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The Society House in Charleston, SC

The Society House in Charleston, SC

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The Society House offers visitors to Charleston's historic district accommodations comprised exclusively of historic luxury suites with a level of comfort that rivals the finest luxury hotels of Charleston.

History

Established in 1801.

Like Charleston herself, The Society House has overcome centuries of adversity to endure as an elegant lodging option for sophisticated visitors to Charleston's famed historic district. Originally constructed in 1801, the location on the corners of King and Society Streets is at the center of the heart of Charleston's prime shopping and dining district. The building was typical of King Street merchant lifestyle - a shop on the ground floor and the family residence on the floors above. The Society House has stood strong through war, earthquake, conflagrations, floods caused by hurricanes, the Great Depression and, now, the Great Recession.

 

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Rating: 2.75

Address: 292 King St, Charleston, SC, 29402

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    Comments (8):

    1. Pat F.
    We rented 4 condo's last week for our daughter's wedding. The location and the condo's are great.  Being right on King is a great location, albeit noisy at night and early morning.

    The condo's are well equipped with new appliances and nice furniture.  Very clean too.

    The issue is unloading and parking, and lack of elevator.  Hosting the wedding we had lot's of stuff and needed to unload the cars. Unfortunately there is no unloading zone or parking, and while the property manager instructed us to unload on Society St., while we were doing that we got a parking ticket.  That is a problem when you have lots of stuff.  The lack of parking is ok if you don't have anything to unload or plan to use a car much.  Also there is no elevator and the stairs are very steep.  We rented two units on the 3rd floor and after climbing the steps what seemed like hundreds of times, I regretted renting the units.  Also the necessity of having a key to the external door in addition to the condo's was an issue when you have several members in your party going in and out.

    25/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    2. Kyran C.
    I stayed at the Society House on a recent visit to Charleston. The idea is neat, an apartment in the heart of the city with a price similar to a higher end hotel. With the Society House you have the advantage of a large space with all of the amenities of an apartment (high end kitchen, living room, large bedroom and two bathrooms) and the disadvantage is there are no staff on site if things go wrong.

    The location is hard to beat, located right on King Street you are  walking distance to everything downtown. Stopping back to drop off things, take a quick break or just recharge some batteries is easy. The disadvantage is you really are in the center of action. Located just a few blocks from the University of Charleston - King Street can get busy (and LOUD). My room seemed to be right outside of all of the excitement that happened. If you are a light sleeper and looking to get rest then this is not the place for you. If you are interested in the nightlife and don't plan on going to sleep before 2 am on the weekend this will be more your speed.

    18/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. Kimberly B.
    My husband and I have stayed at the Society House for the 5th time in June. We enjoyed each time up until this last visit.  When we returned to our condo on the first night, the air conditioner was broke. It was quite late to call anyone so we found a mini oscillating fan in the closet and toughed it out until morning. In the morning, we called management and a female property manager showed up and said the a/c would be fixed by afternoon. The ac was not fixed until after 2pm. So, we were essentially without a/c in the June Charleston heat for one night and majority of next day. I asked the manager for compensation as the cost per night was by no means cheap. She credited me back less than a half of one nights stay. She would not credit me back one full nights stay even though we sweated out our anniversary night in a airless heat-filled condo. When we returned home, we contacted that same female property manager again and asked her if we could could at least be given a discount rate for a future one night stay. She agreed and informed us to call her back with the date we would like to come back. When we decided upon the date, my husband called and left several messages on her voice mail but she has yet to return our call. We have given the Society House our business on 5 seperate occasions and had referred the place to friends. I think it is a shame the manager agreed to give us a discounted future rate but could not return our call. That was bad business practice and a complete let down for our last trip. Unless this manager returns our call and offers us a discounted rate, we will never stay at the Society House again nor refer it to anyone again. It is not worth the money.

    02/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    4. Donnell S.
    No parking.  We were there out of season and in the middle of the week, and even the recommended public lot was full.  Only 2 keys for a room that sleeps 6.  The wi-fi is barely strong enough to check e-mail with (but not always).  _Every_ morning begins with garbage trucks and construction trucks working outside your windows.  This place might have been okay if we'd booked it through a B&B website, but it was sold to us as a hotel through a 3rd party site.  It's just an apartment with no parking or wifi.

    10/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Cathy C.
    Apartment/condo is not what is advertised and it was very dirty and unkept.  
    We paid for 2 queens and a pull out sofa.  We got two doubles and a broken pull out sofa with no linens/pillows.  We were supposed to have 2 full baths and this place had 1 full bath and a very small half bath off of the kitchen.  Black marks all over the walls, thick layer of dust on baseboards, the place has really taking a beating.  Sofa bed had lots of food crumbs when we opened it.  Not even a broom to clean up the mess it made.  Stingy on towels, no response to our call.  Parking is horrible.  The upside is the location, located near all the shops.  The steps our a nightmare to the unit, there are no elevators.  Luggage was hard to get up and down.  I would recommend staying elsewhere in town.  We will return to Charleston again, but will not be staying at the Society House.

    28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Zulay V.
    Wow, we were definitely impressed by this place!

    It's a condo/apartment right in the middle of everything. The location is unbeatable, you are right in the main shopping area of Charleston. Very safe area, you walk outside and have the top of the line fashion stores and great restaurants all around you. Right across the street there is a chocolate & cafe shop, a few buildings down is a Crossfit gym!

    I went running in the morning and could run comfortably to the waterside, which was beautiful. We also walked at night to E. Bay street for dinner and to the bars.

    Great location.

    the apartments themselves are beeeeeautiful and great bang for the buck. Beds are pretty comfortable, all beautiful appliances and granite-style countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. Comfortable sofas and big screen tv in the living room, as well as another tv in the master bedroom. Showers were a little strange... kind of difficult to use and had low shower pressure but other than that everything worked great. AC worked fine and the appliances all worked fine.

    There is no one to check you in and there's no front desk, but the representatives were very attentive. I emailed to ask to book another night and got a response only a few hours later. You get a code via email for the lockbox and can let yourself right up. Very easy and I didn't feel the need for a front desk at all.

    There is no parking designated for the Society House, but we got lucky. We got a parking spot at a meter right in front of the apartment and only had to feed it for an hour in the evening and then the next day for a couple of hours. We then took the car out to visit plantations and the beach, and got a spot right when we returned. There are also garages around the corner.

    My ONE big complaint is that there was someone (or something) running around like crazy upstairs above room #204. I don't know if it was another guest, or someone who lives above the apartment... but it was INSANELY loud and obnoxious. It went on all day from morning to night. Thankfully it stopped at night when we were sleeping... but wow... that thing did not stop running around. You could hear each footstep. Hopefully it was just a guest or their dog and they're not there all the time..

    09/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Rachel L.
    Very nice apartment-style hotel right by the heart of King St.  Walk to everything... shopping, food, historical sites, waterfront.  Beautiful accommodations with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen with higher end appliances, 2 tvs, free wifi (though it was spotty & slow)...everything you would get in a hotel but without services.  If you really have an issue, you call a number for help.  We had no issues & a very pleasant stay.

    11/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. David I.
    The best way for me to explain this style of living is temporary executive housing. You do not have a front lobby, no house elevator (yes, you just carry all your luggage up the three flights of stairs), and not much of a staff. What you get in return is a large, one or two bedroom apartment. All of which have a full kitchen with the latest appliances and hardwood flooring throughout. My first visit was in suite 301, I absolutely loved that room. My last night I had to move rooms as another guest had reservations for that evening. My next room, 305, was not the same experience. There was not any hot water the entire visit, the layout of the more expensive 2-bedroom was far less open than the 1-bedroom, even the actual size is smaller. I was happy with the rate I paid for Suite 301, but i certainly am disappointed that I paid more for the 2-bedroom only to get a more crummy room. I would only recommend this place to a family or friend if they would let me explain how it all works to ensure it won't conflict with any plans.

    09/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0