Yes, our room was average size for any chain hotel, but it was clean and extremely comfortable with nice linens, heavy damask drapes, free wifi, and comfy chairs. Crystal on the table with free water bottles, Hermes (smells wonderful) bath amenities, robes and slippers laid out at turndown, free coffee and tea service plus fresh fruit on the floor all day, wonderful pastries and juice, coffee, tea in the morning, NYTimes newspaper. We were on the market side and was fearful of possible noise -- absolutely quiet in the room.
The hotel appears to be a well maintained old building, but in reality was only built in 1992. The decor, charm and character exude class with beautiful warm woods, marble, and colorful oil paintings in the public areas.
The Pavillions on the top floor is really cozy with a small pool, covered bar area and tons of tables with umbrellas. Clear plexiglass panels keeps you from blowing away up there, but doesn't obstruct the view.
Every member of the staff there is totally service oriented. All smiles.
We had the best steak dinner we have ever had at Grill225 -- puts the equally expensive chains to shame. Their unique selection, aging, and preparation of the steaks was absolute perfection. Have never been to a restaurant that serves you enough butter for your rolls, potato, etc. -- here you receive a large slab of soft sweet creamy butter. The most unique Ceasar Salad presentation we have ever received -- yummy! Christina, our waiter, was very informative, reserved, and totally service oriented. We reserved one of the 3 side booths. Very lucious, quiet. They also have 4 wonderfully private high backed circular banquettes that can be reserved from 2 to 6 people. Grill 225 is expensive, but the hotel offered a $50 voucher to be used on premise, which basically covers the tip for a dinner for 2. Rebecca Stahlman, the Food and Beverage Manager, was totally understanding and efficient in resolving a reservation mix-up. She handled it with style and reserve. Can't say enough about all the staff -- the reception desk people and concierge were exceptional too.
Our carriage picked us up right in front of the hotel and took us on a private tour of the historic district. We used Classic Carriage and the driver was knowledgeable, but was more impressed with the look of the white private carriage of Palmetto Tours. We had our tour scheduled for 5 p.m. That was perfect because the sun had gone down enough to keep our ride a sunless, cooler breeze experience. Would not advise a mid-day tour - earlier morning and after 5 probably best.
There is a large umbrella in the room to help with hiding from the sun or rain, but I advise taking along a hand fan too, especially when walking during the daytime. Now I know why all those southern belles carried hand fans. Can't imagine how hot they must have been in all those petticoats.
Requested to see a King Corner Suite. Saw 2. Although a large room, it is just a large room with a king bed. Would rather use the difference in price in Grill 225. Of course, you do get "concierge level" extras even though you may not be on the concierge level.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Market Pavilion Hotel, Charleston's most luxurious hotel. A proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World. Located in the epicenter of Downtown, we're just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. Set among some of Charleston's most historical landmarks, the Market Pavilion Hotel offers the most decadent guest rooms in the city and countless amenities such as Grill 225, a member of the Great Steakhouses of North America, and Charleston's most popular night spot, the Pavilion Bar, which boasts the best view in the city. Most importantly, we're redefining the Art of Southern Hospitality. So whether you join us for a leisurely getaway or company meeting, to pop the question or seal the deal, you'll indulge in The Market Pavilion Hotel's premium value and service. Welcome to the Art of Southern Hospitality. ... more less
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