Elliott House Inn
What We Love
- Free breakfast with fresh seasonal fruit delivered to your room or served al fresco
- Chatting with other guests in the lush courtyard
- Free bike rentals, perfect for zipping around historic Charleston
- Nightly wine and cheese receptions
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- While there’s no onsite eatery, in-room dining is available from nearby 82 Queen restaurant
- Concierge services and a historic tour pick-up spot are available
- This is a historic B&B; rooms vary in size and decor
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This southern belle, a peach-tinged mansion with black shutters and gracious white balconies, has been laying on the charm since the 1860s. Regal fountains, tropical plants and an outdoor hot tub encourage guests to relax Low Country style. Rooms romance with elegant armoires, hardwood floors and four-poster beds. And after an afternoon around frozen-in-time Charleston, perhaps on a free hotel bike, nearby 82 Queen restaurant will deliver gourmet eats like pistachio and parmesan-crusted scallops to savor in-room.
In the Area
Located on historic Queen Street, it’s easy to get lulled into the sweet tea pace of Charleston’s genteel charms. Historic promenades, stately colonnaded homes and streets lined in palm trees and Spanish moss make it a perfect city for strolling. Shop for 18th and 19th century furniture and décor at Tucker Payne Antiques. Tour gracious Civil War–era plantations like Drayton Hall, Middleton Place, and Boone Hall or take in a show at Dock Street Theatre, America’s oldest playhouse. Charleston has led the way in the renaissance of Southern food. Taste your way through its innovative kitchens by scoring tables at the James Beard chef-helmed McCrady’s, the hip locavore FIG and Bon Appetit favorite Husk.
How to Get There
Prior to booking, I read some reviews about the Elliot House that mentioned that some of the rooms can be quite noisy. The hotel looked charming, was in a great location, and reasonably priced compared to many of the alternatives, so I decided to test my luck. My husband and I were put in a room on the third floor that faces the street, which has to be one of the noisier rooms they have. Another review mentioned being awoken by a garbage truck each morning, which we had the pleasure of hearing right around 7:30am on each of the three mornings we were there. However, on two occasions we were also awoken around 5:30 when some other truck came banging through. When I mentioned this to the woman who was working the front desk when we checked out, she confirmed that municipal services begin at 5am. However, the worst incident occurred on Thursday night when what sounded like road work right below our window started promptly at midnight. Not being able to fall asleep, I went down to the lobby to see about changing rooms around 12:30. The man at the front desk told me that the grease traps at the restaurant next door were being cleaned. He said that the work could last until 2 or 2:30am. He looked to see if there were any other rooms that we could move to, but there weren't. He then told me that the noise was the reason why my room was less expensive -- something I wish had been pointed out to me when I booked, because I would have stayed elsewhere! (There was no note on my confirmation email that indicated this room would be noisier, by the way.) As I mentioned previously, the Elliot House was better priced that many of the alternatives, but it wasn't exactly cheap. I paid $866 including tax to stay on three weeknights. For that amount, I expect to be able to sleep! The man at the front desk was also extremely rude, telling me he didn't know what I wanted him to do as I was standing in the lobby in my pajamas trying to figure out what I was going to do. I wasn't in a rush to get back to my room knowing that I wouldn't be able to sleep! Fortunately, the work stopped promptly at 1am, not 2 or 2:30am as suggested by the man at the front desk, and I was able to fall asleep.
In sum, if you're the kind of person who likes to catch up on your sleep while on vacation, the Elliot House may not be for you. If you're tempted to try it anyway, I would definitely call first to see what room you'll be in. I wish I had! I really don't think they should rent the room we stayed in to anyone. In my mind, a hotel is a place where you sleep and we didn't get much rest at all in that room!
We loved this place for our four night stay. We will absolutely come back. The location is very central to everything you want to see in the historic district. Wonderful breakfast and wine and cheese hour every night. Our room appeared to have been redecorated and was absolutely lovely. Service was excellent and we enjoyed sitting in the courtyard every evening. This is a fantastic place to stay. I highly recommend it to everyone .
This was the best value for a historic location. Mathew couldn't be more helpful, the 2nd floor courtyard room was clean and comfortable, the 5 pm wine and cheese was tasty and generous. The crab cakes appetizer at 82 Queen next door was convienient. The courtyard was a great place for the light but good breakfast.
This hotel is in need of a good cleaning. Our room, among other more serious problems (that I reported to Management who responded with a denial of my claims) was very musty which required the use of the very noisy air conditioner, also needed to drown out the very loud music from the restaurant next door which made sleeping difficult. The first morning we had no hot water in the shower for some reason and one of the sink faucets fell off the wall. (Management would say this wasn't reported, and that is true, I just pushed it back on the wall.) There is very limited space to hang clothing. There are two narrow armoires, one of which had only 5 hangers (5!! for two people) and the other armoire had none and no place to hang them had they existed. In addition to this, add $20.00 per day to their rather pricey rates for parking in the garage across the street (no parking validation) since no other parking is available nearby. I think that's a bit much. The wine and cheese in the courtyard? Plan to share it with the squirrels who are always present, sometimes managing to jump on the table and run off with food. Yuck. Incidentally, my husband's experience would be a little different from what I'm describing since he would not be as bothered by some of this as I am. In Management's response to my initial complaint they went out of their way to mention that he had made no mention of what I had to say and further went on the say that they had enjoyed having us visit, and I quote "especially your husband." You be the judge.
Both the city and the Inn exemplify everything I have heard about Southern hospitality. The courtyard, wine and cheese hour and breakfast room service make it stand out above other lodging. Location is a big plus, Never used our car in 4 days. Beautiful walking city. Tours (buses, carriages) picked up us at the Inn.