Housed in an 18th century Federal-style single house located in the heart of downtown Charleston, 1837 Bed & Breakfast is a clean, cozy, and classic Southern B&B. Perks include a hospitable staff, tasty plated breakfast, a quiet residential neighborhood that you can soak up from the home’s covered piazzas, free off-street parking (a rarity among properties on the peninsula), and affordable rates.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The vibe of 1837 Bed & Breakfast is decidedly calm and quiet, making it popular for romantic getaways and work trips but a no-go for travelers with children younger than eight.
Size and layout differ from room to room as some are located in the main house and others are in the carriage house, so browse the site’s photo galleries before booking. Lace canopied four-poster rice beds, patterned jabot drapes, and other ornate furnishings give the rooms an antique vibe, while 600-thread-count cotton sheets, blackout curtains, WiFi, and fully adjustable split heating and AC units keep the spaces modern enough.
Most rooms offer only a queen, but two include a twin bed, too, meaning three travelers can fit (with a $30 fee).
Some suites have updated walk-in glass and tile showers while others have old-school curtained claw-foot tubs (if you have a preference, let it be known while booking). Large bottles of Nature’s Gate shampoo and conditioner lend a luxe feel to shower time.
With exposed brick interior walls and fresh walk-in showers, carriage house rooms 101 and 102 are best suited for travelers craving a more modern aesthetic.
Guests lounge, mix, and mingle in a small parlor that could be at your grandma’s house (in a pleasant, homey way). You’ll also want to take a book or beverage with you onto one of the property’s three piazzas.
Freshly baked breads and coffee are set out at 8 a.m. while a hot plated breakfast (think pineapple upside-down French toast with sausage balls or a Southwestern frittata) is cooked on site and served in the dining room from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
The inn doesn’t have a liquor license, so no spirits here. However, tea and fresh baked goods are offered from 4 to 6 p.m.
Though you do have access to free off-street parking, you’re nestled in the residential Harleston Village neighborhood, so are within easy walking distance of most shops, restaurants, and bars. Rent some wheels from Holy Spokes, a bike sharing service, or hop on the free DASH trolley for a faster commute. Drive or ride-share your way to sites outside of downtown.
Get your caffeine fix as you fill up on fresh pastries at Black Tap Coffee (2-minute walk). Snag a lunch reservation at Cru Café (15-minute walk)—bonus points if you score a table on the porch—and treat yourself to a fine-dining experience at the romantic Circa 1886 (3-minute walk).
Sip from wine, craft beer, or spirits while you soak up 360-degree views of Charleston either indoors or out at The Watch (6-minute walk). Or head to The Gin Joint (18-minute walk) to take your pick from dozens of creative cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
For those who dig the lived-in vibe of B&Bs, 1837 Bed & Breakfast won’t disappoint. It’s tucked away in an historic residential neighborhood, giving you a distinctly local experience and putting you within an easy walk of popular sites and the city’s lauded food-and-bev scene. The staff is friendly and eager to please (an attendant’s on-site 24/7) and, despite its antiquated décor, the space feels clean and not at all drab.