I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights, coming from the French Quarter Inn (stayed there for 2 nights also). Check-in was very nice and personal because they show you around and explain the property and history of the buildings. This property had a lot of character simply because it is an old house with verandah, original wood floors, etc. The rooms were very nice and the beds...wow, the best beds ever. I slept great and didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. However, if your a light sleeper, keep in mind the wood floors/stairs/old house are pretty creaky. You will want to book an upstairs room. There was a keurig single serving coffee maker in the room.
The property had a couple different enclosed atriums with tables to sit and have a glass of wine...very peaceful and quiet. The evening wine and cheese pairing was fine. Very good wine (a few blends to choose from) with a minuscule (although good!) pairing of cheese options. Also, sticks of carrots and cucumbers (or something like that) was offered along with a dip. The reason why I cant recall the food was because it was paltry and not worth remembering. Also, if you took two tiny carrots you felt like a hog because there wasn't much on the offered plates to begin with. It was like going to those super expensive restaurants where the presented food is arranged artistically and its not filling cos there's hardly anything on your plate. Superior ingredients, superior chef, superior presentation, but gone in 5 bites. You know? Coming from the French Quarter Inn, this was extremely disappointing. Breakfast in the morning at Zero George was pretty good: greek organic yogurt, granola, muffins, breads, single serving cereal, etc. Again, nothing compared the FQI.
All the employees were very nice and helpful. But one thing was very confusing to me. When I asked if there was any other less expensive way to get to the airport besides a taxi the receptionist/concierge didn't know and had to make some calls and get back to me. How do you not know the transportation in your town and especially when your a business that specializes in travelers? By the way, its either taxi ($35 Zero George taxi) or airport shuttle ($25 for single). Also, concierge asked me if I wanted the taxi they usually call which was a little more expensive and I told them just a regular, cheap taxi. It ended up being the more expensive one and I wished I had just gotten an airport shuttle. So essentially, if I had figured out the airport transportation on my own it would have been more beneficial for me. I was disappointed in the concierge service.
The hotel was in a good neighborhood right on East Bay Street. They are building an art center kiddy-corner from Zero George and the construction wasn't bothersome at all. I always walked on East Bay Street toward downtown since that was the busier road and seemed safer. One night I walked on Zero George Street to King Street and I didn't feel very safe by myself on the way home simply because it was more quiet and not well lit. It is a short walk, like 5-7 minutes to Market Street. Very close and easy walk. However, French Quarter Inn was a lot closer and I definitely felt safer walking at night when I stayed at FQI.
Bottom line: quaint, intimate, friendly property with an affluent feel but bordering on hautiness
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zero George Street is Charleston’s European-style boutique hotel, established in restored historic residences, surrounded by lush courtyards. Designed with the sophisticated traveler in mind. A blend of historic architecture, with modern amenities, innovative bathrooms, and casually elegant guestrooms and suites, with adjoining open-air furnished veranda terraces. Located in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood, you will be within walking distance of the Battery, down East Bay Street with its restaurants, bars and retail, and across from the waterfront development – SC Aquarium, Cruise Ship terminal, and the Gaillard Arts Center. ... more less
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