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Kings Courtyard Inn in Charleston, SC

Kings Courtyard Inn in Charleston, SC

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In the heart of Charleston's historic district, the Kings Courtyard Inn embraces the energy of the city and its treasured guests. The beautifully restored rooms of this historic circa 1853 inn surround sun-filled courtyards, inviting conversation with family and fellow travelers. From expansive windows and oriental rugs to wide plank floors, from morning until evening, guests can revel in the care and company that only true Southern hospitality can give. You'll enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, evening sherry, free wireless internet, 24-hour concierge service.

The Kings Courtyard Inn strikes the perfect balance of privacy and community, activity and relaxation. Its ideal location in the heart of Charleston's historic district provides instant access to the antique and shopping districts, the City Market, historic homes, and restaurants.

History

Established in 1983.

Built in 1853 by Colonel Charles Blum, the Inn is one of the oldest buildings on famed King Street. Designed by noted Charleston architect, Francis D. Lee in the Greek revival style, the structure is accented by Egyptian architectural detailing. In the 1800's, the first floor housed shops while the second and third floors were used as a hotel.

Following the War Between the States, King Street fell into a long decline. The war's devastating effect on the Southern economy changed the character of the Blum Building's shops. Over the next century the uses of the building varied from Singer Sewing Machine, a Salvation Army for lodging women, even a skating rink.

In 1983, the building underwent a complete renovation. Two light wells of the original buildings were uncovered and enlarged, creating the two courtyards with surrounding rooms. Floors were refinished; windows replaced and modern baths and amenities were added for guests' enjoyment for years to come.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.91

Address: 198 King St, Charleston, SC, 29401
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
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  • Wed: Open 24 hours
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Comments (11):

1. Eric P.
I have stayed at the Kings Courtyard twice and both times have absolutely enjoyed it. This is a GREAT location to walk and enjoy Charleston. I found the staff at the check-in desk very friendly and helpful.  They have provided a number of excellent suggestions for dining and arranged reservations.  They allow our dog, Greeley, and she has let me know she likes to make the trip.  The rooms, at least on the backside are quite comfortable for a weekend.  The furniture is old but that adds to the ambiance.  The bed was quite comfortable.  As far as work space...don't want it.  I come here for pleasure versus work.  As for parking, it is included in your bill.  Maybe going in and out is a hassle (Yes, if you don't have your blue card, the attendent will charge you...go figure) but Charleston is a walking town.  My car gets parked and stays until time to go home.
One thing I would like.  This network of hotels charges the 1st night on your card upon booking.  How about just guaranteeing it?  If not cancelled within 5-7 days, then charge.  Other than that...no complaints.

13/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. kathy k.
Lovely inn in a great location, walking distance to everywhere you want to be including shopping, restaurants, waterfront.  The Concierge was sweet and helpful and they supplied the most useful information I have ever received with a great map and including a  list of dog friendly places because the inn is dog friendly.  Our room had an outside entrance, which was perfect.

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Jen D.
My husband and I chose this hotel because the reviews on TripAdvisor rated it very high--we wanted an awesome historic hotel right in the heart of Charleston. We were celebrating our honeymoon and wanted an unique place to stay while enjoying the area.  The hotel is located on one of the most popular streets, King Street, that's filled with great shops and restaurants. We were in great walking distance to mostly everything which was super convenient. The hotel itself is gorgeous on the outside, however the rooms weren't very impressive at all. There's "historic and charming" and then there is dated which our room felt like from the moment we walked in. It needs to be updated. Our bed was horrible in that the headboard creaks with the slightest movement and you can hear the people who share the wall with you. We could hear all sounds outside the room at night from people talking in the courtyard, slamming doors, and the staff rudely dropping newspapers on everyone's doorsteps at 6am. We had high expectations for the complimentary breakfast and wine/cheese cocktail hour that's included with the room. The cocktail hour in the evening is a great idea; it's a fun way to interact with other guests staying at the hotel. The complimentary breakfast was very disappointing compared to what is available at a commercial hotel like Hampton Inn. They totally skimp by having you "order" it and they bring it to you as opposed to it being a buffet that allows you to select and choose the items you want. The "freshly baked pastries" are obviously from a grocery stores bakery aisle. If you want a "full" breakfast they recommend you go next door to a restaurant that offers it--which is affiliated with the hotel. We chose to eat breakfast elsewhere for the remainder of our vacation so we could have a real meal. The staff who works overnight at the front desk is extremely rude. Two days in a row, my husband went for an early morning run and asked the staff to hold his key; she told him that they don't that sort of thing and was trying to brush him off. Eventually she took the key, but made it well known that each time she didn't want to do it. You have to pay for parking each day which is an added expense. Overall, we wouldn't stay here again--$200 plus a night, didn't feel like we got our money's worth and overall just mediocre accommodations. We paid for the location. Next time in Charleston, we will look in to the nearby inns and hotels which may offer better accommodations and amenities.

09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
4. Ben J.
I stayed here for three nights during a business trip.

First of all the staff aren't very helpful. There are two ladies and a guy who work the counter. They act as though it's a bother to assist you and give you weird looks in the morning. I will say that Jessica was helpful and nice but the other two didn't lift a finger.

Next, the parking is a nightmare since you're sharing a lot with other businesses. Also, don't forget the little blue parking slip when leaving or the black lady at the booth will hassle you and demand payment.

The rooms aren't horrible just inconvenient. You can literally hear people talking and coughing outside in the courtyard at all hours of the day/night. All of the furniture is old and poorly constructed. The rooms have no desk or area to work on your laptop. The TV in the room is tucked away inside this big dresser and you can't see it from your bed. Everything is very dusty and the cleaning staff do a poor job. I actually had a new towel with stains on it in my bathroom. YIKES!

Overall, the staff could be nicer and rooms quieter and cleaner. The courtyard and location is a plus.

08/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
5. David D.
Had a nice stay at Kings Courtyard. The staff was incredibly friendly, and rooms comfortable.  Parking is right behind the building. The inn is well located near Market St.  We wouldn't have a problem staying there again.

01/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Whitney J.
The perfect location in Charleston right on Kings Street!  So close to shops and restaurants.  It is historic inn with courtyards and fountains and rooms surrounding those.  Happy hour for guests between 4:30 - 6:30 each day with apps and good wine.  We were so close to everything we visited in Charleston that we never moved our car once we arrived.  If I visit again, I will definitely stay here!

08/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Amy Z.
Staff was super friendly.  Great location.  Historic hotel.  Free wine and cheese reception from 5-6 nightly and free breakfast delivered to your room at the time you specify!

26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Michael R.
I can believe more people haven't reviewed this place on Yelp!
Fist off Excellent location, walking distance to anything worth seeing or doing.
Staff was very friendly and accommodating, parking right behind the hotel,
Very Historic & charming property, Pet friendly which is a big plus because i have a diabetic Pug & an old Basset Hound that has to go everywhere with me. The only down side was that the pet friendly rooms are small but your not there to sit in your room anyway!

10/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Mark B.
The good central location in Charleston on Kings Street.  So close to shops and restaurants.  The staff is very nice and helpful.  It seems to draw nice guests too.  Happy hour for guests between 4:30 - 6:30 each day.   We will visit again.

01/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Scott B.
Great downtown location to walk to almost everything.  Staff was friendly and helpful with advice as it was our first trip to Charleston.  Unfortunately the weather was cold for the weekend so we did not get to enjoy the various courtyards. They set up portable heaters which helped but there aren't enough indoor seating areas for the breakfast and free happy hour.  I'm sure this is awesome when the weather is cooperating.

The room was a decent size and the bathroom was updated and clean.  They left us some pecan chews on the bed the first night because they knew it was our anniversary.  That was a nice touch that they did something like that.

Free breakfast was fine.  Nothing fancy but quick and functional it you want to get moving.  Same with happy hour.  Cheap wine, but it's free and they have some cheese and crackers out with it.  Good time to relax before you go out and meet other guests.

Overall and good place to stay for the price if you are looking for a cross between an old hotel and a B&B.  Not high end accommodations, but functional and nice.

18/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. R L.
Stayed here recently on a short trip to Charleston, and actually booked it solely because it was pet friendly.  I was pleasantly surprised by how charming and lovely it was!  The staff was great, and I have to especially thank Jessica who was so very helpful as my daughter left behind an item in the room and she sent it out to me straightaway.  The location is excellent, right on Kings Street, within walking distance of everything from shopping to restaurants. Parking was very easy. Breakfast was either brought to the room or you could enjoy it in the courtyard, weather permitting, or in a little area downstairs. I had both a pet friendly room and a regular room at the Inn for my adult children. The pet friendly room was not bad at all and our dog was welcomed very warmly at Reception. The regular room in the Inn was absolutely divine with a fireplace.  A lovely happy hour with wine and sherry was complementary. I have no problem recommending this Inn for anyone looking for a nice, charming and comfortable stay in Charleston.

05/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0