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Festiva's Church Street Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We travel often to Charleston and this was our first stay at Church Street Inn. The layout and concept are great (townhouse), but the kitchen appliances and overall decor were a bit tired and worn. The bed was comfortable, but the bathroom fan was terribly noisy. Don't stay here if you have difficulties with stairs, as our bedroom and full bath were upstairs, which was not a problem for us, but could be for some.

My husband, teenage son and I stayed here for two nights. What a great place! The townhouse almost felt like you were living right in Charleston! We ditched the car and just wandered around this beautiful city! ( Parking is $20 a day at a very nearby garage). The kitchen was immaculate and modern, and helped us save money on eating out. The inn also has a lovely courtyard!

The room was amazing and the view of the court yard was nice. This is a 2 story room. The staff was wonderful and greeted us warmly every time we passed by the front desk. The valet drivers were great. I have no issues abs will stay again!

We recently stayed her for 2 nights, and it is perfectly located beside the Market. Several restaurants within a few blocks also!! We walked all over downtown Charleston from this hotel. The hotel could use some updating, like the furniture is "used", like worn on the edges, and the door frames are worn and stained, etc...but just used, nothing wrong with them. It has that old 90's color scheme everywhere of dark colors like emerald and maroon. They don't have a bar or grill to grab quick drinks or bites to take back to the room, which I really would have liked. But there is no reason to not stay here, if you are looking for a perfect location and affordable room. Rooms have a lower level with kitchen and living area, and half bath. Upstairs is the bedroom and full bath. Would stay here again if needed.

My wife booked us a room at this hotel for our 25th wedding anniversary trip and we were not to be disappointed. The hotel is historic and very charming, although somewhat dated. However, don't let that detract you from taking a chance on this hotel as the dated aspect lends itself to the historical nature of the hotel. Our room opened into a perfectly sized kitchenette and living area on the bottom floor, with it's own powder room, and then up the stairs to a very generous sized bedroom with a full bath and nice size closet. Staying in our own "townhouse" was fun although we didn't spend all that much time in our room. When we did, we absolutely loved opening the doors to our balcony and hearing the sounds and music of the market drift in, and it was fun just to people watch. The hotel is close to everything, so walking everywhere was easy and quite a savings not having to worry about a rental car. Everything functioned as it should in our room, and the staff was very friendly and helpful, with lots of great recommendations for places to go and eat. We would definitely stay here again when visiting Charleston.

I made the arrangements for the group of 6 of us for a few days visit to Charleston. So I was excited to find this interesting location online as I liked the idea of a 2 story hotel room for each couple. I was relieved to find it even better than expected. The other couples were very impressed as well. The lobby is adorable with a glass elevator to take you to your room or you can walk up the impressive staircase. The check in was easy and quick. The rooms were very large with either a sitting room/kitchenette/half bath on the first floor and a master suite on the top floor or the reverse of that. We had a balcony overlooking the city market but our traveling companions just had windows overlooking the courtyard. It would be nice if there were maybe 2 small chairs out on the balcony as it would be a sweet place to sit at night and there are even lights out there. The courtyard was a little hidden gem with plenty of seating, a small fountain and a general store right there selling drinks including wine and beer. The concierge was awesome although we only saw her on one of the days. The location is perfect, steps away from the market and an easy walk to almost anywhere. So there were only a few cons - -The rooms are a bit outdated but I'm not really sure if that is a drawback as it is meant to be historical. And the beds were very comfortable and had a nice TV in the bedrooms. -Our AC was not performing well. I would definitely recommend testing this upon check in and reporting it immediately if there was an issue. We waited too long to see if it would cool down and did not sleep well the first night. -They do not offer "do not disturb" signs and you have to literally track down a housekeeper and sign a piece of paper if you do not want your room serviced.

We have been visiting Charleston since 1987 and first stayed at Church Street Inn in the early '90's. We have had rooms that have been attractive and accommodating. But the visit last month was a major disappointment! First off, the staff are great: friendly and amiable and helpful. It is the property that has taken a downturn in appearance and amenities. Our room had torn carpet, dents in the wall, peeling paint, a sofa bed without a mattress, and bathroom vanity door falling off (which was repairs by staff). Kudos to staff but the inattention to the property by management is too evident!

Very convenient location but has a couple of drawbacks. Odd musky smell but it was raining that day so may not be a problem most days. No moving luggage racks so be prepared to haul... they do offer to help but the cute girl at the front desk was smaller than me! These are town homes so there have very STEEP stairs to the bedroom... not recommended for elderly . Lighting is extremely limited. Good for honeymooners... bad for retirees. We only stayed one night so if going to be there longer I would say that you would feel at home. Staff VERY helpful.

We stayed in Room 208 for the 3rd time. This room has 3 balconies overlooking the city and market. It is a nice place to stay with very friendly and knowledgeable staff. You can walk to almost everything being right in the middle of the market area. A lot of things to do also with a short drive. Of course you can walk around the area and see all the beautiful homes, gardens and churches.

This two story 'condo' type room was great. It had a full kitchen, and when I say full I mean full size everything. Bigger than some apartment kitchens!!! The location was perfect, right at the corner of Market and Church Street everywhere we went, we were walking, there was absolutely no need for the car until we decided to hit the beach. Despite being in such a busy part of the city, quiet prevailed in the guest rooms; hardly any street traffic could be heard in the bedroom which was on the 2nd story of the room. The staff at the hotel were very friendly, we were a little disappointed when after our 2nd night we returned to find our room cleaned, but the bed unmade and the bathroom toiletries un-refreshed. The bed was quite possibly the most comfortable hotel bed I have ever slept in. Despite being in a hot climate, once the air conditioner was turned on, the temperature in the room was quite comfortable. This truly felt more like apartment living than being in a hotel room, it had a nice homey feel and is somewhere I would definitely stay again if I returned to the Charleston area.

177 Church St Charleston SC

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to College of Charleston
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Downtown Charleston, Festiva's Church Street Inn is next to Charleston City Market and The Powder Magazine. This 31-room, 3-star apartment welcomes guests with in-room amenities like kitchens, sofa beds, and living rooms. Located in central Charleston, the apartment is also near College of Charleston and USS Yorktown.


You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café.


The 31 air-conditioned apartments feature kitchens and 2 bathrooms, and there's space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, coffee makers, and free local calls.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1841, Festiva's Church Street Inn offers free WiFi in public areas, express check-out, and free newspapers. Valet parking is available for USD 20.00 per day. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this historic apartment include a terrace, a porter/bellhop, and wedding services.

Room options

Two Bedroom Deluxe Condo

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

One Bdrm 1 1/2 bath Deluxe w/Jacuzzi

Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 356 reviews