Elliott House Inn courtyard
When we visited Charleston in 2001, we stayed outside of the city and drove in to explore and walk around. One of the things we enjoyed was seeing the historic houses and their private courtyard gardens. When we decided to visit this time, I was interested in staying in the downtown historic district and was thrilled to find the Elliott House Inn, which had the feel of a historic Charleston home and had a lovely courtyard area. Since we went in early January, we were able to get off-season rates and a discount for staying two consecutive nights.
Our room had a king sized bed
The location was perfect. We were just a few blocks from the City Market area where there are a lot of shops, restaurants, and where the horse drawn carriage tours start from. We were also just a few blocks from the South of Broad area where many of the historic homes are. In fact, we parked our car in the garage across the street from the hotel ($20 maximum) and didn't get back in it until it was time to go home.
Because of the location, we were able to go out exploring but were still close enough to the hotel to go back to change clothes or go to the bathroom. (Interesting note, most of the parking garages in downtown Charleston have public restrooms.)
View from the hot tub at night
And if that wasn't enough, there was a delicious hot tub which we enjoyed. They had wine and cheese at 5 pm, and breakfast was brought to our room.
While I can't say enough wonderful things about this place, if the on-season rates are a little too much, there is also a Days Inn that is also convenient to walk from and has it's own parking lot. It doesn't have the courtyard or the hot tub, thought.
Charleston Dining :
There were several high end restaurants next to our hotel: Husk, Poogans Porch, and 82 Queen (which offered room service to our hotel). I'm sure these are all nice places, but we wanted to go back to the place we ate when we were here in 2001, Hyman's Seafood. They really go out of your way to make sure you feel at home and we really enjoyed the hush puppies and cole slaw. They have a huge selection of sea food and can prepare it just about any way you can imagine. They also have plaques on the table letting you know which famous person sat at that table.
For lunch we went to City Lights Coffee, which was funky in a good way.