Southern Hospitality in 'The Holy City': Charleston's Best Bed and Breakfasts

It's often a tough task to choose where you'll be staying during your visit to Charleston, South Carolina. A plethora of options can be found on the peninsula, from small boutique hotels to large tower-like accommodations and quainter bed and breakfasts. Many regular visitors to Charleston would argue on the side of staying at a historic bed and breakfast when visiting the lowcountry, and with good reason. Staying in a stately mansion (such as Zero Water Street B&B) overlooking the Charleston harbor and Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began, it's easy to imagine you lived here during another time.

Of course, not everyone is seeking the same amenities in a B&B. Luckily, Charleston offers up a wide variety of B&B accommodations across the peninsula. Those looking for a quiet, more private setting may prefer Lavender & Lace B&B, where each room has its own entrance, or 21 East Battery B&B, where breakfasts are stocked in-room.

Many visitors choose a B&B in order to get insider tips from the owners and socialize with other guests. The beautiful "Pink Palace" Palmer Home B&B and historic Two Meeting Street Inn are both ideal options for enjoying the company and advice of other visitors.

For the best of breakfast among Charleston B&Bs, look no further than The Ashley Inn adjacent to the medical district, or 1837 Bed & Breakfast on Wentworth Street. No matter which B&B you choose, you're likely to enjoy afternoon wine and cheese, evening treats, and the warmest hospitality you've ever encountered.

King George IV Inn
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Located on George Street just one block from King Street, the King George IV Inn is a great choice of accommodations for those visiting students at the College of Charleston or those who are interested in doing a fair amount of walking, bike...  Read More



This beautifully appointed bed & breakfast, managed by the nearby Indigo Inn hotel, is well suited to those travelers looking for a more private, independent experience. Here, there is no resident owner on premise, and continental breakfast...  Read More



Built circa 1832, the pink and green mansion of The Ashley Inn fits in nicely with its quiet residential surroundings in the medical campus neighborhood, just north of the popular tourist district. There are historic homes, quiet streets, and...  Read More



Located on Tradd Street in Charleston's quiet, historic South of Broad neighborhood, Lavender & Lace B&B offers cute, colorful accommodations in close proximity to many of Charleston's sites and attractions. The Lavender & Lace...  Read More



This early 18th century home is elegantly appointed with antique furniture, canopy beds, and luxurious details. 1837 B&B is located just a few blocks from busy King Street, and a short walk or bike ride to all of Charleston's famous historic...  Read More

The Battery Carriage House Inn
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The Battery Carriage House Inn is one of the most picturesque residence-turned-B & B on the Charleston peninsula. This antebellum Charleston style mansion was built in 1843, with ten rooms and one suite; each having their own unique worldly...  Read More



21 East Battery Bed & Breakfast is truly immersed in its historic Charleston surroundings, but appointed in a more modern style of furnishings and decor than you'd typically find at other local B&Bs. Located on the same property as the...  Read More



Travel back in time in high-style with a stay at Two Meeting Street Inn, a luxurious bed & breakfast property just steps from the famous White Point Gardens and Charleston Battery. Originally built as a loving father's wedding present to his...  Read More



This pink palace of a mansion is a true testament to Battery-front luxury and continuing Southern hospitality. Of the five guestrooms on the Palmer Home B&B property, four are located on the third floor of the mansion, while just one resides on...  Read More



Housed within an elegant property that's been in the current family since 1900, Zero Water Street is exactly how you'd imagine the wealthy Southerners enjoyed Charleston over a century ago. The home itself was built circa 1836, and is still...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare