We booked a 4-star hotel in downtown Charleston on Priceline, and our bid was accepted by the Renaissance. I had read mostly positive reviews, and checked out the website for photos and information. It is a very nice, upscale hotel in downtown Charleston, between Meeting and King Streets (the main thoroughfares). It's very easy to walk anywhere in the downtown area. Yet the location is very quiet and sheltered, seems almost secluded.
It is probably a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport (it cost approx. $35 + tip for a cab, the shuttle would be a little bit less).
We arrived between 3 and 3:30 pm and were greeted and helped immediately after we entered the lobby. The staff were friendly and very helpful, and there was a concierge on hand to answer questions about dining, directions, sightseeing, scheduling tours or whatever you wanted to do.
The room was well decorated, quiet, not huge but comfortably roomy, and the bed was very comfortable! The bath was lovely, with marble vanity (with plenty of counter space), oversize showerhead, curved shower curtain rod and a tiled ledge along the wall side of the tub (handy for setting things on, and for soaking in the tub with a drink and book).
TheSoutheast Wildlife Exposition was going on the weekend we were at the hotel, so I'm sure the rates were higher than a less busy weekend, but we checked the prices of lower category hotels, and they were comparable. So we were very happy to have stayed in such a nice hotel for about the same price.
We didn't use very many of the amenities - I think there was a rooftop pool, although it was too cool to swim while we were there. There is a restaurant/bar - Wentworth Grill, we didn't try it, but there was live music on Friday night. We didn't use room service, and we didn't look for the fitness center, so I'm not sure if there was one (I assume there was). Just walking around Charleston for a few hours is enough of a workout for us! We didn't drive, so don't know about parking, either.
We planned to walk to the cruise port on Saturday, but didn't because of rain. It was not a difficult walk to the pier, and would save the taxi fee and the hassle of waiting in line at the port - providing you pack lightly :) We did walk back to the hotel after our cruise, and asked them if we could leave our luggage with the bellman for a few hours, since our flight wasn't until almost 5 pm. They were very gracious to let us do so.
Our experience with the Renaissance was a very pleasant one - it's a clean, quiet, well decorated, attractive property, and I would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Around every wrought-iron fence, narrow cobble stoned street, and moss-draped oak, there is something charmingly Southern to discover in Charleston, SC. When you step through the doors of the re-imagined Renaissance® Charleston Historic District Hotel, this unique Charleston paradigm unfolds. More than just a place to lay your head, our new guest rooms evoke a personal home-like space, furnished and decorated with a mix of modern and vintage pieces collected over time, and local finds one might discover on famous King Street. Stay energized with our fitness center and outdoor saltwater pool or our Navigator can help you discover nearby historic landmarks, shopping, dining and entertainment. One of the city's most renowned small event destinations, our locally inspired breaks and creative room set ups offer the perfect location for weddings and meetings designed for the senses. Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel is a place that never gets old, no matter how much history surrounds it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Charleston
- Charleston Renaissance