As for location, you can't beat Charleston Place. If you walk across the street, you are literally in the market. It is right smack-dab in the middle of the city, which is very convenient. Maybe that is what you are paying for.
The hotel is extremely beautiful. The lobby is solid marble, with some of the most lavish chandeliers I have ever seen. They also had very beautiful fresh flowers throughout the hotel, which was a nice touch. There is a little bar/café in the lobby, and there was always live music. There was usually a piano player, but twice there was a woman playing a harp, which I thought was cool.
Our rooms were nice. They were standard hotel size, but they were really pretty. They were decorated in a beautiful soft, buttery yellow with grey accents. The beds were dark, carved wood. Very Charleston. The bathrooms were bigger than usual, but they had a scale in them, which I have always hated. I don’t want to think about that sort of thing when I’m on vacation, especially not in a place like Charleston with such wonderful food. One thing that was weird is that there weren’t any coffee pots or little fridges. There was a minibar, but it was just a basket on top of a table. It was annoying that I couldn’t make tea in the room.
Equally annoying was breakfast in the morning. It isn’t complimentary, which I think is tacky, but it is also very expensive. Three of us had breakfast, and we had very light meals. Bagels, cream cheese, a little smoked salmon, oatmeal, fruit, scrambled eggs was it, and our bill was $60. $60. That wasn’t a typo. After that, we went across the street to the Sweetwater Café for breakfast every morning.
So, if that wasn’t a hint to the price of the place, I’ll make it plain. It is expensive. Regular rooms run just over $300 a night. There are two restaurants in the hotel, both very pricey. And on top of that, you have to hassle with parking. There is a garage, which is $10 a day, but you should just spring for valet parking, which is only $17. The garage is crowded, the spaces are small, and I just about had a fit every time I had to park. Just let someone else worry about it.
So, it’s nice, but it’s expensive. If you are going to spend that kind of money, go to one of our beautiful B&Bs.
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