Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
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- Parking On Site
With a stay at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection, you’ll be centrally located in Charleston, steps from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and Threshold Repertory Theatre. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Charleston City Market and Confederate Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Enjoy the recreation opportunities such as a 24-hour fitness center or make use of other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, laundry facilities, and an elevator (lift).
How to Get There
What a lovely, lovely hotel. I came to Charleston to attend a friend’s wedding and stayed Friday night here. The hotel is an art gallery with fantastic paintings and sculptures all over the place, including in the bedrooms (see pic of the ones in my room). There is a funky, fun atmosphere about the place and you know the interior design team had a blast! The rooftop bar is where the young trendies congregate after hours and is a very special place. Rooms are large and comfortable. I loved this hotel!
In the title of this review, I put the word guest in quotation marks, since we did not feel the welcome I had come to associate with high end Marriott hotels. We were customers, but guests here. This is the third Grand Bohemian property at which I've stayed, and it falls far short of the terrific experiences I've had in Orlando and Asheville. I have Executive Platinum status with Marriott (as well as Diamond with Hilton and Explorer with Hyatt) and as other frequent travelers have noted in their reviews, the loyalty does not mean much at this property. Moreover, the desk clerk referenced the fact that I was staying on points, which led me to believe that this was one of the reasons I received an inferior room. Essentially, I used the amount of points that I would associate with a Ritz Carlton but got a far inferior experience: a view only of an interior courtyard, no bathtub, a large cracked area in the middle of the bathroom floor, poor lighting choices in the room. When we complained about the room we got absolutely no sympathy, no action and not even a token that high end Marriotts routinely provide to keep loyal customers happy (points, drink coupons, or even a mere apology). The failure to treat loyal customers right seems to be a common theme with this hotel. However, the location is very good. But, there are other well-located properties, so that is not a unique advantage.
We traveled to Charleston with our 2 year old and wanted to stay at the Grand Bohemian as we stayed at the GB in Savannah a few years ago. The hotel has about 50 rooms and is roughly 4 stories high (but the fourth floor is the roof top bar and restaurant). Location is perfect as a you're only a 5-10 minute walk to all of the main attractions/restaurants. Also it is quiet at night, which was great for getting a good night's rest.
When you walk into the hotel, it feels like you're in an art gallery, which is really cool. Check in was a breeze and was extremely fast. We ordered a crib and that came up right away (note: this hotel has cribs and not pack n plays - definitely a plus having the crib).
We were in a corner room on the third floor (322), which had great natural and tall ceilings. The room also has a small refrigerator, which is perfect for storing some drinks and food.
The bathroom had a shower and water closet with very nice finishes. It felt very spacious and high-end.
We had some drinks at the roof top lounge, which was a fun place to hang out (but there isn't much of a view since it is only four floors high). Drinks were made perfectly and service was good. Definitely a place to come even if you weren't staying at the hotel.
Overall, great location and great hotel. Definitely would recommend this place!
Not only was the hotel magnificent with its eclectic blend of furnishings and extensive art, it’s staff is unsurpassed! Friendly and helpful at every turn, the made us part of their family.
The location was centrally located making it walkable to all of the sights.
As an Ambassador level Marriott loyalist, this Grand Bohemian was underwhelming. I stayed at the Asheville sister hotel and did enjoy that stay a bit more.
First, Ambassador level seemed meaningless. Loyalty means nothing here. They subsidize the breakfast a little. But it was so small of a subsidy that it was insulting. They did upgrade one of my rooms to a larger king. But had I been in one of atrium or small rooms, this rating would be a 2 star.
The 2nd floor art and atrium was a waste. Why waste the entire floor with one style of art? My 12 year old equated the art has being drawn by a kid. Again, devoting an entire floor to it was a waste. Had this floor been decorated like the Asheville sister hotel, I thing that would have earned a star.
The hotel is too small but location was very good. Rooms are cramped, even the larger king. Luxury items were lacking.
I was going to visit all the Grand Bohemian sister hotels based on my Asheville stay. I have now reconsider that. I like that when you checkin to the Asheville one that you sit at a desk and they made me feel like a high level Marriott. Here, it was a front desk counter and treated ordinary, as a Fairfield Inn.
I had issues with housekeeping thoroughness as well.
Good points that earn 3 stars included a nice gallery, live music on the 1st floor patio and 4th floor restaurant, and the rooftop lounge. However, that damn plexiglass restricts airflow big time.
I may still visit another one of these but will read reviews carefully first. As an Ambassador, I feel my loyalty should be shown some extras, like I receive at JWs, and other luxury Marriott brands. I travel every week and spend more time in a Marriott than home. When I am with family on vacation, I want the best in treatment. The biggest ding was the lame breakfast coupons. Really? 2 rooms, 4 people, and $16 credit. That does not go far. And it is a hassle.
I will certainly convey this to my Ambassador this week.