by Courtney Elko
Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, this quaint inn is situated in the Ansonborough neighborhood, named for Lord Anson of England who was tasked with protecting South Carolina from pirates. The inn’s building was originally constructed from a warehouse to condominium units, so now the inn’s guestrooms are larger than average and feature high ceilings. Each suite is unique in decor and set up as well offering something for everyone. The guestrooms and suites feature a king bed, mini-fridge, microwave and sleeper sofa or loveseat, a flat screen television and a wet bar. The Premium Loft is an ideal suite for families as it offers one queen bed downstairs and a second queen bed upstairs along with a microwave and mini-fridge and a 16-foot ceiling. Families will enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast, which includes items like pastries, bagels, cereals and juices and is served buffet style. Check out the rooftop terrace too, where you will find awesome Charleston views. Free Wi-Fi access is available.
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- Free continental breakfast
- Rooftop terrace
- Historic district
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
This inn was a fantastic choice for our three night stay in Charleston. Yes, staying in the historic Charleston district is pricey, but we enjoyed being able to walk the beautiful streets and had plenty of restaurants within walking distance and a Harris Teter 24-hour large grocery store (with a Starbucks) across the street.
Parking was easy, even for a late arrival like us (arrived after 11:00 p.m.) because there is no access gate. There was plenty of parking and I believe it’s about $20 per night with in/out privileges.
The interior of the building and rooms is beautiful and extremely well maintained. The whole property was clean and comfortable. We booked a Studio (East Bay) with a king bed and the room was large with high ceilings, a small sitting area, a big bathroom, and a small kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and sink. The bed was comfortable, too. The only downside was that the natural lighting was poor, but there were plenty of lamps and ceiling lighting to compensate. I believe these rooms are all on the first floor and while we heard just a tad bit of noise in the morning (I think coming from the dining area or people checking out), it was never loud enough to be bothersome and, if we did hear it, it was usually after 8:00 a.m. so we were already awake. We could never understand what was being said and it sounded distant, so that’s how low it was. Really a minor thing, but extremely light sleepers may want to keep it in mind.
The breakfast is simple, but definitely enough. Each morning I made my own parfait and enjoyed an English muffin. While there are standard items that are provided daily - yoghurt, cereal and granola, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices, bagels, sliced bread, self-made waffles, oatmeal, English muffins, and fruit that changes daily (e.g. strawberries, melons, etc), they also provide some options that change, like a breakfast hash with sausage and potatoes or bacon and scrambled eggs.
Due to exploring the city, we were only able to enjoy the 5:00 p.m. social hour once — with house wines, cheese spread, cookies, and chips and salsa (on that particular day) — but it was lovely and we sat on the rooftop terrace to take in some nice views while enjoying our snacks. I would recommend this if the weather is cooperative. They provide various freshly baked cookies, coffee, and tea throughout the entire day and evening - really yummy cookies, especially when they are warm.
Two thumbs up. We would stay here again!
The staff at this facility are awesome! Very friendly and helpful, they deserve 5 stars. The inn itself is beautiful but could use a little updating. The room I had was beautiful but as noted by other guests had a slightly musty smell. A very small TV. Excellent breakfast and nightly wine and cheese was provided. Very convenient location. All said and done I would stay here again.