Housed in an 1843 Greek revival mansion and its carriage house, the Jasmine House Inn is an architectural delight. Fourteen-foot ceilings, plaster entablatures, sweeping porches, and original iron and millwork deliver 19th-century charm in spades—as do the period reproductions and antiques that fill guest suites. Plus, its location on the charming tree-lined Hassell Street puts you in the center of historic Charleston.
The Jasmine House Inn is a sister property to the Indigo Inn (1-minute walk), where you’ll check in and park.
Suites vary big time in both décor and amenities. Some offer a fireplace, others afford direct access to the porches, one has a full kitchen, and others still are housed in the detached carriage house. Throughout, 19th century fashion reigns, with floral wallpaper or drapes and four-poster beds being the norm.
Though all bathrooms are private, these spaces differ from suite to suite, too. Some provide a walk-in shower while others also have a Jacuzzi tub. More recently remodeled bathrooms boast marble finishings.
The lobby at the Indigo Inn will be your home base for checking in and requesting concierge services. At the Jasmine House, common spaces include the foyer, its two stories of furnished front porches (which are perfect for watching horse-drawn carriages clip by), and a shady courtyard with verdant plantings and wrought-iron seating.
A tasty breakfast spread is presented on a sideboard in the main house each morning, featuring freshly brewed coffee, continental mainstays, and a daily-changing hot item. Guests dine alfresco in the courtyard.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s no dining room so if bad weather strikes, you’ll need to take your breakfast to your room or the front porches.
Chat it up with fellow travelers during the wine and cheese reception each evening.
You’ll want to park at the Indigo Inn ($16 per day) and set out by foot from there. If you tire of walking, the free DASH trolley and pedicabs are good options for downtown commuting. Use ride-share apps or drive to off-peninsula locations.
Marvel over the culinary magic cooked up at FIG (2-minute walk), which is a super short stroll directly down Hassell. For more fine dining, head to Peninsula Grill (4-minute walk) and don’t leave without ordering their famed 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake.
Shimmy up to the bar at High Cotton (10-minute walk) for live jazz and a delicious glass of wine. The Gin Joint (10-minute walk) and The Bar at HUSK (9-minute walk) are two other top-notch destinations for a spirit close by.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Plopped in the residential (and super convenient) Ansonborough neighborhood, you’ll feel like you’re a well-to-do Charlestonian’s houseguest. The stately rooms offer comfy beds, and the courtyard out back is a slice of paradise, weather permitting.