When it came time to research accommodations for Charleston and Savannah, I quickly learned that Charleston is the pricier city. As I mentioned in my last post, I was only going to have 24 hours in Charleston so a good location was important to me. While we did have a rental car, parking in any city is pricey and hard to find so I wanted our hotel to be within walking distance from every attraction and restaurant we’d be visiting.
After about 10 minutes of Googling, anywhere near King Street or Market Street looked like the place to be. All I really did was pull up Google Maps, zoomed in, and jotted down the names of hotels around that area. I say ‘hotels’ but all you’ll really find in Charleston are B&B’s or small boutique hotels which is totally up my alley! I’ll admit, it was hard to find a room for under $200, especially for the location I wanted to be in.
I’m all about affordable luxury when I travel and was happy to choose the Fulton Lane Inn for our one night in the Holy City. This cozy inn is tucked away on the oh so fashionable King Street and is almost too easy to walk past without noticing. Be sure to look out for this sign right above a small jewelry shop:
I loved discovering this charming lane and walking past the little gas lamps and into the lobby at Fulton Lane Inn. We had the pleasure of meeting with Keisha at the Concierge for check-in. She made us feel very welcomed and exemplified that famous Southern hospitality. I was excited to hear that in the morning we could choose to have breakfast delivered to our rooms or walk on over to King’s Courtyard next door and dine outside at their sister hotel. Fulton Lane also offered complimentary wine and cheese every evening in the courtyard next door. We were very sad to miss this event due to our mixology tour that we had already booked. So many cocktails, so little time. Definitely something to keep in mind for our next visit!
As soon as we entered our room, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a gorgeous canopy bed that was so grand you needed a step stool to get into it! Our room was a Standard King so keep that in mind if you want a similar bed should you ever stay here
Both the room and bathroom were incredibly spacious and I especially loved the high ceilings. Our room looked over King Street but street noise was not a problem at night. King Street mainly consists of trendy shops and restaurants that are closed well before bedtime, or at least our bedtime (11 PM)! I was also very happy to discover free and fast wifi which is always a must for me. It still baffles me that hotels, fancy or not, still get away with charging for internet in the year 2013. Get it together!
Before settling into bed, I filled out the Breakfast Service card since we decided to eat in the following morning. It had rained on and off for most of our day in Charleston so we didn’t want to get rained on for breakfast. Of course we woke up to beautiful blue skies but I was still very grateful to have breakfast delivered to us after consuming strong cocktails the previous night. They offer a continental breakfast with a basket full of delicious pastries so no complaints here. I’ll also share a photo of the lovely courtyard next door that is used for breakfast and their wine and cheese evenings. Next time, Fulton Lane, I promise!
Fulton Lane Inn is a charming boutique hotel that offers a perfect location, friendly service, wonderful beds and extremely fast internet which is pretty much all I could ever want in a hotel. The only thing I would change would be the parking. We had to pay to park ($12) but since Fulton Lane is so well located, we didn’t have to use our car in Charleston which definitely saved us time and money. Most rooms start at just under $200 and they always have some great deals going on. I actually just received an email offering up rooms for $185 from November 27 – December 1st if that’s something you’d be interested in! I’m sure Charleston is beautiful during the holidays.
Have you ever been to Charleston? Where did you stay? I’d love to know!
Happy Travels 🙂
*Note: I did receive a complimentary room at The Fulton Lane Inn. Opinions are entirely my own. I would only ever recommend something that I actually enjoyed and support!