A short walk from a handful of Charleston’s hottest restaurants on upper King Street, this standard chain hotel is a smart bet for budget-savvy travelers looking to explore the trendier side of the city. A large pool will help you cool off after a day of sightseeing, and simple rooms offer a comfortable place to lay your head.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Don’t be fooled by this hotel’s name: it’s not located within downtown Charleston’s historic district and is a mile from the Charleston City Market.
Clad in generic hotel furnishings, guest rooms are equipped with blackout shades, a coffee maker, an ergonomic workspace, and mini-fridge. Three one-bedroom suites boast additional perks like floor-to-ceiling windows, a sleeper sofa, and a separate living room.
Don’t like the pillow on your bed? Take your choice from others on the hotel's pillow menu.
The petite, tiled spaces hold a shower-tub combo or a walk-in shower, plus a tidy vanity. For added luxe, opt for a suite, which has a television, too.
Rich hardwoods anchor the airy, well-lit lobby. You’ll mostly breeze through this space, but modern sofas offer comfy seating should you need to sit a spell.
Relax in the spacious outdoor pool—it’s got a handful of chaises surrounding it and is heated during the chilly months.
You’ll be able to order from the in-house restaurant and bar while sunbathing.
Two treadmills, a stationery bike, and an elliptical meet your cardio needs, while free weights and medicine balls help you weight train.
Fill up for the day ahead at The Meeting Room Restaurant & Tapas Bar, where a buffet breakfast is sold alongside menu items. The restaurant reopens for dinner and offers standard American entrees (burgers, a chicken sandwich, a Rueben) and a host of flavorful tapas, like Korean lettuce wraps, fried green tomatoes, and chickpea fries.
Locally brewed beer adds a local touch to the bar's standard menu.
Parking is scarce in the area, so valet your car then take off on foot. If you tire of walking, hop aboard the complimentary DASH trolley to make your way through downtown, or hail a pedicab or ride-share service. Drive to sights off the peninsula.
Take your pick from upper King’s many top-notch restaurants, including Indaco (4-minute walk), serving delicious Italian; The Ordinary (4-minute walk), offering up fancy seafood; and The Rarebit (7-minute walk), with upscale diner fare served in a midcentury modern setting.
The nearby Crooked Crown (2-minute walk) will please the whole family: kids can suck on locally made artisanal popsicles while parents can slurp down alcohol-infused poptails. For arcade games, bowling, sports, and beverages galore, head to The Alley (6-minute walk). Try Vintage Lounge (4-minute walk) for an impressive selection of vino.
WHY WE LIKE IT
While this basic chain hotel may not wow you with its design, it’s a solid, budget-friendly option for travelers looking to tap into Charleston’s hot food-and-bev scene, or those who don’t mind a longer walk down to the city’s historic district.