Elliott House Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Historic Downtown, Charleston, South Carolina

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Pros

  • Excellent location within walking distance to most of Historic Downtown's best attractions
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Quaint rooms with quilts, four-poster beds, and wood floors
  • Historic property that dates back to the Civil War
  • Large Jacuzzi in a beautifully landscaped courtyard
  • Room service delivered from one of Charleston's best restaurants
  • Free loaner bicycles
  • Free wine and cheese reception
  • Free continental breakfast

Cons

  • Some units and bathrooms are small
  • Fee for self-parking in lot across the street
  • No full restaurant (though there's free breakfast and room service)
  • No fitness center or business facilities

Bottom Line

This quaint, 25-room bed-and-breakfast, housed within a Civil War-era private residence, has an excellent location within the Historic District and competitive rates. Rooms are decorated in traditional style (white quilts, four-poster beds, wood floors), and the property features a large Jacuzzi underneath a shady pergola as well as free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are on the small side, however, and amenities are few: The hotel lacks a fitness center, business center, and full restaurant.

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 Scene

A charming bed-and-breakfast with a beautiful courtyard and traditional southern style

This former private residence, built the same year as the outbreak of the Civil War, is now a quaint and quiet 25-room bed-and-breakfast. The pink-and-white L-shaped building surrounds a beautifully landscaped courtyard, featuring patio furnishings and a large Jacuzzi underneath a shady pergola.

A major renovation between 2009 and 2011 brought updates to the rooms, public spaces, and courtyard. The reception room is the most stylish part of the property: The small area is beautifully decorated, with tasseled drapes and lamps, Oriental rugs, an antique rotary phone, and old photographs.

The rooms are decorated in traditional southern style, but each is actually an individually owned condo, so decor varies slightly from room to room. Most units feature antique-style furnishings such as oversize armoires and four-poster beds; a few have private patios.

The Elliott House provides a number of freebies, including continental breakfast (served in the courtyard or in-room), free bicycles to explore downtown, free Wi-Fi, and free wine and cheese every evening. There's no full restaurant on-site, but the hotel offers phenomenal room service from the restaurant next door, 82 Queen -- one of Charleston's best and most famous eateries.

 Location

On a quiet street in Historic Downtown, within walking distance of major attractions

The inn is located on a quiet tree-lined block with a few low-key businesses and a large parking garage. Attractions such as the harbor and Charleston Market are within easy walking distance, as are the Historic District's grand churches, historic sights, world-famous restaurants, and chic shops and galleries. More sights can be explored using the hotel's loaner bicycles.

  • 22-minute drive to Charleston International Airport
  • 2-minute walk to Gibbes Museum of Art
  • 2-minute walk to King Street, lined with high-end restaurants, art galleries and shops
  • 4-minute walk to St. Philip's Church
  • 5-minute walk from the Charleston City Market
  • 10-minute walk to Waterfront Park
  • 11-minute walk, or three-minute drive, to Calhoun Mansion
  • 12-minute walk, or four-minute drive to the College of Charleston
  • 22-minute walk, or four-minute drive, to Marion Square
  • 5-minute drive to the Charleston Museum, the oldest museum in the US
  • 5-minute drive to South Carolina Aquarium
  • 13-minute drive to the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • 17-minute drive to Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of America

 Rooms

Rooms feature classic southern style, but some are small, with tiny bathrooms

The inn's 25 rooms are decorated in classic southern style, with white quilts, four-poster beds, oil paintings depicting southern scenes, and beautiful wood floors that creak with age. All were renovated between 2009 and 2011, but the bathrooms remain small and unremarkable.

Each of the units is an individually owned condo, and some have extras such as patios. Entrances to the rooms are from exterior corridors around the courtyard.

  • Daily housekeeping and evening turndown service with a goodnight treat
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels
  • iHome or Sony MP3 docking stations with alarm clock and radio
  • Archive brand toiletries
  • Wall-mounted air conditioners
  • Some units have ceiling fans.
  • Some units have mini-fridges.
  • Guest rooms are divided into two categories: Traditional King and Traditional Queen, which denotes both the size of the bed, as well as the size of the room.
  • A handful of Traditional King units feature private terraces with patio furnishings.

 Family

Families are welcome, though the property caters more toward couples and adults

While the hotel welcomes families with children of all ages, there are no additional perks for children. Small rooms also make it difficult for groups of more than two to bunk together, unless multiple rooms are purchased.

 Food

Free breakfast, a wine and cheese reception, and room service from one of the city's best restaurants

While there is no on-site restaurant at Elliott House Inn, nearby dining options abound -- and one of the city's best, 82 Queen, even provides hotel guests with room service.

  • Free Continental breakfast, which can be served in-room or at the inn's courtyard
  • Free nightly wine and cheese reception
  • Room service from neighboring 82 Queen restaurant

 Drinks

Free daily wine receptions and plenty of bars within walking distance

Guests at the Elliott House Inn get free wine at the evening manager's reception. Next door, 82 Queen (which provides in-room dining for guests at the inn) has an extensive wine and cocktail menu as well. The great downtown location means that a variety of bars are nearby.

  • A refreshment station in the courtyard with lemonade or coffee and tea throughout the day

 Services

Free loaner bicycles and free Wi-Fi

  • Concierge services in the lobby for dinner and tour reservations
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Parking in a lot across the street (for a fee)
  • Free use of bicycles for exploring downtown Charleston
  • Laundry services (for a fee)
  • Historic tour pick-up

 Eco-Friendly

A few eco-friendly efforts

  • Guests can opt to not change bed sheets or towels daily
  • The hotel recycles eligible materials
  • Energy-saving incandescent bulbs throughout

 History

Set within a 19th-century building in the Historic District

The Elliott House Inn was built as a private residence in 1861 (the same year the Civil War broke out), and the hotel has preserved a number of historic elements, including the original layout, the lush courtyard, and the welcoming piazza.

 Renovations and Upkeep

Renovated between 2009 and 2011

The Elliott House Inn reopened in 2011 following an extensive two-year renovation that upgraded all rooms and bathrooms, the lobby, and the rest of the grounds. The fresh decor is lovely, but the bathrooms remain unremarkable. We also spotted some leaves in and around the Jacuzzi area.

 Handicap

No ADA-compliant rooms, but a few units have some accessibily features

Due to the historic significance of the property, the Elliott House is not required to have ADA-compliant rooms. Additionally, the rooms are individually owned condos, so each owner is responsible for room features. Still, the hotel does offer a few ground-floor units that have grab rails in the bathrooms. But there is no guarantee that these rooms will be wide enough for all wheelchairs.

 Safety

Located in a safe neighborhood, with 24-hour security

Safety is hardly an issue in this area of Charleston; however, the property does have a 24-hour front desk clerk as well as a security guard who patrols the grounds at night. Rooms are operated with card keys.

 Bottom Line

This quaint, 25-room bed-and-breakfast, housed within a Civil War-era private residence, has an excellent location within the Historic District and competitive rates. Rooms are decorated in traditional style (white quilts, four-poster beds, wood floors), and the property features a large Jacuzzi underneath a shady pergola as well as free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Some rooms are on the small side, however, and amenities are few: The hotel lacks a fitness center, business center, and full restaurant.

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Address

  • 78 Queen Street, Charleston, South Carolina

Room Types

  • Traditional King Room
  • Traditional Queen Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 25
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Historic Downtown, Charleston
Address: 78 Queen Street, Charleston, South Carolina
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