The historic George IV Inn in downtown Charleston was a perfect base for our first visit to this charming city. Our room, which was full of antique furniture, was large and comfortable with plenty of storage, high ceilings and a door to the lovely verandah, plus a kitchen with sink and fridge, and bathroom with old-fashioned free-standing bath. It was on the third floor, so we had stairs to climb, but that kept us fit! Terry Flowers and his team were southern hospitality personified, and always ready with helpful information and advice. And the central location meant we could walk nearly everywhere or pick up one of the free buses. Breakfasts were excellent and we had access to the kitchen facilities throughout the day for tea, coffee, cold drinks and snacks.
Being an old house, sound insulation was minimal. We did hear other guests moving around in the room above ours - sometimes in the wee small hours - but it was probably the same for the guests underneath us. The inn is next door to College of Charleston buildings which meant we were woken by lively students from 6.30am and George Street does get some noisy traffic, but somehow we weren't bothered by any of this because we were enjoying ourselves so much.
Charleston is full of large chain hotels, but we recommend the George IV Inn for a taste of the real Charleston.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Step into the past and feel the history of Charleston around you." King George IV Inn is a 200-year old (c.1790) historic home. The house is named The "Peter Freneau House," after a prominent Charleston journalist, and co-owner of the Charleston City Gazette. The inn is a four-story Federal style house, with Charleston porches overlooking a lovely courtyard. All rooms are furnished with a nice combination of antiques and reproductions. King George IV Inn is located in the heart of the historic district. One minute walk to King Street shopping and dining and only a five minute walk to the historic market. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- King George Iv Hotel Charleston