There are perhaps two dozen quaint bed & breakfasts scattered throughout the Charleston area, but deciding which ones to stay at or have your visiting friends and family stay at can be quite a difficult decision.
Below is a list of our favorite, tried and tested bed & breakfasts in the Charleston area:
John Rutledge House Inn: It’s difficult to miss the John Rutledge House Inn when taking a stroll along Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston. With an intricate iron façade and spectacular architectural details, the John Rutledge House Inn is considered a true masterpiece in Charleston.
Ranked as the #8 Hotel in the US by 2012 US News, and voted 5th Best Hotel in the South by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2012, the John Rutledge House Inn has made quite a name for itself as one of the countries most unique and prestigious inns.
Each of the Inn’s 19 uniquely designed rooms offers a world of comfort and elegance. All guests receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, nightly chocolates, wireless Internet, and evening port, sherry, and brandy offerings.
Image above of the John Rutledge House Inn taken from the John Rutledge House Inn website
Two Meeting Street Inn: Located on one of Charleston’s most historic and bustling streets at the famous Charleston Battery, Two Meeting Street Inn is within walking distance to some of Charleston’s finest restaurants, exciting attractions, famous museums, and excellent shopping. Guests at the Inn enjoy a quaint atmosphere in a prestigious neighborhood, overlooking the Charleston Battery and White Point Gardens.
Celebrated for world-class service and hospitality, beautiful rooms, and delightful Southern cuisine, Two Meeting Street Inn has been listed as one of Southern Livings favorites.
Here’s how one guest described the experience at the Inn:
“When it comes to romantic experiences in historic Charleston, Two Meeting Street Inn is without equal. When it was completed in 1892, this lovely Queen Anne mansion became a father’s generous wedding gift to his daughter. From Southern rockers on the famous arched piazza, guests at Number 2 Meeting Street Inn enjoy the sea breezes while gazing upon century-old live oaks and the historic Charleston Harbor beyond. The Charleston inn’s sweeping vista is perfect for an intimate conversation, a garden courtyard breakfast or sumptuous afternoon tea with friends.”
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Battery Carriage House Inn: Built in true Southern style, the Battery Carriage House Inn in downtown Charleston offers a relaxing sanctuary for guests looking to soak in Charleston’s rich history and culture in the lap of luxury. Since the Inn is situated along the Battery, guests can enjoy leisurely walks through Charleston’s historic neighborhoods, shopping, and dining at some of the South’s finest restaurants.
The Inn offers an intimate atmosphere for guests looking to receive personalized attention and service and exceptional accommodations. Each of the Inn’s 11 rooms offers a relaxed and comfortable ambiance with a hint of romance and Southern charm
And for all you believers in Charleston ghosts and paranormal activity, there have been several reports and sightings of ghosts and mysterious noises and sights at the Battery Carriage House Inn. Most notable are the headless torso, the gentleman ghost, and a strange, phantom glow that some guests claim to have witnessed!
Image above of the Battery Carriage House Inn taken from the Battery Carriage House Inn website
Old Village Post House Inn: A 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston, the Old Village Post House Inn is situated in the heart of Mount Pleasant’s charming Old Village. Here, guests at the Inn can enjoy leisurely strolls beneath canopying live oak trees, bike rides by the water, and relaxing meals at the Old Village Post House (which is AMAZING, by the way). Guests can also take a short drive to downtown Charleston for restaurants and shopping, or take a 10-minute drive to the beaches of Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.
The Inn boasts exceptional service, historical significance, comfortable accommodations, and mouthwatering cuisine. Each of the Inn’s six spacious rooms features a wide range of amenities, wireless Internet, television, telephone, a private bath and whirlpool tub, shower, and more.
As for the cuisine served at the Inn, visitors from all around Charleston come to the Old Village Post House restaurant to taste some of the area’s most exceptional Lowcountry fare. Some of the best items featured on the restaurant’s dinner menu includes Pan Seared New Bedford Scallops, Old Village Shrimp & Grits, Pan Seared Duck Breast, and more.
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