Beaufort's City Loft Hotel blog

04 Jan, 2010

Haven’t been to the City Loft Hotel in Beaufort? Well we’ve got two reviews that say it’s time.

Posted by: Kent Hopkins In: about|beaufort|hotel|reviews


“Don’t check in too early, or you might not want to leave your room.” — That’s what they said about us in Beaufort’s big-sister city of Charleston. Who you ask said it? None other than the Charleston City Paper.

Here’s a little bit more about what the Charleston City Paper wrote on us:

>> While visitors to Beaufort have their pick of historic, sprawling B&Bs, now there’s a more modern option for your home base: City Loft Hotel, a brand spankin’ new spot on Carteret Street, just a block north of Bay, downtown’s main street. Well, we say new, but the hotel is actually a converted 1960s motor lodge. Rather than tear down the original outdated structure, owner Matt McAlhaney recognized its potential and spent 18 months reinventing it as a stylish and comfortable boutique hotel. The rooms have all the amenities you need. But the bathroom is the best part. Each one boasts an extra-deep bathtub with a small flat-screen TV for ultimate relaxation, as well as a spacious walk-in shower. Soft robes are provided for the guests as well. <<

Included in the rooms are a cushy king size memory foam bed and chair, refrigerator and flat-screen TV.

Not only is our hotel unique in all of Beaufort County, we’re by far your best bet if you want to enjoy a bit of history in historic Beaufort and retreat to modern and tasteful conveniences like WiFi, our full-service coffee shop City Java & News, valet parking and four of Beaufort’s best restaurants that are literally just a stone’s throw away.

You can even get food from Wren, Breakwater, Emily’s, or Saltus delivered. Or just get a glass of wine or cup of coffee delivered.

If somehow you’re still not sold, here’s what the local paper of record — The Beaufort Gazette — said about us:

>> The boutique-style hotel with just 23 rooms aims to blend contemporary style with the down-home Southern charm that draws visitors to the area, McAlhaney said.

The sleek, 60s-style design of the hotel’s predecessor, the Red Carpet Inn, also played a part in McAlhaney’s vision for City Loft.

Flat-screen televisions are in bedrooms and bathrooms, along with iPod lamps and 5-foot soaking tubs. Mahogany beds and traditional Bermuda shutters adorn the rooms, and the staff is trained to serve customers graciously, he said.

The hotel also works in tandem with the adjoining City Java and News and City Fit. Guests can get morning coffee and newspapers delivered from the coffee shop and have access to the private gym [that includes steam showers, personal trainer on staff and in room massages available.]

Several visitors to Beaufort already have chosen to stay at City Loft, McAlhaney said.

“A lot of locals have told their friends and family that are coming in town, and we’re just now beginning to get discovered,” he said. “Since we’ve been open, we’ve had guests from their late 20s to early 80s. It has a broad base of appeal.” <<

We like to think that our boutique hotel is very contemporary but still still respects the history of its building and its surroundings in one of the country’s oldest and most historic towns.

If you’ve heard all you need to (or if you’re just curious about our rates) take a look at our reservations page.

If you’d like to learn more drop us an e-mail or give us a call (843-379-5638).

We’re a friendly bunch.

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This a behind-the-scenes look at Beaufort’s first upscale boutique hotel: City Loft.

We're located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort, S.C.

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