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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 5.0 out of 5.0 by New, clean, close drive! Great location if you drive into the downtown historic area. Nice, new hotel and looked and felt clean and comfortable. There's a free trolley nearby, but a little off schedule sometimes, so wish there was a free hotel shuttle to historic downtown. But easy location to get to highways, beaches, etc. Hotel has everything you'd need for a weekend, nice pool. September 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent stay!!! The staff was very friendly and gave my dog treats!! The room and hotel was very clean!! They had bath and body works toiletries and the breakfast was really good! The cinnamon rolls were amazing! September 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Attractive property, budget friendly The lobby, color scheme through out and upgraded furnishings in the hotel were well done and pleasing. It was convenient to the free trolley for visiting the historic area. Having breakfast included is a plus. The staff was friendly and the rooms were clean. That's always a deal winner. One major downside was the pool closed for one full day for maintenance. We didn't find out until check-in via a memo at the front desk. It would have been so much nicer to have received an email ahead of time - even earlier that day. Although the sister property had a pool it still required driving and no one at the hotel seemed to know anything about parking or the hours, etc. When we were able to use the pool it was clean and we had fun. Also, the hotel staff didn't have any information about the some of the popular historic tours. This seemed odd since there was a ticket kiosk and a brochure stand in the lobby. The available trolly map was convenient and the GPS tracking service the front desk could provide about the trolly arrival times was great. We also appreciated being able to keep our car parked in the lot while we went sightseeing on our check-out day. One little thing that was more a nuisance than anything was the shampoo and conditioner bottles. The lids were hard to open and again, more of a nuisance than a convenience just to have them available for use. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel. August 31, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Good deal but needs some work This Holiday Inn needs a little work. Our room's balcony had a broken door handle, but otherwise was fine. The floor had an odd odor to it, though, but it did not go into the rooms so maybe it was temporary. The breakfast was pretty good (pancakes, breads, cereal, eggs, sausage and biscuits, and bacon). The parking situation is really odd, though, and one of the lots is at the back of the complex which is a bit shady. I also received free water and candy for being an IHG member! The location is a big plus. It is within Charleston and close to the Interstate and major streets. It's also next to a trolly stop for the city's free shuttle system. The room we had also had a great view of the Ashley river and i bet the rooms on the other side had a nice view of Charleston. Overall, it was a rather average Holiday Inn, but for the price it was a good deal. August 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Southern hospitality This hotel is conveniently located for travelers wanting easy access to the highway. It's a 10 minute drive to the French Quarter. Rooms are clean and comfortable. All guests receive a 'welcome gift' upon arrival even the furry guests. Hotel is pet friendly but we were asked to refrain from using the front entrance with our dog and charged a $25 pet fee. Wifi and breakfast are offered free of charge. August 28, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Checked out with red eyes and hurting back I looked forward to staying here since (1) I thought it was a new hotel (not- has been rebranded and renovated), and (2) It seemed to have the easiest access to MUSC. I got a room on the 1st floor like I had requested, but noticed a "fresh paint" sign on a door just above mine. The room smelled stuffy, until I switched the fan to auto and turned on the AC. A few minutes after I arrived the receptionist called to ask if everything was o.k. She offered to swap rooms but I said it was too much of a bother. I should have bothered since the bed was as hard as a concrete slab, so much so that I couldn't stay asleep on my sides. The view from my room was horribly drab with nothing but cruddy building corners. About 2:30 am, I was awakened by loud conversation just outside my window. It went on for minutes. I couldn't determine where it was coming from (maybe a patio off a room next door). Needless to say, I awoke before my wake-up call (6am) with a sore back and red eyes. August 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Friendly staff and comfortable rooms The staff at this hotel was very friendly and the location was great! We had to change rooms when we got there because our room did not have a safe and the maintenance supervisor Alfonso quickly helped us carry our luggage to our new room. Nice breakfast too! August 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Not the best, but not the worst I stayed at the hotel for two nights. I also had my two dogs with me. The hotel is not set up well for people who have pets. It is very difficult to get the pets outside and back in. In addition there is no specific place to walk your pets and no pet station for picking up after them. Therefore there is pet feces all over the place. The room was VERY small especially for two people and two dogs. The shower floor had some soap scum all over it BUT the shower sliding door was disgusting. The breakfast was average at best. The hotel staff was friendly. August 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good location and very comfy beds Your beds were really comfy and would like to know what brand/type they are so we can look for one! Good location with easy access to the free trolley and walking over to the pier on the river. The breakfast bar was really good and over-flow seating in separate room was very helpful during peak time. August 19, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Uncomfortable bed and floors were not vacumed Bed sunk in the middle and our room must not have been vacumed. There was a beer bottle cap under the desk, then a big bug which my husband had to crush. No banana's at the breakfast. August 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very nice experience Easy check in and out Breakfast area had plenty of room, despite sizable crowd Overflow parking on weekend was in adjacent gravel lot Pool was in good shape--appeared to be salt-water instead of chlorine, so easy on the eyes Good proximity to riverside park for early-morning stroll Close enough to baseball park to walk; will definitely take in a game next time Not greeted as a Platinum member at check in. August 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by comfortable & relaxing Beds were great. Had everything I needed for a relaxing stay. August 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great location and Service Went on a end of season trip to beach with family. Was very surprised. The location is great,One mile to downtown and 7 miles to beach.Hotel was modern,very clean and staff was wonderfully pleasant. Our room was clean and extremely efficient for a family ,everything we needed.Beds were a dream. We had a wonderful view of the river.The only thing that was a hindrance was the pool it's not child friendly,it only has drop in stairs to a 4 foot depth,not the normal descending one into the pool were small children can wade..But hey it was only a small draw back. Breakfast was very good,many choices and surprisingly tasty. We would definitely recommend this Hotel to friends and will return. August 13, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Average The only way to control the temperature in the room was to manually turn the a/c off or on. The too always had flies. The eggs were plans. August 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best Customer Service Best Customer Service I have ever experienced in a Priority Club property. August 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good Place to stay Close to MUSC This was a very good place to stay. It is only 5 minutes away from MUSC by car and 15 minutes away by walking. The beds were comfortable and clean. BREAKFAST SHOULD START AT 6:00 AM INSTEAD OF 6:30 ON WEEK DAYS. Most family members with patients at MUSC have to have patients there between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. Overall good experience. August 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very clean, comfortable and difinitely will stay again. My first stay since the Express opened but will stay again. We are in Charleston regularly and always need to stay at least one night. Close to hospital, feel safe, it was very comfortable, clean and everyone answered all our questions. Would recommend to others. Thanks Holiday Inn Express!! August 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Comfortable and friendly The room was nice and clean and we had a view of the river. On check-in, they said I was given a free upgrade since I was an IHG member but have no idea what that was because the room was what I requested. Maybe the floor and view were considered the upgrade but the clerk didn't specify. My only suggestion is that you set up the breakfast area different. There is too much congestion. You should have the pancake and toaster in a different area because people have to stand there and wait and it holds up the line. You also need larger plates for eggs - 2 minutes after you put them out they are gone. August 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very helpful This hotel was very accommodating for our needs. It was located next to the hospital we had to fly in at the last minute. The staff was very helpful. We had to extend our stay it was no problem. It made our situation that much easier to deal with under the circumstances. August 4, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Not Impressed Have been to a number of Holiday Inn Express in the past. Have always been pleased. Couldn't get past the long hair on the bathroom floor and the unclean commode. Also, we were placed on the 8th floor, with a view (of the interstate) and the elevator was out for one of 2 days. Not a good experience. August 4, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Room Comfort The room was damp because the heating and air conditioning system is old and needs to be updated to eliminate humidity. Surely Holiday Inn has enough money to install a new heating and air conditioning system. August 3, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Not as expected We have stayed at Holiday Inns and Expresses often and in many places, including all of the local Charleston Holiday Inns. We found our experience here quite disappointing. First of all, we came straight from the beach to check in at 4:00. Our room was not ready even though check in time at the hotel is at 3:00. During our check in process we waited patiently as the staff member answered several unrelated phone calls and kept talking to maintenance. Then we were asked to step to the side and wait for our room. It took almost 30 minutes. Finally another staff member told us our room was ready. Our room was nice, however, I had paid to upgrade our room to an Ashley River view. I did not realize there was a parking lot, 4-lane Lockwood Drive and another hotel between us and the river. The bathrooms are small with limited counter space. We will definitely choose another hotel next time. August 2, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by So Many Other Much Better Choices I love Holiday Inn Express. This one not so much. the rooms are not to the standard of the rest of the HIE hotels. I decided not to spend the night here and stay at another downtown Hotel. (I lost my money but moving hotels was worth it) I recommend saving your dough and just book another hotel. August 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Not the best location ..... Not the greatest location in Charleston but if you like walking, the Battery is only 40 minutes away. Well maintained hotel. Braekfast was a zoo but the staff kept the food coming! August 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Quick Trip Everything was great. Did not get to eat breakfast. Had to check out before breakfast was served. August 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WONDERFUL Our stay was wonderful! From the clean rooms to the friendly and helpful staff to the yummy breakfast it was wonderful. We will be back in the Fall. See you then. August 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great location; great staff; very pleasant stay This is a very convenient location. Although the bldg is not new construction, the rooms and lobby have apparently had an extensive makeover and are very nice. The bathrooms are a little smaller than one usually finds in newer hotels, but plenty big enough. Rooms and beds very comfortable, hotel staff absolutely superb, and breakfast options were also superb. After driving around Charleston, I didn't see any place that I thought would have been better. This Holiday Inn will definitely be at the top of my list if I ever get back to Charleston, SC... and I hope I do! July 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great stay for a great value I stayed here for 7 days and was very pleased with my room and the service. I was not impressed with the breakfast choices but can't complain considering it was complementary! July 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great service and friendly staff Every staff member I encountered during the four days I stayed there said hello and asked if everything was good. Beds were very comfortable and staff was knowledgeable about the area and seemed glad to help in any way they could. July 18, 2013
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