Looking for an ideal stay for Tall Family’s Spring Charleston/Mount Pleasant (SC) trip meant that Tall Family was looking for a clean, well located hotel where we could get a good night’s rest prior to each day’s adventures. I landed on the selection of Wyndham Garden Inn in Mount Pleasant.
The hotel is located about 20 minutes away from downtown Charleston (on the other side of the Ravenel Bridge) and about 10 minutes from Patriots Point. Shopping is within 5 to 10 minutes in multiple directions. Beaches are also a quick 10 minute drive away from the parking lot. The hotel is located adjacent to a highway, and our room overlooked a parking lot and a Marriott-branded hotel.
We stayed in a double room and beds were extremely comfortable. Though not huge, the room was clean and air conditioning worked well. The room included a digital safe. Warm water for the shower was never an issue. Actually the water was downright hot. (This is very important to Tall Mom!) The refrigerator was larger than average for a standard hotel room.
Despite the hotel’s location near heavy traffic, our fourth floor room was extremely quiet. Wifi worked well and was included in the hotel rate. Parking was abundant and convenient. Elevators were up-to-date.
The lobby area was far more impressive than anticipated and the check in staff was competent. Continental breakfast was included with the room rate and was standard fare with items such as yogurt, bananas, cereal, and sausage. Many guests partook in the breakfast but seating was ample so that was never an issue.
The sitting area at the small pool was clean but the pool itself was dirty for both nights of the stay. If you’re looking for some pool time this may not be the place for you because I understand from other reviews that this is an ongoing issue. The wind was whipping during our time at the hotel, so no one was tempted to take a plunge. I made a mental note of the outdoor shower just inside the gate of the pool area from the parking lot which is thoughtful placement and would be handy for beach goers as they enter back to the hotel.
During our particular stay clientele at the Wyndham Garden Inn tended to be the 40+ crowd which was fine for us as we weren’t there for a party but rather to rest before starting out again.
Overall, Tall Family would recommend the Wyndham Garden Inn in Mount Pleasant as a standard hotel with some modern decor. (Think lots of shades of brown and gray along with upscale light fixtures.) It’s not the same experience as staying in downtown Charleston at say, the Francis Marion, but neither is the price.
Consider for Best Price:
I was able to save about $60 over the two night stay by using Wyndham’s “Go Fast” rate. In combination with a limited number of points we already had through Wyndham I was able to purchase more at about $13 per 1000 points. Using points brought the nightly rate down to a fraction of the regular rate. It may not always provide such considerable savings but for our particular stay we were able to get the nightly rate at about half of the rack rate price. It’s worth checking into if you are looking for a solid room for your adventures in the Mount Pleasant area. A quick look at the Wyndham website reflected similar pricing if you reserve your room well in advance of your stay.
Neighborhood Restaurant Recommendation:
Tall Family’s favorite of the plentiful lot of restaurant picks was Steel City Pizza. New to us, it appeared to be part of a small chain. The Mount Pleasant restaurant had good service, pleasant ambiance, and outdoor seating for warm evenings. Yes, they make great pizza but the menu was diverse, and Tall Mom recommends the Cajun Chicken Pasta which comes in a heaping bowl. Prices are average and you’re not being “stuck” simply for eating in a tourist town. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the Publix grocery store (which makes a great stop for your first night as you can sweep through for some basic supplies).