The salmon-colored stucco buildings comprising the Elliott House Inn have a long history that runs parallel with the city's. Built in the aftermath of a citywide fire, the property's main structure was then shaken in an 1886 earthquake (the characteristic Charleston earthquake bolts are visible on the building's facade) and battered by 1989's Hurricane Hugo. The bed-and-breakfast reopened in 2011 after two years of renovation and redecoration, reinventing itself yet again. The main building is a classic Charleston single house, built with its narrow end on the street and a long piazza running along its length.
The rooms, with their botanical prints, hardwood floors, and Oriental rugs, are traditional in a way that's elegant and charming rather than fussy. Rooms are available both in the main house and the single-story building across. The quiet courtyard provides an oasis from the city streets with its wisteria-dotted pergola, light-draped palmetto trees, and hot tub.
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While the Elliott House Inn is technically located in downtown's central commercial district, it's one block east to the gallery-filled French Quarter, one block west to architecture-rich Harleston Village, and one block south to the grand homes of the South of Broad neighborhood. The immediate vicinity is full of local institutions, including the city's oldest corner store (Queen Street Grocery), popular watering hole the Blind Tiger, and beloved French-style cafe Gaulart & Maliclet (known to locals as Fast and French). Check out nearby Heirloom Books, a one-of-a-kind emporium for vintage and out-of-print cookbooks.
Need to Know
Rooms: 84 rooms; from $300. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: While the hotel does not operate its own kitchen, guests can order room service from nearby restaurant 82 Queen. Stick with Southern classics like fried green tomatoes and she-crab soup. Spa and gym details:The hotel does not have a spa or gym onsite, though staff can recommend nearby alternatives for guests.
Who's it for: Travelers looking for a comfortable, cozy spot in the heart of historic downtown. Our favorite rooms: Courtyard guestrooms are quieter and more secluded, with great views over the hotel’s Charleston-style courtyard. Nightcap:Stop by the courtyard any evening for cheese and a glass of brandy before you turn in for the night.