French Quarter Inn
What We Love
- There’s a glass of champagne at check-in and a nightly evening wine and cheese reception
- The pillow menu has seven choices, including down and Swedish massage
- Central downtown location near theaters, historic sights and the best shopping
- Top-notch, attentive service befitting a 19th-century aristocrat
What To Know
- Geared toward business travelers and couples, not families
- There is no fitness center or spa, but there are options nearby
- Valet parking costs $25 per day
- Parking On Site
The four-story French Quarter Inn blends seamlessly into the heart of Charleston’s tree-lined historic district. Inside, a glass of champagne awaits guests at check-in; a wide staircase, embellished with a wrought iron banister, spirals up toward an ornate skylight; and an eclectic array of sophisticated French furnishings evokes the elegance of the city’s past. The 50 guestrooms have plush European bedding, Provençal-style tufted benches and spacious balconies with city views. The apartment-like suites enable guests to stretch out, soak in a Jacuzzi tub or cozy up to a crackling fireplace. The bathrooms are equally spacious and elegant, with walk-in showers and plenty of luxury bath products. Best of all is the hotel’s pillow menu, which offers seven choices, so even the most finicky sleeper should get a good night’s rest.
In the Area
Visitors can walk the cobblestone streets from the Battery to the French Quarter, immersing themselves in the city’s Old World charms. Hail one of Old South Carriage Tours elaborate chariots, which allow you to do some virtual time traveling, clopping down narrow cobblestone streets lined with colonial and antebellum buildings. You’ll cover 30 blocks of the historic district in an hour. Or visit the plantations of yore, including Boone Hall Plantation, with its avenue of moss-draped oaks, or Middleton Place, which has America’s oldest landscaped gardens. And with some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses (designed by a who’s who of the fairways: Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones), Charleston can’t be beat if you’re looking for outdoor beauty while challenging your game. Don’t miss the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a barrier island dominated by five stunning designer courses.
How to Get There
This is a hotel that bends over backward for service. The people who man the reception desk double as concierges and they are not just efficient but knowledgeable. We had a double queen suite (with terrace and fireplace) which was spacious, quiet and well-appointed. I liked that there was an empty mini-fridge (no late night temptations) and there were plenty of free bottles of water. Our stay included a free gourmet continental breakfast - mini-quiches, cold meats and cheese, juice, coffee, pastries -- all very nice -- but definitely picked over by the end of the morning. There is also wine and cheese in the evening and pastry and port later at night.
That said, there is no room service and while the free food was nice, I'm not sure that the fixed times and limited selection made up for the lack of being able to order up a real breakfast or a late night salad.
The hotel also has no gym. Your room key gets you a free pass to Pivotal Fitness a couple of blocks away which was a just ok facility.
My wife and I came down to Charleston for a one night "escape" from kids, home projects, making meals...you know...an escape from reality night. We booked dinner at FIG (months in advance) and a "Corner-Terrace King Room" at The Frence Quarter Inn. Having stayed here in the past, but in a standard room, I was excited to splurge a bit for our "getaway" night. Unfortunately, the bed in this room is/was terrible. It sags on the edges, the springs make noise and shift, and it's just an uncomfortable bed. To make matters worse, the sheets were rough, rather than being crisp and smooth, they felt as if they were pilled...and just to add a last uggh moment, the duvet and blankets are paper thin so you either turn up the heat and sleep in the heat, or freeze. When we requested extra bedding we were given another foot throw! This is not in keeping with my prior experience here, I must point that out. But for almost $600 per night, this visit fell far short of expectations, and is without a question my last visit here. There is no excuse for a hotel of this class to have such terrible bedding. Aside of that, the location is excellent, the people are extremely friendly, and the hotel itself is very nice. Just don't expect to enjoy a good night's sleep on the terrible bed!
This hotel epitomizes service and comfort. I was in Charleston for Thanksgiving with my daughter. She had flown in from CA and I from PA. The French Quarter Inn was our treat at the end of our holiday, My daughter came down with food poising, I called to see if we could check in 4 hours early and the respose was,come rightover’. They gave us an upgrade, sent someone out for clear broth and plain rice and called to check on how she was feeling and ask if there was anything else the could do. I don’t hink may hotels would allow such an early check in without some cost nor do I think they would send someone out for special food. I recommend astay here to all- beautiful rooms, amazing beds and pillows, fab breakfast and great wine , cheese and charcuterie hour.
At check-in, you are greeted with a glass of champagne. :) The wine and cheese reception was delicious and it included meats, nuts, bread, etc. Seating was arranged all around a beautiful area which made it nice if you wanted privacy.
Visited FQI for Thanksgiving. It's like being 'home' for the holidays. The staff (Kim, Gloria, Jessica, Jenny) are amazing. Marvin, the Front Desk Mgr. always goes beyond to please along with his staff. Josh is super with the bags and the car. Housekeeping keeps the rooms clean and cozy and even quests seems like a small family at the wine reception and for hot cookies and cold milk in the evening. Nothing is lacking at the FQI. Our favorite.....