Charleston's French Quarter didn't earn its title until the 1970s, when a group of preservationists started touting the area's historic concentration of French Huguenots to protect buildings in danger of demolition. Opened in 2001, the French Quarter Inn took its neighborhood's name and used it as inspiration for the hotel’s opulent decor and signature services. Guests arrive to an atrium with an elaborate wrought-iron staircase that rises in a spiral from the ground level and is topped with a large skylight. Champagne awaits guests upon check-in, and the rooms are decorated in vibrant shades of red, gold, and black, with toile bedspreads and damask upholstered furniture.
While it may not have the historic character of many Charleston properties, the French Quarter Inn provides all the amenities travelers could require: complimentary bike rentals for cruising around town, Blu-Ray DVD players in every guestroom and an on-site DVD library, and fresh-baked cookies every night.
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The French Quarter Inn sits across from the City Market, a historic open-air structure once used as a food market and now packed with local vendors selling goods like handwoven sweetgrass baskets and artisanal carved wooden bowls. The area is overflowing with visitors day and night. Just south of the hotel, the atmosphere grows more tranquil. Visit historic landmarks like Dock Street Theatre and St. Phillip's Church. Visitors have easy access to the bars and restaurants lining East Bay Street, including Blossom (classic Lowcountry seafood in a bright, spacious setting), Social (a buzzy restaurant and wine bar), and McCrady's (the first restaurant from Husk's Sean Brock).
Need to Know
Rooms: 50 rooms; from $300. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There's no on-site restaurant, but continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the lobby, on the terrace, or as room service. An outpost of Ruth's Chris Steak House is scheduled to open on the property in early 2015. Spa and gym details:There are no spa or fitness facilities on-site, but the hotel offers in-room massages for individuals and couples as well as private yoga classes.
Who's it for: Luxury and business travelers who demand top-notch service. Our favorite rooms: Get a room with a view: the Corner Terrace King room has its own balcony from which the rooftops of the lower French Quarter, including historic St. Phillip's steeple, are visible. Sweet dreams: Take advantage of the pillow menu with its seven options, including buckwheat.