My wife and I are going to Charleston, SC for 4 nights in early October. I would appreciate your recommendations as to which Marriott property to stay (considering location and price). I am paying for the room, not using points. Also if you have any suggestions for restaurants for dinner that would be great as well. Thanks much!
Plenty of choices, that for sure. I stayed at the SpringHill Suites Downtown/Riverview. A bit cheaper (though not much) than staying right in town. The property shares space with the Residence Inn. One nice feature is that both place offer a free shuttle to the heart of downtown which is a huge help.
I had seafood both nights I was in town. Only recall one place, Hyman's Excellent fish and great hushpuppies (and I don't even like hushpuppies). Long lines to get in, but worth the wait.
I'm sure you'll get a lot of good suggestions.
richbine - I just returned from week visit in Charleston, SC - actually "Wild Dunes" - on Isle of Palms, near Charleston. The Marriott Courtyard is the most central Marriott facility to downtown Charleston; however, if you don't mind a 15 minute ride, you might consider the Courtyard or Residence Inn on Isle of Palms, which are less expensive, and there are a host of eating places nearby, such as "Poe's Tavern" (named after the famous author, who was from Charleston, see photo below), Poe's Tavern - Sullivan's Island, Charleston, SC | Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville, FL, Sullivan's, The Boathouse, Morgan Creek Grill, Island Cafe, and for a casual atmosphere, but good local cuisine, try The Mustard Seed,The Mustard Seed | Mt. Pleasant | Fusion + Eclectic | Restaurants (photo below) to name a few.
If you don't necessarily need to stay in a Marriott - hope I'm not ostracized for suggesting this - the Charleston Place Hotel, is a fabulous landmark facility, and in center of town, just across street from the local market, with parking garage in the rear, boutiques and nice restaurant inside.
Charleston has been recently rated the No. 1 destination place in the U.S., and with both my wife and I hailing from S.C., it is worthy of the distinction. Aside from its Revolutionary War and Civil War history, there are a number of eating places you can enjoy - one of our favorites is Hall's Chop House on King Street, especially for Sunday lunch, where they feature piano bar and a lady playing Gospel music (photo below), and if you'd like, you might want to sing along: http://hallschophouse.com
Magnolia's Restaurant (photo below) is a bit pricy, but wonderful food and atmosphere for evening meal - Magnolias Restaurant - Charleston SC, Fine Dining Downtown
If you have time take a leisurely carriage ride tour of the historic city, especially on the Battery and Meeting Street.
Thanks so much for the extensive information and critiques. I really appreciate the information, especially from a native south Carolinian! Your hotel info is quite helpful but I could not bring myself to go outside the Marriott realm (LOL). the restaurant suggestions are fabulous and I have started reviewing their menus and making reservations. Thanks again for your insight and the pictures were great also!
richbine - Then, if you prefer Marriott hotels, the Courtyard would be the most central one for downtown Charleston activities. Regarding restaurants, I'd suggest making reservations for Halls Chop House for Sunday lunch, or dinner, along with Magnolias for dinner. These two are quite popular!
If you're not familiar with Charleston, some other worthwhile visits would be the boat tour to Fort Sumter, where the first shots of Civil War were fired and a strategic Confederate outposts in the Charleston harbor; the Citadel; a walking tour of homes along the Battery and Meeting Street (No. 2 Meeting Street, below); and the respective, downtown churches.
When we lived in Greenville, SC several years ago, we had a reservation to stay there for a weekend. Unfortunately, our company closed our division office and we had to move North and had to cancel our trip. I wonder if it is as nice as it looks.
Greenville was our favorite place we have ever lived.
When there's a choice, i like Renaissance. That said, Tripadvisor, which i tend to put a lot of stock in, doesn't show it in the top 50% of properties. CY Historic District has it beat. Either of the properties is in a good location. It's a coin toss. Which is less cost for the dates?
Try the Residence Inn Downtown / Riverview. It shares a convenient downtown shuttle with Spring Hill Suites next door. Rooms are spacious and recently renovated. As for restaurants, for $$$$ try Peninsula Grill. Eli's Table and Coast (seafood) are a little less formal and less expensive.
I have stayed at the Springhill Suites and, of the two, Residence Inn has better breakfast and also has the evening managers reception. Both are in a good location however they are across the river from downtown. You will need to take the shuttle or drive to downtown. I stay for up to 3 months each year in the Charleston area and like both of these hotels. You will get higher reward points at Springhill Suites so that, along with pricing, may be better for you. Both properties are very good.
We have looked into Sullivan's but we'll probably pass. Only need restaurants for 3 nights so we booked Magnolia's, The Boathouse and Morgan Creek Grill. Looking forward to good dining! The 4th night we were invited to our friends place for a nice home cooked dinner. Thanks again for all the suggestions!!
Best Marriott property is Renaissance on Wentworth St. It's located in downtown Charleston and you can leave the car at the hotel and walk everywhere. Staff is awesome. There is no members lounge but you get vouchers for breakfast in the restaurant. I've been to Charleston for business and pleasure dozens of time and this property is the best by far.