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French Quarter Inn is located on Church Street, right off Market Street, the cultural heart of downtown Charleston. Much in the way the “other” French Quarter serves as the unofficial gathering place for folks in New Orleans, Market Street’s historical Charleston City Market essentially serves the same purpose in this coastal South Carolina city. Here, older ladies and young men sell handmade flowers made from strips of sweetgrass. Other vendors hawk a bevy of products, ranging from ice cream and jewelry to passes for walking ghost tours. And all the while this bustling is going on at street level, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel sits ever so calmly to the side, basically serving as a respite for guests whenever they need a break from all of the activity on Market or King Street, the designer shop row located just a few blocks away.