King Charles Inn breaks with franchise

By Ashley Barker
Published Jan. 23, 2014

A downtown Charleston inn is dropping its franchise and becoming an independent hotel, according to a news release.

King Charles Inn is ending its relationship with Best Western and plans to re-emerge as a boutique hotel. King Charles, which is managed by Charlestowne Hotels, spent more than $10 million to revitalize its 91-room property at 237 Meeting St., the news release said.

A new marquee was installed, and Brew, a pub and cafe, was added. Each guest room now features flat-panel televisions, iHome alarm clocks, Keurig K-Cup brewers and new bedding. The hotel also offers free parking, wireless Internet and access to a terrace pool.

“Regardless of the hotel being associated with a franchised brand, my entire team has always strived to provide an authentic guest experience,” said Maureen Sheridan, general manager, in a statement. “The recent enhancements to the property highlight the distinctive qualities that visitors to the area are seeking and allow us to compete with some of the finest hotels in the city.”

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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