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“Just shy of perfect” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kings Courtyard Inn
Ranked #34 of 60 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, MA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Just shy of perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CambridgeHotelJunky
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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2010

The King's Courtyard Inn, located on King Street in the heart of historic Charleston, is a real delight. Lovely rooms (some with gas fireplaces), charming staff to greet and assist in every way, a wonderful breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese. You can walk everywhere you want to go and there is a large parking lot in the rear for the car you will not need.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank glbtrotr13
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Greenwich, Connecticut
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2009

I travel frequently and from the business persons perspective the rooms, housekeeping services and staff at Kings Courtyard were all great. The dining room put out several great meals, all with a smile. Having lived in Charleston for several years it was clear the staff are knowledgeable and helpful, the parking lot very convenient and the high standards and quality of the hotel was consistent through the week of a recent stay.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank oiabm
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Charlotte, NC
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2009

What a charming and historic inn! I booked a great rate online with just a few days notice. July is Low Season in Charleston, presumedly because of the heat, but it is no hotter than anywhere else in the South, and there are the lovely breezes off the water - not to mention fewer crowds and never a wait for a table. I was thrilled to find at check-in that they had upgraded us to a 2-bedroom/2-bath suite, although the hotel was far from booked (it pays to request a smoking room sometimes).

Our rooms were spacious and well-appointed, including matelisse coverlets instead of the usual hotel polyester bedspreads (a big plus in my book). Both rooms had a mini-frige for storing leftovers from all the fabulous restaurants. We had French doors overlooking the courtyard and fountain and would have kept them open continuously, except for the air conditioning.

We parked in the private back parking lot and never touched the car keys until we left. The Inn is perfectly located and easy walking distance to the best food, antique shopping, the Market, churches, historical sites, and the Battery - even for a nine-year-old.

Breakfast in the courtyard was nice, quiet, and served unobtrusively. The staff at the desk were genuine, helpful and informative. I will surely stay here again and recommend it to my friends.

Not related to the hotel and nowhere near comprehensive, but a few highly-recommended spots from this trip: A massage at Earthling Day Spa, the aquarium (take the bike taxis - they'll pick you up after), Dacuba's Jewelry, brunch at 86 Queen, lunch on the roof at Vendue (skip the $12 hot dog and split a beast of a club sandwich with a friend for $8), dinner and a warm brownie sundae at Poogan's Porch ($52 for two entrees, dessert & wine).

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wish_I_Were_There
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New York City
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2009

Accommodations: An 1850's - vintage hotel with 41 rooms surrounding two inner courtyards on three floors. Very distinctive, tastefully furnished. All three rooms we had were excellent.

Amenities: There is a breakfast room on the first floor which was quite nice, and everyday at 5 pm they have wine and hors-oeuvres for the guests. This was extremely well done. Nice wine selection and excellent food.

Location: We did not have a car, and got by very nicely using the four trolley routes set up for tourists. The location on King street was excellent. It reminded me of Georgetown in DC.

Staff: Everyone was charming, welcoming and helpful. Concierge had excellent suggestions. All the staff were great.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GMSinNYC
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Chesterfield County, SC
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2009

I continue to return to the Kings Courtyard Inn in Charleston for their hospitality and beautiful rooms. The staff is courtieous and always delighted to see me return for another stay. The bedrooms are large and decorated in the "Southern Style", some with four poster beds, some with a canopy, and all have oriental rugs, which makes the stay special. Some of the rooms have flat screen televisions now and Jennifer made sure that I had one that was comfortable to view from my bed. I will continue to return to this inn because I feel welcome and I also enjoy the wine and cheese in the afternoon and a lovely breakfast each morning. The location is perfect for touring Charleston on foot and enjoying wonderful restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. It was also within walking distance of my classes at the College of Charleston. Not to mention that there is a convenient parking lot in the rear of the hotel for my car.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Burch76
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South Jersey
Level Contributor
116 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

Fabulous Inn with a feel of old world charm & comfort. Spacious rooms with comfortable bedding. The nightly wine & cheese hour is a nice touch!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank kitkatSouthJersey
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Property: Kings Courtyard Inn
Address: 198 King St, Charleston, SC 29401-3109
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Business Hotel in Charleston
#21 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#33 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kings Courtyard Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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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