Cobblestone streets, antebellum homes, horse-drawn carriages; these are but a few of the things that give Charleston its historic charm. Though Charleston has its share of well-appointed first-class hotels, it’s the city’s inns and bed and breakfasts that really capture the hospitality of the seaside metro. You don’t have to look far to find one of Charleston’s many historic inns. The city is filled with renovated mansions that have been turned into inns that range from the laid back to the upscale. The following list of inns should be at the top of your list.
1. The Wentworth Mansion. One of the oldest inns in Charleston, the Wentworth Mansion dates back to the late 1800s. Though it has been restored, it features much of the same intricacies and decor of the original owner. The 21-room inn includes marble fireplaces and complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea and wine.
2. Market Street Inn. Located on downtown Charleston’s historic Market Street, the Market Street Inn is conveniently located within walking distance of most of downtown’s attractions. The Charleston inn is European in style and offers but five rooms, featuring a homely ambiance that many other larger inns don’t offer. Complimentary afternoon happy hour is a good way to spend an afternoon at the inn before heading out to downtown Charleston for the evening.
3. John Rutledge House Inn. A Select Registry, Distinguished Inn of North America, the John Rutledge House Inn offers the look of a historic bed and breakfast, but with the hospitality of a luxury hotel. It gives new meaning to breakfast in bed, as guests can enjoy a large complimentary breakfast brought right to their rooms. It is one of only a few AAA four diamond inns in South Carolina.
4. Two Meeting Street Inn. The oldest inn in Charleston, the inn is a museum in and of itself with its antique furniture and beautiful decor. The exterior is one of the highlights, as guests can enjoy rocking on the porch while enjoying the beautiful landscape of the property. It includes breakfast, afternoon drinks and is just a couple blocks from the Charleston waterfront.
5. The Governor’s House Inn. The Governor’s House Inn is an award-winning inn in Charleston and the former governor’s mansion. Amenities of the inn include stately rooms with fireplaces, private porches, whirlpool baths and hardwood floors. The Charleston Battery and market are both within walking distance.
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