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Fulton Lane Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   202 King St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 54 Hotels in Charleston
Land O' Lakes, FL
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Perfect location, beautiful rooms, unique inn.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

We chose this hotel because of the location. Right on King Street for shopping, one block from Market Street for more shopping, one block from Meeting Street and historic homes, and two blocks from Church Street and the beautiful churches. If you don't like walking, the Dash trolley picks up right across the street. We were pleasantly surprised by the rooms. We had a petit suite with a king size bed and a sitting area with a fireplace. It didn't get cold enough to use the fireplace, but maybe next trip. The bed was comfortable, with one large wardrobe for clothing. It had two drawers and there were two more drawers in the night stand. Enough storage for two. We asked to see some larger suites to see what they looked like. These had full size closets. The King Suite had a separate sitting room and a full kitchen. Back to our room. The windows looked out on King Street. There was plenty of light and privacy as we were on the 3rd floor. The bathroom was large with both a jetted bath tub and a stand up shower. My husband was pleased that the shower was tall enough for his 6'3" frame. We did not try the free continental breakfast, but we did go to the wine reception in the evening. The wines were good quality. The Chardonnay was Freemark Abbey. There were also crackers, cheese and a dip. A nice appetizer before dinner. We previously stayed at a high end exclusive boutique hotel in Charleston, but we were very pleased with the Fulton Lane Inn.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

There was nothing awful about this hotel, but nothing much that was great either, so I would have to rate it as average. The sole receptionist was busy when we arrived, so her perfunctory greeting set the tone. A smile and 'Take a seat and I'll be with you in a minute' doesn't take too long to say and would have given us a totally different impression. The rooms were adequate but nothing to write home about, and there were no extra touches in the room like towelling robes or cotton wool pads or a small bottle of water to make the traveller feel cared for. There was a fridge but there was nothing in it. I've got no experience of other hotels in Charleston so I can't comment on the value for money in any precise way, but we thought this hotel was expensive for what was on offer. Maybe we were spoilt as we had come from Savannah where the Avia Hotel was amazing in all respects and considerably cheaper. As all the reviews state, the location is great - close to shops and also a lovely walk to The Battery where you can admire all the Southern mansions and their views to the Atlantic Ocean.

We were in a side room (view of a wall!) so it was very quiet. Our travelling companions were facing the main street and suffered a little from the noise of Saturday night revellers late at night.

The hotel tells you about breakfast that is served in your room (not much space in our room to eat it) but you can actually have breakfast in the dining room of their sister hotel next door. Hard working, pleasant staff serve a very basic breakfast that can be added to at extra cost. In the late afternoon they also serve complimentary wine, cheese and biscuits which is a nice touch.

The hotel receptionist recommended 82 Queen Street for dinner. The courtyard looked pretty but we were seated inside right next to the air conditioning unit that was blowing out very cold air. We moved our table a bit but still froze! The food and service were fine, but the restaurant was a bit on the dull and formal side and expensive. Coast, further down into the town, was a better choice for us as it was busy, buzzy and served good food.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

This is the third time I had stayed in this group of hotels (Charming Inns) and each time I feel at home. I love the feel of the old hotels, the antiques, and the fantastic location. Park your car and forget about it- everything is within walking distance. The staff aims to please and the breakfast is delicious. I would not consider staying any place else.

(These hotels create the best naps ever! Super air conditioning!)

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

We stayed for two nights in Charleston in the Fulton Lane Inn. The location was centrally located to everything we wanted to see. The staff was so friendly and the room was very comfortable. Wine and snacks in the evening and sherry in the lobby for after dinner...delightful!

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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KC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

I was trying to book an extended weekend at the Fulton Lane Inn. I called Monday to enquire; the staff took my name and number and said they would call me back.

Fast forward to Thursday: no call-back yet, so I called again. To their credit, they did recall that I had called. I reiterated what we were interested in (combining two different packages for a single stay), explained that I understood there might be some logistical challenges and asked how they might be able to work with me to make it all work.

I was told that in order to book the packages I was interested in I would have to change rooms midway through our stay. I replied that wasn't particularly conducive to a relaxing getaway; her reply was (much more politely), "take it or leave it."

I wasn't looking for a "deal"; for instance, they could have offered to upgrade one of the packages for a surcharge. The decision would have then been mine as to value. My complaint is regarding the apparent indifference.

The reservation staff showed minimal interest in my custom and appeared to be totally unwilling to work with me on a special request. This attitude may (or may not) be evident in other areas of the hotel. However, my first impression was so poor that I'm going to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

My wife and I spent three nights (April 13-15) at the Inn while touring Charleston. We found it to be a quaint, comfortable place. The "Delux King Rm" was not plush (furniture getting just a little worn), but it was comfortable and picturesque. There was no view as it looked out at the side of another building. This didn't really matter as we were out walking around beautiful Charleston during the day. There was plenty of room for breakfast at the round in-room table. Breakfast was not flashy, but fine for continental. It was on time both mornings. The bathroom was a pleasant surprise as it was much larger than I expected in such an old, restored building. It had a large vanity in addition to a separate shower and large jacuzzi tub. The sherry in the Inn lobby and late afternoon wine/snacks at the neighboring sister hotel were both nice touches. All of the ladies at the desk were pleasant and helpful. Jennifer did an especially good job with concierge services. Her suggestions for things to do, places to see, and appropriate restaurants were right on the mark. She quickly made reservations for Fleet Landing, 82 Queen, and The Charleston Grill at the Charleston Place Hotel. All great choices.
The entrance to Fulton Lane Inn is in an attractive passage way just off King Street. It was within easy walking distance to all of the sightseeing points in Charleston.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights on a girls weekend. We had three rooms near each other on the third floor. We all agreed that this hotel was the perfect choice for the weekend and would definitely return. The rooms had all the amenities that we needed - small refrigerator was nice, bathroom had a lot of counter space, the beds were comfortable, lots of light from several large windows, a small table and chairs and a nice sized armoire. The breakfast had plenty of options and was delivered each day in the time frame requested. The staff helped us with reservations, all of which worked out perfectly and they offered good recommendations. The wine and cheese hour was nice, too. One of the very best things about this hotel is the location - it is very centrally located and within easy walking distance of great shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 202 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Business Hotel in Charleston
#25 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#26 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Fulton Lane Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic hideaway in America’s most enchanting city, The Fulton Lane Inn is private, intimate and exceptionally accommodating. The Fulton Lane Inn surrounds you with the comfort and gracious ambiance of a bygone era. Many of our spacious rooms feature oversized whirlpool baths and luxurious canopied beds, draped with hand strung netting. Other rooms boast cathedral ceilings and several offer fireplaces.Throughout, soaring windows frame captivating vistas of the city's historic skyline, punctuated with the many trademark church spires. The charm and spirit of the Old South live on in this historic inn, built by the family of Confederate blockade runner John Rugheimer. Regarded as the most sophisticated city in America, antebellum Charleston was the cradle of Southern gentility. The proper Charleston home then welcomed summer's casual pace by covering formal furnishings in airy muslin, replacing wool carpets with sisal, and positioning shutters to admit fresh breezes and to provide gentle shade. At the Fulton Lane Inn, that spirit has been beautifully recaptured. Here, light filters softly through louvered shades, casting an inviting glow on lush plants. The patina of fine woods, natural textures and soft pastels invite you to indulge in the simple pleasures of a more gracious time. During your stay, you'll be pampered with complimentary continental breakfast delivered to your room each morning. Our traditional Southern hospitality continues with sherry in the lobby each evening. Of course, our concierge is always at hand to attend to your every need. You're just a mere stroll from the famous harbor, historic homes and attractions. The Fulton Lane Inn is situated just off King Street, tucked away on a pedestrian lane in the heart of the city's famous historic district. The inn is literally surrounded by countless fascinating boutiques, scores of antique shops and elegant restaurants. There are countless ways to enjoy the Fulton Lane Inn. ... more   less 
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