I stayed for a few days at the Notso Hostel's Annex property. The annex is in a hip part of town that's close to bars, shops, and restaurants, and to the expressways and bridges that provide access to other parts of the Charleston Metro Area. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the annex -- it truly felt like I was staying at a friend's house, and not at all like I was staying at a hostel. Bathrooms were clean and stocked with leftover toiletries. Although my room was small (I stayed in the Monet room), it was perfect for a solo traveler and would be fine for a couple that has packed lightly. Fresh linens were provided, as were towels. The only downsides to the room itself were its location adjacent to a public porch, which made for some noise at night, and the lack of a closet or other area to store luggage or clothing. That said, a washing machine, drier, and iron are provided for communal use, which was a pleasant surprise.
The most memorable part of my experience, though, was the service. Check-in was a breeze and the staff was always pleasant and helpful when I would run into them during the day. At the end of my trip, I accidentally left my computer bag at the hostel, and upon notifying them, they located it and then shipped the bag to my home. I have stayed at many properties of a higher price that I would not have expected to do this; also, it's a testament to the safety of the place that my bag was still in the common area, untouched, over 6 hours after I had checked out. I would highly recommend this property to anyone who's looking to get a feel for the people, architecture, and culture of Charleston without breaking the bank.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in lovely and historic downtown Charleston, the Notso Hostel provides safe, clean and simple accommodations. We offer camping, dorms, privates and more. Guests have access to kitchens, porches and common rooms with Internet and WIFI. Breakfast is included as are linens and parking. Come and have breakfast with travelers from all over the world and explore this beautiful Earth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charleston`s Notso Hotel Charleston