The Quality Inn and Suits at Patriot’s Point is a very basic, but solidly good place to stay while you’re in town for other things—business or visiting friends or going to the beach, perhaps. The hotel boasts standard in room amenities such as cable and satellite TV, air conditioning, free local phone calls, voice mail, complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a coffee maker. Some rooms also have whirlpools, refrigerators, and microwaves.
The hotel also boasts such amenities as complimentary full breakfast (including eggs, bacon, a choice of cereal, southern style grits, biscuits and gravy, pastries, and fresh fruit), complimentary newspaper Mondays through Fridays, guest laundry facilities, a newsstand, a picnic area, and a seasonal outdoor pool. The entire hotel is non-smoking. There are copy machines and fax machines visitors can use, and valet cleaning service. They have meeting space, and will help you plan your event. The property has a Choice Gold Hospitality Award, meaning that within the Choice Hotel brand, this is one of the better hotels. There is outdoor, onsite parking, including space for buses. Interestingly, the decoration scheme for the hotel is based on the 18th century, and the space is filled with antique reproductions.
And, in fact, customers like the place. Most customer reviews are highly complementary, and some are raves. Customers like the clean facilities, the friendly, helpful service, the large rooms, and the breakfast. There have been some issues with musty smells and maintenance problems that develop when the hotel is very busy, but the fact that the hotel gets so busy is a good sign.
But like we said, the reason you’d stay at this hotel is mostly for the location. It’s near the base of the scenic Arthur Ravenel Bridge, so historic, downtown Charleston is just a few minutes away. The beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island are nearby, as well as the Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum, and the museum’s centerpiece, the World War II era aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. The Yorktown saw action in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War, and then again in the Korean War. The Yorktown also recovered the Apollo astronauts after their visits to the moon. More great history is available nearby at the Fort Sumter National Monument, where War Between the States first erupted. Continuing with the historical theme, there’s the Boone Hall Plantation, the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site plantation home and the Magnolia Plantation, all three museum properties. Sullivan’s Island is also notable for having been both the site of a major Revolutionary War battle and one of the young country’s most notorious slave ports. No major monument commemorates that latter distinction.
Moving away from the historical theme, the Charleston area features several tennis courts and golf courses, as well as a number of parks and forests great for hiking. The Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is right by the hotel. This waterfront park features a pier on the river that’s perfect for fishing and strolling, and you can pick up several bike trails here, including a section of the East Coast Greenway. The beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island are not only great places for swimming and paddling and sailing, they’re also great places for fishing and wildlife watching. If you want to put the wildlife you see in context, you can go to the South Carolina Aquarium, whose exhibits trace aquatic habitat in South Carolina from small mountain streams, through powerful Piedmont rivers, out through bountiful coastal marshes and into the sea. Go ahead, check it out.