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“On Shem Creek” 4 of 5 stars
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Shem Creek Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1401 Shrimpboat Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464   |  
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Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Mount Pleasant
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“On Shem Creek”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

This hotel is close to Charleston, but you aren't paying the high price for hotels in Charleston. They offer free parking and breakfast so those are both a plus. The hotel isn't fancy, but it is clean. It's right on the Shem Creek so you can walk the boardwalk from the hotel or check out the restaurants located nearby. Nightlife is great because a lot of establishments are within walking distance!

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
We love it when guests see what we see in Shem Creek Inn. No, we're not fancy but we do offer aclean and comfortable atmoshpere and you can not beat the surrounding nightlife overlooking the water. Thank you and we hope to see you again soon.
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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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Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

This was our first time staying at Shem Creek Inn. Our stay was so refreshing! Unlike the crowded beach resorts that have loud unruly children every where, we had a wonderful time there. Just having a morning cup of coffee and danish while watching the array of boats and yachts come in and out on the waterway was beautiful. The board walk in the early morning or evening was pleasing to watch the sun set and rise. Everything was so convenient and it was fun listening to the music coming from the different restaurants and the event center during a wedding reception, we were dancing on the balcony doing the "wobble" We took a dinner cruise and had a chance to visit downtown Charleston for a Carriage ride. Everything was convenient and special to us. We will add this stay as another one of our most memorable trips.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing it with us. We look forward to your return and wish you many, many more years of happieness.
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Monmouth County,NJ
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We LOVED it! I cannot say enough! This hotel/inn is not the Four Seasons, nor is it a Holiday Inn.....I am the "mother of the bride", and was looking for a hotel to book a number of rooms for a wedding. There are lots of choices along with home rentals. I finally picked this spot and all 20 members of our group (9 rooms) hands down....loved their stay here! I tookmy time and did alot of research. I always try to seek out the smaller, intimate properties, that give local character. This fit what I wanted perfectly. I must admit, it is not fancy, and appears alittle worn, but, you will love the atmosphere of the area surrounding this little gem, the rooms are clean, the staff is accomodating and friendly, the beds are comfy. Either side of the hotel....the rooms are great....lots to look at on the Creekside, but, beautiful views overlooking the marsh too. The marsh side are the quieter rooms....as there is a tiki bar located at one end of the hotel that will stay open until 1am on the weekend. The noise was not a problem for us, as most of us were there or sitting outside on the pool deck late at night enjoying the views. In fact, I did not hear any complaints about noise from the surrounding bars. There is a sandy parking lot, with craters that filled with water after a rain storm....that did not bother us and only added to the charm. When we checked out, the tractor was making repairs to the parking lot and smoothing it over. We were all delighted with this hotel....the immediate surrounding area, lots to see, dolphins, stand up paddleboard & kayak rentals, shrimp boats, pelicans, fishing boats, charter fishing. There is a really nice restaurant next door with a tiki bar, another bar/restaurant on the other end of the hotel, and a couple of more located across the creek. You can park your car and never need your car again. there is a water taxi that will take you into Charleston, and if you drive into the city, it is only 10-15 minutes away. This spot is not fancy, but, it is charming as is this whole Shem Creek area.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
You couldn't have described us better. Many guests enjoy our small style and comfort which offers a charming appeal that you don't see in the larger properties. Thank you for sharing your stay with us.
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City Island, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Watch the fishing boats come and the dolphin swim around waiting for their dinner from your balcony. As well as the sound of music and guest sitting around the deck bar of the
Water Edge Resturant. My husband & I have being coming here for several years, it never gets old. Your're minutes from downtown Charleston that has the best of Resturants and every night.

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
It's great to hear that our location and surroundings have continued to entice return guests. The Shem Creek, boardwalks and local attractions are amazing and like no other in the Charleston area. Thank you for the kind words and we'll see you again soon.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

We were really excited to stay at Shem Creek because of previous reviews but we were disappointed. Our first room had a TV and patio door that didn't work and the next room had the same issue with the patio door. Our deck was rotting and the rooms were just average. The view and location on the creek was great. The parking lot also had large potholes filled with water from a recent rain. I would not recommend.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, September 5, 2012
We appreciate your feedback. Our parking area is sand and unforunatley, when it rains, we do experience some puddling. We do grade the lot often, though at times, it is still troublesome. We are aware of issues with several of our sliding balcony doors We are in the process of getting pricing from local companies to correct the issues and we are very sorry for this inconvenience. We hope you will return in the future.
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

As I sit in my room writing this review many things come to mind. I agree with most that the location is awesome. The creek side rooms are nice and watching the dolphins play was a true joy. I do have to say that, I was disappointed not only in the room ( ants, patio doors that required a crow bar to open, peeling wallpaper to mention a few issues) but the fact that I had paid a month in advance for our room with a note that my wife and I would be staying here on our honeymoon and anything they could do to make our visit special would be most appreciated, they had canceled our reservation because someone there did not convey my phone message that we would be a day late do to a family illness. They did manage to find us a room that was still available but, it was not something I would take a cheap date to much less my my new bride. I cannot say that I recommend Shem Creek but will say that Parker at the front desk was a great guy that was always willing to accomodate to the best of his ability. I hope that management reads this review in the spirit it is written. I am not angry, just disappoin.ted

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Sometimes I wish we could turn back the clock and correct a wrong doing. This guest has every right to be disappointed when upon their arrival, they found we had cancelled their reservation due to lack of communication within the Front Desk staff. Mistakes will be made but communication is key to controlling these mistakes and I'm sorry that we failed this customer on such a memorable occassion. Our goal is to provide legendary service to our guests. It's certainly not to create disappointment. Again, we apologize and wish you many years of happiness with your new bride.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

I love this place! You'll definitely want to stay creekside and i recommend the 2nd floor for the best view. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars all around the hotel with patio dining and boats will just pull up to the pier right outside the restaurants. You can watch the dolphins go by every day from your balcony or relax by the creekside pool. You can also rent a kayak or paddle board or charter a fishing boat right next door. it's a great location in that you are 10 min from downtown Charleston and 10 min from the beach. The best of both worlds.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your recent stay with us. Indeed, our location offers a lot to see with the boats, the boardwalk and of course, the dolphins. Thank you for reviewing us and we look forward to seeing you again soon
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Address: 1401 Shrimpboat Lane, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Mount Pleasant
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Mount Pleasant
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Shem Creek Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by lowcountry wetlands there is something here for everyone. From bird watching to seeing the change in the tides and watching the gracefullness of the dolphins jumping near the shrimp boats. Let our courteous staff welcome you to your home away from home. Offering you a clean and comfortable atmosphere with outstanding customer service. We are "Charleston's Best kept Secret". ... more   less 
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