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Best Western King Charles Inn a favorite for Charleston golfers

By Tim McDonald, Contributor

CHARLESTON, S.C. - People might be surprised to find out that one of the favorite Charleston hotels for visiting golfers is the Best Western King Charles Inn.

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Golfers can stay in the historic district and still reach most of Charleston's courses in a reasonably short drive time.
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The King Charles Inn isn't a big fancy golf resort, nor is it particularly suited to the area's golf courses in geographic terms.

What the inn does have going for it, as far as golfers are concerned, are its location and its interest in golfers themselves.

The inn is smack dab in the historic district of Charleston, on Meeting Street, and caters to golfers.

"We do a lot of golf groups; we're the No. 1 hotel for the past two years with (golf packager) Charleston Golf," King Charles General Manager Dave Nimmo said. "It's location, definitely. And value. We're not the cheapest game in town, but we offer a quality product, especially for golfers."

For example, the inn has an excellent buffet breakfast in its Coral Terrace Dining Room that starts at 6:30 a.m. But, if golfers staying at the inn have early tee times and need to eat earlier, the inn will gladly accommodate them."And we're happy to pack them a box lunch," Nimmo said.

The lure for golfers is that they can stay in the interesting historic district, see the sights and still reach most of Charleston's golf courses in a reasonably short drive time.

And, of course, the area's superb restaurants are a major draw. The inn is within easy walking distance of many of the downtown area's well-known eateries.

Jestine's, for example, is right across the street.

"I think the big attraction is staying downtown," Nimmo said. "There's the historic district, but more than that are the restaurants. There's a lot of them obviously, so you're never going to run out of options. And you can walk anywhere downtown at night."

The building itself is part of Charleston's history. Built around 1830, the building was the meeting place for area artists and poets, including Edgar Allen Poe, who used it as a weekend retreat when he was a soldier at Fort Moultrie.

The boutique hotel, only a block from Charleston's famous market, has 91 rooms and two suites and free covered parking, which is hard to come by downtown.

The rooms are furnished in period decor, including armoires and poster beds, and the suites come with fireplaces and kitchens. Guests have concierge and business services at their disposal and can arrange for taxi, carriage or rickshaw pickup at the front door.

There is also free wireless Internet, a daily managers reception and access to a fitness facility.

The inn remodeled its upstairs lobby recently, and the owners plan another $5.5 million in renovations to the parking garage, rooms and exterior.

"At that point, we'll be eligible for four-diamond status," Nimmo said. "It's an exciting time for everyone here."

Tim McDonaldTim McDonald, Contributor

Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.

Reader Comments / Reviews Leave a comment
  • my feb 22,2009 stay

    Frank Batkins wrote on: Feb 23, 2009

    Well it's a quiet and beatiful place with helpful and professional staff .A great value and a wonderful place for any stay in charleston


  • good or bad decision

    Don Souden wrote on: Mar 28, 2008

    I am staying there on April 27 thru May 1. Is this a good choice. Help


  • Lousy experience

    Rickey Poppell wrote on: Mar 11, 2008

    My girlfriend and I spent this past Saturday night at the King Charles Hotel on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Being from Chicago, she had never seen Charleston, one of my home states most beautiful and unique cities. So I wanted this stay to be special. Didn't happen!
    For her to experience this historical city at it's best, I wanted to stay right downtown, so I chose the Best Western King Charles Inn.
    For $235 I expected a comfortable bed, but that wasn't there, but worst came later. At 4am we learned how thin the hotel room walls are. The couple in the room on one side got up to check out, so we were awakend to hear their entire conversation and their TV set. After finally getting back to sleep about 45 minutes later, we were abruptly awaken by the construction crew in the room on the other side of us. This was Sunday morning at 9am with hammers banging, saws and drills and the crew yelling at each other. The night before when we checked in, the front desk clerk had told me that I'll see plastic closing off the hallway next to my room but not to worry, because construction will not resume till Monday.
    After my complaint, the hotel's GM did deduct $100 off my bill, which wasn't enough to get me to ever return to this "cheap" expensive hotel. Motel 6 and Super 8 motels have better built rooms and the same uncomfortable beds.


    • RE: Lousy experience

      Brenda Hogan wrote on: Feb 17, 2009

      I agree. My stay there was about the same. I was ther during the May festival and was given a room that backed up to the elevator and ice maker. Very noisey all night. Also the room was directly above the courtyard which booked a rock band from 5:00pm until late at night. Would not recommend this to my worst friend.


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