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“Nice hotel, great views, solid service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Harbourview Inn

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Harbourview Inn
Ranked #5 of 60 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Nice hotel, great views, solid service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

I have been a frequent visitor to Charleston with my wife over the past 10 years. We have stayed at many hotels over the years. The Harbourview is a little different than many. It is larger than most, it is located in a busy tourist area and it has direct harbor views. This is good and bad depending on what you are looking for in a vacation.
The positives are:
- very near Waterfront Park and the pineapple fountain
- very close to some of the best restaurants in town
- great views (if you get a suite on the 4th floor)
- friendly service
The negatives:
- the size and traffic in the hotel and surrounding area reduce the romance of the hotel
- the rooms in the historic wing are nice, but face a popular street
- the rooms (other than the suites or historic rooms) feel a bit cramped

Overall a nice place to stay if you are looking for a good location to walk to downtown sites. The staff is helpful (they moved my room due to a noise air duct) and friendly.

Room Tip: Get a room on the 4th floor facing the harbor. If this is out of the budget, get a room in the hist...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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AGM-HarbourViewInn, Guest Relations Manager at Harbourview Inn, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
We thank you for your review of the HarbourView Inn. We are pleased you enjoyed the great location, friendly service, and great views the HarbourView Inn offers. We hope you will return to Charleston again and let us accommodate you during your stay.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

What a beautiful place to stay. We always travel with our best friends on this particular weekend to celebrate our birthdays together. While we were checking in we mentioned we were there for the food and wine festival and celebrating two birthdays. When we went to our room there was a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for us which I thought was very nice! The inn doesn't have a restaurant but they leave a breakfast menu every evening on your bed with a wonderful selection of things to choose from. They give you the choice of having it delivered to your room or on the rooftop garden! They also serve complimentary wine and cheese every evening from 5-6 and cookies and milk later in the evening. Our room was beautiful, and very clean with a gorgeous view of the harbor. The staff was wonderful especially the young lady that delivered our breakfast in the morning. She had an endless smile! We will stay there again!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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AGM-HarbourViewInn, Guest Relations Manager at Harbourview Inn, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
We are delighted you chose to spend your joint birthday celebration with us at the HarbourView Inn. Your comments regarding your experience are greatly appreciated. We hope you will return next year for your birthday and the Wine + Food Festival.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2012

My husband and I went to Charleston for the weekend and stayed at the Harbourview. It is a great hotel. Firstly very quiet. Which I love. I personally hate hearing people in the hallways, and banging doors, as they are shut. This place is well insulated. Plus, the location is wonderful. It is not right on King St. but right next to East Bay Ave, which I like even better. On one end of East Bay, as you head to the battery, you have wonderful architecture, and on the other, many restaurants and bars, that all very lively. If you like to walk getting to the Market, King St. etc is all very easy.

Room Tip: We asked for high floor, and water view. Which we got.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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AGM-HarbourViewInn, Guest Relations Manager at Harbourview Inn, responded to this review, 17 March 2012
We would like to thank you for choosing the HarbourView Inn during your recent visit to Charleston. It pleases us that you found the HarbourView Inn to be wonderful and you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you will return to Charleston and stay with us again in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Don't know where to begin, the quality at this hotel is just top notch from the time I was greeted when I pulled up with my car all the way through to my check-out just a terrific experience. Personnel are well spoken helpful, knowledgeable, ready to fix whatever comes up and just make your stay a great experience. I do a yearly get together with a friend/retired co-worker and this year we picked Charleston again because we just love the city. We look for a centrally located hotel where we can relax, park our cars and just catch-up visiting, sightseeing & shopping. This hotel made it all possible, the wine & cheese in evening is so well done, the breakfast choices are perfect and where we wished to eat & the time is great. Coffee & tea is always available, the water with lemon or orange is a real treat. The bed is sooooo comfortable & our room was quiet. We had a first floor room (115) and it wa really convenient for us, right in the atrium area ear the coffee :-) I have read about people staying stay on an upper floor because of first floor noise, but it didn't even bother us. I would stay here again & recommend it without exception.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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AGM-HarbourViewInn, Guest Relations Manager at Harbourview Inn, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
We are thrilled to hear you had an awesome stay with us at the HarbourView Inn. Thank you for your kind remarks regarding the staff, rooms, and the complimentary amenities. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you will stay with us again next time you visit Charleston.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

The ideal place to stay for a nice vacation in this city.

It is a beautiful property on the water - the perfect location. It is a classic, historical property that is old and charming without seeming outdated - really everything you'd expect from an elegant hotel in this city.

The service - especially from the bellhops and parking attendants - is extraordinary and genteel. For instance, they allowed my brother in law to valet his car free of charge when he came to meet us for lunch; also, I requested a crib, and when I returned it was there, put together, with the bed made and pillows ready.

Finally, it also has some nice homey touches, like a daily wine reception, and cookies and milk every evening.

The only improvement I could see would be to add an actual temperature control to the A/C control panel, rather than just having "hot" and "cold", with "low" and "high" settings.

I really cannot recommend this hotel enough.

Room Tip: Their traditional rooms are spacious and comfortable - ~300 sq ft.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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AGM-HarbourViewInn, Guest Relations Manager at Harbourview Inn, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
We would like to thank you for choosing the HarbourView Inn during your recent visit to Charleston. Your comments and review are greatly appreciated. We hope you will choose to stay with us again next time you are in the area.
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Property: Harbourview Inn
Address: 2 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401-2152
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston > French Quarter
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#6 Family Hotel in Charleston
#7 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#18 Business Hotel in Charleston
Price range (per night): $422 - $856
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbourview Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy unparalleled service and signature amenities from this AAA Four-Diamond and Condé Nast "Gold List Award" luxury hotel. Panoramic views, vast atriums and beautifully appointed guest rooms - some with private balconies, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs - await your arrival. From the moment you enter one of the most historic hotels in Charleston, SC, you will find modern features and services, old world charm and unpretentious Southern hospitality. The waterfront and atrium lobbies are reminiscent of Charleston's early years as a colonial nautical trading hub. They offer the perfect setting for idle reflection, a glass of wine or just the refined sport of people watching. ... more   less 
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