By: Maureen Mattson, ERV Staff Writer - Updated: Jan 21, 2017
Captivating Charleston, South Carolina is a fantastic spot for a romantic vacation or getaway. It's easily one of the top places for honeymoons and couple's vacations anywhere in the Southern USA! And it's even become a very attractive departure port for cruise ships as well.
Here's our report on Charleston SC romantic hotels and inns to help you with your honeymoon or getaway plans.
What We Loved:
We’ve stayed at many romantic hotels in my time with Excellent Romantic Vacations, and I’m not normally an overly-effusive person. But I have to say that the French Quarter Inn is not just tops among Charleston SC romantic hotels, but it's one of my top three favourite hotels ever!
This lovely boutique hotel is in Charleston's historic Market District, and just steps from the French Quarter. Valet service for your car is available and parking costs extra. You probably better off without a car. Parking is at a premium, and everything is within walking distance: restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, museums, markets and Charleston tours.
The French Quarter Inn is very elegant. Our room, on the third floor was all done in French toile and decorated Parisian-style with just the right accents. The balcony has wrought iron chairs and a table along with planter boxes. Free WiFi was an added bonus.
Champagne and ladyfingers are served on arrival and that’s just the start of the star-treatment!
There is a free turn-down service at bedtime and we enjoyed coming to our room in the evening to find chocolates and kimonos set out for us. Breakfast is included in the price and can be delivered to your room on a cart (choose from 4 different options) or served in the common area on the first floor. We found it very generous and delicious.
Wine & Cheese is served at 5 PM next to the reception desk. We expected a closely-monitored dribble of wine and a few dry chips, but were very pleased with the variety of crackers, cheeses and fruit, as well as good quality wines. Tea, coffee and cold beverages are available all day.
At around 8 PM, warm cookies and fresh milk are served too. For those with smaller appetites (like me), it’s almost like an all-inclusive Charleston hotel! But a very romantic French restaurant called Tristans is attached to the hotel and, among other things, serves a five-course Chef’s Tasting menu meal for $55.
Speaking of menus, there is a pillow menu available too. Choose from down, buckwheat, 5-foot body cushion, “snore- no- more” hypo-allergenic, double down surround or Swedish massage.
Right across the street we found the European-style markets with all sorts of interesting crafts and wares made by local artisans. A couple of horse-drawn carriage companies which provide rides and historical commentary are also right there.
The knowledgeable staff of the French Quarter Inn helped us decide on the right walking tour and phoned in a reservation for us as well. We were able to meet right outside the hotel to pick up the tour.
All in all, the French Quarter Inn is our favorite of Charleston SC romantic hotels, and we can't wait to go back! 2017 ERV Rating* for Romantic Charleston Inns: 98% - Excellent. (166 Church St, Charleston SC 843-284-9582)
*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes: