My Wife and I stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in West Ashley in October on a weeks holiday from the UK to see Charleston and the surrounding area. We specifically booked a 2 room suite with jacuzzi and paid a mixture of rates across the week which averaged out to approximately $100+tax per night.
First things first, this property is not hard to find, I really don't understand the negative comments on reviews about this. Once on Highway 17 (the Savannah Highway) it is an easy turn into Ashley Town Center Drive and then a right onto Citadel Haven Dr where the hotel is located. There is plenty of free parking available and even on a busy Columbus Day weekend we didn't have a problem finding a spot.
The welcome was a strange one as the guy who checked us in was on hold on the phone so we didn't quite get the great welcome we were expecting. However, it was efficient and we were up to our room in seconds.
We were on the 4th floor (room 402) and it was a lovely room. On entry the lounge part of the suite was huge and spotlessly clean and although we didn't spend too much time in this room it was handy for additional storage. We did have an occasional sit down on the sofa watching some TV or when we need to use the iron and board it was good to have this extra space. The next room was the bedroom which again was a nice size and featured the most comfortable king bed, truly exceptional and again very clean. The jacuzzi part of the suite and bathroom itself was a bit dated admittedly but once again, absolutely massive and clean. Overall we were very impressed with the suite and enjoyed coming back to this comfort every day. The maid service was second to none, absolutely fautless.
The breakfast I have to say was amazing. The staff really did make us feel at home on the first day and everything was kept nicely topped up even at busy times. The hot items were particularly good and staying for a week enabled us to see the variety on offer but for me the waffles were the highlight and the occasional Krispy Creme doughnuts that were provided. The breakfast room itself as well as the rest of the public areas is stunning with plenty of chairs and tables. There are also tables outside if you fancy some al fresco dining and with 80f+ temperatures in mid October, why not?
The location of the Hampton Inn is very good for seeing Charleston. It is a straight 15-20min drive down H17 to the Historic District and also provides easy access to the other areas such as North Charleston, Mt Pleasant and the beaches. If you stay here you do need a car but if you intend to head out to the plantations or beaches you should have one anyway. Comparatively, price wise, the Historic District was over double, and even three times as much as we paid for our suite at the Hampton Inn West Ashely which just goes to show how much of a bargain we got! Sure it is nice to walk around the Historic District and staying there is convenient but it isn't as bigger deal as some make out. There are plenty of restaurants on Savannah Highway, mostly national chains which is to be expected but also some local finds as well. There is a CVS practically next door to the hotel also. One meal we particularly enjoyed was at the West Ashley branch of T Bonz which is about a 10 minute drive from the hotel (they also have a restaurant in the HD).
Overall, we were glad we chose the Hampton. We got the consistentency expected from the brand but also some extra friendly hospitality, particularly at breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in Charleston/West Ashley is near downtown historic Charleston, off of Highway 17, close to Citadel Mall, golf courses, and West Ashley historic plantations. Wake up to a free hot breakfast before venturing out in Charleston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston / West Ashley Hotel Charleston
- Hampton Inn And Suites Charleston / West Ashley
- Hampton Inn West Ashley
- Charleston Hampton Inn