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
Great hotel location for walking everywhere. Appreciated the secured parking across the street. Cozy but large room, comfy bed. Loved the quaint little courtyard for breakfast & happy hour. Allowed for meeting other guests. We will be back.
Upon entering, the man behind the desk was not friendly, not rude, just not welcoming. He called a gentleman to take me and my bag to Room 31. The gentleman looked surprised, and said, "Room 31??" The clerk said Yes. The elevator was grimy and tiny and jerky. Room 31 was the last room on the 3rd floor, furthest away from the entrance and the elevator and the courtyard. The door would not close flush. Had to push it hard to close. I was not impressed with the room because it looked nothing like the pictures showed on the website. It was small, cramped, had a bed, two chairs, and a small oval table. The TV was mounted up in the corner, right under the chairs, so, if I wanted to watch TV, I would have to sit in the bed, which I did not want to do. No big deal, I am not much of a TV person, except late at night. I went down to the courtyard for the free cheese and wine. It was a small table over that used to be the Jacuzzi. The cheese and wine and crackers were nice, but they soon were emptied and no one replaced anything, even though there were only 3 other tables of people and me. Yes, there was noise from the restaurant behind the courtyard, but I liked the music they were playing as I sat in the courtyard. I wanted to get a couple of drinks from the vending machine to take upstairs for the evening, and as I walked toward it, I saw a big cat running by it. As I got closer, I discovered that it was not a cat, but a HUGE RAT!!! I did not get any vending machine drinks, and went upstairs to my room.
When I turned down the bed for the night, I found long, brown hairs on the pillowcases, and on the sheets. I mean, there were lots, just not a few. I called the manager and he said that it was impossible. I told him he was welcome to come up and look for himself. He insisted that the sheets had been changed. I insisted that they had not. He brought up a new set of sheets, king sized for the queen bed, and he put the new sheets on top of the old hairy ones while he told his sad tale of personal troubles, and I did feel bad for the guy, but still. After he left, I wanted to strip the bed and take off the hairy sheets and replace with the new ones, but I am partially disabled and my legs and back were just not up to it. I slept on top of the bedspread.
At 4:00 AM, while it was still dark, I was practically blasted out of bed by huge crashes and booms! The dumpster trucks had arrived, right outside my window, which was shaking. They were there for a long time. I was awake for good, and I just had to sit on top of the bed to watch the morning news. It was too early to go anywhere. When breakfast arrived, the coffee was good, the orange juice was good, but the fruit was old and mushy. I have had much better breakfasts at any other hotel. I went out for the day.
When I came back to the hotel in the late afternoon, the bed had not been remade. I went down early to the courtyard and read a book that I had bought while I was out. Some new guests, 4 people who had just arrived, sat at a table behind me. They were having a good time, but they started talking about the man in the office who said that he would make sure that they had good rooms, because the "bad" room, Room 31 was where they put single guests who look like they are less likely to complain or argue. They were laughing so much at this, because he had also told them that this is where the dumpster trucks arrive, and that the room gets little attention. Finally, after 15 minutes of hearing them joking about Room 31, I turned around and said, "Thanks for all the info. I am in Room 31." They all got quiet. One man apologized and said that he hoped it wasn't as bad as what he was told, and I assured him that it was, indeed, worse.
I talked to the manager about this, and he said he was sorry, but he would make it up to me by sending me a bottle of wine. I thanked him. The bottle of wine arrived just as I was going to bed about 10:00 PM. No corkscrew, no glasses, not even a bathroom glass. As I was flying out the next morning, early, I knew I could not take the wine on the plane with me, so I left it.
Between the RAT, the hairy sheets, the unprofessional attitude of the staff, the noise, the smells of the garbage outside my window, the chintzy wine and cheese, the grimy elevator, and the $359/night I spent there, I will never recommend this place to anyone. In fact, if I know anyone who intends to stay there, I will talk them out of it. I go to Charleston every year for a week, and I have found much better accommodations at a 3rd of the price.
Stayed 5 nights. Sheets were never changed. Bathroom floor behind the door was never cleaned. Fruit cup on continental breakfast was a Dole tropical fruit cup. Coffee one morning was colored water. Bagel was like rubber. The restaurant next door (outside our window) decides to do cleaning with power washer and sander in the middle of the night.
Staff was not friendly!
Staff was not friendly at all.
Underwhelming experience at the Inn. The pictures on the website look much better than the actual inn. The rooms have no carpet so heard a lot from room above me. The courtyard is sorry looking. The continental breakfast was sad...fruit salad was Dole fruit in plastic cups. Bagel was small and uninteresting. The location is great but that is all that is great about the inn.
Stayed here for a few nights and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a hotel centrally located to everything in downtown Charleston. I did read reviews beforehand about it being noisy so was not surprised when we were woken up by dumpsters being emptied around 5:30am every morning. Otherwise, noise levels were okay, even though we were on an upper level street front room (though it was during the week so might be noisier on weekend nights). Either way, would still recommend as long as you're not a light sleeper. We were able to walk everywhere and took advantage of the daily wine and cheese hour held in the nice courtyard as well as breakfast delivered to the room each morning. The room was nice, clean and updated with a good amount of space and storage. Would definitely stay again!