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Days Inn Patriot Poin

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261 Highway 17 Bypass Mount Pleasant, SC

Well, it’s got the great location, and it’s got the basic amenities (plus a few nice perks), but the Day’s Inn Patriot Point is not as popular with guests as it could be. The issue, according the reviews, is that the hotel has a bit of a hygiene problem. It’s not that the rooms are always dirty; some people report a very clean, comfy stay and give the hotel excellent marks. But cleanliness does seem to be a little hit or miss here. That being said, the staff is otherwise efficient and notably friendly, the check in and check out processes are smooth and quick, and the price is affordable.

The Days Inn is pet friendly, though there are some restrictions; the pets in question must be less than twenty five pounds in weight, which cuts out the vast majority of dogs, and there is a limit of two per room. Pets may only stay in smoking rooms, presumably because the hotel managers want to keep all types of potentially lingering odors together. The pet fee is charged nightly, rather than per stay, but on the plus side it’s quite small—even if you stay a few nights running, you might be charged less than at some of the other pet-friendly places.
Presumably these restrictions do not apply to service animals, who are welcome. The Days Inn boast of its accessible features, though these mostly are aimed at people with mobility issues or blindness. If any rooms have visual smoke alarms, the hotel doesn’t say so.

Other welcome features include a fridge and a microwave in every room, in case you want to prepare your own meals or save some leftovers, and an on-site restaurant, in case you really don’t want to cook. The restaurant, the Huddle House, is open twenty four hours a day. There are coin-operated laundry facilities on site, and an outdoor pool. There’s complimentary wireless Internet access in the rooms. People seventeen years old and under can stay for free, as long as they are staying with an adult.

But the draw of the hotel is clearly the location—it’s even in the name; Patriot’s Point is the nearby location of the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime History Museum. This museum is the location of the storied aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, along with several other ships and planes. Generally, this is a great area for history and science buffs. Across the bridge (and by the way, look at the bridge; it’s quite iconic) is downtown Charleston, a really neat city, and home of the Nathaniel Russell House museum. Just five minutes away is the Charleston Museum and its natural history collections. Ten minutes away is the South Carolina Aquarium, whose exhibits trace the progression of South Carolina watersheds from their origins in quick little mountain streams, through muscular rivers, and out through productive estuaries to the sea.

Not far off is Sullivan’s Island, famous for its beaches but notable too for its largely unsung colonial history. Sullivan’s Island was once one of the country’s most notorious slave ports, and was also the site of a decisive battle in the Revolutionary War. Jump almost a hundred years forward in time (and a scootch sideways in space) and find Fort Sumter, which heard the first shots of the Civil War. The ferry to Fort Sumter National Monument leaves from Patriot’s Point.

And if you get tired, there are always the beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms (and beaches mean swimming, sailing, paddling, fishing, and the occasional dolphin or pelican sighting), nearby parks and trails, and golfing at the world-class Links on Charleston Harbor. If you get puckish, the area features a number of notable restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Take your pick from St. Louis style barbecue, home-style Southern cooking, Chinese, Thai, and Italian.

It’s enough to make you tired, isn’t it? Good thing you’ve got a hotel.

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