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“Excellent Hotel and Great Concierge”

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Courtyard Charleston Historic District
Ranked #26 of 62 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 1, 2011

We had the pleasure of staying in this hotel for two nights (Sunday and Monday) in late August. We have noting but good to say about the hotel and the staff.

The location of the hotel is very convenient to the historic district, being just a few minutes walk to Market Street (and the very nice city market) and then on to Broad and into the South of Broad area. It is also a very short walk to the hopping area of King Street which has many good places to eat, drink and shop (best Gelato in USA has to be at Paolo's on St John street between Meeting and King).

The hotel is very new, just recently remodeled and re-branded as a Courtyard. The lobby area is very pleasant with a nice Bistro area for light meals, coffee, and has a small bar. There is a nice outdoor heated pool and a small workout room with good machines. The rooms are very contemporary in design with great beds and a good sized bathroom. Everything worked and all was well maintained and very clean. There is self parking provided in a covered or open lot.

Now if this was all there was to describe about the hotel it would still be top rated. However the real gems of this hotel are the great concierge Kevin McQuade and his assistant Elizabeth. Kevin spent a great deal of time with us detailing what we should see and do in our limited time to get the most out of it. He also recommended places for lunch and dinner and made reservations for us at each of them (they were all excellent). Before he suggested anything though he spent a good deal of time sort of feeling us out as to what we liked and what we hoped to get out of our visit. On top of all that he even took us on a personal night time walk through the historic district – what a way to see that area in a whole new perspective. The daytime walking tour he recommended was excellent as well.

In short, this is a good hotel and Kevin and Elizabeth make it great. If you choose to stay here be sure to make use of their services and your visit to Charleston will be much improved.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

My top beef with this hotel is "where's the breakfast?!" It annoys me that the higher you go in the Marriot chain, the less you get. I suppose they figure if you have more money, why not soak you for breakfast at the Starbucks kiosk in the lobby. And there are no restaurants within a one-block radius. So be prepared to hoof it at least a block or two.

AND, there's an $11/night parking charge. But given the state of parking in downtown, that's not too awful especially if you're like me and want a no-hassle place to park the car because you walk everywhere anyway.

Ok, in terms of proximity to Market St, I'd say about a ten-fifteen minute walk, depending on your pace, so pretty nice in that respect. Just a few blocks away from the Fort Sumter boat dock and aquarium and College of Charleston as well.

Room was clean and adequate, what I'd expect from a national hotel chain. Some traffic and construction noise, but not awful and really diminishes at night. Was actually a pretty quiet street at night. Very nice wok-out area with ellipticals, treadmills and a weight machine, each with a personal TV. Nice-sized pool that was kept up well.

A four out five, just because it was a nice place, extremely clean with a super-friendly staff, despite the breakfast thing. They also have a (free) concierge on staff to help with your tours, restaurant plans, etc.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

This was a nice hotel, not to far from City Market. Everything is in walking distance. Just like other hotels in the city, they do charge for parking.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We had planned our trip for December and needed to reschedule our long weekend in Charleston. We prepared per the usual tourbooks. We chose the hotel due to the location and we are so happy that we did. The hotel is lovely and the staff is fantastic. In particular, the concierge, Kevin McQuade, is amazing-knowledgeable, connected and able to determine what we would like and make it happen for us. He really went out of his way to make sure that our vacation was the best it could be. His walking maps of the city are great. We would absolutely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We had planned a 4 day trip to Charleston - long on our list of cities to see. We did the usual preparation using AAA and other guides.

Once we arrived - there was a concierge - uncommon (unheard of) at a Courtyard.

What's the harm? HE WAS TERRIFIC! He asked questions to find out what makes us tick - then he gave us several suggestions to match our interests.

How did it change our trip?
- Evening tour of the historic district.
- Tour with a guide who really gives the city's history from a local's perspective.
- Tour by the wetlands to see the historic Morris Island and decommissioned lighthouse
- Avoided the tourist food traps - and got a fabulous table at a local restaurant with music!

We'd do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks to Kevin McQuade the concierge!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

My husband, 13 yr old son and I stayed at the Courtyard at the end of July for 2 nights. We booked adjoining rooms and enjoyed very comfortable surroundings. The Courtyard is also within walking distance to many of the sights, including the Market. Unfortunately, the summer heat is quite oppressive so the cool quiet rooms were a bonus. There was some construction going on, but we never heard it. There's a wonderful bar and cafe in the lobby which we frequented. It was very nice to have a glass of wine after a long drive to Charleston. The staff was very accomodating and friendly. After a busy day in the city, we were too hot and tired to go out to dinner. The burgers and salad from the cafe were perfect, and we ate them in our room! The concierge, Kevin, was the best . The recommendations on Trip Advisor of him were invaluable. He recommended the Dolphin/Lighthouse tour which has become our favorite thing in all our trips to Charleston! And our son enjoyed the pool and the privacy of his room for video games. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

We recently returned from a trip to South Carolina. Our trip included a 3 day stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District. The highlight of our stay was working with the Chief Concierge Kevin McQuade. Kevin's enthusiasm and love for Charleston and his job were evident from the moment we met him. Before making any suggestions Kevin took the time to get to know our interests and personal preferences. He was then able to create an itinerary that fit us to a T. Within a few minutes we had dinner reservations, as well as, tour reservations. Kevin made sure our 3 days in Charleston would be a busy, yet memorable experience. As seafood lovers we enjoyed Hank's Seafood for dinner. Kevin provided walking directions and menu suggestions! We also
enjoyed Michael Trouche's walking tour. We learned about Charleston from the point of view of a 7th generation Charlestonian. We also enjoyed Fort Sumter and the Nathaniel Russell House. Kevin provided us with highlighted maps of the city so that we could explore the history and beauty of the city on our own. His rated list of photo ops and public bathrooms proved invaluable. Our favorite part of the trip was Kevin's walk at night. We trusted Kevin (after some convincing) and put our trip in his hands ....and he certainly did not disappoint! If planning a trip to Charleston, be sure to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District and take advantage of a true city treasure...Kevin McQuade!

Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
Thank rdrynone
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Additional Information about Courtyard Charleston Historic District

Address: 125 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401-3511
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Charleston
#19 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#27 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price Range: $155 - $410 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Charleston Historic District 3*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District hotel in downtown Charleston is just steps from King Street boutique shopping, SPAWAR, Boeing and the Charleston Joint Base. It also boasts the largest Marriott Meeting space in the Historic District and offers flexible event space perfect for anything from board meetings to black-tie affairs. Our downtown Charleston hotel's exciting location makes anytime the perfect time to visit this charming Southern jewel. Conveniently located near I-26 and I-526, this Charleston hotel's historic downtown location offers breathtaking cityscapes and attractions that sparkle all year long. From sun-dappled water views of the Battery and beaches to the historic homes and gardens, visitors fall in love with all this Southern city has to offer. Tempt your palate with low-country cuisine, marvel at the city's unique culture, arts and recreation. Charleston is a distinctive destination and our Charleston downtown hotel boasts a fantastic location for business and leisure ... more   less 
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