This was our first trip ever to Charleston, SC and I did lots of research about where to stay. We decided on the Courtyard in the Historic District. It was a good choice and we enjoyed our stay.
1. Called ahead and talked to Kevin the Concierge - he was a very busy man on July 4th weekend but he left me a message to call his cell phone which was the day we were headed to Charleston. I went over some things I had in mind and he gave me details and lots of good information. I hate we didn't get to meet Kevin but Andrea was very helpful as well. They are very knowledgeable about what to do in the area with maps to go along. :)
2. We booked a 2 queen bed suite with a pull out sofa. The room size was very accommodating for the 5 of us. The pull out sofa wasn't the most comfortable but the beds were very comfortable. There were 5 of us on our stay and we always had to ask for extra towels and wash clothes because they only left enough for 4 people each time in a suite. Our suite had a bedroom and a wall that separated the living area and eating area. It was big enough for an L shaped sofa and the eating area had a nice size table with 4 chairs. They did not offer complimentary breakfast but have a Bistro in the lobby where they prepare breakfast that you can purchase but it was very pricey. There was a McDonalds about 6 blocks away which you had to drive to but it was very busy so we only got breakfast one day from there. There is a Chick Fil A Express about a block and a half away which was within walking distance but the cost is higher to me than normal.
3. The Courtyard is one block from King Street which was nice. It has lots of restaurants and shopping (Five Guys, Mellow Mushroom, Subway, Urban Outfitters, Williams Sonoma, etc). It was nice to be able to walk one block over to get lunch or supper when we were in the area from our other outings and felt comfortable walking in this area.
4. We toured the USS Yorktown and it was nice to see all the history. We did the 2 hour walking tour with Ann Herron and she was very pleasant. She is very knowledgeable about Charleston. We were able to go down beautiful alleys, cobblestone streets and into a wonderful building and on and on. It was well worth it and we ended up in her garden for some wonderful lemonade. You have to do the tour with Anne Middleton Herron!
5. We went to the Magnolia Plantation which was nice. We did the swamp tour first like the hotel recommends. We also did the train ride around the property which is 45 minutes long and toured the grounds (don't miss the small zoo with the deer walking around). I'd recommend doing the train ride only and not the swamp tour - you see some of the same areas on the train ride (alligators, turtles). Do the train ride and enjoy the grounds!
6. The thing that we were surprised about with the Courtyard was the small outdoor pool. The teenagers and my husband used it once and it was fine. We were gone most of the time anyway touring Charleston!
7. Parking areas was always crowded but they have extra parking across the street which was nice. The road was sometimes busy to cross but lots of parking there.
We did go to Isle of Palms one afternoon and it was very nice but crowded. Overall, it was a very nice trip and we were able to see a lot of Charleston. If you want to stay in the Historic District, the Courtyard by the Marriott is the place to be.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Charleston Historic District Hotel Charleston
- Holiday Inn Charleston
- Charleston Holiday Inn