Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Mt Pleasant-Charleston Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Pros

  • Small but well-maintained pool
  • Free buffet breakfasts and afternoon snacks daily
  • Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • One of the city's most eco-friendly hotels
  • Small fitness center with cardio machines
  • Shady courtyard with patio furniture and lovely landscaping
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Charleston's main tourist attractions are a ten-minute drive away
  • Decor is generic

Bottom Line

The 116-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant-Charleston is in many ways a typical mid-range chain hotel, albeit one with extensive amenities, including an outdoor pool, a small fitness center, free breakfast, and snacks throughout the day. Though the rooms are generic, they feature contemporary decor, comfy beds, and flat-screen TVs. They're also extremely eco-friendly, with low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets. On the downside, the hotel is a drive away from most of Charleston's tourist attractions.

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 Scene

A clean and well-maintained mid-range chain property, with an eco-friendly focus

This mid-range chain hotel, opened in 2009, is pleasant and well-maintained, but nothing stands out. The decor scheme includes warm colors, wood accents, and traditional furnishings. The small, simply landscaped pool is adjacent to a shady courtyard, and rooms that are outfitted in generic contemporary style (comfortable beds, warm colors, flat-screen TVs). In short, there are no surprises here.

The hotel provides more features than many downtown properties, including a pool, fitness center, breakfast-only restaurant, and lounge. However, the flipside is the hotel's location is removed from Charleston's main action, and guests will need to drive to reach any attractions. There are a good number of bars, restaurants, and outdoor activities in the immediate vicinity, though.

Despite its large size, the hotel is often quiet. During Oyster's stay, the pool had just one visitor, the business center was completely empty, and a few hours relaxing in the lounge were largely uninterrupted. The hotel provides a number of free services, such as parking, a buffet breakfast, afternoon snacks, Wi-Fi, and daily newspapers.

Of particular note is the hotel's great eco-conscious efforts, which have made it a green leader in the city. The property earned a "three Palmetto" rating with the state's Green Hospitality Alliance. It has recycle stations throughout; the roof is painted white to minimize heat absorption; every faucet and toilet is low-flow; and a number of other technologies are in place to reduce energy consumption.

 Location

Along a major highway with easy access to downtown Charleston, but there's little within walking distance

The Holiday Inn Express is located just off the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Mount Pleasant, a short drive away from most of Charleston's best historic sights. Those hoping to hit the pavement on foot will find little within walking distance, save for a jogging path and a shopping plaza. Hotel parking, at least, is free.

  • 18-minute drive to Charleston International Airport
  • 8-minute walk to the Patriots Plaza Shopping Center for restaurants and shops
  • 13-minute walk to the Cooper River Bridge jogging path
  • 7-minute drive to King Street, lined with high-end restaurants, art galleries and shops
  • 7-minute drive to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • 8-minute drive to Marion Square
  • 8-minute drive to the Charleston Museum, the oldest museum in the US
  • Nine-minute drive to the College of Charleston
  • 10-minute drive to the Historic Downtown District
  • 10-minute drive to the Charleston City Market
  • 10-minute drive to St. Philip's Church
  • 10-minute drive to Gibbes Museum of Art
  • 10-minute drive to Waterfront Park
  • 10-minute drive to South Carolina Aquarium
  • 11-minute drive to Calhoun Mansion
  • 15-minute drive to Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of America

 Rooms

Clean rooms with modern technology and generic contemporary decor

The generic, contemporary rooms are decorated in shades of white, blue, and brown -- blue bed runners, brown bed skirts, brown accent walls. The beds are comfortable and the technology includes 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. There's nothing that stands out, but little that offends, either. Those who spring for suites will find spacious quarters and kitchenettes.

  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with satellite cable
  • Shower/tub combos
  • Coffeemakers and tea makers
  • Microwaves and mini-fridges
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads
  • Free daily newspaper delivery
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Traditional Rooms are around 400 square feet
  • Executive Level Rooms come with bathrobes and two bottles of water, but are otherwise identical to Traditional Rooms.
  • Junior Suites have small kitchenettes and sitting areas featuring pull-out sofas.
  • The 500-square-foot King Suite has a master bedroom, a separate living room equipped with a pull-out sofa, and a small kitchenette.
  • The Presidential Suite is 600 square feet and features two bedrooms, a kitchenette with a few cooking supplies, and a living room with a pull-out sofa and small dining table. This unit also features a jetted tub and a separate shower in the bathroom.

 Pool

Small but clean and well-maintained

The kidney-shaped pool at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant is small, but has an attractive water feature. It's often empty, and the lounge chairs are lined with fabric rather than plastic strips. An adjacent courtyard is surrounded by plants and tall trees, and filled with patio furniture and a few umbrellas for shade.

 Family

A few extra benefits for children

Though Holiday Inn Express' pool is rather small, it's still a plus for families, and is usually not very crowded. Little ones may also enjoy the freshly baked cookies and lemonade in the lobby every afternoon. The hotel also provides cribs and rollaway beds for families wishing to share a single guest room.

 Food

A large restaurant that serves breakfast only

The space just off the Holiday Inn Express' lobby is expansive, doubling as both restaurant and lobby lounge. It has wood paneling, high ceilings, tables for eating, and cushioned armchairs surrounding a large flat-screen TV. A free hot breakfast buffet is served daily. During the afternoon, fresh cookies and drinks are served in the lobby.

Lunch and dinner are not available on-site, and there are a couple of restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance -- namely, Graze at the nearby Patriots Plaza Shopping Center, and Point Grill, which serves American fare. All of Charleston's best restaurants, which are located in the Historic District, are a 10-minute drive away.

 Services

Free parking and free Wi-Fi

  • Free use of a small business center featuring one PC and printer
  • Free use of an on-site meeting room
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Coin-operated laundry room
  • Vending machines, free brochures, and a digital concierge
  • Free parking in the hotel's parking lot
  • Small fitness center with cardio machines, a mounted TV in the corner, and a water cooler

 Business and Conventions

A large meeting room, planning staff, and small business center

The Holiday Inn Express features a 700-square-foot meeting room with a seating capacity of 55. On-site meeting planners are available to coordinate meetings as well as arrange the use of A/V equipment and other presentation supplies. Group and event packages are also available. Guests at the hotel also have free use of a small business center just off the lobby that includes one PC and a printer/copier. A fax machine at the front desk may be used by guests for no charge as well.

 Weddings

On-site planners available to assist in booking everything from guest rooms to venues

Though the hotel itself is not a wedding venue, Charleston is a popular wedding destination. The property has on-site wedding planners that can help with all bookings, from the bridal party and guests' rooms to venues and vendors for the event.

 Eco-Friendly

Green construction and day-to-day operations

The Holiday Inn Express-Mount Pleasant is a leader in green initiatives, scoring a "three Palmetto" score with the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance, which is the highest rating possible.

  • Erosion and sediment control plans in action
  • Bicycle storage, shower, and changing room available for employees
  • Native vegetation used for landscaping
  • Storm water control systems installed including underground water retention
  • Solar-reflective white roof reduces heat absorption
  • Rainwater collection system for landscape irrigation reduces water usage
  • Low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilet in all rooms
  • Energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting systems
  • Auto-shutoff motion sensor lighting switches throughout
  • HVAC systems installed with reduced refrigerant emission to control ozone depletion
  • Recycling of construction water material including wood, metal cardboard, brick block, concrete, and plastic
  • Materials used in the construction of the building materials included recycled content
  • Air-conditioning and ventilation systems enhance indoor air quality and provide a comfortable thermal environment throughout
  • Low VOC materials installed in the building in order to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants
  • Building designed to maximize daylight exposure

 Renovations and Upkeep

Opened in 2009

Opened in 2009, the property is one of the newer hotels in the city. Some travelers may prefer the charm of Charleston's historic properties, but the Holiday Inn is clean, well-maintained, and eco-friendly.

During our visit, there was no hint of mold, dust, or disarray. While the decor is chain-like, it is by no means dated; it's what one would expect from a mid-range Holiday Inn.

 Handicap

Several ADA-compliant rooms, as well as amenities for hearing-impaired guests

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant has ADA-compliant rooms with roll-in showers, bathtubs with grips, and wider entrances and hallways. All on-property amenities are accessible via wheelchair, and the parking lot features several van-accessible parking spots. The hotel also provides portable tub seats for those with mobility impairments, as well as communication kits with visual alarms and notification devices, closed caption TVs, and TTY telephones for the hearing impaired. There is also Braille signage.

 Safety

24-hour staff and security

For some, this hotel's location just off of a major highway may be cause for concern. Signs in the parking lot read: "Management is not responsible for loss of vehicle or property. Please remove your valuables and lock your vehicle."

However, the Mount Pleasant neighborhood is, well, pleasant, and nothing nearby appears unsafe or sketchy. The property has a 24-hour front desk staff as well as night security. Rooms are accessed via key cards and safety deposit boxes are available at the front desk upon request.

 Bottom Line

The 116-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Pleasant-Charleston is in many ways a typical mid-range chain hotel, albeit one with extensive amenities, including an outdoor pool, a small fitness center, free breakfast, and snacks throughout the day. Though the rooms are generic, they feature contemporary decor, comfy beds, and flat-screen TVs. They're also extremely eco-friendly, with low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilets. On the downside, the hotel is a drive away from most of Charleston's tourist attractions.

Things You Should Know About Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Mt Pleasant-Charleston

Address

  • 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

Room Types

  • Executive King Room
  • Junior Suite
  • King Bed Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Traditional 2 Queen Bedroom
  • Traditional King Bedroom

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 116
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Address: 350 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
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