Location is key at this centrally located standard Hampton Inn, which is housed in a former warehouse built in the 1800s. In fact, it’s within a block of the Visitors Center, Charleston Museum, and Marion Square, where festivals and farmers markets are held nearly year-round. The comfortably appointed lobby stars a fireplace—outdoor perks include a pool and pleasant courtyard with shaded bistro tables.
For families, cribs, high chairs, and babysitting services can be provided upon request.
Nineteenth-century period reproductions and an old-school palette fill rooms and suites. Comfortable beds with crisp sheets are the stars of the show; flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges add modern conveniences (though not all rooms have the latter two).
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms—especially those with king beds—are quite tight, so don’t expect much extra space to stretch your legs. Also, some suites are showing light wear and tear.
A granite vanity with Neutrogena products and towel-filled cubbies spruce up the basic bathrooms.
A wide and welcoming lobby offers plenty of seating and iced refreshments for the taking. Pine floors and oriental rugs add a touch of historic charm to the space.
Fill up on the hotel’s complimentary breakfast, which includes both hot and cold items and is served in the lobby. During the week, handy on-the-go breakfast bags make eating on the run easy.
You’ll self park ($17 per day) in a nearby city garage and explore on foot from there. The complimentary DASH trolley is a smart choice for more efficient downtown sightseeing, and pedicabs and ride-share are easily available, as well. Drive to sights off the peninsula.
Some of Charleston’s best restaurants are just blocks from your hotel. Try Indaco (9-minute walk) for delicious pizzas and pastas. For a daily-changing menu of hearty, Southern-inspired fare served up in a handsome modern dining room, head to The MacIntosh (6-minute walk).
You’re also blocks from upper King’s hot nightlife scene. Republic Garden & Lounge (6-minute walk)—a hotspot for bachelor and bachelorette parties—has a VIP-party scene and quaint courtyard with TVs and Stars Rooftop & Grill Room (7-minute walk) offers wines on tap and impressive views of downtown.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For travelers wanting a comfortable place to lay their head in a tip-top location, this perfectly placed chain hotel delivers. The outdoor pool is a big perk, too, for summer visitors.