A modern design, affordable rates, and an excellent location in Charleston’s thriving Upper King neighborhood are this Hyatt property’s claims to fame. Though it’s right off busy King Street, a wide driveway separates the property from the hustle and bustle, giving it a secluded feel. The quiet, spacious rooms can sleep up to six, while a heated pool, complimentary breakfast, al fresco fire pit, and lobby bar make for pleasant perks. The best part? You’re mere feet from some of Charleston’s hippest bars and restaurants.
Next door to Hyatt Place is Hyatt House—a sister hotel that offers apartment-style accommodations. The Hyatt Place entrance will be directly ahead when you pull into the drive from King Street.
Choose between a king bed or two queens. All suites have a screen separating the bedroom from a roomy den, which packs a workstation and modern sleeper-sofa sectional, plus a hidden mini-fridge. Yellow, orange, and purple accents pop against the suites’ soothing gray, white, and wood palette.
For the best views, book a room on the eighth or ninth floors—you’ll have sightlines of the Ravenel Bridge to Mount Pleasant and the Cooper River.
Fluffy towels and luxe KenetMD bath products accessorize the contemporary bathrooms. King rooms have a tiled walk-in shower while queens offer a tub-shower combination.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bathrooms are closed off with a frosted glass sliding door. It’s heavy, but modest travelers may long for a more solid partition.
Smiling attendants welcome you to the capacious lobby, which is filled with midcentury modern-style lounge areas, plus table and chairs for breakfast. In 2018, the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House lobbies will be conjoined, allowing for easy access to and from the sister property.
Hyatt Place and Hyatt House share a heated indoor pool. With skylights above and comfy chaises all around, it’s an enjoyable place to spend a rainy day or cool off from sightseeings and shopping.
Work out in the well-appointed fitness room as you people-watch pool-goers splashing about next door. Complimentary headphones and chilled water are noteworthy boons.
You’re staying in the heart of Upper King’s burgeoning food-and-bev scene, so will want to save your calories and dollars for eating elsewhere. Even so, tasty breakfast bowls and Greek yogurt parfaits are served in the lobby, and upscale bar eats (like Korean street tacos and a Mediterranean bowl) as well as grab-and-go snacks are available for purchase around the clock. They don’t offer room service, so you’ll order and pick up the goods at the front desk.
Happy hour is easily accessible thanks to the lobby bar. Sip there, or take your cocktail to the outdoor fire pit patio for some fresh air.
If you plan to come and go, valet parking ($30 per night) is your best bet. If you’re going to park it and leave it, use the garage next door ($17 per night). From there, walk your way through downtown or, for a quicker commute, hop aboard a pedicab, rent a bike from Holy Spokes (the closest hub is on Anne Street), or ride-share.
Start the day off right with a breakfast sammie from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (6-minute walk)—as you’ll see from the line, the buttery biscuits have a cult-like following. For top-notch Italian fare, take your pick between the upscale vibe at Indaco (3-minute walk) or more casual Juliet (7-minute walk). Finally, get your fix of salty bivalves and fried chicken at Leon’s Oyster Shop (11-minute walk).
Choose from an eclectic list of wines by the glass at Vintage Lounge (3-minute walk) or sip a strong one at the chic speakeasy-style watering hole The Belmont (5-minute walk). If you’re looking to party, finish out the night at Trio Club (14-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though it’s a hike to the historic district, the Hyatt Place is in the heart of Charleston’s ever-growing food-and-bev scene. You won’t pay as much as you would at a boutique hotel in the same neighborhood yet you’re still getting friendly service, convenient amenities, and comfortable, quiet, and clean rooms: a win-win, for sure.