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Me and three co-workers stayed at the Indigo Inn May 7th thru May 9th. We all work for Merrill Lynch and was in need of a little R&R.
The Inn is absolutely wonderful. The staff was great and the rooms are just perfect for the old Charleston city. We were greeted by a very friendly staff. The afternoon social hour is a very nice touch. Between 5 - 7 PM in the lobby, all the guests can meet and socialize in the beautiful courtyard. The Inn serves complimentary wine, chesse, crackers, fresh fruit, spinach dip, etc. All had a great taste. Also at the Inn, in the mornings from around 6 - 10 you are also encouraged to help yourself to a complimentary breakfast, which included tiny ham and cheese bisquits, danish, fresh cut fruit, yougurt, cereal, more than you could even imagine. It was all delicious.
We visited Folley Beach, it was beautiful and only a short drive from town. We ate at the Charleston Crab House, Charleston Crab Shack, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, King Street Grill and all that we had at each place was very good.
You need to visit the Harbour. It would be a wonderful place for a picnic. You can see the sailboats, etc. A very refreshing sight.
We shopped at the open air market, Low Country Harley Davidson, Saks Fifth Ave, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Starbucks, etc. There is more shopping locations that you could ever imagine.
We were only there for a short period of time, but we did work in a lot of great sights. Would loved to have taken the horse drawn carriage ride around town. We just ran out of time.
We had a relaxing massage at the Stella Nove Spa and Salon that is off of Meeting street and on Calhoun street. The best massage that we had ever had. It should be a must if you are in need of some relaxation.
I will definately be visiting again. And will stay at the Indigo Inn again.
Indigo Inn - love at first site!
You have to love a large indigo building, it certainly makes it easy to spot! We stayed for two nights at this lovely inn. Everyone went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. Our room which had a high four poster bed as well as a large sitting area was beautifully decorated in the southern aristocratic style you often see in older antebellum homes. The indoor courtyard was a nice place for either the breakfast which included ham biscuits, fruit, yogurt, and pastries or the evening gathering for wine and cheese. The location can't be beat as it is close to restaurants, the market, and the carriage ride tours. The price was excellent, the parking was free, the hotel was quiet and with staff both friendly and helpful we look forward to our next stay in Charleston at the Indigo Inn!
Great Value in Downtown
The location of the Indigo Inn is perfect. It is right at the "top" of King Street with all of the great parts of downtown in one direction. The rooms were very clean and the beds were not typical hotel beds. They were tall four-post beds with thick soft matresses. The layout of the hotel is also unique with the atrium in the center with all of the rooms facing inward towards it. The staff was friendly and courteous and had no problem checking us in very late at night upon our arrival. When we went, they had a cheese and wine tasting in the evening which is typical of the finer Charleston inns. The continental breakfast included the usual fare -- breads and juice. Overall, I definitely recomend the Indigo for all travelers.
Except for the Ice Machine...
My family found our stay at the Indigo Inn to be a warm and wonderful experience.
The staff was attentive and helpful. The room was clean and well appointed. The rates were well within our means.
The Inn is right in the heart of historic Charleston and a short walk to almost any attraction downtown. The food provided each afternoon and for the continental breakfast in the mornings was great and plentiful... and there was always a pot of coffee ready for action... 24/7.
Our room was 202 - and the 2nd floor's ice machine was across the walkway from us... Except for the late-night or early-morning ice gathering by guests and staff, it didn't seem to be a problem... but when we stay there again... and we will... we will be sure to request a room that is further away from the ice machine. That will save a few inadvertant "wake-up calls" during the night.
Excellent Accomodations... This will be our first choice on our return trips to Charleston.
Charming, quaint and a great location
We just left the Indigo Inn this morning, and experienced a wonderful two days at this inn. I searched the Indigo Inn through the Internet, and selected it based on reviews and information on the website. We enjoyed the "expanded" breakfast, buffet style with lots of pastries, fresh fruit, cereals and breads. Silver trays are provided to carry the meal out to the Atrium where we sat beside a lovely fountain/pool. The wine and cheese reception each night consisted of red (room temp) and white wine (chilled) with a dip and cheese squares/ crackers and fresh fruit. It was just the right amount before venturing out to one of the superb nearby restaurants. Guests chatted together during the wine and cheese, and it was a happy, cheerful group. At all times the reception area was stocked with ice tea and lemonade. Coffee and tea were available later in the evening. Our room had two queen beds (I think it is pictured on their site) and was very comfortable. I needed to iron a skirt, and the iron and board arrived within five minutes of my call to the front office. Hair dryers are provided. While the Inn does not have the newness and sleek freshness of a chain hotel, it makes up for this ten fold in charm. All of the staff were helpful and very courteous, not only to us, but to other guests, and they helped select restaurants and tours. The Inn has the best location - in the older section of beautiful Charleston, and this allowed us to walk to the docks, market stalls and meals. Quite a treat. I wiould stay there again, or try the Jasmine Inn, part of the same property, during my next stop in Charleston.
No Go Indigo
My husband and I spent one Saturday night at the Indigo Inn, mostly based on reviews from this site. Although the location is very convenient and the room decor very nice, I doubt we would ever stay there again. When we booked, two weeks in advance, we were told there was a 2 night minimum on weekends, but they made an exception for us.(We saw 3 couples check in after us, so I don't know how true this was.) However, at the time I assumed that was why we were sent to the worst room in the place. It was tucked back off the atrium with a window looking into a dark hallway. A previous reviewer said he had stayed in room 300 and could hear the ice machine one floor below all night. Well, we were in room 200, not 5 feet from the monster ice macine. Yes, we asked for a different room, but were told they were full. (The desk clerk very kindly tried to find a room elsewhere, but no luck.) I am not exaggerating when I say we did not get to sleep until 3 am when the last of many thirsty travelers visited the ice machine and banged away at the chunks of cubes to fill his ice bucket. At 6am the birds in the atrium statrted singing. We had driven 7 hours from Tampa to get to Charleston and had another 7 ahead of us to get home. We stumbled bleary eyed into the lobby by 6:45 and were told breakfast would be at 7. We had coffee and waited. At 7:15 my husband asked the newly arrived desk clerk when breakfast was coming out. He said breakfast was not served until 7:30 but to help ourselves to the boxes of cold cereal. No offer to go see if anything was available. As for the wine and cheese the evening before, we did not expect much and it wasn't. Tepid wine and cheese cubes, spinach dip down to its last few spoonfuls. The atrium, which the 3 floors of rooms open onto, is a nice concept, but with all in the wall air conditioners running and no air movement it was stifling. There were crumpled napkins left on tables and seemingly no one around to tidy up. I was dressed for dinner and hesitated to sit on the dirty cushions but had no choice. The noise of the air conditioners, ice machine and closing doors reverberating off cement floors was more cell block than southern charm.
I was generous in giving the Indigo Inn 3 stars b/c our stay was terrible. However, I will admit, our stay did not seem the norm for this establishment. We stayed here for a wedding. The wedding party had about 6-8 rooms. We stayed in Room 300, which had to be the worse room in the whole place. Every other room we saw was a lot nicer than ours, including the rooms next door. Paint was peeling, the crown molding was cracking, phone did not work, very low water pressure, could hear the ice machine one floor below, etc. The staff was very courteous and everything else like the continental breakfast and courtyard seemed top notch. We told them about our experience, and the comped us one night. I told them their inn seemed very nice, but something needs to be done about Room 300. Considering we booked 8 months in advance and we got the worse room in the place, we were very disappointed. For value and location, it would have been a great deal if our experience was better.
More Than Met Our Expectations
This was our first visit to Charleston and we had made reservations elsewhere. We learned of the Indigo Inn at the last minute and based on earlier ratings, we called in the hopes of getting a reservation. We were fortunate that they had a last minute cancellation. The only drawback was that we would have to change rooms during our stay. We readily agreed, especially when we were offered a reduced rate for this inconvenience.
Both rooms were lovely with decent furniture and comfortable beds. The second room was large enough for a seating area with a comfortable couch and chair. The layout of the hotel is one of its best features. With no windows on the street side, the rooms are very quiet. The central courtyard is lovely and quite peaceful. It is a wonderful place to enjoy their more than adequate continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese. The location is ideal, within easy walking distance of most of the sights.
We could not have asked for a more helpful staff. Eveyone we dealt with was pleasant and seemed to truly care about making our stay as enjoyable as possible. We are certain to return when we visit Charelston again.