Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 323
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by mcsoup73 Comfortable but not convenient
We specifically chose this property for 2 reasons: 1) the promise of convenient transportation to historic areas of Charleston; 2) outdoor pool.
Rooms were nicely sized and comfortable. Breakfast was good, though it would have been nice to have more fresh fruit options. The staff was incredible -- very friendly, professional and accommodating.
1) The pool has no steps, no railing and as such we couldn't use it, with 4 children under the age of 8.
2) The promised convenience of just "hopping" on the trolley is misleading. We arrived 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time, and ended up waiting for 45 minutes in the heat (with 4 kids!). I called the trolley line, only to be told that the trolley always runs late b/c it's free transportation. When we finally did get on, it was cramped, smelly and NO a/c. We ended up missing our scheduled carriage tour and had to readjust our entire day. Ended up taking cars and paying for parking each day after that. NOT at all convenient nor cost effective.
Knowing what we do now, I would have paid a little more to stay in the historic area and enjoyed the true convenience of walking to points of interest.
We were comfortable at the property, but it did not satisfy when considering the 2 main criteria for our selection of the hotel.
July 8, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Brutius Over priced the view was of mostly parking lot
I wanted a special weekend with my wife and boys during a business trip. We normally choose to stay in a Holiday Inn Express with great success. That wasn't the case this time, our plans changed and we were locked into a room rate, which we were able to have moved to a later time, thank you. We paid extra to see the river view from our balcony, which was about a mile away over an abandoned parking lot or construction to see a glimpse of this river view, it was a waste of the extra cost especially since the balcony window didn't open. The room was small, no counter space in the bathroom, and several outlets didn't work for my Computer. The overall hallways leading to the room were small and cramped, there were beams in the way of the elevator making a luggage dolly a hassle. On all together let down Holiday Inn Express, I expected more especially since your marketing campaign of " I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night"
The rest of the times I stayed in your hotels they were amazing and lived up to the commercials but Charleston Downtown Ashley River was terrible, service, quality and value all lacked. Even parking was difficult.
July 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by martina13 Wonderful Home away from Home
The Holiday Inn Express in Charleston Dwtn-Ashley River was a wonderful experience. Upon arrival I was greeted by Chris who is a very friendly gentleman and check us in. I was super impressed by the cleanliness of our room and the facility overall. Kudos to the all of the staff! There was never a time when the staff did not extend a friendly "Hello, How are you doing today." The breakfast was always set up and refilled promptly. Not just your average breakfast...scrabbled eggs, bacon, hot biscuits, yogurt, Orange Juice, cereal, Coffee (available all hours), fresh fruit, cereal....need I say more. Something for everyone. Overall, The swimming pool was wonderful. I can not say enough about our stay. I would stay here again without hesitation. Again KUDOS to the staff and management, keep up the outstanding service!!!!
July 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lizafco Great location not far from the waterfront
I chose this location for its free parking and did not realize how convenient it was. It is not within walking distance to the waterfront park (unless you don't mind walking a few miles) but there is a free trolley with a stop close by. While there is not a restaurant on premises, the restaurant at the Marriott is within walking distance and has good food. The breakfast was good and fresh items were brought out on a regular basis. The only fruit when I got there were oranges but the hotel was full so I might have missed the bananas.
The hotel was nice, comfortable, clean and quiet. I was upgraded to a suite upon arrival and it was spacious. The staff was very friendly and helpful and gave good directions on the surrounding area. I was only there for one night so did not get to use any of the amenities.
July 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tunapie Good, but the riverview is better
I was between this hotel (Ashley River) and the Holiday Inn Riverview (the cylinder shaped one). I chose this one because it included breakfast AND had a shuttle service, while the riverview only had shuttle service (i knew, because i'd stayed there before).
well... breakfast was good. lots of healthy options too. BUT. the shuttle was no good. I waited. the concierge told me to keep waiting. noone ever came. I could've walked downtown and back before the taxi (whom i called after getting tired of waiting for the free shuttle) even got to the hotel to get me.
good hotel, but for the same price, i'd go to the riverview and get a secure ride downtown when i expect to get one downtown- not 45 minutes later.
also, the rooms are teeny tiny.
July 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarloweFamily Excellent staff and reasonable prices
For starters, I had a great experience with the front desk staff. I called the 800 number (bad experience there) and asked for the number to the actual hotel. Once I was speaking to the hotel operator, I was able to speak to someone who knew what they were talking about particular to the property I wanted to stay in. Holly was able to get me in a suite with an adjoining room to accommodate my particular needs. I have twin toddlers that need to be separated out from the parents' bedrooms and Holly was able to get me everything I needed.
Once we arrived, we realized we had stayed in this hotel before, but a different company ran it. We did not have fond memories of the last stay, but this one was exactly the opposite. Everything felt clean and new throughout the property. We had nothing but amazing things to say about the styling and layout of the room. The bathroom was amazing and the views were incredible from the 8th floor. The balconies overlooked the pool, so even though it was cloudy, our twins would not rest until we went for a swim. Kudos to whoever made the decision to put the handicapped lift on the side. It isn't in my requirements, but I know there are those that find this mandatory and would definitely be impressed that it was there.
We went to a concert that night and came back to find all of the parking spaces were filled. We parked illegally but verified with Brian at the front desk that we were indeed in trouble. He asked us if we tried every nook and cranny of the parking lot for a space, which we had. He graciously moved his own car to give us his space. This is something you don't normally expect. +1 for customer service.
We will definitely come back and use this property again. Every bit of it was amazing. Thanks for everything.
June 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fordfiesta Room
I appreciated the laundry room for guests but would be more convenient with multiple machines. The Staff was friendly and helpful. The service was excellent.
June 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sshelby Small Rooms but great value for area
I always stay in Holiday Inn Express hotels, primarily because I always know what I am getting. A newer hotels with clean comfortable rooms and a good breakfast. The Charleston hotel missed that mark in only one area. The hotel was older and had small rooms but for the area, rates were excellent and the room was very nice. The customer service was excellent! I booked the hotel online with a pre-payment (non-refundable) for 3 nights. When I arrived I had a bad case of gout and was unable to stay for the 3rd night. Hotel management was very understanding and refunded the 3rd night. If you are looking for a clean room at a good price in Charleston, don't hesitate to book. If price isn't an object, book one of the hotels in the historic district because of the proximity to shopping and restaurants. The trolley was an experience I would not recommend!
June 21, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mommyparrot1 Too far from town
We thought that the trolley service was going to make travel to downtown easy.. It was not on time, the driver was rude and we tired of it after one day. It would have been helpful if the desk employees could have passed that information along. If anyone thinks that the trolley service is going to make their stay better, it is not!!! The breakfast at the hotel was not as good as it could be.. Eggs were disgusting!! Coffee was good!! Everything else was just so-so. Probably will find somewhere else to stay the next time.
June 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Great Experience
We really enjoyed our stay. We found the hotel and room lovely, the staff very helpful, and the breakfast huge. We come to Charleston quite often, and will make this our hotel of choice.
June 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DonnaRN Great Experience
The staff was always friendly and helpful. I did not have one request that they did not fulfill. Thank you!!!!! The women who were working behind the desk when I checked in went out of their way to make my check in as fast and smoothly as humanly possible. I had a great stay!
June 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pat221 Comfortable with good location & friendly staff
The staff was very friendly and accommodating to our needs. Good location, not far from downtown. Nice hot breakfast in the morning with some daily variety. Front desk went out of their way to help us and always had a smile.
June 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ginjack Great stay for the money
My husband and I stayed here with our two kids (3 year old and 3 month old). This hotel was great! And considering the prices for the other hotels around the area, it was a great value! The room and hotel was very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent!!! It was great that it's close to the trolley stop too, since we rode that every day. We will definitely be staying here again in the future.
June 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vonny Accommodations & Staff were excellent.
Staff was very friendly and helpful inall ways! Enjoyed the hot breakfast tremendously! Room was nice & comfortable.
June 10, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Legweak Beautiful Facility, Great Staff, Comfy Room
We were pleased to stay in a handicap room on the first floor as I need assistance in the bathroom and shower. This room was well set up and easy to maneuver around.
Our only problem was the pool party that went on at 2am, the thumping on the floor above us and the knocking on our door. We didn't call the desk, just tried to ignore it. Kids will be kids.
On check out I mentioned it to the staff and they were unaware of anything happening.
We plan on staying there again later this month and have recommended it friends.
June 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RobandSallie Good job
The staff was unbelievably helpful. Breakfast is good. The hotel looks good with new renovations. Overall it is a great way to visit Charleston on a budget.
June 9, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 Good hotel
The hotel was good in every respect, but it was not as close to downtown as we hoped. One of the trolley that goes to downtown stops by the hotel, but the service ends at 8.30 pm . If you want to stay at this hotel and enjoy the city you do need a car.
June 7, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Great location
Great location but kind of scary getting there on Spring St. A lot of one way streets in the area and a GPS would really help. Forget about driving your own vehicle downtown and pay for their limo service. Breakfast choices were fantastic!!
June 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lije Convenient connection to Charleston's DASH free trolley
This is a newly rejuvenated large hotel which previously operated under a different name and, presumably, different management. Upgrading has been done tastefully, but occasionally there are reminders of the past (for example, corroded bathroom door hinges). Staff is friendly and eager to please. Help was available with getting our luggage cart up the steep incline at front entrance (and all the way to our upper floor room).
Greatest advantage of this hotel, however, is its convenient access to the nearby stop on one of the DASH trolley line's key routes. The trolley conveys visitors directly to one of our favorite restaurants and always makes a stop at the Visitors' Center, where it is possible to transfer to the other DASH lines (which convey visitors to key restaurant areas and other attractions).
All in all, a good stay in a beautiful and charming city.
June 6, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by HelloTraveler Friendly, Welcoming Staff...but...
Upon arrival after a long drive there was construction going on at the entrance to the hotel. I parked and brought my luggage inside. I had to cut through some bushes because I could not get around the workers and a shuttle taking up all of the walkway. The staff was very friendly when I got inside and mentioned they should put a sign outside. But left it at that. I stay very often at your properties as I travel M-F for work. I usually have a great experience. The customer experience begins outside. Dragging my luggage through the bushes was not a positive memorable experience.
The room was tiny and I was put next to the electrical room which was very loud all night. I thought it odd since I reserved a king executive room. Also NO recognition for Priority Club.
It wasn't a terrible stay. The gym was clean and had great, working machines...including a rowing machine! There are just too many choices to return or recommend this hotel. I love the HIE in Mt. Pleasant and will spend my future visits there. Thanks for reading!
June 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Krispy comfortable bed but small bathroom.
The bed was very comfortable and the room was clean. I felt the bathroom was limited with space and there was very little room to place a makeup bag while getting ready in the bathroom. The breakfast was nice with plenty of choices. Loved that the trolley was right outside of the hotel to get to do downtown attractions- that made it very convenient. For the price I would have liked to have had a larger counter space in the bathroom but otherwise it was a nice stay.
June 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kathleen30 Very welcoming staff and very comfortable accommodations, which were very clean.
Great location for getting to the heart of Charleston very quickly.
Staff always pleasantly assisted answering questions and taking care of needs. Breakfasts every day were delicious.
May 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ncstate01 Very helpful front desk
We were in town for the weekend and didn't research anything. The hotel is right off the trolly route which is free and a great way to get down town. The hotel staff was great with food suggestions and what to see etc. you can save a few dollars staying here versus a few miles further into town.
May 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AS777 great location and service
we enjoyed our stay and would rate the hotel as excellent, but on our second visit to the breakfast bar we were very disappointed with the selection. It was a Sunday morning, midway thru service hours, and the selection was poor; also short staffed for the amount of guests.
May 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bivens57 friendly and helpful staff
I was very impressed with the friendly and helpful staff. Our room was comfortable and clean. i would definitely stay at this hotel again.
May 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Junebug1 Great Stay for a Week Away
We found this location while looking for a hotel close to Folly Beach where two weddings we were attending that weekend were both located. This Holiday Inn Express was perfectly situated: close to the historic district, close to restaurants, and less than 30 minutes from the wedding venues. The room seemed a little less than brand new b/c it looked like there was previous water damage on the ceiling, but it didn't smell musty. Also, the light from the microwave clock facing the bed is annoying, but I'm picky about that stuff. I simply covered up the microwave clock, unplugged the extremely bright alarm clock, and slept fine in the comfy bed. The staff were all very nice and helpful, as well as knowledgable about things to do and places to eat around town.
Breakfast was ok...I'm a fan of really good thick bacon...you could read a newpaper through the stuff they served. However, they have this pecan roll that is DELISH.
May 13, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Holiday777 Not a new hotel, but good staff
The Holiday Inn Express website describes this hotel as "new" and it should be "newly renovated". When guests specifically choose this "new" hotel and arrive expecting a brand new facility, they are bound to be disappointed.
The staff was very helpful. Due to heavy rain, the hotel's parking lot and historic downtown had flooded areas. I believe it was the manager who helped us -- explaining about the flooding and suggesting a restaurant we could walk to, despite the rain. She was the bright spot in our stay.
The breakfast offerings were below average with no fresh fruit, no un-sugared cereal and no whole wheat bread or bagels. Some HIE breakfasts include healthier options that make the stay much more pleasant.
May 13, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ladyof7 A rocky start but overall good experience
We weren't able to check in early but were comfortable in the breakfast area while we waited. When we got to the room the air handler was broken and needed replaced. The maintenance team was great -- pleasant, efficient and terrific representatives for the hotel. In general this was not the best experience I've had with a Holiday Inn, but not bad either. The breakfasts were very good!
May 11, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ralph51 Where is the easy chair?
Decent location for easy access to Historic District. We found it more convienient to drive where we wanted to go versus utilizing the free trolley.
The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. To relax in room, required lying on the bed, the room did not have a comfortable chair to sit in. Our selection of a King Leisure room was changed on our request because the bath did not feature a tub, just a shower.
The bathroom in the room we had was very small and the exhaust fan was very noisey and was not exhausting anything.
We had a couple of issues in regaining access from the pool area.
The room was serviceable for our need for a place to get cleaned up and sleep. The staff was alway helpful and customer focused.
May 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wilda wonderful
I stayed here for my cousins wedding.
the staff was great
small gym which is nice, pool
the food was a big variety. and a very good host Robin......:)
coffee & teas free of charge 24hrs in lobby.
convenient trolly and taxi to town. which is very close,
front desk and managers are very helpful with every need.
they also have a small sort of store if you need items.
like toothpaste, toothbrush, asprins. post cards, souvenirs, lilttle things like that.
May 8, 2013