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Rating: 4.09

Address: 21 Hasell St, Charleston, SC, 29401

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    Comments (32):

    1. Coco P.
    Beautiful inn, huge gorgeous room, clean, clean, clean!  Can't say enough good things about this place.  Located on the edge of the historic arean, just 2 blocks from the city marke, the location is perfect.  Dozens of the city's best restaurants within a few blocks.  Prices are comparable to other hotels in the area, but why get a generic chain hotel room when you can get exposed bricks and beams, hundreds of old oil paintings, a gorgous paneled pub...charm galore.  Oh, and free parking!  Highly recommended.

    13/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Stu O.
    spent two nights here to celebrate my girl's bday.  we loved it!  comfy room, lots of character, easy to walk everywhere in town.  good place to stay in charleston if you don't want to spend a fortune!

    09/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Kathi M.
    Far better than expected. Great wine & cheese in the evening & an excellent array of breakfast choices in the AM. Location is the best. Our room was on ground floor... not a lot of street noise but it was stormy so not a lot of walkers. I highly recommend this place

    24/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Caleb S.
    Great hotel!  Room was large enough for 2 couples with seperate bedroom and pull out couch.  Very friendly staff, good location off E. Bay Street.  Moderately priced compared to most hotels located downtown.  One of the coolest looking lobby's with all the wood beams; high ceiling and sky lights.

    13/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Dian C.
    We lucked out during a frantic search for a hotel in the historic district of Charleston the night before our trip and booked a room at this warehouse-turned historic inn.  

    The location is centrally-located and right off of East Bay.  It is an easy two blocks to where all stores and restaurants on East Bay.

    The furnishings can be best described as British-hunting-centric.  There are countless ornately-framed paintings of dogs: small dogs, big dogs, dogs in fields, dogs hunting with pheasants in the background...you get the picture.  Each room is different, and ours had a small sitting area as well as tall ceilings, as all rooms do.  There were only two windows in the huge room, and both of these had shutters on them to keep the light out, so it was rather dim the entire stay.  There were plenty of paintings of animals to look at.  :)

    The Inn serves water, iced tea, lemonade, and cookies during the day, and has a wine and cheese hour at 5pm.  This serve-yourself-spread is a nice touch, and held us over before dinner and after a day of walking around.  Breakfast, however, was disappointing as they had no hot foods, just your typical cereal, pieces of limp fruit, and some juice.

    The coffee is kept hot at all hours, and there is a free business center with Internet.  Parking is $12.

    Overall, I had a great visit and enjoyed the stay at the Ansonborough.  This was a spacious and unique inn in the heart of Charleston with plenty of character.

    13/04/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Fiona G.
    PROS:
    AMAZING decor
    Friendly staff
    Private parking lot
    Rooftop terrace
    Large rooms
    Great location
    Low rates ($189 for Junior Suite)

    CONS:
    Woke up at 2am to a lot of drunk people in the parking lot next to building. We actually called the cops because they were 'hanging out' in the parking lot until almost 3am and we couldn't go to sleep.

    Shower was not cleaned. There was long black hair and globs of conditioner in the shower.

    The people in the room above us kept us up late because we could hear everywhere they stepped...and for some strange reason they were walking around a lot! (Old building = very noisy)

    16/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Ray B.
    Stayed over the following dates: Aug 12-Aug14th (A/C worked great). Stayed in the Petite King.

    Pros: Got a great rate - internet special $159. Compared to others on kayak and the cheapest 4 star + came in at $209. The room, and Inn, was extremely nice and very cozy. Downtown location and great for walking to sites etc...This is not the first time we have stayed here, and we will continue to book this place for our trips to Charleston.

    Cons: Pillows - I like big fluffy pillows, our room had thin stiff pillows. I know this is a very weak con.

    15/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. John D.
    Incredibly friendly staff, beautiful rooms, very centrally located...so why only 4 stars? The price of the room. Good lawd is it expensive. And the awesome, old-timey bar was unattended...even though it said it was open during the hours I stopped by. That said, they have a nice breakfast and you can use their computers. The decor is wonderful in the lobby and in the rooms. I really liked that they had a refrigerator in my room as well. I probably shouldn't give only 4 stars as the rates are comparable to most other hotels in that area near Liberty Square. But I think it fits.

    21/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. David G.
    The rooms in the Ansonborough Inn are spacious and nice.  The vaulted ceilings have to be at least 18 foot ceilings, but I do not really know how high they are.  The rooms come equipped with a ceiling fan and their own AC/Heat unit, not that one would ever need heat in South Carolina.  The architecture of the rooms, the ceilings, the moldings, and the bed are all very quaint and nice.  The bed was comfortable and provided a great place to sleep.

    In terms of location, the Ansonborough Inn is on the outskirts of the market but fortunately right across the street from a Harris Teeter grocery store - which helps with the purchase of cheap bottled water by the case for your time in the heat in South Carolina.  

    The downsides of the hotel:
    1.  It's proximity to the port.  We could hear the port workers in the early hours of the morning - probably around 6ish - and the persistent beeping of the dock equipment when put in reverse as they transferred goods.
    2.  It's proximity to Market street outside of the actual market means people can drive faster and do.  Plus, because it is on the outskirts, there seemed to be a lot of motorcycles who liked the bar almost directly across the street.
    3.  The maid service in the hotel did a pretty half-ass job of cleaning our room every single day.  We weren't exactly "green" so we always left our towels on the floor - the new universal sign for replace my towels - but they did not.  Additionally, they did not clean the bathroom as a whole all that well each day - which makes me question whether my whole room was cleaned.

    14/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Merritt G.
    We've stayed at a different hotel every time we've visited Charleston, and this will be a one and done, too. I wanted to try a new place that was within walking distance to most of historic Charleston, and this place fit the bill. We didn't rent a car this time and it was no problem! In fact, when we wanted to get closer to the Medical University, we went to a bike shop around the corner and rode our bikes over there.

    The rooms were fine. Very high ceilings and a decent sized room given the historic age of this hotel. I was disappointed that our bathroom wasn't updated as advertised. There was a lot of external noise... we were very close to the docks and it made sleeping in on vacation.

    The breakfast left a lot to be desired. There was nothing fresh and the grits were instant! Blasphemy! We didn't make the breakfast mistake more than once... every other morning we ate out. The happy hour was fine. The pimento cheese was very good and very Southern.

    Really, the best thing about this restaurant is it's location.

    12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Holly D.
    This place was amazing!  We didn't expect much from the picture on the website but we needed something for one night in an emergency.  WOW! The room was HUGE, and absolutely beautiful! The nightly wine and cheese was yummy and the breakfast was wonderful and plentiful!  Staff were helpful too. We wish we could have stayed longer!  One of the best kept secrets in Charleston! We will be back!!!

    28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Candice B.
    I booked this hotel based on proximity to the cruise terminal for a one-night stay prior to sailing.  While the cruise was abysmal, the stay in Charleston at the Ansonborough was impeccable.  We kind of wished that the cruise had been canceled so we could just stay there.  We had a king room with vaulted ceilings.  The space was impressively renovated, with attention paid to the original beam and woodwork.  The bathroom was clean with nice hot water (not always the case in even some of the finest hotels).

    We had exceptional service with a great restaurant recommendation.  Check-in and check-out were seamless.  Parking was easy, which I gather isn't true for all Charleston hotels.  The location was great as well.

    The only less-than-exceptional points were the continental breakfast (nothing special) and the fitness center.  There is no ventilation in the fitness center and only one treadmill and some weights.  It was stifling and steamy after only a mile and a half on the treadmill.  But then again, I don't think many people go to Charleston to work out in an enclosed space.  Use the location to your advantage and run or walk outside, if it's not too warm.

    Not only would I stay there again, but I'm booking my parents a stay there for their anniversary.

    13/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Mark D.
    Funky space and easy walking made this a great, less expensive, respite for our one night Charleston stay.

    14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Gina C.
    My husband and I  loved our stay here at AI! We did some research and many of the B&B in Charleston are well over $200, but AI was at a reasonable price. We got an upgrade from the King Studio to a Luxury Room since we mentioned we were celebrating out anniversary.  The room was very spacious!  There was a bar area and living room area with comfy couches and chairs.  The bathroom had marble and granite and Bath and Body Works toiletries.  It was very clean and comfortable!

    AI isn't in the heart of Charleston, but a couple of blocks away from the shops and restaurants.  There is also a Harris Teeter across from the Inn and Parking is $12 across the street too. We didn't drive anywhere all weekend.

    The continental breakfast included cereal, bagels, muffins, fruit, oatmeal, along with boiled eggs and mini sausage biscuits.

    The staff was friendly and the Inn was just lovely.  The only negative is that we could hear everything in the room above us.  At one point we heard part of someone conversation. Besides that, I would def stay here again!

    02/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Emily T.
    My husband and I stayed at Ansonborough Inn on June 1st 2012. Our flight got in late, so we didn't show up until 9:30 PM. We had to wait a couple minutes for someone to come to the front desk, which didn't bother us at all. They upgraded us to a larger room, which was room #109. This room was on the main floor right by one of the main streets. I had read another review about this particular room and they mentioned that it was noisy. Yes you could hear some of the outside noise, but it wasn't to the point where it prevented you from sleeping. It would be just like at home. Other things we enjoyed:

    ~Convenience to all the downtown restaurants, bars and activities (walking distance)
    ~Decent breakfast with hot and cold foods
    ~Comfortable bed
    ~Room was big with a sitting area (not that you spend much time in your room anyway)
    ~Very helpful & friendly staff, provided ideas for places to eat and gave directions
    ~We were able to keep our luggage at the hotel after we checked out while we were walking around down town and at the pier. We picked it up later when our ride showed up.

    Overall we enjoyed the architecture and the fell of the hotel and the staff was wonderful. Would definitely stay again if we return to the area!

    16/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Aften W.
    Absolutely delightful. We booked a loft room for my bachelorette party, which allowed all five of us to be in one space. We had more than enough room and the extra half bath was essential with five women!

    The website does not do the hotel justice, it is gorgeous inside! Very unique and worth skipping the chain hotels for the charm of the Ansonborough Inn. Staff was helpful and friendly, recommending restaurants and arranging for early morning cab service. Evening wine and cheese reception and breakfast pastries are nice touches.

    23/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Alice M.
    This is such a great place to stay.  It was my second visit (the first time I stayed at Planter's Inn.  I like Ansonborough better).  Not only is the location prime (we walked everywhere) but the staff is also extremely nice (from the housekeepers to the ladies working the kitchen/continental breakfast/wine hour to the (after hours) lady at the front desk).  The front desk (Daniel?) was helpful recommending places to eat, etc.  The only negative was the street noise early in the morning.  I'll stay here again next visit for sure!

    26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Clint D.
    I had reserved a room for my client to stay at the Ansonbourough during the Cooper River Bridge Run weekend. Now this weekend is probably the biggest weekend for Charleston, so I understand the inflated prices ($800 for 2 nights).

    My client had a nice stay, but when it came time to leave his appointed early morning cab wasn't there, which made him miss his flight, and turns out they charged HIS credit card instead of mine which was originally placed with the reservation. Not only that, he was charged THREE TIMES! Make that $2,600!!!!!!!!!

    But wait there is more. I check my account, and I've been charged TWICE! $1600!!
    The dominoes keep falling.

    Surely I can speak with the manager and make some sense of this this missed cab ride and quadruple $800 charge...

    I call the manager and she was very unhelpful and pulled the "I'm just as upset as you" card. Considering how much the rooms were overpriced, there wasn't even a hint of a refund or incentive to return to the Ansonborough.

    This makes me look VERY bad to my client. I love Charleston and will be back for my wedding next year... but staying FAR away from this place.

    10/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    19. Jason N.
    I've stayed here a bunch-- for work and for fun, because it is usually reasonably priced in comparison to other downtown Charleston hotels.  Out of season, more reasonably than in-season of course, and a recent long weekend averaged a little over $300/night which included taxes and the $12 parking surcharge.

    The people who work here are great.  The rooms are a bit of a mix of old-timey but classic furniture, mid-century pieces, and desks that do not fit in and look like they came from a flea market.

    The wireless internet is free.  Some of the carpets are really dirty.  Finally, be careful-- if you get stuck on the ground floor, whether on the Hasell Street side (which is a bit more quiet) or the East Bay Side (louder than my NYC apartment above freaking Houston Street!), you are in for a bit of a wild ride (lookout Room 115!).  These rooms should not be let except for a very deep discount with full disclosure.  Shame on the hotel for not taking that tack.

    The complimentary breakfast and wine/cheese cocktail hour are perfectly adequate.  The "workout room" is a bit of a joke-- it has a treadmill and one piece of equipment I have never seen before; however, in nice weather, you can jog to the new bridge -- the base of which is approximately a mile from the door.

    So, overall an adequate property and despite some quirks, I will definitely stay here again.

    21/04/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Ben S.
    I traveled to Charleston for the first time ever to photograph my friend proposing to his girlfriend during the Cooper River Bridge Run. My friend booked a room at this hotel, gave them his credit card number and got a confirmation from the hotel.

    During my stay, I was asked for my card for incidentals (I assumed). Upon me leaving, I realized the hotel charged me for the room to the tune of $1000 for the stay. When I called and asked them to reverse the charges, they asked for my friend to call and verify his card to finalize the transaction... which he did.

    When I checked my account 2 hours later, there were 2 more charges for $840 ($1680 total) for the same room that was not supposed to be charged to me. So in total, I was charged $2700! I was told the person that made the mistake was gone for the day (it was Sunday) and would take care of the issue the following day.

    On top of all this, the cab company they trusted so much was called to take me to the airport for my travels. Flight was at 6:40, so the cab was reserved for 5:30. Cab did not show which caused me to miss my flight and essentially turn my 1 way trip to Houston (2 hour flight) into a 20 hour standby fiasco that ended with me renting a car from San Antonio and driving back home.

    The level of incompetence is absolutely unbelievable and I will let everyone I know to avoid this very beautiful hotel due to the lack of customer service they have on the back side.

    09/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    21. Robert D.
    Wow! What a gem!  A converted warehouse with exposed brick walls and wood beams in an intimate setting.  Conveniently located near everything.  Across the street from a 24 hr supermarket.  Our room, # 333, was huge! King sized comfortable bed, large bathroom, couch, large window facing east, and very high ceilings. Very quiet.  Front desk was very helpful. The included breakfast was fine.  We'll stay there again!

    06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Karla B.
    What a perfect place for our girlfriend get-away!  There were 6 of us in 2 rooms, plenty of space in one of the "Premium Loft" and a "Double Luxury". The wine and cheese was wonderful, tasty and they didn't mind a bit when we took ours up to the roof terrace. One morning we did yoga on the roof too, a great spot. The decor is beautiful, an old-world feel with plenty of wood beams and paneling. But it's a renovated warehouse so no "old-world" plumbing or electric...Breakfast was more than we expected and the cinnamon buns! We all went off our diets for those. Friendly and helpful staff too. (Thank you Daniel and Carrie.)

    Tips: Prices are high in Charleston, this Inn was pricey for anywhere else but midrange for Charleston. There is a handy 24 hour big grocery store across the street, we didn't find any other quick place downtown to buy necessities. We didn't hear any noise from it except a trash truck one morning, no biggie considering the convenience. If you can, get a Premium loft! Well worth the minor up-charge. Earthling day spa was great and about a block down the street. Palmetto Carriage with the "Big Red Barn" for the horse carriage tours also is very convenient, just a block away. Liberty square and the aquarium where you catch the boat to tour Fort Sumter is also in easy walking distance, to the north.

    31/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Sushi D.
    A Best Western at best. Our room was two twin beds pushed together to make it look like a king sized bed. It felt like we slept on plywood as opposed to a mattress as well. Seems like they are cutting costs as much as possible, at the expense of the guest. Location is the only good thing here. Continental breakfast was scarce. Don't be fooled by the attempt to look like a fancy hotel with picture frames & chandeliers. They are made of glass, not crystal.

    27/10/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    24. Juan T.
    Great place, near the City Market and everything really. Staff was really nice, the rooms very comfortable (2 adults 3 kids in a double room with a sofa bed and we were not cramped) , hot breakfast with assorted variety; and to top it off, free wine and cheese at 5 pm.

    08/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Jon S.
    Stunning. Immaculate. Key Location. These words are exactly representative of this place. Highly recommended to stay. We stayed in the Scarborough Suite and from the bed to the soaking tub, our room will be unforgettable.

    22/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Blake J.
    In need of a last minute hotel room after a bad experience our first night at Embassy Suites up the road, we stumbled upon Ansonborough Inn and I'm so glad we did!  Nearly every hotel was booked for the weekend, but we were able to get the last vacant room here.  I was a little uncertain of what to expect, as hotels like this can really be hit or miss.

    The atmosphere of the hotel was unique, warm, and inviting.  Our suite was huge, well laid out, and clean with a comfy leather couch and flat screen TV that truly made you feel as though you were in your own little one bedroom condo in downtown Charleston.  Not to mention the fact that their room rates were significantly lower than just about every other hotel in downtown Charleston, including the Days Inn.

    The staff was great and they had a complimentary wine and cheese hour in the social room that was a really nice touch.

    Definitely recommend staying here!

    12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Steven B.
    My wife and I visited Charleston this past Labor day weekend. We stayed at Ansonborough for 2 nights, and it was great. The decor is fantastic, the room we got was very nice and comfortable, the art in the building is great, and the fact that they have an included continental breakfast just tops it off.

    It's a bit out of the way from all of the main restaurants, but not more than a 15 minute walk from wherever you'd like to go. There's a nice 24 hour grocery store right next to the hotel as well.

    Rooms were about half the price of comparable hotels closer to the main attractions, but walking an extra 10 or 15 minutes was worth saving the money. It's a beautiful hotel, and the only negatives I can say about it is that the walls are VERY thin, we could hear and understand conversations in the rooms next to and above us.

    Overall, very nice, one of the best hotels I've stayed at, would return.

    Stayed August 2014

    02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Staci T.
    This is a very comfortable and interesting place to stay.  We were able to walk everywhere,  and the bed was very comfortable.  One word of caution.  We took a taxi from the airport and it was about $30.  It was a metered taxi as you would expect.  When we left I asked the front desk to arrange a taxi to the airport. Not a driver, or limo...a taxi.   What we got was a ginormous black SUV that charged us $45 for the 20 minute drive to the airport.  Do yourself a favor and arrange your own transportation.

    24/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. A B.
    Lovely hotel with very nice staff. Our 3rd floor room was very quiet, clean & elegant. The rooftop gathering space was a big plus. We also enjoyed the wine & cheese available in the evening.

    This hotel is walking distance to anywhere downtown.  We were able to head S on a run through parks and historic districts and head N to run the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge.

    If we visit Charleston again we will definitely choose Ansonborough Inn.

    restaurants within walking distance
    We recommend eating at 82 Queen for a nice couples lunch, Bay Street Biergarten for a nice brew pub, the Gin Joint for drinks, Fleet Landing for outdoor dining.

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Jessica F.
    Great experience! My husband and I stayed on Christmas Day and there was a stocking on the bed filled with yummy snacks and candy. There was hot apple cider and cookies downstairs as well. Complimentary breakfast which is always a plus. Our room was awesome. We stayed in the Palmetto Suite which was HUGE! Larger than most studios I've seen in NYC. Good location not a bad walk to the restaurants, bars and shopping. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Charleston.

    26/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Shelley S.
    Really loved this inn...built in 1901.   Rooms are clean and comfortable with a lot of character, including antiques and paintings but with all the modern comforts.

    23/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Kaitlyn K.
    A charming hotel with a wonderful ambiance. The lobby is breathtaking as you enter, with a beautfiul fireplace and high ceilings with exposed beams. The Front Desk and Housekeeing staff were friendly with the perfect amount of Southern Charm. They were always accomodating and had wonderful suggestions regarding the area.

    The rooms were very comfortable. Breakfast is served every morning in the common area and a complimentary wine and cheese hour was an added bonus. I wish we could have enoyed the lovely roof deck, alas it was rainy the weekend we were there.

    The hotel is a quick walk to Historic Charleston's main attractions, such as the City Market and Rainbow Row. For late night snacks there is a 24 hour Harris Teeter directly next door.

    A beautiful hotel in one of the most beautiful cities.

    22/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0