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“Great hotel, but beware....”
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King Charles Inn
Ranked #16 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
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“Great hotel, but beware....”
Reviewed 11 March 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to the King Charles Inn, but please note that a hotel is being built next door to the KCI, and they start at 8:00 AM! (Maybe not on weekends). Thankfully our room was not right beside the construction site, but some of the rooms are only a few feet away! I'm not talking hammers and drills...there is a huge crane and it "hammers" concrete pylons into the ground...the entire hotel was shaking! The construction continues until late afternoon, so don't plan an afternoon nap! It is only in the very beginning stages of construction (nothing is even built yet!), so this will be going on for a long time! Other times of the morning/night, the room was pretty quiet and we didn't hear much noise from neighbors!

On the bright side, the hotel is nice and our room was very clean. The room was pretty small (deluxe king) but was very well appointed. Bathroom was spacious enough. I can't say anything about the restaurant/bar, as we didn't go, but it was never crowded when we passed by.
Parking is right on the premises and convenient...it is very tight lot though. We lucked up and found one and didn't move until we checked out. Front desk employees were friendly enough, but never asked how our stay was when I checked out! Maybe they don't ask that question during the construction...they probably get similar answers from everyone!

The location of the hotel is very convenient! King Street runs parallel to Meeting St., where KCI is located. Tons of restaurants and shopping on King St. The Market is only 2 or 3 blocks down. The Shops at Charleston Place are located just on the other side of the KCI. We walked all over downtown...to the Market, Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, the Battery,and shopped and ate on King St.
I would definitely stay there again, but I will probably wait until the majority of the construction next door is over!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 12 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel and share your honest feedback. The construction next door can be an inconvenience in the early hours and for those resting in the afternoon. I am glad you were up and out enjoying the city! They are half way through driving the pylons which is a good thing for us. Unfortunately, we do not have their work schedule as some days it is quiet and other days very active. I hope you can return again in the future and we look forward to your visit.
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

First visit to Charleston. Greeted by Richard who took our bags and helped us above and beyond (got ice, found out info, anything we needed). Front desk was amazing - young, friendly professionals that seemed to be able to sense what we were looking for or needed. Checking out, Malcom and DaQuan stored our bags for the morning so that we could do more sightseeing in the downtown area. This hotel is close to everything, clean and the most comfortable beds ever! Thank you, King Charles Inn!

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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thank you the amazing review! I will certainly recognize my staff for a job well done! Our mission here at the King Charles Inn is to provide the highest quality of customer care every day, every stay! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay!
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Wellington, Florida
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Upon our arrival it was very difficult to get an early check in. The info states 4pm so don't be disappointed when you check in at 3:30, they tell you that ahead of time. The hotel has been renovated but is starting to show its age with the blistering plaster and cracking paint. The on property parking is very tight, so if you bring a pick up truck it will be challenging. The managers reception is juice and appetizers. Don't expect beer and wine. The staff is helpful with questions that you might have. It is centrally located downtown . The problem is THEY ARE CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING NEXT DOOR AND PILE DRIVING PILLARS INTO THE GROUND THAT SHAKES THE WHOLE HOTEL. IF YOU ARE NOT BOTHERED BY CONSTRUCTION NOISES THEN YOU WILL BE FINE. They have gym access at another facility but it is 5 dollars per day. I would inquire about the construction noises next door when booking so you are not surprised.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for the honest feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your stay overall. I certainly apologize you were not able to check in early; we try to accommodate everyone on a first come, first serve basis. We are fortunate enough to offer over-flow parking across the street which is an open air lot that easily accommodates large trucks and even buses! Our Evening Reception does not include juice but we do offer complimentary assorted cheeses, crackers, olives and fruit with Happy Hour pricing at BREW Pub. As for the construction next door, I am sorry this disrupted your stay. There are many days without any construction noise and unfortunately we have no control over their schedule. I hope this incident does not deter you from visiting us again in the near future. Thank you.
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stayed there over the weekend and had a great experience. Before leaving Lauren had helped me look for a good place to gather with a group of girls for a devotional. She went above and beyond for me. The front desk and the general manager were very accommodating to our group of eight girls. Even the pub bar servers were super nice. Have nothing but good things to say about the King Charles Inn team. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. An excellent value for the money too.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 5 March 2014
Thank you for great review! I am thrilled to hear we exceeded your expectations! That is what we live to do and our entire staff is fully committed to making your experience with us memorable and not just another hotel stay. Thank you for recognizing our employees!
We appreciate your compliments and hope to see you again!
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Amelia Island, Florida
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Took a chance never been there and was not disappointed. Rates are better directly thru there web site. Very close to everything . The staff was so professional and friendly. I would totally stay there again.

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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate you taking the time to share your Charleston experience with others! Have a pleasant day!
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London, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We weren't sure what to expect as we booked online. On arriving, as I stepped out of the car, the doorman opened the door and welcomed us and directed me to the check-in. The receptionist was friendly and very helpful, giving us recommendations for restaurants and tours, all of which were good value. The doorman then located a parking spot (included), and helped with luggage. The room was very clean, nicely decorated, comfortable and quiet. The hotel location is within easy walking distance of amenities, shopping and the historic district. Throughout our stay, the staff and management were extremely attentive and helpful and went out of their way to ensure our stay was pleasant. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Thank you for the wonderful compliments regarding my staff! I am delighted to hear we not only met but exceeded your expectations! We hope to see you again!
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Found this hotel by just searching internet. Called for rate and the direct hotel was cheaper than any online! Great hotel within in walking distance of market, shops and fantastic restaurants. Parking is free and the staff is so helpful to suggest restaurants and tours. Would stay there again highly recommend for a visit. Mostly middle aged and older folks but that may have been the time of year. Not much to do for kids, but there is a small pool.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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KCIGM, General Manager at King Charles Inn, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at the King Charles Inn! Thank you for pointing out our convenient location. It sure makes a vacation hassle-free when you are able to walk to all the historic homes, dining and shopping! Thank you again and have a great day!
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Property: King Charles Inn
Address: 237 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401-1697
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Charleston
#6 Green Hotel in Charleston
#10 Family Hotel in Charleston
#13 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — King Charles Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The King Charles Inn is ideally located in the heart of Charleston's Historic District. Beautiful guest rooms feature hand-crafted furniture, flat screen HD TVs, Free Wifi and much more. The King Charles Inn is one of the only hotels in downtown that offers COMPLIMENTARY PARKING! Join us nightly in BREW Pub for complimentary snacks and Happy Hour. ... more   less 
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