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“In the Pink!” 4 of 5 stars
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Palmer's Pinckney Inn
19 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 43 Charleston B&B and Inns
Cherokee, North Carolina
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“In the Pink!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Palmer's Pinckney Inn was a tight squeeze, but a great location for walking. The room was beautifully done, the hostess was great. You got a real feel for a "Charleston" style house on a small scale. The kitchen while small was very welcoming. Clean, comfortable and cozy.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

My husband and I stayed in the Charleston room whilst holidaying here. Lovely large quaint and comfortable room. Easy walking distance to all of the sights, restaurants etc. Staff are very friendly and let you feel at home and even provide you with a glass of wine to have on the verandah in the evening! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Charleston room and were very pleased by the quality of the furnishings, the comfort of the bed and quiet location within the Inn though the Inn itself was quiet.
The Inn is within a comfortable and easy walking distance to the heart of the shopping district. We enjoyed the southern breakfast at the sister property (Palmer House #5 East Bay). Dawn and Terri (Innkeepers) were pleasant and friendly. Parking on site can be a challenge and it's first come first serve which was no big deal to us for we stayed on foot for 2 days.

Room Tip: I can only speak for the Charleston Room. I'm sure the others are just as nice.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Columbus, Ohio
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I can't believe some of the negative reviews this place has received. I'm glad I didn't read them before we booked our stay.

We found the Inn to be charming and quaint. We felt lucky to get a room there just a few days before we went to Charleston. Dawn was quite accommodating in making our reservations and helpfully answered all our questions. Terry called the day we were to arrive to let us know there was wine and cheese waiting for us when we checked in (she knew we were arriving after office hours), gave me her mobile number in case there were any issues ... could not have been nicer and more welcoming!

When we arrived we found our keys and information from Terry exactly where she said it would be. Most of the wine was gone already (it was after 8:00 and the wine/cheese was for all the guests, not just us) but that was okay. Our room was at the top of the [very narrow] staircase and was just beautiful! The bed was comfortable, there was a coffee pot, coffee, creamer & sugar in the room and everything was spotless.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn the Inn offers free WiFi and it was fast and secure - hurray! The bathroom had a hair dryer (which we weren't expecting) and there was extra pillows and a down comforter in case we were cold. Our bathroom was rather small, with only a shower, but it was roomy enough for us. Hanging on the door, however, were two lovely bathrobes - another nice surprise! (I seriously wanted to buy one since it was monogrammed with my initial - LOL.)

Things to note before you stay here: the staircase to the 2nd floor is extraordinarily narrow (not for the era of the house, but by today's standards) and may be difficult for some to navigate. (Seriously, it's about 2 feet wide.) The parking lot is miniscule and only holds three vehicles - maybe four if they're tiny. We felt quite fortunate to have a parking place there so we didn't have to deal with parking across the street. The windows in our room (Cottage Room) did not have screens on them so we didn't feel like we could open the windows for fresh air (it was a nice cool night but we didn't want to get bugs in the room).

The location is terrific - walking distance to many popular restaurants, the French Market, Harris Teeter grocery store, even the Charleston Marine Center. The restaurant across the street (Cru) was excellent, and the pub up the block (Big John's, I think) was a great place to have a couple of late-night drinks. The Inn offers basic breakfast goods but we did not partake of them. We thought it quite charming that the snacks in the kitchen include doggie snacks.

When you plan your stay at Palmer's Pinckney Inn, remember that the building is nearly 150 years old. The owners do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible, so appreciate the history of the area and the quaintness of the inn. If you want a Hyatt or Sheraton or someplace sterile & modern, stay at one of them! If you want homey & comfortable, give this place a try. It's a wonderfully romantic place to spend a night or two!

Room Tip: The staircase to the 2nd floor is extraordinarily narrow (not for the era of the house, but by today...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

First the good news- the staff of this small B&B was most accommodating and helpful. The location is great.

Now the not so good news- this building is very old. Obviously needed maintenance has been deferred. There is a sometimes subtle difference between cozy and shabby; this inn falls in the latter category: old furniture, old linens, poor kitchen and dining (?) areas, and a parking lot that only Houdini could admire...you don't just exit, you have to plan your escape on the ridiculously narrow driveway. I also wonder about fire safety- where was the second means of egress from the second floor?

There are great B&B's in Charleston. This is not one of them.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hexham
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We were only able to stay in Charleston a bare 24 hours, but are now anxious to return. Palmer's Pinckney Inn very comfortable, lovely decor, Dawn the manager very friendly and helpful. She got us onto a very good walking tour. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ashland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Very comfortable clean room, with gas fireplace, large tub, & great pillows, bed, linens. Small yet thoughtfully stocked kitchen (snacks, fruit, continental+quiche breakfast, evening wine) available 24 hrs. Porches narrow without view but enjoyed sitting out there to relax. Great location near the market. A big breakfast (we didn't try it) available for $5 & PM complimentary wine & cheese (did enjoy this) included at Palmers Inn which is a lovely large old waterfront place in the Battery. A long walk but no problem for walkers. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Additional Information about Palmer's Pinckney Inn

Address: 19 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located right in the heart of downtown Charleston! Convenient for walking to shopping and dining spots. Pet friendly in every room, Free on site parking! 4 rooms with kings size beds and working fireplaces. All private baths, 2 rooms with jacuzzi tubs. Access to kitchen, continental breakfast, refreshments available. Plus, homemade muffins, cookies and other goodies. ... more   less 
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