Arrival/Check-In: After a two-hour flight delay from Philadelphia, my friend and I were eager to land in Charleston, where we quickly grabbed our luggage, called an Uber and made our way to French Quarter Inn. Our Uber driver was chatty, offering great insight into what to see and do around Charleston, and driving right past the tucked-away entrance to the hotel. It was still early afternoon, and our room wasn’t quite ready, but the friendly reception staff, who treated guests more like family, offered us a glass of Champagne while we waited on the terrace, enjoying a few moments of downtime.
Guest Quarters: Each of the boutique property’s guestrooms includes evening turndown, triple-sheeted European bedding, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, a Sound Sleep pillow menu and Blu-Ray DVD players. French Quarter offers a familiar, inn-like feel with all the trappings of a modern luxury hotel.
Our king junior suite boasted an extremely comfortable king-sized bed flanked by two nightstands, a sitting area with a full-sized sofa bed, a small table and two chairs situated near the window, a desk and an entertainment center — more than enough space for us to spread out.
The oversized marble bathroom featured an equally spacious walk-in shower with luxury amenities; however, the sink/vanity area was a bit small, with most of the space taken up with toiletries.
Services/Amenities: Among the hotel’s amenities are a series of nice touches: a Champagne welcome, an evening wine and cheese reception, Port wine nightcap service, freshly baked cookies and milk each evening. If only my one-night stay had been longer and I’d had the chance to experience more.
Dubbed Signature Extras, French Quarter Inn customizes a guest’s stay by assisting with the booking of special extras like an in-room massage, chocolate-covered strawberries, in-room flowers, a private yoga class and more. You can conveniently make the arrangements right on the hotel website.
Meeting and event space is also available.
◆ Stopping in the lobby is always a treat at French Quarter Inn. A selection of snacks and beverages — including infused waters — candy, nuts and coffee is served 24/7.
◆ Breakfast in the lobby, on the terrace or in room is included for guests and features fresh fruit, bagels and baked goods, quiches and eggs. Bicycles are also available to borrow.
◆ Location, location, location! For the purposes of my visit, French Quarter Inn was well-situated to explore some of Charleston’s best restaurants, bars and other sites, all within walking distance.
French Quarter Inn
166 Church St.
Charleston, SC 29401
tel 843 284 9582
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