Marriott Charleston Hotel Review
The plain exterior of The Marriott, Charleston belies its recent two-year, $40 million renovation, which has brought the hotel interior up to superb, modern standards that offer every convenience expected of a hotel of its caliber. One of the larger hotels in Charleston, The Marriott contains 340 non-smoking rooms each with a view either of the water on one side or of the Citadel and ballpark on the other. The common areas of the Marriott are spacious and offer a colorful décor arranged with the soothing comfort of its clientele in mind. Utilizing Feng Shui, the Chinese system of aesthetics interpreting the laws of both Heaven and Earth, to help improve one's life, the placement of certain elementals, it is believed, can be manipulated to create a balanced flow of energy that is conducive to healthful life-energy and surroundings. The outcome of this concept within the hotel has produced a balanced environment of entertainment, leisure and relaxation together with meeting space and classrooms equipped with all modern and technical resources suitable for the most dynamic and prestigious of businesses.
With touches of wrought iron and silk, flowing water and exclusive art selections in the interior common areas of the hotel, and conversely, fabulous stone tables, fire pits in the open air courtyards and exterior spaces, the balance between or perhaps combination of work and play is easily achieved.
A fully outfitted fitness center with state of the art strength training, resistance machines and cardio equipment is available and the workout can be complimented with the pleasure of headphones and televisions. There is a pool and Jacuzzi for guest use as well. A secluded space for the business center is also available with computers and business equipment for the fully equipped business office on the road.
Naturally, there are choices for the appetite ranging from room service to the Sapphire Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner offering meals for the most health conscious to those with more decadent desires. The Daily Grind, the in house coffee and sandwich shop is also available for the quick cup pick-me-up morning coffee or sandwich bite and the Marriott bar opens at noon for business martinis or the brunch-time mimosa. And for nightlife, the Aqua Terrace presents outdoor cocktails with quite a view of the waterfront from the fourteenth floor. The Terrace provides live jazz entertainment on Thursday through Saturday nights that creates a perfect background for a romantic interlude or a relaxed atmosphere for business group enjoyment.
The hotel has over 15,000 square feet of meeting space that is suitable for conventions or trade shows and wedding or personal function venues alike. And with the new construction of a grand ballroom underway for completion in 2010, the Marriott is fast becoming the sought-after destination for private and public functions creating strong competition for Charleston hotels that currently boast the most available function space. In addition, the Marriott offers free parking and the convenience of a shuttle that takes guests to downtown Charleston's Waterfront Park right in the heart of all the city tours and attractions.
Although all the hotel's ambiance and available space provides for both personal and business needs, it is a hotel, after all and it is the guestroom that speaks to the quality comfort of the guests' stay at the facility. One will not be disappointed as each lovely room, regardless of price point, provides a comfortable environment accented with artwork and every convenience; pillow top beds, refrigerator, room safe, mp3 alarm clocks, an oversized bathroom with luxury Bath and Bodyworks products among them.
For ample variety in both leisure and business amenities and accommodations together with beautifully updated surroundings and options for food, comfort, entertainment and views, the Marriott, Charleston earns an above average, four-diamond **** rating.
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