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Location: Downtown/City Center

  • Location: Downtown/City Center
  • Closest City: CHARLESTON
  • Distance From Hotel: 0.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-04:00

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  • Minimum check-in age: 21
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  • Number of Rooms:7
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Pleasse accept our apologies, the Holiday Inn Charelston Historic Downtown does not accept pets. Kennels are located within several miles of the hotel. Please call us in advance to make arrangements for your furry loved ones. Guide Dogs are welcome.

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  • Total number of rooms:120
  • Total number of suites:3
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:59
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:61
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:120
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:7
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  • Total number of floors:5
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people; Charleston has been named Top U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers Choice Awards for the third year. This coastal destination remains one of the top destination cities in the world. Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown is proud to be a part of Historic Charleston blending contemporary luxury with traditional southern hospitality. Situated on Meeting and Woolfe Street; we are
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Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, a celebrated restaurant community and mannerly people; Charleston has been named Top U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers Choice Awards for the third year. This coastal destination remains one of the top destination cities in the world. Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown is proud to be a part of Historic Charleston blending contemporary luxury with traditional southern hospitality. Situated on Meeting and Woolfe Street; we are just one block from the Charleston Visitor's Center, minutes from attractions, boutique shops and restaurants located throughout downtown Charleston. Our location is within close proximity to other Charleston's historic sites, attractions, museums, sport venues, beaches and more; providing easy access to I-26 and US Highway 17. The Meeting Room Restaurant & Tapas Bar offers farm-to-table dining with a twist on tradition with American inspired entrees prepared with local ingredients offering something to suit every palette. Unwind in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance that allows friends and family to meet and enjoy great food, signature cocktails, wine and beer. After a long day workout in our fitness center, take a dip in our heated outdoor pool or bask in the warm Charleston sun. Stay cool and relax around our outdoor covered patio with overhead fans and living room style seating. Visit our business center and stay connected to electronic devices with free WIFI.
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Our Charleston Hotel has the ideal location in the peninsula. Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown is easy accessible to I-526 and US Highway 17 and the gateway to plantations, picturesque islands and beaches, seasonal events, festivals, wedding venues and more. Offering all the charm and great food that makes Charleston so desirable to many repeat visitors.

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Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 298 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable room Reasonable price. Convenient even nothing around hotel much but can take free shuttle bus from hotel every hours. February 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very Convenient to everything We arrived late afternoon to find no reservation. We had mad them through Expedia - big mistake - should have done it direct. However, with the capable assistance of the Desk Clerk, we were able to iron everything out. Altho the Hotel has no restaurant, we were directed to a good restaurant that we could walk to. Both our rooms were clean and more than adequate. Breakfast was good with lots of choices. I had a small dog with me and she was welcomed with gifts and treats. There was plenty of walking area around the hotel. The young lady on the front desk was phenomenal and the woman and fellow who handled the breakfast did a wonderful job. February 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great stay Clean and comfortable. Helpful desk employees. Definitely recommend. February 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent This hotel was great. Staff friendly. Facilities clean. I enjoy staying at HIE. February 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by not very accommodating I reserved two nights for my husband and myself to tour Charleston, SC. However I became very sick and needed to cancel the second night. I was told that I could not get a refund for the second night. I don't think I will be staying at the Hilton Inn again. February 6, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great friendly service We noticed everyone was so friendly and they answered all are questions. The room was clean and the king size bed slept very comfortably. February 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great service This was the first time I stayed at this location. The staff were extremely nice and helpful. I had an issue with the lighting in the bathroom and the maintenance crew came right up to fix it. The young lady at the desk followed up to make sure that it was taken care of. Great staff and would recommend this location. January 29, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Adequate But Could Have Been Much Better .... We arrived at 10:15pm on Friday to check in. I will also add that it was a very cold & windy 30 degrees. Since we reserved a pet friendly room, we were instructed to use a particular entrance. We drove around the building to the pool entrance, unloaded our pet and all our luggage, got to the door and our keycard would not allow us access. We hauled everything back to the car (my husband was livid) and went to the front desk once again. The clerk simply said "Oh, I forgot that entrance was locked." and she instructed us to use an entrance on the other side and rear of the building. Not a good way to start out our stay. Another issue for us was that when the heat in our room was on, the room was comfortable. When it cycled off, we could actually feel a very cold breeze coming through either the sliding doors or the heater vents. When we tried to adjust the heat to compensate, the room got entirely too hot. We didn't alert the staff though because we had reserved the only pet friendly room available so assumed there was no remedy. We also felt the pricing could be more competitive, however, we were traveling with our small dog and felt there was little option for us. On a positive note, we really appreciated the belt loop doggy bags that they offered (nice touch!) and the fact that they offered pet friendly rooms in the first place as they are hard to find. The complimentary breakfast was adequate and appreciated as well. We opted to get "to go" plates and dine in our room as we watched the morning news. January 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fantastic staff My wife and I had a great stay recently and most of it was due to care and attention by the all of the staff. Everyone was very freindly and helpful. I would recomend this location to anyone. It was very close to downtown and in a good neighborhood. January 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 THANKS FOU YOU SERVICES Good room, good location, friendly staff, excellent breakfast, congratulations. I recommend this hotel for sure and trust. January 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfy bed All went well. A good location. Could use more variety for breakfast but all in all it was good. January 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Recent stay. Staff was friendly and helpful with directions. The fitness center has updated equipment and was very clean. I was very happy with my room. January 16, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointing view The photos on the website were misleading. This hotel does not offer a nice view of the harbor or river; however it is in a desirable location, close to the harbor and to the downtown district. The hotel decor was dated. On a positive note, the hotel staff were very friendly and the beds were extremely comfortable. The bathroom was rather small with not a lot of counter space. The second day I noticed that there was dried food and trash on the floor after the room had been cleaned. Honestly, I believe that you can find other hotels in this city that are comparable in price and amenities but nicer and more updated. We are priority club members and have stayed in many Holiday Inn Expresses but this one was a little disappointing! January 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Extremely Kind Staff We arrived late at night with two dogs and found our room ready, and near the dog walk which was much appreciated. The mattresses on the beds are exceptional! During the night I developed a sudden health problem. The concierge helped book a taxi to the local ER. When I returned in the morning after breakfast had been put away a sweet woman from the kitchen crew packed up a lovely little meal for us to carry on the road. I was touched by the caring manner of staff. They went above and beyond. January 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by awesome service We had the best experience. From the location to the staff, everything was beyond expectations. Anthony, the front office manager, was a great help and very accommodating. We will definitely be back. January 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dont Stay Here!! Me and my wife stayed here for new years. They failed to tell us that the last trolley to downtown did not actually take us into downtown where everything is! Its new years eve, by this time you cant hardly get a taxi so we drove which kept us from having the fun we planned. Then we get back, the mattress was as hard as a rock. At first I thought maybe it was just fireworks, but it was mixed with actual gun shots coming from the not so nice side of town neighboring the hotel. I shoot regularly so I know. This went off and on until 5am. I normally stay in downtown or in Mt. Pleasant. Those are the only places I will stay, EVER! I will not stay here again!! January 5, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Very good for ease in and out of city Fabulous breakfast buffet with wonderful staff, making sure everyone had what they wanted....better then other hotels have stayed in. Convenient to downtown, via shuttle service. January 2, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great location for the price! Up to the high standards of HI Express - the staff was very nice and could add to the list of great places to eat within walking distance is a local place called Five Loaves Cafe - great food at a great price just like this hotel. January 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Very experienced hotel to host people with pets We have a pet cat who travelled with us all the time. This hotel provide some treats and accessory for your pet when you check-in. They also provide pet information, such as pet park, pet hospital and pet-friendly restaurant. It's a very pleasant stay for a pet owner. The hotel breakfast is fantastic as well. Overall, I will recommend this hotel. December 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great staff The staff were friendly and service was excellent. We especially liked the breakfast buffet each morning. Would definitely stay at this H I Express again. It is and easy drive from the old section of Charleston. December 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wonderful Stay During Stressful Time Stayed in adjoining rooms, (parents in one, 3 adult sisters in other,) while our Mom had surgery at MUSC. We could not be more pleased with our stay. Comfortable beds, friendly staff, tasty breakfast bar, shuttle to and from hospital. Thank you for making a stressful time sooo much easier! December 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable bed & great breakfast bar. I stayed for 2 nights and everything was smooth. Staff was friendly, bed real comfortable & breakfast bar was delicious. I woke up refreshed every morning. Definitely stay again. December 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great hotel "bathroom fan needs to be addressed" We stayed at your hotel for our sons graduation from the Navy Nuclear School in Goose Creek. We were greeted by your friendly front desk people and they were extremely knowledgable. Helped us with finding our way around downtown Charleston. The trolley service was fantastic. Our room was very clean and the beds were extremely comfortable. I have had 5 back surgeries and have trouble sleeping in hotels but not here. Slept like a baby. The breakfast was very good. Biscuits & gravy were the best. The only thing that needs to be addressed is the exhaust fan in the bathroom. Very noisy and could not be turned off without turning the light off. Other than that we had a great time and love your city. December 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great location Great location, great value for this close to downtown. You can take the trolley downtown or short drive down Lockwood and park. Staff is excellent. Rooms are great. Breakfast very good, cinnamon rolls excellent! It is a much better deal cost wise than other places this close to downtown Charleston. Much better value than the regular Holiday Inn and no mandatory parking charge. Near the Ashley River, the marina, and a park. Good place!!! December 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Room We stayed at this location 1 night. Everything was fine but would be better if there was a light outside of the mirrored closet doors so you could see in the mirrors better. A second luggage rack would have also been helpful. December 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Stay The staff was beyond helpful with our accommodations, late arrival and late check out. The room was clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting downtown Charleston December 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Family Thanksgiving Stay We stayed for 3 nights. The room was ´ample, clean, with 2 double beds as booked, with river view´ as a bonus. The bathroom was rather small, but, I´d rather have a large sleeproom than bathroom. Plus, when towels were left hanging (you know, supposedly the sign they need not to be changed), they were not changed indeed (quite exceptional). Beds were very comfy (nice!). The welcome upon arrival as ´IHG reward member (although receptionist was more than busy) - after a long drive from Richmond area - was really pleasant and a good omen and start. Breakfast room was large enough thanks to ´overflow´ room, with once more pleasant staff (daily requests for hot chocolate drinks for the kids were granted without fuzz). Customers were quite disciplined and well-behaved as well, which helps :-) . Location was very good, with an unexpected Charleston public shuttle just in front of the hotel. Location is also great if you plan to visit the plantations (a must) as the hotel is just at the bridge leading to it. Parking was never a problem. Oh yes, the outdoor pool might be a bit chilly in winter time, but you can try (it´s open). Finally, Wifi-signal is strong enough in the room, and so was the coffee and tea. December 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by One night stay The hotel was used as a layover for our cruise the next day. It was a couple minutes drive from the historic district. I was told that there was a free bus service that took you to the historic district also, but we did not use it. Everything was clean and fresh. In addition, the staff was friendly and knowledgeable of the area. It was nice to see that the parking, breakfast and business center were included at no additional fee. December 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Business/Quick Overnight Hotel Great, clean hotel for a quick overnighter - Not walking distance to much so if you are looking for a more touristy hotel I wouldn't recommend this location, but it was a great price and great breakfast. Very friendly staff. December 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent overall, great service, staff and location! This was the third HI Express we stayed in on this trip. We were most pleased with the location and the convenient free nearby tram service to the old town. The staff, service, hotel cleanlines were excellent. The scrambled eggs at breakfast were the best we have experienced in any HI hotel we stayed in. Kudos to the person(s) who prepared them - Carolyn, Elaine & Janni, I think? One minor point, we found the heater/air conditioner unit a bit noisy and running frequently with brief interludes. November 29, 2013
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