Step into Meeting Street Inn and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the 19th century. Canopied four-poster rice beds and period reproductions fill guest rooms, while staffers strive to make your stay memorable. An outdoor hot tub and quaint courtyard—complete with a babbling fountain—are perks, as is the 1874 pink stucco house’s proximity to the City Market. With lived-in charm, this bed and breakfast is well suited for history-minded guests craving a peek into old-world Charleston (at a more affordable price point than more luxurious inns).
Celebrating a special occasion? Let the staff know as they’ll pamper you with treats like complimentary champagne upon arrival.
Décor varies from room to room, but the B&B’s vibe is 1800s chic. Patterned wallpaper, canopied double, queen, and king beds, bold duvets, and Oriental rugs look plucked from the past; original hardwoods, piazza access, and mantles in some suites bring on the charm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms are begging for a refresh, with peeling wallpaper, chipped paint, and noisy AC units. Also, at night, suites are quite dim.
Tile and granite countertops freshen up some, while all hold a hairdryer, shower-tub combo, and other necessities.
Soaring ceilings, piped-in jazz, handsome lounge furniture, and a chandelier make the lobby a grand place to unwind. As you read the paper or people-watch passersby on Meeting Street, sip on self-serve refreshments (hot tea in winter; iced beverages in the sultry months).
From 7 to 10 a.m., head to the open-air courtyard to fill up on continental breakfast basics and hot items like shrimp and grits, eggs, and bacon. Swing by the lobby around 2 p.m. for fresh baked cookies.
Mix and mingle with fellow travelers during the daily wine and cheese reception from 5 to 6 p.m.
Valet ($26 per day) or self-park ($16 per day) your car in the inn’s lot, located three blocks away. Explore downtown on foot or via pedi-cab or the complimentary DASH trolley. Ride-share or drive to off-peninsula locations.
Get your fix of traditional Southern fare at High Cotton (7-minute walk) and Slightly North of Broad, or SNOB (8-minute walk). For standout fish dishes, try Hank’s Seafood Restaurant (super fancy; 5-minute walk) or Coast Bar and Grill (quite casual; 6-minute drive).
Slip into the bar area at High Cotton (7-minute walk) for live jazz and jovial conversation with the bartenders. For a libation with views of the French Quarter, Cooper River, and beyond, try the rooftop Pavilion Bar (7-minute walk) at the Market Pavilion hotel.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The inn’s location is primo for travelers planning to tour the city’s many house museums. And as you stroll down the second, third, or fourth-floor piazza to your room, or sip vino alfresco in the courtyard, you’ll feel as if you yourself are the houseguest of a well-to-do Charlestonian.