My two best friends and I booked the non-smoking parlor suite for three nights during the Food and Wine Festival. We couldn’t have been more pleased.
The suite was large, bright, inviting, and carefully appointed without being overly formal; beautiful hardwood floors and throw rugs, lots of huge windows, lovely accent pieces like vases and plants. The fireplace was one of our favorite features – and since it’s gas, you can turn it on for half an hour or so in the morning while you’re getting ready, and switch it off on your way out. No hassle.
We were also very pleased with the service – attentive without being intrusive. On our first morning there, I opened a window in the sitting room and then couldn’t shut it. They sent a guy up to fix it, and when he couldn’t figure it out, he sent up the maintenance guy almost immediately. We were all still in our pj’s, so we hung out in the bedroom while the guy fixed the window. He was polite, but also discreet. He fixed it and then let himself out. This sounds like a minor point, but I appreciate that there seemed to be a uniform standard of service - there when you need it, but not more than you want. (The same code applied to the breakfast delivery. They would call up a few minutes before they delivered breakfast, presumably to make sure you were awake and decent. I thought this was a great touch.)
Some other great things about the room that speak to the level of thought that has gone into the hotel: there was plenty of room for all three of us to hang/shelve our clothes (and we did NOT pack sparingly); two or three full-length mirrors, a mini-fridge. Also, I booked the room about six weeks before we went, and requested a cot (there were three of us), and it was waiting for us in the room when we checked in.
As others have mentioned, this isn’t a new hotel with all the bells and whistles of a chain like the Marriott. We had two tv’s, and they were both small and old, but this wasn’t a priority for us. There was no in-room safe, but the front desk offered (and recommended that its guests use) its safe-deposit boxes. I stored my laptop there when we were not in the room. There was free wi-fi in the room – you have to go down to the front desk for the code. The bathroom was clean and functional. It wasn’t one of those amazing marble bathrooms where you want to take a bubble bath.
The only thing that would have made this experience better is if they’d had plusher towels and maybe slightly better pillows. Given the fact that this hotel’s charm lies in its “oldness,” these are just about the only things I can think of that they *can* upgrade without ruining the effect.
I can’t speak for other rooms – and at hotels like this the rooms can really vary – but our suite was perfect, as was the service.
- 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