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Courtyard Charleston Historic District
Ranked #26 of 62 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 13, 2013

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).

Room Tip: See if you can get one of the rooms with a balcony, looking out on Meeting Street.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

What an amazing adventure! Kevin McQuade assembled a fabulous itinerary of diverse and interesting activities. Book ahead as I did and he can prearrange your tours in advance. Upon arrival he sat down with us and discussed where, when and how to get to each destination. A last minute dial up and he had a table reserved for us at the Coast. Impeccably organized with precise notecards provided step by step directions anywhere we had to be. Tommy Dew walking tour of Charleston was an enlightening journey into the development and preservation of Charleston. Followed by a boat trip back into history at Fort Sumter. Boy were we hungry and the Hominy Grill satisfied our appetites. You MUST join Kevin on his evening tour of the back alleys and classic homes. An unforgettable experience that he creates on his own time. The next morning we awoke to a breath taking and relaxing eco tour through Lighthouse Inlet on a private boat with Gresh Meggett. Stop by Folly Beach for a quick bite at the pier with an expansive view of the Atlantic. A quick nap was in order before we embarked on our shopping. Our dining experience at the Cru Café was divine. You have to ask for the chef’s table so you can view their culinary creations as they are prepared. On our way to Savannah we stop at Drayton Hall and Middleton Plantations to wander the expansive grounds and homes of yester year. A quick detour thru the back roads outside of Beaufort South Carolina led us to the mysterious ruins of Old Sheldon Church
. Our Savannah trip was just as promised. Dapper Dans tour will remind you of the good ole days of the colonies where everyone joined together on the town squares. River Street has the usual array of tourist shops but the cobblestone streets remind you of why you are here. Do not miss the Pink House for their true Southern hospitality. The service and food was beyond reproach. None of this would have been possible without the recommendations and coordination of the BEST concierge in the business Kevin McQuade.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Hotel is in a convenient location, walking distance to the College and shopping areas. Rooms were clean and attractive, but our bathroom smelled "swampy" which the front desk attributed to the rain and marshy climate of the City (we noticed the same smell outside near the storm drains in the street). The staff was polite and friendly but seems to need better training. For example, we requested non-allergenic bedding in our reservation, but were put in a room filled with 8 down pillows; when housekeeping made up our room the first morning, they removed all the towels, and didn't provide any fresh ones - took us 3 calls to the front desk, over several hours before they brought us any towels; front desk had problems trying to figure out how to correct incorrect credit card charge. The quality of the buffet breakfast provided to our tour group was poor and the service in the dining room was lacking. Was surprised to find that the rooms did not have safes for storing valuables. Overall, it wasn't bad, but not up to par with other Courtyards we've stayed at in other cities.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

First trip to Charleston, and this hotel is the perfect place to stay. Centrally located easy walk to King Street, The Market and the Waterfront. The staff : Kevin, John, Thad, were terrific. All offering great suggestions for dinner, attractions and sightseeing. Will definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

The basics: The stay was great. Everythgin you'd expect from a Marriott. Clean, comfortable, great location, attention to detail, and friendly staff.

What you need to know: The concierge, Kevin Mcquade, is phenomenal. His passion for Charleston is infectious, his desire to understand your goals and tempo refreshing, and his knowledge of the sites and restaurants, very helpful. I know this sounds over-the-top, but I've traveled quite a bit and never experienced a concierge this helpful. The downside about Kevin? His handwriting is atrocious, so make sure you can read his writing before you leave him.

Overall, a great stay at this Marriott.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary vacation. The room was kind of small but it was clean. The location was great because we could pretty much walk everywhere we wanted to go and didn't have to bother with the downtown parking situation. The concierge was very helpful and directed us to some great bars on King Street. Would definitely stay here again

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Pros: great location; clean, comfortable room; professional, courteous staff
Cons: limited parking; humid climate makes the hotel smell a little musty
Overall, though, a great place to stay. Would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the newly added wing. If you don't like walking down hallways, ask to be near...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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GHoskins, Front Office Manager at Courtyard Charleston Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Dear tsm33,

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your recent business stay with us here in Charleston.

I agree that we do have many amenities that are very desirable to today's business traveler. Our staff service, clean and comfortable rooms, and location in the middle of the historic district make our property that place to be when on business. We offer a spacious environment to get your work down as well as the opportunity to walk out the door and enjoy the nightlife of Charleston.

While parking is always tight in a downtown environment, we are the only hotel in the downtown area that has its own parking garage that is not regulated by the City of Charleston. This benefit allows our guests to come and go as much as they please without penalty or inconvenience.

We look forward to seeing you on your next business trip and thank you for your business.

Sincerely,
Grant Hoskins
Assistant General Manager

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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: $154 - $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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