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In St. Andrews, a neighborhood in West Ashley across the river from Charleston’s Historic District
The Residence Inn is located on a quiet street off Highway 61 in Downtown Riverview, across the river from the Historic District. There are several other chain hotels around it, and there’s a large shopping mall a few minutes from the property, but the only thing within walking distance is the marina, from which you can get nice views of the historic downtown area.
The hotel is located in an area called St. Andrews, which is part of West Ashley. This mostly residential area on the west bank of Ashley River is a peaceful community that meets modern consumerism -- wide streets lined with trees, cars parked on front lawns of cute houses, and huge shopping malls with hundreds of stores and chain restaurants.
West Ashley proper covers an immense area across the river from Charleston, and is where some of the most important historic sites outside the Historic District are located. You will need a car whenever you want to leave your hotel, but you won’t find much traffic anywhere.
The mid-range Residence Inn is located on the west bank of Ashley River, a 10-minute drive from Charleston’s Historic District. It has the standard amenities of a chain hotel of its category -- a smallish but modern fitness center, a heated saltwater pool, and generic decor with some colorful touches. But the spacious studios and suites, all with full kitchens and pull-out sofas, and the great freebies (hot breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi, evening shuttle to historic downtown) make this property a great value pick for those whose priority isn't being within walking distance to the attractions.