This is one of the few hotels where plenty of lighting is provided in the room. Most hotels seem to limit the amount of lamps and central light fittings as if you are going to use too much electricity. (We can always turn them off if it's too bright).
The room we had was at the side of the hotel on Meeting Street, looking out over an interesting building and small garden and we had a small balcony too, which seemed to be one of the few in the hotel. It was surprising that there was no safe in the room, which meant we had to leave valuables with reception to put in their safe, which was a bit more inconvenient. We could hear people talking when we were in the room, but it was not from our neighbours, it was travelling up through the air vent which was a bit spooky at times. The only other issue with the room was that there was really nowhere to hang bath towels, another problem that seems to be common to a lot of hotels.
In our tour of Georgia and the Carolinas, this was one of the few hotels we stayed at that had a guest laundry (on the 4th floor), and it was very reasonable at just $1 for the washer and $1 for the dryer, with detergent available at reception for $1.25. We also had a couple of things washed by the laundry service and they were returned promptly.
The biggest disappointment in this hotel is that it has no proper restaurant, just a bistro / bar where you can get a limited range of food in the evening. For breakfast, you queue up at the counter and order and again, the range is limited if you want cooked food. The food was delivered quickly and the tables were cleared promptly, so you could always find somewhere to sit. A tip - instead of buying the coffee in the bistro, order breakfast, then pick up one of the free coffees in the lobby. It tastes better than the bistro coffee too. We considered going out for breakfast, but there was nowhere very close, although you could try Whisk which is southwards down Meeting Street. The staff in the bistro were very helpful and friendly both at breakfast and dinner. We had dinner in there the first night we arrived and although there were no baked potatoes to go with the ribs, the staff fried up breakfast potatoes for me.
Afraid we didn't meet the famous Kevin as we relied on our Fodor guide book, which served us very well in pointing us towards 2 good restaurants, Muse and La Fourchette, and also contained a good little walking guide around the historic district.
The big plus about this hotel is that it is within walking distance of the historic district and all the sights, even the ferry port out to Fort Sumter (just walk eastwards straight down Calhoun).
- 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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