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“No frills, but a fun place to stay!” 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 #5 of 18 Hotels in Mount Pleasant
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26 reviews 26 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“No frills, but a fun place to stay!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

A 5 star hotel it is not but it did suit our needs. We had 6 women ages 42 - 72. We had 2 rooms. I checked the beds when we first checked in and 1 room had dirty sheets on the beds. I called the front desk and reported and the sheets were changed right away. Otherwise the rooms were clean and a bit worn. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The lobby is small but there is a continental breakfast. We got there first thing and the selections were Krispy Kreme doughnuts, grits, oatmeal, and bagels. There are 2 kinds of cereal. Tea, coffee and juice. The juice was very watery. More water than juice. Not many places to sit but you can take it back to your room. We had a small refrigerator and microwave in our room. We also had a small coffee pot. Our balcony faced the marsh and parking lot. If you are going to be in your room alot, I would suggest paying the extra money and getting the creek side room. Ice machines available as well as vending but not many choices. We wanted to stay an extra night but there were no vacancies. The evenings were very quiet and we had no problems with noise. We were in rooms 101 and 105. Right near the lobby. Lots of information about the area attactions available in the lobby. Plenty of parking. They have a pool but I do not think it was open yet. I would love to stay here again and would highly recommend this place. Very accessible to downtown Charleston.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and get a creek side room!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, April 24, 2013
We appreciate all of your delightful comments regarding your recent stay with us. We hope this review gives others a better feel for our location and amenities and we hope to see you again soon.
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  • 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We were fortunate to stay here during the off-season. Creek front end room was reasonably quiet during our weekend stay until Sunday morning with early arrivals for oyster roast in the shared parking lot. First clue about the expected crowd was the police presence to direct traffic/parking. No doubt the noise level and rowdy behavior increases on summer nights since this area is popular with twenty-somethings. Vickery's next door and Red's across the creek are hot spots with the young crowd. Enjoyed strolling the boardwalk over the marsh and watching the sailboats, kayaks, etc. On-site continental breakfast was sparse, lucky to grab a cup of hot coffee. Nice getaway for couples but wouldn't recommend to families.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments with us. Indeed, the noise from adjacent businesses does carry over to us. The marsh side/parking side is usually a much quieter area of the hotel. The restaurant hosts an oyster roast two times annually. Just before spring and in the fall. The local police department is on hand to ensure safety and to keep non hotel guests out of our lot. We thank them for their efforts as well.
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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88 hotel reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This hotel should be total perfection but it most certainly is not. One arrives and is struck by the beauty of the location right on Shem Creek. A room at the front of the property will provide a view to die for and a room ( identical to the car park facing ones) that incorporates all one needs. A
Large king size bed, bright decor, good lighting, quiet aircon, a creek facing balcony and a bathroom that whilst smaller than most has all that is required to make a stay at Shem Creek memorable. However the memory that will linger is the front desk, a desk more suited to a disinterested government bureau than a hotel that seeks to impress its guests. Shem Creek is living on what it has, a fantastic location, an interesting building, great adjacent resterauants and generally excellent weather. What is lacks is a manager. Not once on three days were we greeted with as much as a smile, we could have been bin men! The room is maintained the breakfast area most certainly is not!!! Our first breakfast when we arrived at 8.45am led us to clean a table for ourselves, they were all filthy with the debris of other diners. The cereal counter was a disgrace. The coffee area told the tale of many spilt cups, an excess of suger laid on the surface areas and a floor that was in dire need of a sweep. The manager or lady manning the office arrives. She makes a coffee whilst announcing to the girl who we assume should have been maintaining basic hygienic standards with the line "you have too many plastic cups out" and duly removes half of the high mountain of plastic cups and places them in a drawer. The fact the whole area was dirty failed to be noticed. Were this an odd occurrence it could possibly be excused, it was repeated at least in part on day two. At nine am there was a dearth of food, the doughnut trays stood empty, the table surfaces were empty, yes not an experienced one should suffer at a hotel carrying the reputation we had read about. It would be more American to be greeted with have you had a good day, do have a good day etc but at Shem Creek a smile comes as a true bonus. Yes we are visitors to the USA (not for the first time by any means) and this trip we have stayed at a variety of what one may call plastic chain hotels but all without exception provided us with the anticipated American cleanliness and a level of warmth and greeting for which the nation is famed for which Shem Creek is lacking. As an international traveller of some experience I beg this most beautiful hotel to get its act together and not to rely on the assets it does not control to continually fill its rooms.

Room Tip: It is certainly worth the extra to face the pool and the creek, the slight downside is that afternoo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
It is times like this that I like to step back, re-evaluate some of our hotel best practices and remind the staff and myself that while we have a great hotel and great employees, there is always room to improve. Absolutely, this guest should not have had to experience an unkept breakfast area and less than personable contact with our staff. I'm sorry this guest's experience was less than desireable. We will continue to improve to impress our guests as we certainly do not want be less than wonderful when it comes to cleanliness and customer service.
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

First off, we live in Charleston so I'm a bit biased. We needed a night in town with people staying at our house. We love the Shem Creek area and the rate was very good here compared to others.($109 marshside). You have to take it all with a grain of salt because this area is a very popular area at night. especially across the creek, but also in the parking lot. It was a little tough to sleep with some arguments late night outside and an upstairs guest that probably opened and closed their porch sliding door 20 times. The beds seemed small for queens, felt like fulls, but they were springy and the rooms were clean so I can't complain. Just not the best nights sleep for a family of four. Probably should have known better but had never stayed there before and wanted to be a tourist in our own town for a night. Also had to have trash removed from porch after we checked in.

Room Tip: Due to the bars and parking lot, its hard to pick which side is quieter but i think it might be the...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, April 19, 2013
I'm sorry about the noise issues you had during your recent stay. With our proximity so close to the local restaurants, we do, at times, get complaits of noise coming from those establishments. Thank you for letting me know about the trash on the balcony. I will address this with housekeeping in an effort to provide a cleaner facility for our guests
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Austintown, Ohio
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The location is perfect. The staff is exemplary. The entire experience was wonderful. We will definitely return. There is always something to see on the creek. We would highly recommend the Shem Creek Inn.

Room Tip: A room on the creek side is perfect... There is so much to see.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
We appreciate your kind words and I'm very pleased that the Front Desk Staff shined during your visit.
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Chicago, IL
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Of course I would have preferred to stay in the historic district of Charleston but had a serious case of sticker shock when we saw the prices for the week before Easter. Shem Creek Inn turned out to be great for us though. It was a quick and easy trip to the Historic district, 5 minutes to Patriot's Point. Sullivan's Island was a quick drive too. We loved that there are several good restaurants within walking distance so that we didn't have to worry about driving after a few drinks. The free continental breakfast was very basic so we walked to Pages Okra Grill most mornings which was a real treat. The room was fine--clean, nice beds and linens, big enough for three of us. The bathroom could use some maintenance around the grout lines of the shower but that's the only fault I could find. We liked having a room on the creek side with the water view but if you are a light sleeper (we aren't) you should probably choose the rooms on the parking lot side.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, April 5, 2013
We appreciate your taking the time to submit this online review. We also thank you for stepping away from downtown and enjoying all that Shem Creek Inn and this side of the bridge has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Stayed at the Shem Creek Inn on March 16, 2013 for 1 night so that I could be near the Osprey b / charter tour boat. This hotel would be rated a 2 star if I were rating it. It was a place to lay my head and the bed was clean. The hotel is very dated and smells like old people. It was all in all an ok place to stay. I didnt eat the continental breakfast , the hotel attendant didnt have any gloves on and was handling the food, sweeping etc.....

Room Tip: Just stay in Charleston and take a taxi if you will be drinking in Mt Pleasant. Charleston is only...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, March 22, 2013
Thank you for commenting on your recent stay. we continually work to improve the overall ambiance of Shem Creek Inn. While it has it's own unique qualities, it is an older building but we continue to keep it modern with renovations and upgrades. Our most recent upagrade was under two years ago. While I'm not sure of the circumstances of the attendant and the food issues mentioned, I can only assume that if she was sweeping, she was cleaning up the breakfast area after it ended and may have been discarding food. This will be reviewed with the staff though, to ensure proper handling of food.
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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*
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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