Market Pavilion Hotel: Charleston, SC

Written by on February 20, 2012 in Charleston, SC, Hotels, Restaurant Week, reviews - 4 Comments

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate crowds?

Let it be known. I HATE crowds.

Some of it is has to do with crowds making me extra anxious. The rest of it has to do with possibly being the most impatient person on earth. Thus, it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of traveling in the off season pretty much anywhere. There are rarely crowds, and it is less expensive.

So when we went to Charleston in January, we scored a decent deal on a room at the Market Pavilion Hotel. We have visited their rooftop bar and pool numerous times over the years, but as it is a little pricey, we’ve never stayed there before. For a discounted price in the off-season, here is what we got.

The Good:

  • John abhors rooms with connecting doors. Seriously will throw down about it. We requested a room without connecting doors when we booked, but as with most hotels, this request is rarely heeded. We got up to our room, saw the door and called down for a new room, which was quickly provided. We always seem to forget to ask if the room is a connector when we check in. You ¬†would think I would remember considering how many times I’ve sat in hotel hallways waiting for a staff member to come up and help us to a new room, but I don’t.

    This door is morally reprehensible.

  • We received $50 vouchers for each night to utilize at their bar and restaurant, which we gladly did.
  • Turn down service was a fun luxury I have never watched before. We happened to be in the room when the housekeeper arrived to do it, and she was meticulous in her duty.

    Hermes toiletries. Swanky, but they don't smell like gold as I expected.

  • There was an in-room safe. I love safes.
  • Fantastic service from every staff member. I love when people actually act like they care about their jobs and want to make their patrons happy.
  • There were doorbells for each room. For some reason this seemed extra fancy and made me deliriously happy.

    Doorbells for each room. No, I did not "Ring and Run" every single one on my floor. But I wanted to.

  • Potty phone. If you are still going to bother with a land line, it best be while you are doing the potty dance.

    Just a little chit chat spot.

  • The location is prime for anyone hoping to stay within walking distance of downtown Charleston’s attractions.
The Not So Good:
  • Our view was of the parking lot. Not gorgeous, but I did learn how they bring the valeted cars up onto their deck. They have a car elevator. Who knew?

    Breathtaking view of the parking deck.

  • On Saturday evening, we called down to order from the to be expected overpriced room service menu. They were out of at least one ingredient for every dish we requested. When I finally asked her what they might actually have on the menu, the operator stated that because it was Restaurant Week, they were out of many options because they had so many reservations that night for Grill 225. The kicker was that our order would have taken an hour to be delivered all the way up to third floor. Sounds like poor planning to me. We canceled our order and went to Slightly North of Broad instead. They were also in the middle of Restaurant Week but had no problem fitting us in without a reservation at their chef’s table.

Market Pavilion Hotel

225 E. Bay St.

Charleston, SC



4 Comments on "Market Pavilion Hotel: Charleston, SC"

  1. Leslie Deitch February 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm · Reply

    I didn’t know about John’s aversion to connector doors-I have an aversion to “little” doors which is making house hunting very difficult. Sounds like a fun trip-can you tell what kind of deal you got?

    • Tricia February 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm · Reply

      Yes, it was just their winter deal they were advertising on their website. $219/night including $50 vouchers for each day of the stay, and a Manager’s Champagne Happy Hour which we forgot about so we didn’t go.

  2. Leslie Deitch February 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm · Reply

    And for the record, I am not buying for one second that you did not ring at least one doorbell. Right after you said “ready….steady…..”

    • Tricia February 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm · Reply

      I really, really wanted to push the doorbells. But I didn’t. But I am still thinking about how I wanted to do it. Really bad.

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