The resort sits right in the historic district and the location is worth more than gold. This was our first trip to Charleston and we found the resort location to be perfect for walking one block to the waterfront harbor/park. We brought our bikes along and rode down to The Battery, Rainbow Row, Kings Street, and the visitor's center.
The resort is very small in terms of what you usually think of as a resort. There are about 90 rooms. Each of the 3 buildings was a former warehouse that stored corn and cotton. Some of the rooms still have the original brick visible. Some rooms overlook the courtyard with a lovely fountain...great for a late night glass of wine. Do know that each room is different meaning you could book a 1 bedroom and get 650 feet or 800 feet. Some one bedrooms have a loft with an extra half bath, some don't. Be sure to ask the exact specifics of YOUR room (footage and set up) that you have been assigned. We had a 1 bedroom suite about 800 square feet with a full kitchen. It was beautifully decorated and had plenty of room and supplies. Know that the studios only have a partial kitchen (no stove or oven, but do have a microwave and small frig). We could hear creaking in the floors, but that is the charm of the place and its ambiance. We could also hear the neighboring unit's children at times.
I would not say the resort is "child friendly" as there are no amenities for kids. There is no pool. Sherry is served every day at 4:00 and that was a real treat. Folly's Beach is 15 minutes south of the resort. We purchased a 2 day Heritage Pass from the Vistor's Center that allowed us to visit 9 historic places/museums - We loved Drayton Hall Plantation (included in the pass) and Middleton Plantation (grounds only included in the pass). The Charleston Museum (also included) and lots of historic houses that we rode our bikes to were also included. We would highly recommend taking the ferry to Fort Sumter and also a trip to the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier (Patriot's Point). We also took a carriage ride on Classic Carriage Tours ($17/great deal and fun time- check them out for pricing online as you can save a few bucks reserving online).
The only parking option at the resort is valet parking - $12/nonowners and $6/Bluegreen owners per night.
We saw lots of couples at the resort and very few families with children. Overall, the resort was fabulous and the room accomdations were great!
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- Also Known As:
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