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!
- 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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- Palmer`s Pinckney Hotel Charleston