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Palmer's Pinckney Inn
Ranked #12 of 39 Charleston B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 February 2014

I can't believe some of the negative reviews this place has received. I'm glad I didn't read them before we booked our stay.

We found the Inn to be charming and quaint. We felt lucky to get a room there just a few days before we went to Charleston. Dawn was quite accommodating in making our reservations and helpfully answered all our questions. Terry called the day we were to arrive to let us know there was wine and cheese waiting for us when we checked in (she knew we were arriving after office hours), gave me her mobile number in case there were any issues ... could not have been nicer and more welcoming!

When we arrived we found our keys and information from Terry exactly where she said it would be. Most of the wine was gone already (it was after 8:00 and the wine/cheese was for all the guests, not just us) but that was okay. Our room was at the top of the [very narrow] staircase and was just beautiful! The bed was comfortable, there was a coffee pot, coffee, creamer & sugar in the room and everything was spotless.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn the Inn offers free WiFi and it was fast and secure - hurray! The bathroom had a hair dryer (which we weren't expecting) and there was extra pillows and a down comforter in case we were cold. Our bathroom was rather small, with only a shower, but it was roomy enough for us. Hanging on the door, however, were two lovely bathrobes - another nice surprise! (I seriously wanted to buy one since it was monogrammed with my initial - LOL.)

Things to note before you stay here: the staircase to the 2nd floor is extraordinarily narrow (not for the era of the house, but by today's standards) and may be difficult for some to navigate. (Seriously, it's about 2 feet wide.) The parking lot is miniscule and only holds three vehicles - maybe four if they're tiny. We felt quite fortunate to have a parking place there so we didn't have to deal with parking across the street. The windows in our room (Cottage Room) did not have screens on them so we didn't feel like we could open the windows for fresh air (it was a nice cool night but we didn't want to get bugs in the room).

The location is terrific - walking distance to many popular restaurants, the French Market, Harris Teeter grocery store, even the Charleston Marine Center. The restaurant across the street (Cru) was excellent, and the pub up the block (Big John's, I think) was a great place to have a couple of late-night drinks. The Inn offers basic breakfast goods but we did not partake of them. We thought it quite charming that the snacks in the kitchen include doggie snacks.

When you plan your stay at Palmer's Pinckney Inn, remember that the building is nearly 150 years old. The owners do everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible, so appreciate the history of the area and the quaintness of the inn. If you want a Hyatt or Sheraton or someplace sterile & modern, stay at one of them! If you want homey & comfortable, give this place a try. It's a wonderfully romantic place to spend a night or two!

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

First the good news- the staff of this small B&B was most accommodating and helpful. The location is great.

Now the not so good news- this building is very old. Obviously needed maintenance has been deferred. There is a sometimes subtle difference between cozy and shabby; this inn falls in the latter category: old furniture, old linens, poor kitchen and dining (?) areas, and a parking lot that only Houdini could admire...you don't just exit, you have to plan your escape on the ridiculously narrow driveway. I also wonder about fire safety- where was the second means of egress from the second floor?

There are great B&B's in Charleston. This is not one of them.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We were only able to stay in Charleston a bare 24 hours, but are now anxious to return. Palmer's Pinckney Inn very comfortable, lovely decor, Dawn the manager very friendly and helpful. She got us onto a very good walking tour. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Very comfortable clean room, with gas fireplace, large tub, & great pillows, bed, linens. Small yet thoughtfully stocked kitchen (snacks, fruit, continental+quiche breakfast, evening wine) available 24 hrs. Porches narrow without view but enjoyed sitting out there to relax. Great location near the market. A big breakfast (we didn't try it) available for $5 & PM complimentary wine & cheese (did enjoy this) included at Palmers Inn which is a lovely large old waterfront place in the Battery. A long walk but no problem for walkers. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

My husband surprised me with a stay at this beautiful inn for our 1st anniversary. We take our dog Calvin everywhere we go, and this trip was no exception. We all felt so at home in the cozy Bombay Room, and the service was incredible. We were even able to enjoy a nice lunch because they offered to watch our dog so we could enjoy a meal without having to find a dog friendly restaurant (even though Charleston is very dog friendly). We had a wonderful stay and will never stay anywhere else on future visits. Pinckney has won our hearts!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Palmer Home when we were married 2 years ago and wanted to return recently. The Palmer Home was booked up but we found that there was a room available at their sister property, Palmer's Pinckney Inn. The location was fantastic and we were so happy with our stay at the Palmer Home that we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. We arrived late and found everything in order for our arrival. The room was just what we expected and the service was above and beyond, again just what we expected after our experiece with Palmer in the past. We did not take advantage of the breakfast available at Palmer but having had it when we stayed there I can def say that it is worth the trip up there and the $5 charge. The food is great! We will definitely return and likely will have a hard time choosing between the properties.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

My wife and I recently took a 5 night trip to beautiful Charleston on a recommendation of a friend. We stayed at the Palmer's Pinckney Inn right in the middle of downtown Charleston. I never checked out the reviews on TripAdvisor and if I had would probably would not have stayed there. Am I glad I didn't check. When I did finally check the reviews to say the least they were horrible. Nestled between 3 horse drawn carriage companies you will find this 200 year old, a little slanted, 5 bedroom B&B.The place has a new Innkeeper named Dawn and it shows. The rooms have all been freshly painted and updated and are very clean. Beds are made up daily, the trash is emptied and fresh towels are supplied. The king bed was very comfy and our room had a shower only but that was fine with us. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you will probably need from milk, juice, coffee (which is ready every morning), bagels, bread, fruit, butter, jams and jellies and yes even wine. The ice maker seemed to not be working quite right but a bag of ice that I supplied and the ice Dawn got worked fine all week. Some days we would return from our daily activities to find fresh baked cookies and one of my favorites homemade Bunt cakes, some of the best I've ever tasted. Even had fresh baked danish one morning. The parking was limited and if you are not good at using mirrors you would probably have a tough time because you have to back in to the lot behind the B&B. Have to remember it was built for horse drawn carriages. So if you are renting a car rent something small Dawn was a great help with all her recommendations from where to eat, what beach to go to, tours we could take and just about any other questions we had about navigating around the city which to say the least was very easy and beautiful. The outside still needs a little TLC but by the looks of it that will happen soon. You know the old saying," Don't judge a book by it's cover". Would definitely go back.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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pinckney, Manager at Palmer's Pinckney Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2013

David and Diane,
We are so glad that you found our little house. We really enjoyed meeting you both and hated to see you leave. This review is sooo awesome! You were the first people to stay in the Parisian Room after the renovation so I'm glad it measured up. We are continuing to clean and update the property and it looks like our efforts are showing in these last few reviews. We love our location, it makes it easy for our guests to enjoy the area without worrying about driving and parking..

Ashley, the Innkeeper at our sister property is responsible for the yummy pound cake. I personally can't stay out of the cookie dough she brings over.

We hope that you will visit us again. Charleston is an alluring location, were just happy to be located in such a great place!

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Additional Information about Palmer's Pinckney Inn

Address: 19 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401-2005
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Charleston
Price Range: £118 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palmer's Pinckney Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located right in the heart of downtown Charleston! Convenient for walking to shopping and dining spots. Pet friendly in 3 of our rooms! 4 rooms with kings size beds and working fireplaces. All private baths, 2 rooms with jacuzzi tubs. Access to kitchen, continental breakfast, refreshments available. Plus, homemade muffins, cookies and other goodies. ... more   less 
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