Nestled on famed King Street in the heart of Charleston’s historic district is Kings Courtyard Inn—a charming, recently redesigned circa-1853 property boasting three peaceful open-air courtyards and cheerful guest suites. Getting to your room is a treat: you’ll wind your way through old-school outdoor (yet covered) wooden hallways. Once there, enjoy historic architecture, modern furnishings, and gobs of natural light. A wide selection of room layouts accommodates a range of travelers, from singles in town for business to small families; a few suites even allow dogs.
Twelve-foot ceilings, original hardwood floors, expansive windows, and gas fireplaces (in some rooms) put off a stately vibe while a mix of antiques, modern furnishings, statement lighting, and bright, patterned textiles add a dose of whimsy. Though natural light floods the space during waking hours, blinds and blackout curtains make sleeping in a breeze. In addition to single rooms, a few two-bedrooms suites are available, as are pet-friendly rooms with a private outdoor access.
Ask for turndown service to feel extra pampered (it’s by request only).
With granite countertops, stainless steel sinks, spacious tile showers, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products, powder rooms won’t disappoint.
YOU SHOULD KNOW A handful of rooms have whirlpool tubs in lieu of walk-in showers. It you have a preference, be sure to book accordingly.
You may want to sit and stay a while in the lobby; it’s a cozy space with plush chairs, a flickering fireplace, chessboard, and friendly attendants. Though, if the weather’s nice, you’ll likely end up in one of the hotel’s verdant outdoor spaces—the Lion’s Head or Tabby Courtyard—where you’ll sit at wrought-iron bistro tables with creeping fig and other native flora surrounding you.
Carbo-load for the day ahead with the hotel’s complimentary continental breakfast served in the dining room, courtyards, or to your room. Craving something more substantial? Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from Kitchen 208 next door; it’s owned by Charming Inns, the group behind Kings Courtyard, so you’ll score $2 off.
Unwind from your afternoon activities and chat with fellow guests during wine and cheese hour in the common spaces, held each evening from 5 to 6. Return to the lobby after supper for a sip of sherry.
Park the car in the lot out back ($14/day flat rate). Drive to nearby beaches and off-peninsula destinations. For downtown exploring, take off on foot, ride a pedicab, hop on the complimentary DASH trolley, or call a ride-share service.
Look out over Charleston Harbor as you and the family munch on seafood platters at Fleet Landing (11-minute walk), or order the burrito and chilaquiles—along with a margarita, of course—at Minero (11-minute walk), an upscale Mexican eatery. For a fancier supper, try Le Farfalle (4-minute walk), an Italian bistro with a picturesque patio and succulent fare.
Order a rosé or frozé from Rudi’s Caffé e Vino (9-minute walk), housed within the oh-so Instagrammable Skinny Dip Charleston boutique. The Watch Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits gives you striking views of downtown, the rivers, and beyond, as well as an extensive cocktail, wine, and craft beer list.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Few hotels in the Holy City have both historic bones and fresh, modern furnishings—especially at this inn’s more affordable price point. Its leafy courtyards are the perfect setting for morning coffee or a glass of wine, and its lower-King location makes for easy walking to many sites you’ll want to visit.