Kings Courtyard Inn Bed & Breakfast

198 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Innkeeper(s): Tom Moorman
  • Introduction

    In the heart of Charleston's historic district, the Kings Courtyard Inn embraces the energy of the city and its treasured guests. The beautifully restored rooms of this historic circa 1853 inn surround sun-filled courtyards, inviting conversation with family and fellow travelers. From expansive windows and oriental rugs to wide plank floors, from morning until evening, guests can revel in the care and company that only true Southern hospitality can give.

    Each of our 41 rooms and suites has a unique size and architectural details. Revel and relax in the beautiful details and warm hospitality that keeps guests coming back time and time again.

    History, Comfort - And The Best of Charleston

    The Kings Courtyard Inn strikes the perfect balance of privacy and community, activity and relaxation. Its ideal location in the heart of Charleston's historic district provides instant access to the antique and shopping districts, the City Market, historic homes, and restaurants.

    What Makes The Kings Courtyard Inn Special For:


    As a family-owned historic hotel, it's no surprise that we love to cater to families - and so does Charleston. From catching up in the courtyard to discovering great local King Street shops to soaking in the surf and sun at one of our renowned beaches, you'll find something for every member of the family.


    Kings Courtyard Inn couple


    Is it our sun-filled courtyards? Our ideal location in the heart of the city? Whatever your answer, The King's Courtyard Inn has earned its place in the hearts of romantics around the world. Whether you're searching for a romantic Charleston getaway or a relaxed honeymoon in the #2 U.S. wedding destination, we promise to make a beautiful, indelible mark on your heart.

    History Buffs

    The King's Courtyard Inn's own history dates back to 1853, when it was known as the Blum Building. The inn is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Charleston's rich history. And, you're just steps from other amazing historic sites like the City Market and the Nathaniel Russell House and museum. Whether you're relaxing in our sun-filled courtyard or exploring beautiful works of native artists, you're part of a city where history truly lives.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ellen Schmedinghoff for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Location. We are located downtown in the heart of the Historic District right on King Street. Many guests love that they can park their car at check-in and not have to use or worry about it until they check out

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our staff prides themselves on providing a personalized experience for each guest and I think that this is something we are best known for. This is also something that sets us apart from other hotels and inns and makes us unique.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Charleston’s rich history and architecture.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    There is not a particular compliment that comes to mind, but I can certainly say that guests have made comments so wonderful that they brought me to tears.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Charleston Gateway Walk. This walk connects five downtown churchyards and the Gibbes Museum together and is a great way to experience national historic sites while staying off the beaten path.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visiting one of the many plantations is a great way to spend an afternoon. Strolling down the streets South of Broad and along The Battery, taking a trip to Fort Sumter, visiting the Old City Market, shopping along King Street, and taking a Carriage tour are all great ways to enjoy Charleston.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Kings Courtyard Inn is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston with shopping, restaurants and historical sites just steps away. The Old City Market, Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, The Old Exchange and Provost, as well as many Historical Homes are easily within walking distance.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    A local favorite in the area is Circa 1886. With a seasonally changing menu offering fresh and local ingredients, Chef Marc Collins produces a deliciously memorable dining experience. A close second is Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar. They offer something for everyone whether it is indoor, outdoor, romantic, casual, bar seating or a fun atmosphere; you will find it there.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    The Charleston CVB is a great resource when traveling to Charleston. They provide a wealth of information on accommodations, dining, events and everything that is Charleston. 

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Kings Courtyard Inn has 41 unique rooms, some with fireplaces or canopy beds.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are a pet-friendly inn. We have limited pet-friendly rooms with a $40 per night fee for pets.

  • The Inn's Esteemed History

    Kings Courtyard Inn Bed and Breakfast building

    A Storied Past

    Built in 1853 by Colonel Charles Blum, the Inn is one of the oldest buildings on famed King Street. Designed by noted Charleston architect, Francis D. Lee in the Greek revival style, the structure is accented by Egyptian architectural detailing. In the 1800's, the first floor housed shops while the second and third floors were used as a hotel.

    A Time of Change

    Following the War Between the States, King Street fell into a long decline. The war's devastating effect on the Southern economy changed the character of the Blum Building's shops. A portrait and picture frame manufacturer lasted only a year. Over the next century the uses of the building varied from Singer Sewing Machine, a Salvation Army for lodging women, even a skating rink.


    In 1983, the building underwent a complete renovation. Two light wells of the original buildings were uncovered and enlarged, creating the two courtyards with surrounding rooms. Floors were refinished; windows replaced and modern baths and amenities were added for guests' enjoyment for years to come.

  • Meetings & Gatherings Well Worth Remembering

    Kings Courtyard Inn Lobby

    Our historic setting and prime location make gatherings and business meetings a pleasure to plan - and attend.

    Hospitality That's Pure Charleston

    Meetings and gatherings at Kings Courtyard Inn combine history and warm service in true Charleston style. From corporate meetings to milestone moments, we'll ensure your event is well worth remembering.

    Celebrations & Occasions Welcome

    Our diverse spaces and warm, attentive staff are designed to serve meetings and groups of all kinds:

    • Corporate
    • Social Gatherings
    • Reunions


    Kings Courtyard Inn

    Blockade Runner Room

    • 31' x 23'
    • 713 square feet
    • Conference style: 25 maximum
    • Classroom style: 35 maximum
    • U-shaped style: 20 maximum
    • Banquet style: 50 maximum

    Pineapple Fountain Courtyard

    • 22' x 25'
    • Outdoor banquet/reception: 30 maximum

    Lion's Head Courtyard 

    • 15' x 16'
    • 240 SQ.FT.
    • Outdoor banquet/reception: 20 maximum

    Parlor Suite

    • Two suites
    • 20' x 18'
    • 360 SQ.FT
    • Conference style: 8 maximum

    Breakfast Room

    • Banquet: 20 maximum

    Tabby Courtyard

    • 25' x 30'
    • 750 SQ.FT
    • Outdoor wedding/reception: 30 maximum

    To plan your meeting or banquet, please contact Ginny Severs at [email protected]

    Meeting Packages

    Half-Day, Morning

    $40.00 Per Person ++

    • Meeting space in the Blockade Runner Room with full meeting accessories
    • Continental breakfast to include coffee/tea, juices, and soft drinks, breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, and accompaniments
    • Morning refresh with full coffee/tea service, soft drinks, water, and assorted snacks

    Half-Day, Afternoon

    $40.00 Per Person ++

    • Meeting space in the Blockade Runner Room with full meeting accessories
    • Assorted soft drinks, cookies, and brownies at meeting start
    • Afternoon refresh with full coffee/tea service, soft drinks, water, and assorted snacks

    Full Day

    $65.00 Per Person ++

    • Meeting space in the Blockade Runner Room with full meeting accessories
    • Continental breakfast to include coffee/tea, juice, and soft drinks, breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, and accompaniments
    • Mid morning refresh with full coffee/tea service, assorted soft drinks, water, and assorted snacks
    • Lunch
    • Late afternoon refresh with full coffee/tea service, assorted soft drinks, water, cookies and brownies
    • if no lunch is required, Full Day price is $35 ++ per person

    Any substitutions or changes will be priced accordingly. Prices are subject to change. ++All sales are subject to a 20% service charge and applicable taxes.

  • Amenities

    Kings Courtyard Inn Bed and Breakfast downward view

    Complimentary breakfast: Start your day with a delicious continental breakfast served in your room, our charming breakfast room, or the courtyard, whatever your pleasure.

    Evening sherry: A nod to a tried and true Charleston tradition that we keep for enjoyment purposes.

    Complimentary wireless internet: Sure we're historic, but we live in modern times. Enjoy complimentary wireless access in all guest rooms and common areas.

    Athletic Club: Access to a nearby athletic club with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an array of classes is available for a minimal charge.

    Evening wine & cheese reception: Ease into a perfect Charleston evening with wine, cheese and your fellow guests.

    Amenities in every room: Refrigerator, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer.

    24-hour concierge service: Day or night, we're here for whatever you may need.

    We're Pet Friendly: Pets are an integral part of the Charleston lifestyle, so if your dogs want to get in on the relaxation and hospitality, please bring them along!

  • Weddings

    Kings Courtyard Inn Bed and Breakfast wedding

    "I Do" Charleston Style

    Our beautiful courtyards, tucked away in the heart of downtown Charleston provide the perfect setting for a truly unforgettable wedding.

    A Romantic Setting For Noteworthy Nuptials

    Charleston is the number two wedding destination in the country, and we're thrilled to be the setting for your big day. No matter what your vision, an intimate ceremony or a lively cocktail reception, our warm, talented team ensures every detail is beautiful, effortless, and everything you want it to be.

    Accommodates up to 30 people standing or sitting

    Pineapple Fountain Courtyard

    The pineapple symbolizes hospitality and there is perhaps no city more welcoming than Charleston. Welcome to the courtyard where hospitality plays a starring role.

    To plan your wedding, reception, or to reserve rooms for your wedding guests, please contact Ginny Severs at [email protected]

    Accommodates up to 20 people standing or sitting

    Lion's Head Courtyard

    Named for our lion's head fountain, you and your guests will celebrate amid the beauty of native plants and a beautiful, ivy-covered wall.

    To plan your wedding, reception, or to reserve rooms for your wedding guests, please contact Linn Lesesne at Ginny Severs at [email protected]

    Accommodates up to 30 people standing or sitting

    Tabby Courtyard

    Made for intimate events, the tabby courtyard is highlighted by native plants and centuries old live oaks.

    To plan your wedding, reception, or to reserve rooms for your wedding guests, please contact Ginny Severs at [email protected]

    Accommodates up to 20 people standing or sitting

    Breakfast Room

    An understated, beautiful space highlighted by antique reproduction furniture and artwork.

    To plan your wedding, reception, or to reserve rooms for your wedding guests, please contact Ginny Severs at [email protected]

  • Visiting Charleston

    Charleston City Market

    A City You'll Fall In Love With

    Voted "Top City in the United States" by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Charleston is adored and renowned for its hospitality, beauty, architecture, history, food, and culture. Check out some of our favorite things.

    Charleston Restaurant Week

    Enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. Delight in a fine dining experience at our Circa 1886 Restaurant

    Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

    Charleston's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) hosts the world's foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, and sponsors conservation research and environmental education. A 3-day celebration of wildlife, SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe.

    BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

    The annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival is a four-day celebration of excellence in food, wine and all things Charleston. Indulge in a full schedule of events that showcase our local flavor and spotlight nationally renowned culinary greats.

    82 Queen

    Lunch al fresco in their serene courtyard is a must.

    What To Do: Staff Favorites>

    Tour the City

    See and learn about the Holy City in the comfort of a bus.

    A Dawn or Dusk Walk South of Broad

    Take in the early morning or evening beauty as you stroll South of Broad to the Battery and take in the stunning views of historic homes and the water.

    A Barrier Island Eco Tour

    Discover the natural plants and animals that make the barrier islands of Charleston their home.

    Places To See: Staff Favorites

    Fort Sumter

    Take a long, beautiful glimpse at Charleston's history at Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots of the Civil War.

    Drayton Hall Plantation

    The oldest surviving Georgian Palladian architecture in the U.S. and the only plantation on the Ashley River to remain intact today. Drayton Hall is meant to be explored, discovered and treasured.

    Edmonston-Alston House

    From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. Today, you can tour the home's public rooms, piazzas, Federal and Greek revival design, and the vast collection of family silver, decorative arts and furniture.