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“Really enjoyed our pre-cruise stay at the Renaissance” 5 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Charleston Historic District
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401   |  
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Ranked #40 of 59 Hotels in Charleston
Grantville, KS
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed our pre-cruise stay at the Renaissance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

We booked a 4-star hotel in downtown Charleston on Priceline, and our bid was accepted by the Renaissance. I had read mostly positive reviews, and checked out the website for photos and information. It is a very nice, upscale hotel in downtown Charleston, between Meeting and King Streets (the main thoroughfares). It's very easy to walk anywhere in the downtown area. Yet the location is very quiet and sheltered, seems almost secluded.

It is probably a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport (it cost approx. $35 + tip for a cab, the shuttle would be a little bit less).

We arrived between 3 and 3:30 pm and were greeted and helped immediately after we entered the lobby. The staff were friendly and very helpful, and there was a concierge on hand to answer questions about dining, directions, sightseeing, scheduling tours or whatever you wanted to do.

The room was well decorated, quiet, not huge but comfortably roomy, and the bed was very comfortable! The bath was lovely, with marble vanity (with plenty of counter space), oversize showerhead, curved shower curtain rod and a tiled ledge along the wall side of the tub (handy for setting things on, and for soaking in the tub with a drink and book).

TheSoutheast Wildlife Exposition was going on the weekend we were at the hotel, so I'm sure the rates were higher than a less busy weekend, but we checked the prices of lower category hotels, and they were comparable. So we were very happy to have stayed in such a nice hotel for about the same price.

We didn't use very many of the amenities - I think there was a rooftop pool, although it was too cool to swim while we were there. There is a restaurant/bar - Wentworth Grill, we didn't try it, but there was live music on Friday night. We didn't use room service, and we didn't look for the fitness center, so I'm not sure if there was one (I assume there was). Just walking around Charleston for a few hours is enough of a workout for us! We didn't drive, so don't know about parking, either.

We planned to walk to the cruise port on Saturday, but didn't because of rain. It was not a difficult walk to the pier, and would save the taxi fee and the hassle of waiting in line at the port - providing you pack lightly :) We did walk back to the hotel after our cruise, and asked them if we could leave our luggage with the bellman for a few hours, since our flight wasn't until almost 5 pm. They were very gracious to let us do so.

Our experience with the Renaissance was a very pleasant one - it's a clean, quiet, well decorated, attractive property, and I would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank gooberhead
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Atlanta
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2009

This hotel has managed to incorporate some of Charleston's charm into its wonderful, quirky decor. It's a delight to stay in and we plan to return.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank PersonAtlanta
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Washington, D.C.
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2009

Very much enjoyed our stay at this hotel - quiet. we had a nice room with a balcony. This part of town is quieter. Recommend this hotel - clean and nice staff.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank janet1
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Auburn, AL
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

My wife and I just returned from a weekend trip to Charleston and a three-night stay at the Renaissance Marriott. We could not have had a better stay. The location of the hotel is second to none as it is less than a block off both King Street and Meeting Street. All the great attractions in Charleston are within walking distance from the hotel.

Our trip was made great because of the help from Suzanne, the Concierge at the Marriott. She made great recommendations for things to do, places to eat, etc. We took her up on all of her recommendations and enjoyed all of them. Our favorite activity was Tommy Dew's Walking Tour. Tommy is incredibly insightful and provocative.

We would recommend the Renaissance Marriott to anyone wanting to go to Charleston. It definitely helped that we got a great rate through Priceline. Without that, the price might have been a little too high.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank rcummins
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Belmont, North Carolina
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36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2009

My husband and I stayed here the weekend of Jan 23. The staff we met were very friendly - Tamiko at the front desk was quite friendly and eager to assist us with checking in, though we arrived a few hours early - and Carter in Housekeeping was also extremely eager to help us AFTER we had checked-out and my husband thought he had left his sunglasses in our room. The hotel is in a good location, you do have to walk a few blocks to the Market, but that's not a problem, and the hotel backs up to King Street for shopping. I also found our room to be very clean, which I appreciated. We were given room 236, which has the benefit of being by itself, so you don't share walls with other guests, but - you are on a conference level, and the room is next door to the housekeeping office, plus there are public restrooms in the hallway outside the room. On our visit, this was not an issue, as the meeting rooms didn't seem to be booked over the weekend. We only heard housekeeping staff - and not very often. Overall, we had a great time in Charleston, and I would probably stay here again - though I would try to use Priceline to "name my own price" again. Now for the few bad things - the toilet seat lid is cheap plastic. I sat down to blow dry my hair, and it bent under my weight (I'm not a big person!). Why go to the trouble of renovating the hotel, but put a plastic lid on the toilet? That just seemed oddly cheap to me. The parking deck has very tight spots, as other TripAdvisors have noted, and the parking pass they give you is hard to swipe. My husband had to get assistance from the parking attendants every time we entered or exited. Our only other complaint was that a very drunk, very loud group of college kids who evidently were staying in one of the suites, took over the hotel bar one of the evenings we were there. I don't know why the staff didn't ask them to be more quiet. These are minor complaints, we had a good time, and I would stay at this hotel again.

  • Liked — covenience, cleanliness, friendly staff
  • Disliked — parking pass didn't work well
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Ruth P
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Hamburg, Germany
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

We stayed at Charleston Renaissance for 2 nights including New Year's Eve. We booked via the Marriot/Renaissance website, and, since it was a special occasion, we paid extra for the top floor with extra accomodations including 'upgraded' linens, complimentary cocktails, turndown service with "confection hand-picked by the chef", shoe shine, bathrobes, sweetgrass Charleston basket in the room, complimentary water in the room. The room itself was nice and the bed was large and really comfortable. But many of those other small extras we paid for were missing, had to be requested, or were nonexistent. No cocktails -- an impatient woman at the reception informed me that this offer had been discontinued in May (we booked in July!) and gave me free internet for one day instead to make up for it, maybe half the worth of the cocktail offer. Turndown service included one little chocolate the first night, not so nice when there are two guests! And the next night the turndown service was forgotten entirely. A basket for leaving shoes to be shined was not there. The water was not there. I requested it on our second evening three times and it was not brought - we were really thirsty, too! The grouchy front desk woman told me that she had never heard of the sweetgrass basket decoration. Bathrobes had to be requested.
We were annoyed that the offer from the website that we paid for was not accurate in the various points, and then when we asked about it, they were not anxious to fix it or make amends. Rather, they acted as if it wasn't their problem and what could they do? Yes, it *was* their problem, and they could have made it up to us with a bit of effort and creativity (e.g., free parking). But they weren't interested.
New Year's surely paid a role in this but as we didn't get a price discount for New Year's, we also did not expect such a reduction in service.
So if you stay here, don't book via the Marriott website, don't believe their offers, and don't expect attention to or concern for details. But you'll love the beds.

  • Liked — The beds on the 'deluxe' floor
  • Disliked — Missing features from our package, unhelpful people at the reception
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank JJJR
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Atlanta, GA
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

I stay at this hotel regularly for business. The rooms are spacious, clean and quiet. The staff are very courteous and a few even remember my name. The location is on the edge of what I consider the historic district but is still convenient to walk almost anywhere.

  • Liked — The atmosphere.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank JulieCAtlanta_GA
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Additional Information about Renaissance Charleston Historic District

Address: 68 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#30 Business Hotel in Charleston
#32 Family Hotel in Charleston
#34 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
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Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Charleston Historic District 4*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With boutique elegance and a picture-perfect location, the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel places the very best of the city right at your fingertips. Our hotel fuses old-fashioned Southern sophistication with a very contemporary sense of convenience, ensuring that your stay with us is as relaxing as it is captivating. All of our rooms and suites boast marble bathrooms, decadently comfortable bedding, and well-lit workspaces. High-speed Internet access keeps you connected and productive at all times. Barony Tavern restaurant has opened and showcases distinctive American cuisine, with influences from throughout the South. Events shine in the Charleston Ballroom, the largest of our stylish venues. And of course, the city's vibrant downtown area is just steps away. You really can have it all here at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel. ... more   less 
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