On a recent driving tour through the Carolinas we were pleasantly suprised to discover the wonderful town of Aiken. We stayed at the centrally based and wonderful Hotel Aiken.
It has come as a shock to see some bad reviews of such a splendid hotel. Any review other than positive is in my judgement misguided. I say this as a seasoned traveller who lives in Europe and who has travelled America and the world extensively.
Hotel Aiken is full of authentic charm and is very much a welcome change to the almost factory like chain hotels that exist. Our room was very clean and comfortable and the increasingly important internet service was high speed, hard wired and in the room .... again another example of the welcomed change from many hotels that are available.
One of the highlights of Hotel Aiken was the bar which houses some very friendly locals who add to the authenticity. The locality of the hotel added to the sense of being central to the pulse of the town itself.
As for breakfast this was a treat and a great way to greet our day on our travels.
The upshot is: great place, efficient staff, great location and a definate return. As for any negative reviews placed perhaps judge this review and visit Hotel Aiken to see what it's really like.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aiken is the perfect place to "play & stay" in downtown Aiken! Originally built in 1898 the main building of the Hotel Aiken has gone through many changes and a series of major and continuous renovations since 2001, with the accent on retaining the historical feel of this landmark building whilst providing all the modern amenities one would expect from a contemporary Hotel, such as free use of hard-wired HSIA in all rooms. We also offer more moderate accommodations in our courtyard building, where the rooms are basic, standard motel rooms. We have three on site bars, which makes Hotel Aiken one of downtown Aiken’s most popular watering holes. We have live entertainment on Wednesday-Saturday nights until 2AM and are open seven days a week. Hotel Aiken is centrally located and considered "party central" almost every day of the week. Please keep this in mind when making your reservations at our hotel. ... more less
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