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
It had been 7 years since our last visit to Charleston and the French Quarter Inn and things were still as amazing as we remembered.
Full disclosure - we've been to Charleston three times and we've stayed at FQI three times. We're fans.
We arrived early and they were able to get our room ready for us. This was nice and much appreciated. If they'd been unable to do so, they would have stored our bags and called us when the room was ready (this happened on a previous visit and it worked out well. FQI is well located so you can explore the City Market and close by shops and restaurants until your room is ready.)
The staff is outstanding (a special shout out to Jennie - hope that you are enjoying your trip to Ireland and Scotland!) They were all friendly, helpful and greeted us with smiles (and frequently asked if there was anything we needed.)
The hotel provides coffee, cold drinks and candy in the lobby. You're treated to champagne and cookies upon arrival. There's a great breakfast (little quiches, yogurt, bagels, fruit, pastries, juices, cereal and milk), a wine and cheese reception from 5:30-6:30 and cookies/milk at 8:30. There is also turndown service (where chocolates are provided.) You can easily do what we did (eat one meal out) and treat yourself to the hotel's delicious offerings.
Especially appreciated was the bottled water (in your room fridge and also available at the front desk) and the detox water (my favorite), lemonade and iced tea in the lobby. Charleston's toasty in mid-July so hydration is important. FQI makes it easy to stay cool and refreshed.
The front desk/concierges are super helpful - they can give you directions, make recommendations and reservations, provide parking and transportation tips, and provide maps. They go out of their way to make you feel special (and you never feel as if they'd answered the question that you just asked a thousand times before, though they probably have!)
Our room (209) was a King traditional - lovely, spacious and clean. The only downside was that it faced an alley and there was a little noise early in the a.m. My husband didn't notice (and I might not have if I didn't have to get up to take medication that is timed to my normal work day early rising.) If you're a light sleeper, you might want to request a room further down the hall or on the other side of the hotel. Overall, the hotel is in a relatively quiet location, so sleeping and relaxing is not a problem.
The bed and pillows were comfy (I prefer a slightly firmer bed but this one was fine and intentionally soft and cloud-like vs. worn.)
The shower was great (be careful - it gets hot quickly, so only turn the knob about a 1/2 inch to the left to start out and check out the temperature before stepping in) and the toiletries were wonderful (locally made with a grapefruit scent. Very refreshing and clean.)
Charleston is a very walkable city and the FQI is in a great spot - right next to the City Market. You can easily walk to most places in the city (and transportation is available if you'd rather ride.)
The French Quarter Inn deserves its great reviews and awards - it's a wonderful place to stay in a wonderful city. To the staff of the FQI - thanks for making our latest stay a memorable one!
We took a last minute trip to Asheville and Charleston. En route to Charleston we checked with Trip Advisor on best places to stay. We called French Quarter Inn and spoke to Kenyetta. She was incredibly accommodating and helped us celebrate our 22 year anniversary. We had some good laughs on the phone and even got a big hug when we met. Kenyetta is very engaging and is an asset to French Quarter Inn.
The Inn always supplies bikes for the guest to use, we took advantage of this and glad we did.
The location is 2nd to none, the accommodations can not be beat. They even have a variety of pills to select from even though what they give you was perfect. The reception in the afternoon is just enough and the cookies and milk were a great way to end the day.
Upon checking out, Jenny gave us some great tips on where to eat besides the notable Cotton Club or SNOB. We wanted some places off the beaten path and she was a great help. She also helped up with some out of town locations to visit on our next leg of our travel. The was greatly appreciated.
If/when we return, we will definitely stay at French Quarter Inn.
Very welcoming and clean hotel in a great location! Greeted with sparkling wine at check-in, a wine and cheese hour in the evening, topped off with milk and cookies before bed! Definitely worth the price and would stay there again!
Lovely hotel within easy walking distance of King Street shopping, restaurants, and historic sites. King room is well appointed, if not large, and the bath area a very nice size. Spotlessly clean. Breakfast, afternoon gathering and milk and cookies were definitely a plus. Staff is very professional and accommodating. Would recommend it to friends and would stay again myself.
We stayed at this hotel on our honeymoon and could not have been more pleased. Hotel is well positioned in Charleston - we could get basically anywhere on foot, although the hotel has bikes for rent as well. We had a memorable trip and Charleston is truly lovely, but we would come back just for this hotel. Everyone we interacted with was a joy and incredibly helpful - special shout out to Kenyatta, who helped us plan activities before we ever even arrived. We loved the nightly wine and cheese reception as well and the woman serving the wine was a delight and had the most infectious laugh. One of the best hotels we've ever stayed at.