Our road trip through North Carolina continued on into South Carolina. (I should have called this the “Carolina road trip,” right?) The entire purpose of this trip was so that our daughter could visit a number of cities to see where she might want to work when she finished her time working at Disney. For someone interested in a career in the hospitality field, Charleston, South Carolina seemed like a very logical place to look.
Charleston is quintessentially Southern. I’ve always felt that Savannah, Georgia was the city of the South, but Charleston has replaced it in my mind….and for only one reason: Savannah seems younger to me, a little more relaxed and casual, and Charleston feels a little more mature and refined. (But that is just my opinion. Ask anyone else who has been to both, and you are likely to get an entirely different viewpoint. 🙂 )
Like Savannah, Charleston has sooooo many wonderful places to stay…from hotels to inns to bed and breakfasts and more. It took me a very long time and a tremendous amount of research to decide on our accommodations for our time in The Holy City (named so because of the religious freedoms and large number of places to worship there.)
My first requirement was that our hotel should be located so that we could walk to shops and restaurants downtown. That still left a large number of choices. After that I was able to weed out a number of them because they were simply over our budget; a number had not-so-great-reviews (like old, dated rooms, not clean, etc.) and a few felt more formal than I thought we would be comfortable staying in.
The HarborView Inn then ended up being my choice. Not only was it within walking distance of so many places we wanted to see, but it also had water view rooms… and they had a special going on at the time we were to be there. (Free parking and 15% off, I believe.) So I called…and…they were booked. 🙁
But I called back a day or two later. There had been a cancellation, and we were lucky enough to get a room! 🙂
Our room in the inn was large, and I loved those four poster beds!
A small seating/dining area was in the corner.
The cabinet designed to hold clothing and the television was beautiful.
The beds were extremely comfortable, as were the pillows. In fact, our daughter was so impressed with the pillows that she asked for one for Christmas! She did a little research, found out they were made by Harris Pillow Supply, and her brother got her one for a Christmas present.
The bathroom was quite large enough for the three of us to store all our toiletries and not feel crowded.
Gilchrist and Soames bath products were provided in each room.
Before we arrived, I contacted the staff there at the HarbourView to let them know that the day of our arrival was our daughter’s birthday. I asked if they could get a small cake, cupcake, or really anything to have waiting for her as a surprise in our room, I would greatly appreciate it. (Thinking they would simply add it to our room charge.) Well, they surprised all of us with a complimentary bottle of wine waiting for her on the desk in the room…
a birthday card and cupcake bedside! (Talk about customer service! 🙂 )
Oh, and our staying there was also a surprise for her. I had told her we could not get reservations at the HarbourView and would be staying at a Hyatt. So she was doubly delighted with our accommodations! 🙂
After we looked around the lobby, the room, and the coffee/tea area, we went upstairs to check out the rooftop terrace.
It had quite a view of the city…
and the water front. 🙂
There were a number of included amenities that really made staying at the HarbourView especially nice. Complimentary snacks and iced tea were available all day in the lobby. Cookies, milk, and candies were served there in the evening, and complimentary coffee was available in the atrium lobby all day long. Also, a very nice breakfast with pastries from a local bakery was included in the room rate. You could enjoy your breakfast in the atrium lobby, on the rooftop deck, or have it delivered to your room (as we did.)
When we return to Charleston again, I know we will chose the HarbourView Inn again. (And no this is not a sponsored post! 🙂 ) You just can’t beat all the amenities and its location.
Now that I have shared with you where we stayed, I want to show you all the places we visited and where we dined while in Charleston. It was a lot of walking! In fact, my Fitbit hit over 16,000 steps in one day there – second only to a day at Disney. (I’m a walker not a runner.)
But this post is already long enough, so that will all be coming up in the next one.
Hope to see you back here for that very soon!
Until next time…