Due to its reputation as being one of the most popular cities to visit in the United States year-round, hotels in Charleston, South Carolina are not only more on the expensive side but also book up fast. Such was the case with my recent trip there earlier this month.
While it was hardly a last minute trip (I booked my plane ticket just under two months in advance), my stay in Charleston was also during spring (a quite popular time), the Cooper River Bridge Run (the city’s equivalent of the New York Marathon), as well as the Festival of Houses and Gardens. So when I went to check availability numerous hotels were already fully booked while others were quite out of my price range ($300+ a night). Thankfully I happened upon the Fulton Lane Inn, as it turned out to be a great find.
My one requirement when it came to lodging in Charleston is that the building had to be smack in the middle of the historic district. While the city itself isn’t too large, I didn’t want to be in “modern Charleston”; I wanted to be among the city’s many centuries’ old historic buildings. And the Fulton Lane Inn is indeed. Located right off of King Street (the entrance is actually on the side, which lends a more exotic air, especially with the lamps at night), it’s less than a five minute walk from the touristy yet fun City Market, just under a 15 minute walk from the Bay Street shops and eateries, and still under 20 minutes for just about any other point of interest in the historic district (Fort Sumter is a bit farther afield but only because it involves a boat road to get to).
As its name suggests, the lodging is an inn and so it’s on the smaller side. But with that comes some nice extra perks-coffee and tea are available throughout the day in the lobby, bottled water is also available in a cooler (a must when out touring), glasses of sherry are put out at night (very Southern), and you can even partake in a light “evening reception” which takes place at its sister property, the adjacent Kings Courtyard Inn.
The other nice perk is that a complimentary continental breakfast is also included with your stay. You simply select what you would like the night before along with the delivery time, and the next morning it’s brought right to your room (if you do want to eat outside your room, you can do so at the Kings Courtyard Inn). This was a delightful way to start the day especially since it was gratis.
Our room was lovely. It was quite spacious and honestly, the bed was one of the best hotel beds I’ve slept in in a while (I never have the greatest of sleeps when traveling). I loved the bathroom too, also quite large (oh Europe, take notes), and the shower was fantastic. We did hear people at night, but namely because they think they’re the only ones there and it’s perfectly acceptable to be yelling goodnight to your friends across the hall, never mind the fact that there are other guests. But in short, it had nothing to do with thinness of walls.
I have no doubt there are fancier places to stay in Charleston, and yet the Fulton Lane Inn was just about perfect. Right price, good location, charming perks. When I return to the Holy City I definitely would consider staying here again.
Fulton Lane Inn
202 King Street | Charleston, South Carolina | 29401