This was our first visit to Charleston and we wanted a location that was within walking distance to all of the sights. Based on prior reviews we selected the King Charles Inn and were not disappointed. We had a large interior room that looked over the parking area and were pleased at how quiet the room was both day and night since the hotel was pretty full. The bed was very comfortable and the restaurant was perfect for breakfast offering both healthy and "vacation" breakfasts and we enjoyed the patio overlooking the pool while we ate. The front desk and restaurant staff were very helpful with recommendations and directions to restaurants, shopping, and attractions. We had rented a car for a day trip to the islands but the weather was beautiful and by the time we were ready to go on a Saturday, we were warned that the 2 lane road would probably be jammed with traffic so we enjoyed another of the good Charleston restaurants and shopped instead. Next time we will check out the islands during the week rather than the weekend.
For a change of pace for breakfast, we tried the breakfast buffett at the open courtyard of Palmetto Cafe in the Belmund Charleston Place hotel, very nice. We had made reservations before arriving at Magnolias for lunch (very good), Cypress for one of the dinners (very good food with a cool atmosphere/setting), and McCrady's which was the highlight meal of the trip (4 course by a James Beard nominated chef). We arrived late Thursday night and had no problem finding the hotel (~20 minute drive from airport). We started Friday morning with a 2 hour Charleston Ventures tour (see review) which was pefect for a quick Charleston overview.
The King Charles Inn was a perfect base for our long weekend and we look forward to coming back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The King Charles Inn is ideally located in the heart of Charleston's Historic District. Newly renovated rooms feature hand-crafted furniture, flat screen TVs, IHomes and much more. The King Charles Inn is one of the only hotels in downtown that offers COMPLIMENTARY PARKING! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western King Charles Hotel Charleston
- Best Western Charleston
- Charleston Best Western