FQI is just off Church Street in the middle of historic Charleston. We found it to be within walking distance of most things, and very convenient. (You might need to drive/ride to the Charleston Museum, Visitors Center, and other locations further up Meeting St.)
Our room ("Traditional Inn Room with King Bed") was spacious, clean, and nicely appointed, with large screen TV, Blu-Ray disc player, and nice furnishings. There was an armoire but no closet. Bedding was very comfortable; for those interested, FQI offers the increasingly trendy "pillow menu." We rang the "pillow concierge" (really, the front desk, of course) for a "five-foot body pillow".
The bathroom was very large, modern, clean and provisioned with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Towels were fluffy and large. The only peculiarity about the bathroom was a serious lack of towel bars/hooks.
The continental breakfast buffet enables you to get "free" (well, cost built in) breakfast each morning, although after a few days it can become repetitive as the offerings (bagels, pastries, fruit, cereal, yogurt) never change. You can eat indoors, eat on a balcony/patio, or have breakfast delivered to your room. In the department of "free" food, FQI also offers champagne and lady fingers upon check-in, afternoon wine and cheese (or tea and lemonade), cookies and milk at night, coffee/tea all day, and pralines on your pillows with the turn-down service.
We indicated on our reservation that we were celebrating an anniversary, and received a bottle of Schramsberg sparking wine (a favorite of ours, actually) soon after our arrival.
Front desk staff were helpful, offering directions, loaner umbrellas, and destination recommendations. Parking is valet only, at $17/day. (To be fair, it seems to be fairly scarce and costly all throughout Charleston, but do budget for this if bringing a car.) As a minor complaint: the valet parking is definitely outdoor; our car always was delivered hot, and upon its final return at check-out, came with free guano.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at FQI. For the level of luxury it offers, $197/night (AAA rate; for weekdays; before taxes & parking) is a good deal compared to some boutique hotels, inns, and B&Bs we've stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AAA Four Diamond Inn's newly redesigned rooms are inspired by the old world elegance of a Parisian chateau set against the architectural backdrop of Charleston's classic French Quarter. Red medallion-patterned draperies and damask chenille upholstery in hues of black, white and gold create a rich distinction between the fabrics and furniture, of the highest quality.Among many other amenities, guests of the hotel enjoy complimentary items such as: champagne and lady fingers at check-in, an evening wine and cheese reception, freshly baked cookies and milk, evening turn down service and gourmet continental breakfast in the lobby or served to your room. The over-sized guest rooms, some with working fireplaces, private balconies, and whirlpool tubs, provide imagery of an era gone by, but still grants contemporary amenities a sophisticated traveler has come to expect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- French Quarter Hotel Charleston
- French Quarter Charleston
- French Quarter Inn Charleston Sc