I booked the Renaissance through priceline at $158 a night but was worried after reading a few reviews. Let me remove all worries.
Getting to the Renaissance was a piece of cake; I26 to I526 to Meeting to Wentworth = 16 miles. We checked in with no problems. We elected to self park and was able to stay on the second level of the garage across the street. We then went to room 620. It was large, clean, and very upscale from the robes to the flat panel TV. We were very hungry so, against my norm, we had lunch on the hotel patio. I had the (lump) crab cake sliders. While pricey, they were the best crab cakes I had that weekend.
After lunch we walked a block down to Meeting. Jestines, a local favorite eatery, is on the corner. We turned went one block north to Society and walked it down to Bay street. We then returned to the hotel turning up Hassel to Meeting back to Wentworth. In this 6 block area, we were able to enjoy many million dollar abodes. They are not the multi million dollar abodes down by Battery Park. But a wonderful lwalk about near the hotel.
One block west on Wentworth is King Street. It has all the shopping your wife could ever want to do. That evening we dined at the hotel again. I talked the staff into letting me carry up room service. Normally they were falling all over themselves to help me. But I wanted to earn the points with my wife. :) I had the shrimp grits. I thought they were second to the grits at Jestines but my wife liked them better.
The next day we took a Rickshaw down to battery park ($9) since my wife's hip was hurting. We toured the Calhoun House and lunched at 82 Queen. We walked to Coach's for dinner that night.
At checkout, all I had on my bill was the 3 days parking since I had booked through Priceline and paid for all food and drinks as I received them. I printed my boarding passes out on their printer and took the short drive back to the airport.
There was one glitch in the otherwise wonderful weekend. The horse carriage tour could not go from the Renaissance to Battery Park from the Renaissance due to city regulations. So we basicly paid for a tour of what we walked the first day for free.
Inspite of that glitch would I go back? Absolutely!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Charleston
- Charleston Renaissance