Photo courtesy of Kings Courtyard Inn

Photo courtesy of Kings Courtyard Inn

I recently spent an all too brief 24 hours in Charleston, SC. I was there for work, and my schedule (unfortunately) didn’t allow for more time. I happily sequestered myself in the Kings Courtyard Inn. There’s definitely a reason Condé Nast readers recently named it one of the Top 10 Best Hotels in Charleston. Actually, there are a few reasons.

This Greek revival-style beauty was built in 1853 by Colonel J. Charles Blum. Its construction altered the overall use of lower King Street from mainly homes to mixed-use buildings with rental units above retail spaces. After she was left in disrepair in the early 60s, Kings Courtyard Inn was brought back to life in 1983. Appointed with antebellum reproductions and new additions like marble countertops and spacious showers, today the inn is a nice confluence of historic charm and modern accouterments.

The inn is perfectly situated for exploration. The Old City Market is just a block away, and there are many shopping opportunities and restaurants within walking distance.

My room was a Deluxe King, which was quite commodious. With the tall ceilings and wooden floors, I feared the room would feel cavernous. However, with the ginormous four-poster bed, comfy chairs and ottoman, and inviting fireplace, it exuded a homey vibe. Sadly, it wasn’t quite cold enough to make use of the fireplace. But that’s just another reason to return in the winter months, yes?

I really enjoyed the wine and cheese reception with varied cheeses and spreads and a nice selection of wine. The bricked open courtyard areas offered nooks to enjoy your glass, read a book, or socialize with other guests.

When it came time to retire, I was a little worried the street noise would impede a restful sleep. I’m not sure if it was the comfortable bed or ample amount of pillows that ensured a solid 7 hours, but the street noise wasn’t even a factor.

I had a good bit of work I needed to do in the morning, and I appreciated the option to have my complimentary breakfast delivered to my room.

Time in Charleston, no matter how brief, is always well spent. I hope to be back in the winter so I can utilize that fireplace.

Do you have a favorite Charleston accommodation? Please share!

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