Charleston, South Carolina; my favorite city in the whole world.
A few years back, a good friend of mine (thanks Olivia!) invited Justin and I on a trip to Charleston and little did we know, we were going to fall completely in love with the city. Everything about it – the food, the history, the landscape, the people; you name it, we love it.
Fast forward a few years to a visit Justin and I planned to meet with our wedding caterer, venue and cake bakery. We decided to give airbnb a try after hearing so much about it….bad idea. We were 30 minutes outside of the city and 35 minutes away from meeting our caterer when I received a text that read something along the lines of, “Something came up and unfortunately you are unable to stay in our guest house. Sorry!” Ugh, really?! We attended our appointment as planned and then decided to just drive around until we found somewhere to stay for the night.
You know how people say, “Everything happens for a reason”? Well there was a reason our plans were canceled and that reason is The Ansonborough Inn! Since our initial visit to The Ansonborough in July of 2013, we have visited Charleston 3 times and have stayed at the Inn every time; we even stayed a week for our wedding and
demanded recommended our guests to stay there as well.
The Ansonborough Inn, a Four Diamond Award winning boutique hotel, dates back to 1901 and was originally a stationers warehouse. Prior to how it looks today, the Inn was originally designed as individual condominiums, meaning that the rooms are larger and more grand than the average hotel room. In 1999, it was completely remodeled but maintained it’s historic feel with exposed heart pine beams and fire red brick. I like to describe The Ansonborough as an “old sea captains home” with an extremely warm and cozy atmosphere. It is decorated beautifully, the staff is out of this world and there are tons of welcoming amenities.
Speaking of amenities, below is a list of some of the things we look forward to while staying at The Ansonborough. After the list, be sure to scroll through some of the photos from our last visit!
- The staff is topnotch! Whether it’s the lovely manager, the front desk team or the sweet ladies who work in the kitchen, everyone is SO warm and welcoming! At our most recent visit, we were greeted with a, “So nice to see you again! You were pregnant and getting married during your last stay and now look who you brought with you (referring to Charlee)!”. It felt good knowing that they remembered us.
- Afternoon wine and cheese is served from 5pm to 6pm. While I’m not one to drink wine (I’m lame, I know), I do enjoy snacks! They have a pretty large spread of food which may include spinach dip, cubed cheese, pimento cheese (SO good!) or chips and mango salsa. It’s also a nice time to chat with other guests staying in the hotel or to take a break after walking around the city all day.
- The Rooftop Terrace is a lovely spot to enjoy your afternoon wine and cheese or just sit and look at a beautiful view of the city! Nighttime brings cooler temperatures and soft breezes, making it a great spot to hang out after dinner and before getting settled in your room for the evening. We love it.
- The continental breakfast is delicious. From fresh fruit to the most delicious chocolate chunk muffin you will ever eat, the breakfast buffet has something everyone will enjoy. My husband is particularly fond of their giant cinnamon buns warmed up a bit in the microwave. Oatmeal, cereal, hard boiled eggs, omelets, sausage and pastries – there’s a little bit of everything and it’s all really tasty!
- Admiral Anson’s Pub. A cozy little spot to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine.
- Cookies and beverages ALL DAY LONG. Located in the hospitality suite, you will find sweet tea, lemonade, water, coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate, yours for the taking 24/7. Also…fresh baked, warm COOKIES! We love being able to pop in for a quick snack and something to drink whenever we please.
- Harris Teeter is directly across the street. It’s nice to be able to grab a snack (when you’re not eating cookies and drinking sweet tea), drinks to keep in your room or dinner when you don’t quite feel like eating out.
- Location, location, location. The Ansonborough is about a 3 minute walk to the City Market and a 20 minute walk to The Battery. We very rarely get a taxi to go anywhere downtown while staying at the Inn.