My boyfriend and I stayed at the Barksdale House Inn for two nights before embarking on a cruise out of Charleston. The B&B was arranged by my boyfriend (and was a complete surprise to me!) but I couldn't have been more delighted. What a lovely place, with a very kind staff. We will absolutely stay with them again the next time we visit Charleston!
Location - Proximity to downtown was great. Just a few blocks to get anywhere in the "touristy" part of Charleston, and only a 15 or so minute walk to the cruise departure port. Plenty of good restaurants around (try the sushi place a few blocks away for dinner and the patet place for a quick lunch!). The inn has been built up around so there isn't any view, but I get the impression that's generally the case if you're staying in the downtown area. Parking was very easy, and free.
Room - We stayed in the carriage house behind the inn proper, in the first level corner room. Very cute. Big comfy four poster bed, nice shower/bathroom, and a nice little sitting area. Nothing super duper fancy, but if that's what you're looking for, you probably aren't looking for a B&B in the first place!
Service - This is where the Inn really won us over. They worked with my boyfriend and had a bottle of wine, wine glasses, and fresh flowers waiting for us when we walked in the door. Breakfast can be delivered to your room or eaten in the main house... we chose to eat in the house both days. Sunday had lots of fresh fruit, pastries, cereal, breads/bagels/waffles, and coffee/tea/OJ, and then also had eggs, bacon, and a potato dish. Monday morning had everything minus the hot dishes. As much as you wanted, and it was available till 10, so plenty of time for us to sleep in and still make breakfast! They also had an ice machine in the kitchen we were welcome to use. There were a few other small things, but really, the demeanor of the staff was just lovely the whole time we stayed. Always helpful and extremely accommodating.
Overall - 5 stars! Can't wait to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barksdale House Inn, built in 1778, is your home away while exploring the city of Charleston. Located within the historic district of downtown Charleston, we are walking distance to shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions and Market Street. This Inn offers 14 rooms with en suite bathrooms, complimentary breakfast, newspaper, wireless access and parking to get you ready for your day exploring our beautiful city of magnificent homes, gardens, and parks along with Charleston’s unique southern hospitality and history.All rooms are non-smoking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barksdale House Hotel Charleston