Situated in the heart of downtown—just across the street from the verdant Marion Square, where farmers markets and festivals are held year-round—The Courtyard Charleston Historic District puts you within walking distance of both the history-laden district south of Calhoun Street and the lively food-and-bev scene on upper King. In addition to its stellar location, you’ll find a heated outdoor pool and hospitable service.
A boon for families and larger groups, connecting rooms are available.
Bold reds and gold color the carpeted rooms, which are clad in generic wooden furnishings. Larger suites include two rooms—one with a king or two queens and another with a sectional sofa bed. Blackout curtains, sound-proof windows, flat-screen TVs, and an ergonomic work station offer modern creature comforts while canvas photos of the Holy City inject a touch of personality into the space.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms are showing wear and tear in the form of stained carpet, chipped furniture, and peeling wallpaper.
Bathrooms are surprisingly spacious, with double vanities in larger suites. Certain rooms offer fresh-feeling white-tiled walk-in showers while others include tub-shower combos.
Helpful attendants greet you at sleek reception stations—from there, take a load off in the colorful lobby, where natural light pours in and modern-style seating is plentiful.
Still like to travel with a hard copy of your boarding pass? The lobby includes a once high-tech, now slightly outdated (yet charming in a vintage way) boarding-pass printing station.
An open-air heated pool is tucked onto the ground floor and surrounded by a privacy wall. Chaises dress the otherwise Spartan space.
The roomy gym stocked with ample equipment will please fitness fanatics.
Bistro 2.0 sells breakfast sammies and seasonal treats like avocado toast alongside Starbucks espresso drinks. Dinner options range from tasty flatbreads and flavorful salads (like an Asian chicken salad or Southwestern cobb) to more filling entrees like herb-roasted chicken and roasted veggie pasta.
Park your car at the hotel ($20 per day) and set out on foot. For faster commuting throughout downtown, rent a bike from Holy Spokes (the closest hub is on the corner of George and Anson streets) or hop aboard the complimentary DASH trolley. Ride-share or drive off the peninsula.
Delicious French fare can be found at 39 Rue de Jean (7-minute walk), where weekend brunch is particularly popular. Monza (8-minute walk) offers top-notch pizzas and pasta in an intimate bistro setting. For fresh seafood, try Coast Bar and Grill (7-minute walk).
Check out the open-air bar atop Stars Rooftop & Grill Room (11-minute walk) for wines by the tap, classic cocktails, and steeple views, or Closed for Business (8-minute walk) for a huge selection of craft beer in a cozy setting. Looking to party? You’re in luck: two of Charleston’s most popular nightclubs, Mynt (3-minute walk) and Trio Club (3-minute walk) are right across Meeting Street from the hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For those looking to immerse themselves in historic Charleston as well as today’s thriving food, bev, and nightlife scene, this Courtyard’s location couldn’t be better, making it a smart choice for travelers wishing to spend their money on experiences rather than a ritzy hotel room.