nice, but this is just my HONEST opinion of the place.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2006

We decided to go to Charleston at the very last second over the long 4th of July holiday. I was able to find a last minute discount booking at Kings Courtyard. The Inn is in a GREAT location and the staff was pleasant, but we didn't interact too much with them as this was probably our 15th trip to Charleston and we are very familiar with the area. One thing to remember about Kings is that the building is over 150 years old and it shows, but I still found our room to be clean and comfortable. The air conditioner worked great which is a must for Charleston in the summer! There was an evening wine service every day (except Sunday) from 5:00-6:00 on the patio which was nice. The free breakfast was coffee, juice and pastries which you could have brought to your room or go down to the dining room to eat. Parking is $10 a day with unlimited in/out but the lot is small and shared with other Inns so I could see there being an issue with finding a space (we had to park at the far end of lot and carry our luggage). Overall, we got a decent room in a great location but the rate we paid was $100 off the regular room rate. I would not stay here and pay the full rate, I think there are better places for the same price. I would stay here again only if I could get another last minute discount. If you are planning your trip weeks/months ahead and are willing to pay $225 a night then look for another place to stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2006

It was quite pleasurable to stay with my husband at the Kings Courtyard Inn during the weekend of Friday, May 5, 2006, which was our granddaughter's graduation from the College of Charleston! The Inn was just 5 blocks away from the college campus and there were several antique and clothing stores literally across the street. My room was beautiful, featuring a parlor with a fireplace and a comfortable bed with a canopy. There is a breakfast included that is brought to the room! Although the inn was busy, the staff never hesitated to help me with directions or dinner reservations or requests for extras.
I highly recommend this property!

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haddonfield, NJ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2006

If you have to stay here you can expect small rooms with shabby decor. The tufting in the chairs were so sparse you can feel the frame when you sit down. The bathroom was a disgrace. It was dirty, a smell was coming from the toilet, grout was missing along most of the tiling and dirt was impacted where the grouting should have been. The water pressure was pitiful. Most room face a courtyard that was very noisey with clanging dishes and loud conversation. The staff was personable but clueless. The staff was running between the Fulton and Kings Courtyard for "necessities" where the other had run out. There was a water main break while we were there and they didn't advise the patrons not to drink the water or give the "OK" when the water was declared potable. Warm bottled was provided when you went down to the concierge to ask for it. No hot coffee or tea was provided during the shortage. They actually informed us "no restaurant or hotel in town" was serving food.
That was not true. This is definitely a shoestring operation and the string is taught. Find another hotel unless you crave mediocrity and dirt. Finally, there were printed cards in the bedroom and baths explaining their commitment to conservation and therefore we had not had new bedding or towels for a week. Sounds to me like another cost-cutting measure for the Courtyard. It would be best to close this hotel, spend a few bucks in renovations and re-open, even at higher rates, as the location is good. I welcome a response from management and a small credit for the inconvenience of no water for two day would be equally as appropriate.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2006

We enjoyed our trip to Charleston - went for the food/wine festival. The Kings Courtyard Inn was a great location for attending the event. We were also close to shopping, restaurants, etc. We never used our car the entire weekend - loved being able to walk every where.

Staff was friendly and helpful in finding restaurants in town and making reservations. They also hosted a wine tasting on the back patio.

The rooms were cheerful and characteristic of Charleston. My only complaint would be the bathrooms- floor needed re grouted/cleaned, towels were scratchy, the sheets were the kind that come off while your sleeping so that you wake up touching the bare matress. Bring your own pillow.

Overall, we enjoyed our hotel - super cute for the Charleston experience.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Kings Courtyard Inn

Address: 198 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#26 Family Hotel in Charleston
#29 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kings Courtyard Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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. 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

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