You’ll walk through a lantern-lit alleyway to enter Fulton Lane Inn, a quaint and quirky hotel in the heart of lower King’s antique district. Brass décor spruces up the inn’s winding hallways, while simple Victorian-style furnishings fill the light and bright guest rooms. The property’s owned by Charming Inns—the same group that’s behind the Wentworth Mansion and John Rutledge House Inn and that’s known for having stellar service.
Want a noteworthy view? Request a room that overlooks King Street. And don’t fret about noise; lower King is tame at night and double-pane windows help block sounds from foot and auto traffic.
A neutral palette colors guest rooms, which are sweet, simple, and filled with antiques and coastal art. Most rooms are on the smaller side with only the necessary furnishings. Suites are more spacious, with perks like a sitting room and working fireplace framed by an original mantle.
Turndown service is offered, but only upon request.
Though bathrooms vary in size, most contain a glass-doored standup shower, good-sized vanity, and empty mini-fridge perfect for storing beverages.
There’s no lobby in the hotel proper; however, you’ll have access to the ground floor of Kings Courtyard Inn—a sister property located next door—which includes a cozy lobby where coffee and other refreshments are out for the taking, a dining room, and two open-air courtyards where guests lounge and chat.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotels aren’t actually connected so you’ll need to brave the elements for a few seconds as you go back and forth.
Good for romantic getaways, a complimentary continental breakfast is delivered to your room. Alternatively, you can head down to the dining room at Kings Courtyard for a seated breakfast. For a heartier breakfast, brunch, or lunch, you’ll receive a $2 coupon to the nearby Kitchen 208 (1-minute walk), another sister biz of the hotel’s that serves up tasty egg dishes, sammies, and soups.
Fulton Lane Inn patrons will also score three courses for $49 at Circa 1886, a fine-dining eatery tucked beside the Wentworth Mansion.
Enjoy wine and hors d’eouvres in the Kings Courtyard Inn common spaces between 5 and 6 p.m. and sip on some sherry after supper (that’s also set out next door).
There’s an off-street parking lot just behind the hotel that you’ll have easy access to (flat rate of $14/day), but for downtown commuting you’ll mostly be on foot. Hail a pedicab or ride-share for a faster transport and drive to sites off the peninsula.
To up the romance, head across King Street to Fulton Five (1-minute walk); locals have voted it the most romantic restaurant in town more than a dozen years in a row. And for melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, fried chicken, and other Southern delicacies, try Poogan’s Porch (5-minute walk).
Nestle into a window seat at Bin 152 (3-minute walk) to people-watch as you sip from an impressive selection of international vinos, or cozy up to the bar at High Cotton Charleston restaurant (9-minute walk)—the bar room of which features live jazz nightly.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The hotel’s location on lower King lets you be in the action of one of Charleston’s most iconic streets while its double-pane windows and tucked-away entrance give you a secluded feel. And with rates starting at $159 per night, it can be an affordable option for travelers seeking a bed in the historic district.