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Charleston Hotels

$199 or less
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Ansonborough Inn
21 Hasell St.
Charleston , South Carolina
Tel: 800 522 2073
Tel: 843 723 1655
Fax: 843 577 6888
info@ansonboroughinn.com
www.ansonboroughinn.com

Rustic-cum-nautical décor and huge rooms, big enough to house an entire family, set this all-suite B&B apart from the historic district's lace-and-doily crowd. Lord Anson of England, a master sailor, won the property in a spirited poker game with famous Charlestonian Thomas Gadsden. The inn now sports exposed brick, pine beams, wood ceilings, and clubby leather chairs. Each of the 37 units is unique; some have lofts with separate sleeping areas, five have fireplaces. All are decked out in faux antique furniture, original art, and warm fabrics. Wine and cheese is served on the rooftop terrace against a backdrop of the city's skyline. An authentic British pub pours pints, spirits, and wine. And the South Carolina Aquarium is just a short walk away.

$300-$399
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Charleston Place
205 Meeting Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 722 4900
Tel: 800 611 5545 (toll free)
www.charlestonplace.com

A favorite of power brokers, politicians, and movie stars, this stylish 440-room hotel is best enjoyed on an expense account. Orient Express hotels does it up right here, from the Italian marble lobby with its spiral staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to the attentive staff. Big, inviting rooms are appointed with period furnishings, balconies, and marble bathrooms. For first-class treatment and stunning views, request a "club level" room. An infinity pool with retractable roof, spa, and swank restaurant round out the deluxe possibilities. What's more, the hotel is just a credit card swipe from the city's hottest restaurants, attractions, and shops; in fact Gucci's on the ground floor.

$200-$299
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French Quarter Inn
166 Church Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 866 812 1900 (toll-free)
Tel: 843 722 1900
www.fqicharleston.com

Overlooking Charleston Market, this "quiet hotel" opened nine years ago, but has eighteenth-century decor accented by creams and gold with red and blue touches. Guests socialize over complimentary wine and cheese in the early evening. while treats like M&M's, lemonade, and coffee "are always out for your enjoyment." Rooms and suites have 14-foot ceilings and bathrooms in black and white tile, gold wallpaper, and black marble counters. "A surprising change from the typical Charleston shrimp and grits," the menu at Tristan includes items like New Zealand lamb. "We were pampered the entire stay."

(50 rooms)

$200-$299
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HarbourView Inn
2 Vendue Range
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 853 8439
Tel: 888 853 8439 (toll-free)
www.harbourviewcharleston.com

If you want to be right in the historic district, this hotel in an old shipping warehouse is steps from the harbor, Old City Market, and Lower King Street's antique row. The 52 rooms got a makeover in 2007 and are very Charleston—think four-poster beds, plantation shutters, sea grass rugs, and rattan furniture. Larger-scale amenities are lacking, however: Gratis coffee, breakfast pastries, and afternoon wine and cheese in the marble lobby are charming, but they may not make up for the lack of a fitness center or pool (especially if you brought the kids). And be aware that, despite the name, not all of the rooms have a view of the harbor. Request one that overlooks the Waterfront Park along the Cooper River.

$200-$299
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John Rutledge House Inn
116 Broad Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 723 7999
Tel: 800 476 9741 (toll free)
www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com/jrh-index.asp

This charming 1763 building is one of 15 surviving homes owned by one of the 55 framers of the U.S. Constitution—and the only one converted into a hotel. Original Italian marble fireplaces, plaster moldings, inlaid floors, and ironwork have been faithfully restored. Nineteen rooms are located in the original grand residence and two carriage houses. All are stunning, appointed with four-poster lace-canopy beds, working fireplaces, antiques, and hot tubs. Genteel touches include complimentary newspapers, breakfast, and afternoon tea or sherry. Park the car for your entire stay; the inn is central to all Charleston attractions and restaurants. Guest have spa privileges at sister Wentworth Mansion, a 10-minute walk away.

$400 or more
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Market Pavilion Hotel
225 E. Bay Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 723 0500
Tel: 877 440 2250 (toll-free)
Fax: 843 723 0500
sales@marketpavilion.com
www.marketpavilion.com

This hotel on the corner of Market and East Bay is for those who like some chintz with their antebellum charm. Don't worry, the oil paintings in gilt frames and intricate brocade wallpaper in the lobby are just tasteful enough to avoid being over-the-top. The 70 rooms have a similar look, with mahogany beds made up with Frette linens, heavy damask curtains, and Italian marble bathrooms full of Hermès products. The rooftop pool lined with fountains and striped loungers is a summertime gem, but inexplicably shuts down at 4 pm when the cabana bar opens for business. There's also a classic gentleman's club–style bar downstairs with antique wood booths and a steak restaurant that serves a mouthwatering New York strip.

$199 or less
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Phoebe Pember House
26 Society St.
Charleston , South Carolina
Tel: 843 722 4186
Fax: 843 722 0557
www.phoebepemberhouse.com

This 200-year-old Federal-style house is the only B&B in town with its own yoga studio. A walled garden overlooking Charleston's port insulates it from the historic district's street traffic. The birthplace of Civil War heroine Phoebe Pember, this quaint, affordable inn is featured in the popular Fall Candlelight home tours. Six ample guest rooms have private baths, antiques, fine fabrics, and works by local artists. Breakfast served on silver trays can be enjoyed in the room, on the piazza, or under the arbor. A charming private carriage house with garden is also available for retreats and short-term rental.

$400 or more
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Planters Inn
112 N. Market Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 722 2345
Tel: 800 845 7082 (toll free)
reservations@plantersinn.com
www.plantersinn.com

A member of upscale Relais & Châteaux collection, this exquisite, 62-room hotel lives up to its A-list reputation. The lobby is filled with reproductions of 18th-century furniture and an attentive staff is poised to meet guests' every need. Private, romantic rooms have high ceilings, crown moldings, antiques, canopied four-poster beds, and marble baths. The two "plantation kings" overlooking the lush garden are the largest, quietest, and most popular. Street-facing rooms have white-noise machines. The famed Old City Market and shops of trendy upper King Street are nearby. Peninsula Grill is a hot ticket for a romantic dinner; book at least a month in advance.

$300-$399
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Wentworth Mansion
149 Wentworth Street
Charleston , South Carolina
29401
Tel: 843 853 1886
Tel: 888 466 1886 (toll free)
Fax: 843 720 5290
www.wentworthmansion.com

This elegant inn, a stunning example of Gilded Age architecture, is largely unchanged since the days when it belonged to Francis Silas Rodgers. Converted to a hotel in 1998, many of the original details still remain, including original Louis Comfort Tiffany glass panels, crystal chandeliers, pressed tin ceilings, and marble mantles. The 21 nice size rooms, some with patios, have wood floors and moldings, king-size beds, whirlpools, and working gas fireplaces; several have daybeds or sofa beds. The Wentworth is high on frills; an in-room refrigerator is stocked with free drinks and peanuts, morning brings a full European breakfast on the sun porch, and complimentary libations are poured each afternoon in the Rodgers Library. The spa doles out food-flavored treatments (including a peach-mango massage) inside a converted horse stable. Don't miss a gourmet dinner at the inn's carriage-house restaurant, Circa 1886.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.