As pretty as a wedding cake, this 1892 Queen Anne–style mansion wears overhanging bays, colonnades, balustrades, and a turret; two original Tiffany stained-glass windows (worth as much as the house itself), carved-oak paneling, and a crystal chandelier dress up the public spaces. While rocking on the front porch you can look through soaring arches to White Point Gardens with the Ashley River beyond. Some guest rooms have verandas and working fireplaces. Expect to be
treated to afternoon high tea as well as a delightful, creative Southern breakfast that includes specialties like crème brûlée French toast.
Jun 27, 2003
I've wanted to stay at this inn since I first saw it on a trip in 1998. I finally spent one night in June 2003 and I hate to admit that this place is totally overrated. Although the house is architectually stunning and located in a perfect area, the rooms are not a good value for the money. I paid $336.00 for the Carr Room and couldn't find anything special about it (except the veranda it shares with another room). The room wasn't the cleanest I'd
stayed in and the AC system is terrible. Because the units are old, they make loud noises when they turn on and off. There is a sign on the unit telling you to keep it in the "comfort zone" so it doesn't freeze up. The comfort zone is extremely uncomfortable and I think it's time the inn spent some money to upgrade. Another problem with the Carr Room is the room next door (#4). Because they're joined by a door (and the TV is located on the other side), it's noisy. I really appreciated the neighbors who left the room for two hours with the baseball game on. When you're in bed, the TV noise coming through the door provides the illusion that the TV is actually inside your room. Afternoon tea was sparse and breakfast was a bigger joke. I watched the muffins baked the night before, and the fruit dish contained only honeydew melon and watermelon. I've had better "continental" breakfast at Hampton Inns. I've stayed at many inns and this one is the biggest disappointment. I could have spent $150.00 to stay at the Renaissance and eaten the same muffin at Starbucks.
Apr 20, 2003
The house is gorgeous, and the location is wonderful. It is a short walk to town from the inn, through the beautiful historic district. I simply felt that this did not compensate for the fact that the room rate was over $200 for a TINY dark room on the top floor with no adjoining bath (though I did have a private bath). Every other B&B I have stayed in has served a full, hot breakfast. Two Meeting Street serves a dish of fresh fruit, a large muffin,
juice, and coffee. And the afternoon tea, to put it kindly, is meager. All in all, a lovely house, but I suspect I'd get better value in one of Charleston's other charming inns.
Jul 15, 2002
My husband and I decided to stop into Charleston for a 1 night stay on our way back from dropping our daughter at College. By luck we drove up and saw a vacancy sign at the gate of this beautiful mansion. We were able to stay in room #5 due to a cancellation. The innkeepers were gracious and took us on a tour of the two rooms that were available for that night. We chose Room #5. It had a 4 poster bed, fireplace and the original bathroom complete
with claw foot tub & chandelier. They made a reservation at a local restaurant for us while we got settled. We were treated so graciously by the owners and staff. The bed linens were the nicest I had ever slept on and I only buy 100% cotton with thread counts over 300 for my own home. The continental breakfast in the morning was wonderful. Guests had their choice of eating in the formal dining room, on the porch or in the garden. The enormous fresh baked raspberry crumb muffins were straight out of the oven and served alongside a beautifully arranged bowl of fresh fruit consisting of peaches, grapes, bananas and blackberries drizzed with honey. The coffee was delicious and you could also have tea or juice if you preferred. All of this was served on china & silver. I only wish we could have stayed more than one night. We are already trying to plan a second visit.