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King Charles Inn in Charleston, SC

King Charles Inn in Charleston, SC


This non-smoking boutique hotel is located in downtown Charleston, in the heart of the historic district. You can walk to all the dining, shopping and famous Market area.  We offer complimentary parking and free wifi throughout the hotel! Don't forget to stop by BREW Pub and Café - now open for breakfast!


Established in 1960.

Since 1830, there has always been a hotel on the corners of Meeting and Hasell Streets in downtown Charleston. It was once called the Pavilion and also the Argyle. In our current lobby, you will find a picture taken in 1911 of the hotel.  Edgar Allen Poe was a guest here as well as many dignitaries through the years. It was rebuilt  and opened as the King Charles Inn in 1962!


Company Info:

Rating: 4.05

Address: 237 Meeting St, Charleston, SC, 29401
  • Mon: 6:00 am - 5:30 am
  • Tue: Closed
  • Wed: Closed
  • Thu: Closed
  • Fri: Closed
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed

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Comments (63):

1. Victoria R.
Great hotel! The local is ideal for seeing the sites on the Charleston Peninsula. The service was fantastic, including the front desk staff and door men. The property is very cute and the rooms were clean and comfortable. Access to a nice gym around the corner is complimentary, always a bonus. I was overall very happy with King Charles and if I go back to Charleston I will stay there again.

31/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. angel l.
nice hotel, not alot of parking under the hotel, but never had a problem since they had extra across the street. Pool was a little small, but had great jazz playing, nice flowers and nice loungers. Really pretty sitting area with fountian and ice water next to the pool. Great location, so we could walk to everything. Our refrigerator broke right after we arrived, and they fixed it as soon as we called to report it. We were on the 3rd floor, and it could get really noisy since our room overlooked the street. We had brought a fan which drowned out most of the noise, so had no problems sleeping.

22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. Jill k.
i've been known to choose a crappy hotel or three (hey, it was before yelp, alright?), but this centrally located best western actually worked very well for us!

the room was spacious and clean, the price was reasonable, there was free wi-fi, and service was very friendly!  i would definitely stay here again if in the area!

note: booking through their website lead to best prices!

12/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Rebecca J.
This was our first trip to Charleston. The King Charles is clean, nicely decorated in old world style. It's located right in middle of downtown Charleston & if you're not looking for it you will miss it. We booked here via their online website because my husband's employer gets a discount & because the website description made the Inn sound spacious, but when we arrived it was anything but that. Pictures on website are deceiving making the hotel & rooms look spacious, its not. If you get a room w/ a balcony, you get a view of the parking garage. Pool is about the size of two large hot tubs. The Deluxe Double room was too small for 3 adults on tiny full-sized beds. When I told management the room was too small, they offered to upgrade us to their King Deluxe for no extra charge, but then our 18-year-old son would have to sleep on a cot! We said no thanks & just made do with our room, spending most of our time out of it. Never tried room service or hotel restaurant as they were too expensive. They do have free parking in their garage which was a plus. But if you leave and return in the evening be prepared to park in their overflow lot across the street. If you like small & cramped spaces then this is the place for you. In fact, this describes downtown Charleston. You will need a Mini Cooper to navigate it! For goodness sake (& your vehicles paint job) don't come here in a SUV!! You can walk everywhere to shopping & restaurants, but if you come in summer prepare to sweat profusely on your walk-about in the humidity.

10/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
5. Allison M.
Certainly the nicest Best Western I've ever stayed at.  Newly remolded, clean and well appointed decoration.  Ideal location, friendly staff, comfy beds, and reasonably valued for the price during spring season.  The breakfast option is convenient, but nothing to write home about.  Although we didn't use it, the pool was small, but nice with plenty of chaises for sunbathing.  We did enjoy the wireless, room patio, and the full happy hour bar.  Really good choice to meet many needs.

28/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Kim R.
The King Charles Inn is under renovation currently, but we just stayed in one of their renovated rooms.  Nicely decorated, comfy beds, wonderful pillows, and the bathroom was particularly nice and well-appointed.  The service was always perfect and friendly, the pool is lovely and there is a nice seating area just above it and outside the bar where weary parents can have a glass of wine after the kids are in bed (thank you long-range baby monitor).  Parking is free and the hotel was generous with guest passes although that may change once all the rooms are available and extra spaces are less plentiful.
The breakfast looked and smelled awesome, but we were meeting family and they wanted to eat elsewhere.  Woe is me, we ended up at IHOP.
The location is fantastic as well.  I thought the rates were very reasonable for the level of service and the quality of the rooms.  The website had some excellent deals,
I would definitely stay here again.

30/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Robyn C.
When we arrived for a weekend trip, we were pleased with the location of the hotel and what appeared to be a nice room. The check-in staff were friendly and accommodating. I woke up after the first night feeling itchy. My husband read that a sign of bed bugs is tiny blood spots on the sheets, so he inspected the bed and found about 10 tiny spots on my side. When we removed the sheets we found a tiny black bug that appeared to be dead. We called the front desk and a bellman came and picked up the bug and looked at it. We asked to be moved so we could shower. The manager came up and said she couldn't find any bugs and asked to see the bites. I didn't want to pull down my pants to show them. She said she had been trained extensively in bed bugs and the bites don't itch and the bugs are clear. A quick look at WebMD disproves both statements. We were told two people had just checked out and a new room would be available soon. We went to eat breakfast and checked back. No room, but they promised to call as soon as one was ready. We ventured out in 30 degree weather to a coffee shop to wait. After another 90 minutes, we called and were told housekeeping was checking on rooms. After 20 minutes, we walked back and the front desk staff scrambled and eventually found a room -- more than three hours after our initial call. The manager was rude and acted as if we were being deceitful. We stayed the second night without issue. The next morning my husband visited the manager before showed her cell phone pictures of the bites on my legs. She said pest control didn't find any bugs. He got very upset with her and she was exceediny was rude to him. Later, I asked to see her and told her that while I'm certain there are people who scam hotels, we are not those people. We never asked for anything except a different room and it took three hours to get it. I told her I didn't appreciate her questioning my credibility. She said that when she came to our room I had said I didn't have any bites and that I said I was being a "hypochondriac." What I had actually said was that I was itching all over and that after finding the bug and the blood, some of the itching could be "psychosomatic." Big difference. She was inexcusably rude and defensive when all we wanted was a clean room and a sincere apology. I don't blame them for the bugs. That can happen at the nicest hotels. I do blame them for treating us like criminals and liars.

13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
8. Nathan C.
I love this hotel. We stayed here back in June for a weekend.  Its within walking distance of the straw markets and the shopping on King street. We just parked the car, which is free and walked around. We did not try the breakfast because there is so much great food in Charleston anyway. We did get in the pool though, which is small but cute and deep.  This is a nice place and the staff are friendly. I would not stay anywhere else in Charleston.

08/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Liz U.
Stayed here with some girlfriends for a bachelorette weekend and was delighted with the hotel!  The rooms were clean, nicely decorated and spacious enough for our needs.  The pool, while small, was sufficient, with a nice lounge area with tables.  They had a daily happy hour with drink specials and a fruit and cheese platter, which was satisfied our mid-afternoon snacking needs.  They also had free coffee and iced water- two staples for late nights and the summer Charleston heat!  The location was great as everything we needed was in walking distance.  The only negative was that our bathtub was slow to drain.  Other than that, the price was great and everyone commented that this was the best Best Western they'd ever stayed in!

11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Rob W.
This is is a nice hotel that has been recently remodeled. The price was very reasonable for the location which is in the heart of the historic district. The rooms have internet and the business area has computers with internet access. They have an in house bar for early evening drinks. Parking is free in a secure lot.

29/12/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. CS B.
This hotel is in a great location, so close to everything: the shops on King, the open Market st shops, the aquarium, half a block from Jestine's and Fig... The staff was really friendly and the room was spacious. Comfortable King bed and good pillows! Very clean, too, I am paranoid about hotel cleanliness.  Only complaints: loud ( but very cold) a/c, weird low ceiling hallways and balcony overlooked the parking lot. Pool is comically tiny. The room was very nice though and the location really couldn't be better.  The hotel is very difficult to navigate, like 3-4 buildings cobbled together, it was very difficult to get from our room to the front desk, we usually just walked through the parking lot.

22/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Lydia Chur E.
Nice hotel, with clean updated rooms a bit on the small side.  Parking is a bit limited and spaces are a bit tight.  Conveniently located, easy to walk to restaurants from here.  Helpful staff.  I would stay here again.

02/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Trish K.
Had read the reviews and found this inn to be rated very well. I have to agree.  The rooms had poster beds with comfortable mattresses and pillows and stark white bedding that not only lent to a light and airy room, but also to the cleanliness of the room.  The King Charles Inn is conveniently located to everything downtown in the heart of the historic district - the City Market is only a block and a half away and it's centrally located so that you can walk to most anywhere or hop the free bus that runs throughout the downtown area.  We never used the bus as we had rented a car, which is nice to have if you plan on visiting any of the plantations or anything outside of the downtown area.  Free parking at the hotel was a nice bonus that we took advantage of for the duration of our stay,  The staff is very friendly and accommodating and I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to visit Charleston who wants to stay downtown without breaking the bank.

29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Jennifer A.
Clean, affordable, and excellent location to all the sites we wanted to see.

We were not able to check in early, but they took our bags for us and let us park there while we were looking around.  Staff was very friendly.  Free coffee.  

The only issue was the parking - if you left after like 7pm good luck finding a spot upon your return.

02/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Nicole T.
This hotel is near most of the attractions (market, shopping, Restaurants). The pool area is nice and relaxing. The staff is friendly. In the lobby they offer happy hour specials which includes a complimentary fruit and cheeses tray. I will return to this hotel on my next visit. The hotel had ths the best soap, oatmeal. The rooms had granite counter tops. Also, there was complimentary tea and coffee avaible in the lobby.

14/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Kristen P.
Great stay at the King Charles Inn! The location is perfect, placed just steps away from the famous Jestine's kitchen, city Market, Wine bars, Jazz bars, and historic sites galore! We had a perfect vacation and wonderful accommodations with this hotel. The value was incredible, the staff were beyond friendly, the room was so spacious and clean! We wouldn't stay anywhere else upon a return trip!

14/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Mike S.
This hotel is conveniently located on Meeting street, just on the north side of all the shops and restaurants.  We got a great rate and decided to give it a shot.

The hotel has a very upscale feel, especially for a Best Western - likely the result of their recent renovation.  The front desk staff were very courteous and helpful with suggestions on local restuarants and activities.  We had no problems with parking or check-in.

The rooms are well-decorated and comfortable, if on the small side.  I think they have about the smallest bathrooms allowed by OSHA!  But overall we were very pleased with the rooms.

Overall, a great location for an overnighter or a two-night stay, but if you're looking for a room to spend more time in these may be a little too cramped.  We totally enjoyed it for what it was, however!

23/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Cowboy B.
The company photos here on Yelp are pretty accurate. This is probably the nicest Best Western I have ever been in. The rooms are very upscale and the hotel just looks nice. It fits in with the neighborhood. The location is great. Charleston isn't the kind of city you want to drive should walk it. You could pick almost any street and you'll find something historic and interesting on a walk. The King Charles Inn is situated smack in the middle of some really nice walking streets. Lots of popular restaurants are nearby.  

For the negatives, I couldn't find many but these are the ones that stood out: Our bed had nice sheets and pillows but one of the two beds in our room sagged in the middle. We didn't use it much but the TV had only 12 channels, which seemed odd in this modern world.  Parking was tight but there was ample overflow. The parking garage, which is under the hotel, always seemed full and I think that's because everyone did like us and parked one day and didn't move their cars until check out. You don't need to in this location. The pool was small but situated in a cute courtyard that most of the time seemed private.

I would stay at this hotel again, though probably not in hot, sticky July.

05/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Dorothy P.
Here's an update on the Best Western - King Charles Inn as of May 2010, post renovation. This is still the best Best Western to which we've ever been. Indeed, it doesn't even seem like a standard Best Western but rather like a  three star hotel that is, in addition, very central to all the restaurants and attractions of historic downtown Charleston.

Highlights of our experience at the King Charles included: General cleanliness and neutral to nice smells throughout the hotel; excellent shower fixtures and granite surfaces in the bathroom and in the small writing area; an excellent balcony with two rocking chairs; plenty of soft, quality towels; and a Pacific Coast down comforter on the comfortable king-sized bed.

The staff at the King Charles was 100% pro: The bell hop had some really good advice regarding restaurants and live music venues; and our maids were really smiley and pleasant.  

The King Charles has a small but meticulously kept pool, a lovely breakfast room, and a nice little bar area and, best of all, its own parking lot right under the hotel which comes with the price of your room. The parking is a real plus considering that many of the other snobbier hotels in town charge you $15/night to park your car, parking on the street in Charleston is all but impossible and the "boot" is liberally used. Guests should be aware that if the lot right under the hotel is full, there is an "overflow" lot  right across Meeting Street.

We will most definitely stay at the King Charles the next time we are in Charleston, may it be soon! It is a wonderful oasis at a very friendly price.

05/05/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Matt S.
From the rooms to service the hotel is top notch. You will not find better. The staff is top notch, the rooms are modern and clean, and you are within easy walk to most of Charleston's top sites. You won't regret this choice. We always stay here when in town.

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Jody A.
Very nice hotel! Im not a fan of Best Westerns in general but this is definitely a step above any Best Western and super convenient location. Stay here and walk the block to Hyman's Seafood...cant beat either one in downtown Charleston!

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Kinda Invisible S.
Rooms are way small, air conditioner ran all night, walls are paper thin and they charge you for everything (even though their website makes it sound as if breakfast is included).  No thanks.

25/09/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
23. Matt M.
Very nice hotel, great location. Close to some great bars and restaurants, the Battery and shopping on King St.

18/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
24. Reed W.
The staff was friendly and it was in a great location for exploring Charleston on foot.
The facilities were well kept and clean but a bit confusing, since there was no easy way to get to the room from the lobby. This may be due to the architectural restrictions in Charleston. Also, the rooms were over decorated to the point that it limited usable space within the room. Maybe due to age, the walls between rooms were not good at isolating neighboring sounds, but this was not a big deal for our stay.

We were unable to book a room with a balcony, but worth checking out in the future.

14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
Wife and I stayed here, and this is the BEST we have stayed in with the Best Western Hotels. The Manager and staff are will trained....LOVED THIS PLACE...!!

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. candy c.
We arrived at cocktail hour and it felt like we were staying at a nursing home. Seriously, everyone was over 60. Yes, I realize it's Best Western. But still. The room was small and awkwardly located. It was clean and nice enough.

I did NOT appreciate housekeeping calling at 9:49am to see if we wanted our room serviced--not cool, Best Western. I'm on Vacation! And I'm not 60 so don't wake me up to give me towels on YOUR schedule.

05/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
27. Jacqueline J.
Nice, modern hotel, recently revamped from the look of it, in a great location on the peninsula. Pricey for us, but suspect you can get better rates in advance. Parking is included in the price. Great desk staff - they were really lovely and helpful.

11/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Guy C.
Awesome  service as soon as we pulled up! Everyone was very nice from the front desk to the bartender. They even made our reservations for dinner at 82nd queen.

10/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Debbie A.
I was very disappointed with our stay here.  I read lots of glowing reviews before booking two months ahead, when I could have booked virtually anywhere in the city, and requested one of the highly recommended rooms with a balcony.   Upon arriving, we discovered that the balcony looked out over the interior parking garage of this hotel.  What a joke - incredibly misleading about the balcony and view.  When I complained about this to the general manager, all I got was an apology saying "I'm sorry it was not described properly on our website."  Buyer beware!

23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
30. Betsy Z.
Exceeded our expectations! Great service and amenities, perfect location for walking anywhere in the historic district. We will stay here again!

19/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Sally G.
Great place to stay, can walk Charleston's historic district, shop on King St and at the Market, and dine casual or fancy.  Room was beautiful, clean and staff friendly.

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. Shannon P.
"Best" Western is one I"ve ever seen.

Let me start by explaining that I'm a self-proclaimed hotel snob.  I travel every week for work and stay in many hotels....and have even walked out of a few because they weren't 'good' enough - yes, this is the person that chose to stay at a Best Western.  

I was headed to Charleston for work and looked on to find other reviews in addition to yelpers.  As work doesn't allow me to stay at a $400/night hotel, I needed to find something nice and affordable.  When I saw that the Best Western received the #8 rated hotel in all of Charleston, I thought I'd give it a try.  

It did not disappoint - overall, it is quite nice.


- Great location - walking distance to the market and lots of restaurants

- Rooms are nice and updated - great bedding and soft feather pillows.  

- iHome alarm clocks in room for iPod hook up

- Large flat screen TV mounted on wall

- Nightly 'manager special' cocktails on the 2nd floor lobby


- Rooms are VERY small, but this isn't atypical of Charleston

- Bathrooms are even smaller - at least in my room (317).  It was actually difficult to use - the door was almost like a partition between the shower and the vanity.  It was okay for my one night stay, but any longer and this would've been an issue.

- The walls are quite thin.  I could hear the entire conversation going on in the room next to me and they weren't yelling by any means.  Thankfully they weren't late night chatterers or that would have been an issue.  

Not a bad experience overall...I'd recommend it if you're on a budget.

03/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
33. Vim I.
Thanks Yelp for helping me find this place! After reading the reviews, I booked a room for a one-night stay in downtown Charleston the day off and called Best Western directly for the best rates. The rep on the phone was very helpful and gave me some useful information about the area. I got a room for Thursday night for $129 with the AAA discount.

This hotel is located right in the heart of the Charleston...some of the hottest restaurants are just blocks away and of course King street is just a block away with a slew of shopping choices.

With your overnight stay you get complimentary parking in the garage behind the hotel or in the lot across meeting street. That helps considerably knowing that it's hard to find parking in downtown Charleston.

The rooms and bathrooms are pretty big and comfortable with all the amenities you could ask for. The ceilings are low in the hallway and the hallways themselves are fairly narrow so it's hard to pull luggage carts and large suitcases through.

27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Cindy A.
This is the second time I have stayed here and both times were outstanding.  It is in the historical section of the city so you can walk to all things historical.  The general manager gave us her take on tours and restaurants during the late afternoon reception.  I especially like the door man at the hotel.........  A nice touch and I like the safety aspect.  Parking is free.

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Ryan O.
Overall this is a pretty good hotel when you take into account the price, features, and location. I would stay here again.

I have to admit I was skeptical about staying here. Best western is not a chain I usually frequent but the reviews seemed promising.  First off and most important, the price is very right. I was able to get a room through Hotwire for just over $100 a night.
The exterior and interior hallways are a little shabby but the rooms are nicer. You can tell the rooms were recently remodeled or if not the cleaning staff is doing a hell of a job. It's not your typical remodel/cleanup job that looks like layers and layers of paint on top of dirt.

Overall, everything is nice... the showers, bathrooms, decor, crown molding, room size, even the free internet that wasn't horrible. Tangent: why is free hotel internet always so crappy? That wasn't the case here.

The location is great for seeing downtown historic Charleston. Everything is just a short walk away and the area feels safe. It's easy go get in and out of and best of all parking is free, free, free.

My only real complaint is that the elevator is pretty wonky. The 1st level exit takes you to the back corner of the garage and it is inconvenient to get out.  The only exit from there is all the way on the other side of the building. I found it easier to just take the stairs but even then you had to navigate through the pool and lobby. It was rather odd but really just a minor inconvenience.

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Dendora S.
the general mgr informed me how much money they are losing on my reservation because I bought my room on priceline. I asked if they would consider refunding me one evening because I had an issue at home. she got very ugly with me and made me feel very unwelcome.
This hotel has a $50 early departure fee that they dont have listed

30/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
37. Jennifer I.
This hotel was absolutely wonderful and charming. I stayed here for a romantic weekend getaway, and it was perfect. I was nervous about it being a "chain" hotel, but the Best Western company definitely kept it classy and in touch with historic Charleston. It has a parking garage/lot, with unlimited in-and-out, and it is within walking distance to everything downtown. The rooms are not huge, but they are very clean and well-kept. The bar at night serves great drinks, which you can enjoy while sitting in the rocking chairs on the patio that overlooks the street.

I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. jim m.
We were just there from August 2nd until August 5th  2014.  The place is spotless.  The service is excellent.  The people that work there are very nice and are very classy. The café that is on the grounds is very good for breakfast or to grab a beer before heading out.  It is also located 2 blocks away from the main part of downtown.  What a great place.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Tommy W.
The King Charles Inn is a great value and conveniently located to everything in downtown Charleston. The staff aims to please and has always made me feel at home. I love the free parking, free wifi, and the rooms are nice and clean. There's an outdoor pool for relaxing with a book and the kids love it! We bring our bikes and ride all over town and bike the bridge to Mt. Pleasant and Patriots Point for helicopter tours. King St is just a block away for the best shopping in Charleston. Marion Square is only a couple of blocks away so make sure you go there on Saturday and/or Sunday for the art and jewelry and food etc that they put out during the summer months. The breakfast is reasonable and quick so it's easy to get fed before heading out on your Charleston adventure. I'm a regular at several hotels but this is the only one where I always find a handwritten card and chocolates from the general manager, Maureen, thanking me for my loyalty. Neither the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, the Fairmont in Santa Monica nor the Trump in Soho or the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago have shown so much appreciation for my countless stays with them over the years. For a more budget minded trip and especially when traveling with children I highly recommend the King Charles Inn!

31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Benjamin G.
We had booked our hotel reservation for our honeymoon on HotWire and had no idea we'd be staying at such a nice Best Western! Located smackdab in the middle of the historic district, this location is ideal and has access close to everything you want to check out and enjoy. We were so pleased the minute we pulled into check-in.

First, complimentary parking underneath the hotel or behind is a huge win. Parking in Charleston is either A) difficult as all get out or B) extremely expensive. Having complimentary parking and the option to come and go as you please is a wonderful amenity. This gives you the freedom to adventure and not worry about breaking the bank with parking.

We made it to the front desk and the staff was so friendly. Welcomed us and even gave us a map of must try places. Helped us navigate with a small legend of some things close by. They thanked us for choosing them, coming all the way from Charlotte, and upgraded us to a massive king bed! Huge props! There is also a lounge area up the stairs where they have free cookies and cheese/crackers throughout the day.

We made it to our room and not but 10 minutes later, we were greeted by a butler with champagne and chocolates! Happy Honeymoon to us!

The rooms and spacious and have incredible amenities. Big bathrooms, tons of furniture, nice TV and a fridge. This is great since we almost always had leftovers.

This location feels so safe. Having inside entrances to hotel rooms is a big plus. Absolutely love this location. Affordable and the staff does a fantastic job. Can't wait to stay here again upon our next visit to Chucktown.

29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Ryan P.
Just had a great stay at the King Charles Inn. It is in a great location near restaurants and shops. The manager's reception at 430 has a good assortment of cheese, crackers fruit and discounted drinks. The hotel is well kept and the staff was very accommodating!

03/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
42. Karen T.
Excellent location in the midst of the historic district. Most things, except restaurants, close down around 5pm or so when the cruise ships typically leave. This hotel was definitely better than the typical Best Western. They were renovating the lobby and breakfast area so can't say much about that. Price is pretty reasonable for roughly $115 a night.

-Excellent location in Downtown Charleston. Most attractions and restaurants are within walking distance.
-FREE parking!!!
-Hotel rooms and bathrooms are pretty updated.
-Complimentary coffee and tea all day. Complimentary mini donuts, cupcakes, and danishes during breakfast hours and cheese and grapes during the late afternoon.

-The rooms are TINY. The bed took up most of the room and that was it. It was really tight and pretty uncomfortable.

-Book early for better rates. Prices went up as the date approached.

03/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Sarah W.
This is a beautiful hotel. The staff is so friendly and helpful! We were upgraded to a king suite from a queen. The only downside we had was the bed was very firm. I have a back problem and my back was actually hurting from sleeping on the bed. I had to take one of those very big yellow pillows and put behind my back to sleep comfortably. The hotel is in a great area. Able to walk to shops and restaurants. One restaurant you have to try if you're going to Charleston is Fleet Landing Restaurant. They have amazing food. It has been the best seafood I've had.

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
44. Jenn D.
Pretty good rooms for the price! Beds are very comfy, and everything is very modern in the rooms. Parking and wifi are free. Doorman is very friendly and a nice service. Upstairs from the check-in desk is a lounge area that is nicely heated compared to the outside frigid air when I visited. Location is good, just on the edge of the historic district.

Downsides: No breakfast included. The gym is not attached to the hotel, and you have to pay $5 every time you want to use it. We had to change our reservation, and they called us at 5 AM pacific time to confirm this change in our reservation. Think about what time you're calling someone on the west coast when you're located on the east coast.

Even with that, I would recommend this place to others.

09/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
45. Pallabi G.
This was a very lovely hotel. The location just can't be beat. The rooms are quaint and artfully decorated. The staff is very helpful from things like carrying our luggage up the stairs to giving us great recommendations to being good sports about being accosted by our drunk bride to me. The pool side wine and cheese is a wonderful touch. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for ideally located hotel in Charleston.

19/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Jonna P.
I really enjoyed my stay here. The rooms are up to date and furnished very nicely. The highlight for me was the shower,  closest thing to being in my own. The location is superb,  you are in a great place to walk anywhere downtown Charleston.  The front desk was more than helpful as I had a morning meeting, they held my luggage for me so I didn't have to lug it with me as I walked to my meeting. The pool is small but the overall feel of the hotel is great.

19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Jason P.
This was originally a Best Western hotel that converted to this current incarnation.

The location is good as we don't mind walking. Lower King street is a block away and most of the attractions are about 10 minutes away.

The worst part of this hotel has to be the air conditioning unit-noisy and located right next to the bed at head level, this is unacceptable at this price point. Reading other yelp reviews, this is not an uncommon complaint.  Even after maintenance adjusted it twice, the noise level was too high to get a good night's sleep.

I can forgive that some of the staff lacks the skills expected for a hospitality industry professional (smiling and volunteering information is an expectation). I can also overlook that the condition of the hotel is not in top shape (the Best Western does show).  What I can't forgive is that both my wife and I lost sleep which impacted the vacation.

It may have a more sophisticated name now but it's like putting lipstick on a pig. It essentially is still a Best Western.

20/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
48. Kelley C.
Edited - Maureen got back to me and apologized for the issue. We'll be staying there in April and we're looking forward to it.

12/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Lauren D.
I loved our stay at the King Charles Inn.  Great location, clean rooms, free wifi, restaurant on-site for breakfast, light snacks, drinks, and desserts, friendly staff, and nice lounge area with fireplace.  My husband and I would absolutely stay at the King Charles Inn again on our next visit to Charleston.  I would recommend it to other travelers, as well.  

The only downside would be that the rooms are fairly small, so if you are traveling with a family you may want to get a suite, or request a larger room.

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
50. Oleg K.
NIce place in the heart of Charleston!

15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Amy R.
This hotel is excellently located for visitors to Charleston. It is within walking distance of almost everything to do in the historic downtown area. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable, the only minor issue was being able to hear the people next door through the walls. The happy hour complimentary snacks and evening cookies and tea were a nice touch!

04/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
52. i d.
In a world where making a quick buck and treating customers with little to no respect has become standard operating procedure for many businesses, this hotel and their excellent staff are a CLASS ACT.

On a Friday night at 6pm, after almost 8 hours in the airport, Delta finally canceled our flight to Charleston, and told us there were no flights available for the rest of the night and the first seats they had available for the next day wouldn't even get us in for dinner on Saturday.

I immediately called the hotel, knowing it was one of the busiest weekends of the year for them (college graduations and Mother's Day) and told them that our flight was cancelled and that we needed to cancel the room. We were absolutely DREADING the thought of paying for the unused hotel room, but knew we would just have to suck it up and pay.

The woman I spoke with at the King Charles Inn was instantly SO compassionate and genuinely sympathetic (a welcome change from dealing with horrendous Delta "customer service" all day); she said they wouldn't charge us for the room for either night. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT and asked her to repeat it twice just to be sure.

After what was the worst day I have ever spent in an airport, the King Charles Inn was so lovely and hospitable, they were the bright point of our day, and we didn't even get to stay there... But we will from now on when we go to Charleston!!

10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
53. Laura G.
Stayed here recently for a romantic getaway to beautiful Charleston. I ended up booking it with a flight combo through American Express Travel and the hotel rate was significantly less than others in the area.

Things we loved:
Free parking
Free wifi
Free cheese/daily happy hour
Free bike storage (we rented bikes and they secured them in the manager's office for us--so nice!)
Extremely clean and tasteful decor
Free water bottles (2) every day
Amazing bartenders---espresso martini is on point!!
Prime location (we don't mind a 10-20 minute stroll, so this was a great spot for us)
Friendly service

We ended up having a room with an oversized bathroom (king bed on 4th floor)--it was great! I had read reviews about the balcony over the garage so didn't bother asking for one. We didn't use the pool (a bit small for the weekend crowd), but it was nice.

Would definitely stay here again on our next trip!

28/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. Itanni B.
It was great until the internet and cable stopped working. Loved the pool, the bed, the bathroom. Bad view, but I was on vacation. Who wants to stay indoors?! The welcome at 4:30pm was okay. Not enough fruits. Just grapes, and not great one's either. But everyone seemed to be having a good time. From 4:30pm to 5:30pm it's happy hour and you get $1 off drinks. I was not in the mood for drinking so it did not matter to me. Overall I would stay here again for sure.


Check-in is at 4pm but they had my room ready at 2pm. Awesome! In the meantime, since I got there at 11am they let me chill by the pool and they held on to my luggage.

Had the pool to myself most of the time. It is a little awkward because the pool is literally next to a very busy street (Meeting Street). But whatever, when you are boiling hot, the focus becomes the cool water.

Check-out is at 11am but they let me chill by the pool until I chose to leave at 1pm.

I know, I love pools! LOL. :)

But I also need internet and cable! Argh. Good thing is that the internet and cable went down in the morning when I was on my way out. If it had happened at night....that would have been a whole other matter!

03/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Morgan H.
The room was so nice and well decorated, but really the service at this hotel was the shining star. Our first day I turned on the shower and water was shooting EVERYWHERE, so we decided to just wash up and let the front desk know on our way out to breakfast. They were so gracious and it was fixed before we returned, you wouldn't even know that there was a water feature in our room an hour earlier! I have to say, this is such a wonderful little hotel, located right in the center of everything and I am so happy we decided to stay here. This was our first trip to the south and we stayed in a larger hotel in Savannah and here, at the King Charles Inn. This place was right up our alley, and even though there was construction going on next door we didn't even notice.

Also, I must say that Taylor, the bartender, is just awesome! Really, I cannot say enough nice things! He is their secret weapon? Or maybe a hidden nugget of gold? Whatever you want to call him, he is a great conversationalist and can recommend excellent restaurants around town, things to absolutely not miss and things you can live without. We never like to be a tourist, more just travelers and we really enjoy the rare conversations that lead to little gems that are local favorites, or maybe something new and exciting.

Thank you, for making our stay so relaxing and pleasant, it was a treat and we can't wait to return!

05/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Mark S.
As of 9/5/14 there is construction going on next door, they're building a new hotel right next to the King Charles. Construction noise started at 7:30AM, it ended around 4 or 5 pm.  So not bad, but something to be aware of.

We really liked the hotel!  Dave checked us in and was super nice and helpful.  When we walked back thru the lobby later, the hotel clerks greeted us by name!  

Our room was very comfortable, clean and nice.  We even had windows that opened!

The location of the hotel is right where you want to be.

What about parking, you may ask? ... FREE!  Amazing!  And I noticed that the doormen seemed to keep an eye on the parking area.  

We found plenty of restaurant choices near, I know we'll be staying here again!

05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
57. Dan W.
The location is central enough, on Meeting Street, and since this was my first time to the city, that was super important as I could walk everywhere I needed to. One thing I noticed quickly about the area in general is parking. Thankfully King Charles Inn has parking down below the hotel, but that fills up quickly and stays that way all afternoon and night, only clearing out a little around checkout. There is some parking across the street which is where I left my rental car for a couple days.

The accommodations were pretty nice from my perspective with the classy Southern decor all around. I had a deluxe King for a couple nights which was enough space for all my luggage laid out. Not much of a view from my room, but lets in enough light. The front desk was courteous every time I entered or left. I did not partake of any of the other amenities or their restaurant / bar. Plenty of great restaurants nearby.

Staying in downtown Charleston is not cheap, especially when making reservations only a few weeks ahead in late summer... that alone probably increased my nightly charge $50.

24/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Lori H.
What a great place to stay! Excellent location. You are centrally located to everything. The hotel staff was awesome. Jesse checked us in and gave us great shopping and tour tips. Aaron helped us out with where to go on our dining. Loved the free parking!  The rooms were clean and we had lots of towels. We will be back soon. Thanks for a wonderful birthday week!

05/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
59. Jonah P.
Great little hotel a half step from the heart of downtown.  From the free parking, to the friendly front desk staff, to the clean and comfortable rooms, this hotel is an easy choice for visiting Charleston.  The location is ideal for walking to any restaurant or shop downtown, which is a huge plus because parking can be a nightmare, and just as easy to hop on the highway and explore surrounding neighborhoods and towns.  The price, while not rock-bottom is fair considering the ammenities and their competitors' pricing in the area.  Overall, had a nice stay, and would absoutely book here again.

15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
60. Joe J.
The staff here goes above and beyond your expectations if you have any problems with your stay. I would definitely recommend this hotel for not only their southern hospitality but the cleanliness and also the fact that the rooms are very sound proof. We didn't hear anything from adjoining rooms or any road noise. The breakfast here was really good also. The kitchen staff here are very friendly. Thank you Maureen Sheridan at King Charles for making our honeymoon a time to remember.

26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
61. Alex D.
Easily the best hotel we found in Charleston in terms of price and location.

Ok, so the bathrooms are small and the view is not great/non existent but they décor is lovely and they have free wifi and parking. Legit.

Not to mention, everyone we came across, whether they were working and staying there, was super friendly and helpful. It's amazing what a quick hello in can do for one's morning outlook.

It's also worth mentioning that although there is a pool, it's tres small (inappropriate for laps) and lined with glass sliding doors, on the other side of which is the hotel lounge and restaurant... bit too goldfish in a fish bowl for my liking.

Still, would most definitely stay here again and recommend to people looking to stay in the city (town?) centre at an affordable price!

07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
62. Ashlea L.
I stayed here this past weekend with 7 other gals for a bacherlorette party & it was the perfect spot for us. We had conjoined rooms & enough space to all get ready. You can only imagine right? Our rooms were clean & the beds were comfy.

The hotel is super cute inside. The decor is elegant/southern chic. Free parking is a huge plus & it was centrally located to everything we were walking to.

I would definitely stay here on another trip to Charleston.

06/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
63. Jarrett E.
Wow, drove into Charleston on a spur of the moment trip. Found this place on Expedia. Had great reviews and free parking!! I see why the reviews are great. Older hotel but, this place is great! Room is super clean, above average toiletries, comfortable mattresses and the bar/pub on the second floor adjacent the lobby it great. The bartender (Taylor, I think) made a FANTASTIC old fashioned and my wife a terrific martini. He also suggested several local steak houses for us to decide on for dinner. The front desk was also very polite. Every now and then you run across a place to stay that deserves to time to write a review about. Keep up the good work guys.

06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0