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Charleston City Guide

By: Janice McDonald

Charleston Hotels Guide

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Charleston's historical setting lends itself to some wonderful bed and breakfast opportunities. It's hard to imagine from their size that many of these inns were originally family homes. For those who feel more comfortable staying in a regular hotel, the accommodations are almost all designed to fit in with their historical surroundings and even their decor play to the city's sense of its history.

The Mobil Three-Star Wentworth Mansion (141 Wentworth St) is difficult to beat when it comes to Bed and Breakfast options. The Inn includes a spa and a fabulous restaurant, and is a great place for those who want to be romantic during their stay in Charleston. Movie buffs will be interested in knowing that actress Reese Witherspoon spent her honeymoon here.

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Another great inn is the John Rutledge House Inn (116 Broad St), which offers just 19 rooms, but it's beautifully decorated in antiques and convenient to shopping on King Street. A favorite room is the first one on the left as you come in the door because it's the largest.

For location, you can't beat Two Meeting Street Inn (2 Meeting St) right on the Battery (the tip of the peninsula). The beautiful Queen-Anne mansion includes large porches and was completed in 1892. It's a favorite stop for carriage tours.

The premier place to stay in Charleston is the Mobil Four-Star Charleston Place (205 Meeting St). Directly across from the Old City Market, this beautiful hotel also includes a shopping mall and an amazing spa, complete with an indoor pool. Its Mobil Four-Star Charleston Grill Restaurant is considered one of the finest in the city.

Created from a waterfront warehouse, each room at the Ansonborough Inn (21 Hasell St) is different from the next, some even including fireplaces. With its beautiful atrium and great hotel bar, it's a fun place to just hang out and enjoy the view of the water and the nearby market.

When it comes to dining, Charleston is a great place to enjoy seafood and what locals call "Low Country Cuisine." Go to the next page for our suggestions on where to eat in Charleston.