My wife and I stayed here on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and the day after. On this trip we were traveling with our two small yorkies and this is one of eight within the historic section of Charleston that offers a limited number of pet friendly rooms. The hotel is very quaint and charming with a very historic look and feel.
To my surprise, our room was large, and it was located in the rear carriage house. It was clean, on the ground floor near the rear court yard, had outside access, hardwood floors, a king bed, tall ceilings and period appropriate furnishings. It was nice and felt homey.
The Inn offers a number complimentary items and services including a continental breakfast, a wine and cheese reception daily, and sherry available throughout the evening (in the lobby). In-room Wi-Fi access and a daily newspaper delivered to your room are free as well. These types of freebies appear to be common in area.
This is not your typical cookie cutter style Marriot or Sheraton. It reminds me more of a European style of inn or hotel or something you might find in the French quarter in New Orleans or in a town in Maine, Vermont, etc. It was built in the mid 1800s and retains its historic charm while offering modern conveniences.
Things were a bit quiet and they offered limited Christmas day service, but we understood and were very happy with the service we received. All of the hotel staff we came in contact with were very helpful and gracious. I give them extra points on the service because I am sure most of them would have rather been with family during Christmas.
I don’t see how it can be better. Everything is close and convenient. Whether you are into shopping or historic sightseeing, you are no more than a few blocks away - very short walking distances. There was no need to drive anywhere.
They adjust rates seasonally and even with the pet fee, the rate was reasonable. Some of the other local Inns charge a high premium for pet friendly rooms. For example, one hotel charges an extra $100 for pet stays and another only allows pets in its largest most expensive suites. After doing the math, it would have cost between 3 and 4 times as much to stay in some of the other local pet friendly hotels. The only negative in terms of cost was the parking. Some of the other hotels/Inns in the area DO offer free parking, this one does NOT. I assume it is a city maintained lot behind the hotel. It is very convenient and easy but I never moved my car and it made no sense that I had to pay $12 a day for parking just to stay in a hotel. The hotel should eat or absorb that cost – (cost of doing business, or adding value, or customer service, or…). I would rather give up the free breakfast than pay that much for my car to sit in a lot.
You get good value with this hotel because of its combination of charm, room size, great location, good service, freebies and seasonal rate adjustments.
We are traveling back to Charleston in May (w/o the dogs) and will consider staying here again. If the Kings Courtyard did not have the expensive parking fee, I would not waste the time shopping around, but it is a sticking point for me. It hurts the value a bit and becomes more of a customer service issue for us. Be sure to factor in parking costs as you shop around. Everything else is great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1853, Kings Courtyard Inn is one of downtown Charleston, South Carolina's most historic inns. Architect Francis D. Lee designed the three-story antebellum structure in the Greek revival style with unusual Egyptian detail. The building is one of King Street's largest and oldest structures, and has had many uses during its 150 year existence. The building has housed high quality shops, private residences and at one time, the upper floors served as hotel rooms for plantation owners, shipping interests and merchant guests. Kings Courtyard Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district. The Inn maintains the residential atmosphere of lower King Street, and extreme care has been taken to ensure the necessary architectural and historic accuracy for which Charleston is famous. Each of the rooms has an individual distinction. All rooms feature oversized beds- some have canopied beds and fireplaces. Many rooms boast excellent views of the inn's interior courtyards. All hotel guests receive complimentary sherry on arrival and a morning newspaper delivered to the room. They also receive a continental breakfast served each morning in their room, the courtyards, or in the breakfast room. Kings Courtyard Inn is within easy walking distance of Charleston's historic homes, gardens, churches and only a block away from the City Market. Here, one may explore interesting shops or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the city's many delightful restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kings Courtyard Hotel Charleston
- Courtyard Hotel Charleston
- Courtyard Hotel Kings
- Courtyard Charleston
- Charleston Courtyard