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Trip Report Charleston, Savannah and more cheesy grits please

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I recently returned from 3 nights in Charleston and 2 in Savannah, so wanted to "give back” as this forum was instrumental in my planning. While I didn’t ask many questions, reading trip reports was very helpful, and a good supplement to the travel books I borrowed from the library.

This trip was a mother/adult daughter getaway (I’m the daughter), and our first time in both cities. I flew from Los Angeles to NY the day before and we flew from JFK the next morning using Jet Blue. Arriving at CHS, we had planned to take a taxi into town, but a shuttle was leaving within minutes and only had 2 other passengers, so we opted for that option ($12 pp.) All of our hotels were within blocks of each other, and we were dropped off second. Since it was only 10:30am by the time we got to the hotel, we dropped our bags and headed out to brunch.

Hotel - We stayed at the Indigo Inn, which has a great location right near Meeting Street and Pinckney. The hotel was $209 per night, which while not inexpensive was a huge value for when we visited during peak time in April. The Indigo is right in the historic center a few blocks from the City Market. It has a good-sized (no squeezing into spots) parking lot behind the building ($15 per night), and the rate includes breakfast. All the other hotels in the historic area were over $260 per night, even the chains which are located further north in a slightly more remote area. I found a few B&Bs that were slightly less, but only with one queen bed, and while this may have been ok in the past, I feel old and picky enough where I’d rather be comfy in my own bed. The only less expensive hotel I found nearby was the Days Inn at $164, with a great location, but very concerning reviews on TripAdvisor regarding cleanliness. I decided it wasn’t worth the risk.

While the setup of the Indigo is motel-like in that all room doors open out to a courtyard, our room was a decent size, with two high queen beds and the usual extra furniture. There was plenty of dresser storage, and the room had a/c and a ceiling fan. I’d read reviews on TA complaining about the tight fit in the bathroom, but didn’t notice that being a problem at all (It’s more long and narrow than wide, but has double sinks.) A nice feature is you can take breakfast out to the lovely courtyard. The downside is there’s no other space for eating other than the lobby, which is small. So on bad weather days, you’d have to take a tray of food up to your room (they provide trays.) On the one truly cold day, we snagged two couch seats in the lobby, but it wasn’t ideal. The other two mornings were fine for outdoor dining, however. I wouldn’t choose the Indigo if I was planning a splurge getaway as it’s neither luxurious nor romantic, but for what we wanted (safe, clean, great location, breakfast included as my mother prefers eating early), we were extremely pleased.

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