Fodor's Expert Review Charleston Marriott

170 Lockwood Dr., Charleston, South Carolina, 29403, United States See on Map

Situated on the western edge of the peninsula, close to The Citadel, the Charleston Marriott gives you a front-row seat to picturesque sunsets over the Ashley River. Though you won’t be within walking distance to the historic district, you can hop aboard the property’s complimentary shuttle and be in the heart of downtown within minutes, plus you’ll score cheaper rates than if you stayed at a more centrally located inn. A rooftop bar, laudable restaurant, palm-lined pool, and festive outdoor courtyard are memorable perks at this standard Marriott property.


Crisp, clean sheets, blackout curtains, and a 32-inch TV make for a relaxing stay. Rooms are plainly dressed, with wooden furnishings and a light yellow and green palette.

Booking a room on a concierge floor gives you access to a handsome private lounge (with stunning water views), complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments, cocktails for a fee, and private balcony, in some suites.


A starburst mirror and modern sconces dress up the small space, which includes a granite-clad vanity and walk-in shower or newer shower-tub combination.


Colorful panels add a dash of whimsy to the light and bright lobby. The concierge desk impresses with its cascading waterfall; lounge areas invite you to sit and stay awhile.


Lined with palms and other verdant plantlings, the outdoor pool deck is a stellar spot to unwind. Comfortable chaises and cheerful umbrellas make for happy lounging. Be sure to visit the hot tub, as well as the hotel’s alfresco courtyard, which offers resort-style cabana seating.


A wall of windows baths the standard workout space in natural light. End your workout with a free apple from the bowl there.


The onsite restaurant, Saffire, boasts a (perhaps surprisingly) delicious and diverse menu, serving up handmade pasta from a local purveyor, flavorful flatbreads (the fig and chevre is especially tasty), health-minded options like a quinoa bowl, and heartier entrees, such as seafood risotto and shrimp with locally grown grits. Breakfast is served here, too, starting at $11 for a continental spread. The seasonal Aqua Terrace rooftop bar satisfies happy hour munches thanks to its tasty tapas.


Grab a cocktail at the rooftop bar, Aqua Terrace. Sit at the covered bar, gather round a fire-pit, or soak up the views of the Ashley River from a comfy sofa.


Getting Around

Park for free in the hotel’s lot and utilize the complimentary shuttle to go to and from historic Charleston (though it’s a short distance, the roads aren’t pedestrian friendly). Ride-share will come in handy throughout your stay, too.


Though you’re not within walking distance of the historic district, you’re also not far from good food. For a locals-approved breakfast, brunch, or lunch, head to The Park Café (7-minute drive), situated just near the lush Hampton Park. Try Hampton Park Terrace’s Harold’s Cabin (18-minute walk)—a reimagined corner store backed by famous local Bill Murray—for a cozy, eclectic Southern supper.


For cheap beer and gorgeous water views, head to Salty Mike’s Deck Bar (15-minute walk), a laid-back watering hole frequented by fishermen and locals. For posher spirits, make your way to upper King Street. Sip craft cocktails over candlelight as you people-watch at the window of Proof (7-minute drive).


What the rooms lack it character the hotel makes up for in affordability and outdoor perks like the rooftop bar (great for sunset gazing), fancy courtyard, and pool. The complimentary shuttle makes its out-of-the-loop location hardly a burden, and the service is as solid as you’d expect from a Marriott property.


335 rooms, 9 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Free Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 843-723–3000

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