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“Fun place to stay near Charleston” 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 #6 of 18 hotels in Mount Pleasant
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“Fun place to stay near Charleston”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We first discovered Shem Creek Inn 7 years ago, and fell in love with the place. We felt it was the best kept secret in the Charleston area. It was so restful to sit on the pool deck with a drink from the bar next door and watch the boats come and go on the creek. We ate at two of the nearby restaurants on that trip and had wonderful food. Fast forward to this year, and we discovered that the secret is out! Two of the nights we were there, the bar was taken over by some sort of corporate cocktail party, and we couldn't even get a drink and the noise level was awful. This hotel definitely needs some updating, particularly in the parking lot, which was a sea of muddy puddles from a recent rain. There is not enough parking under the roof, and there is a lot of traffic from people visiting nearby bars and restaurants. The breakfast is just bare bones - skip it and go to Locklear's Low Country Grill on Coleman Blvd. They have the best breakfast we've had in Charleston and it was relatively inexpensive. This is still a very convenient place to stay being so close to Patriot's Point and to the area plantations. It's easy to get on and off the main bridge to Charleston, and we would stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, June 21, 2013
We have used "Charleston's Best Kept Secret" as a catch phrase for many years but it does seem that the "cat is out of the bag". Indeed the creek has become a very popular spot. This is a great place though, to park your car and never have to get back it in until departure day. So many awesome things to do and see right here and just steps away.
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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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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Wonderful bacony veiw and a wonderful resturant right next door. Cocktails on the water either in your room or at the water front bar and good food. Many more resturants with in walking distance. A short drive to Charleston historic downtown and all of the attractions. Old Mt Pleasant is a wonderful site.

Room Tip: Creek front over looking the pool
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, June 21, 2013
Thank you for sharing this information with other Tripadvisor readers. Our balconies are spectacular and improved since we just completed installing new balcony doors in all rooms.
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

First of all, I have to state that I got a great deal on this hotel room by bidding on the price through Priceline. It is almost impossible to find a reasonably priced room in the Charleston/Mt. Pleasant area (under $200/night)- even at the less pricey hotel chains.

The location is magnificent - but the hotel is very dated. In my opinion, the bathroom should have been much cleaner than it was on our arrival and the bathroom was in great need of some updating.

I am very picky with respect to cleanliness - so if I don't feel that a room has been really scrubbed, it impacts my whole overall experience.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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, June 21, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments with us. There are plans to update bathrooms in the near future though I'm very sorry that it did not appear very clean. We certainly will work on this as we want all of our guests to have a comfortable stay.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We live in Myrtle Beach and often go to the Charleston area. We were delighted when we discovered Shem Creek Inn. We enjoy the Creekside view, but have stayed on the Marsh side also. The staff has always been very pleasant and helpful and we look forward to seeing them often,

  • Stayed April 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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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
We're glad you chose us for your get-a-way from Myrtle Beach. Thank you for your business.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I stayed here for 6 nights in early April.

My room faced the marsh and parking lot- this was fine since it was quiet.

The staff was always helpful.

The price was reasonable except for the last night, but there was a bridge race the next day so I assume that this was a supply and demand thing ( I also did not book this room until the night before- I decided to extend my stay by a day).

The fridge in the room was set a tad too cold, some of my food was almost frozen. Other than that no complaints.

Oh, and as mentioned the breakfast is marginal- coffee and cereal mainly. But it is free, so as always you get what you pay for.

I will definitely stay here again next year.

Room Tip: For quiet at night, ger a room facing the marsh/parking lot. For a better view but more noise at nig...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ShemCreekInn-Manager, General Manager at Shem Creek Inn, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for posting a review and sharing your experience. We agree that we are an awesome alternative to branded properties. Our unique location and amazing views is one of the many reasons our guests return again and again.
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed at the Shem Creek Inn for 2 days in early April, as part of a 10 day road trip, downtown Charleston hotels rates are so expensive we needed a more affordable option. Our creekside room was completely satisfactory, yes the sliding door was difficult to open, the hotel said they were in the process of replacing them all.
Breakfast was very ordinary, and we would have appreciated more choice and hot not cold coffee.
The reason for my rating is the young man on the front desk, he provided excellent customer service. Our car broke down in historic Charleston and the repairs were not finished until several hours after our checkout time. He offered to store our luggage, so we didn't have to hang around the hotel lobby. He had recommended a local restaurant the previous evening, and was very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, May 2, 2013
It's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and I'll let Desean know that his customer service was outstanding and appreciated. We hope to see you again soon.
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Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Upon arrival at the Shem Creek Inn, we were pleased with the creek and park views, location and ease in finding the place. After parking and checking in, we were expecting a room with one bed because that is what the desk attendant told us we had in our room. Actually, he didn't tell us that -- he told our six year old that he should plan to sleep on the floor. We were surprised when we opened the room and there were 2 queen sized beds. We were happy the little one didn't have to sleep in the bed with us, but slightly disturbed that the front desk attendant had no idea what he was talking about. The decor in the room was mediocre and the room seemed clean enough. The balcony was cool, but the fact that the sliding door not only wouldn't lock because a HOLE represented the place where a door handle should be. A long broom stick was supposed to be adequate to secure the sliding door? I don't think so. After dinner on the town, we came back to see that there was a loud bridal party in addition to the boisterous bar crowds at the adjacent restaurants. Normally this wouldn't cause a problems, as we are not prudes. The walls were so paper thin that I could hear the man next door snoring at night. Needless to say, I didn't get a good night's sleep. When my 6 year old woke up about 8 am, he suggested we go downstairs and eat breakfast. I had a stale english muffin and he had apple jacks cereal. He took a few bites and found a hair. He found another. We then got another bowl of corn flakes for him... We found yet another piece of hair. I took this as the universe telling us we needed to eat in Charleston for breakfast. While I was looking for some cream (that apparently doesn't exist there) for my coffee, the desk attendant (who had only been attending her personal calls and not greeting any guests) came out to replenish the donuts... with her bare hands... and took one back to the desk to eat... in front of people. Too bad they're missing out on a lot of wedding business, as we could not fathom recommending this place to any of our guests. This place would have been ok for a $69 a night stay. Unfortunately, they did not live up to the pricetag.
One last thought: the parking lot was a mess of mud puddles, poorly marked spots, and one-ways that always seemed to be the wrong way no matter what direction you went.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 24, 2013
This is an opportunity to use this review for continuted employee training. It will help them understand why we have procedures in place, why it is important to follow these procedures and how guests perceive our hotel and our employees. If I may, I'd like to clarify the scenario with regards to suggesting the child sleep on the floor. Our clerk and a gentleman checking in were "joking" about the bed situation. The man had already inquired if their room would be two beds, to which our clerk said yes. Then proceeded, in a joking manner and stated that it was one bed therefore someone is going to sleep on the floor. This was all simply trying to show some humor while checking in the guests and I assure everyone that this was not meant to be a hateful statement. I am sorry if it was perceived that way. I apologize about the cereal as well. We store this in the original bags, placed in plastic containers and poor right into the cereal dispensers. It is bothersome that the guest experienced this though and I truly am sorry. I would also like to address the balcony door. As people can read from past reviews, one of the largest complaints has been that the sliding doors to the balcony are difficult to open and close. We are in the process of replacing all of them and did a test door on a room to see how they looked. They will be amazing but the contractor forgot to order the door hardware, thus leaving a small hole where the lock should be. A pre-cut piece of wood was left for us to place in the track of the door to stop it from being opened from the outside until the hardware could be delivered. This absolutely should have been explained to this guest and again I am sorry. We welcome all reviews and this one is no exception. We will work diligently to improve and take pride in our hotel.
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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:
#6 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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