French Quarter Inn

Southern sophistication near the market
Though the name may conjure thoughts of one of the most beloved areas in New Orleans, French Quarter Inn actually speaks more to the section of Charleston that once had a strong concentration of French businesses. And if it’s Old World charm you’re in search of, you’ve found the right address. Forbes Travel Guide Recommended French Quarter Inn is all about Southern hospitality and sophisticated styling — and, of course, peach iced tea.

But just because the 50-room hotel flaunts its Dixie roots does not mean it’s to be taken lightly. Guests are greeted to champagne upon check-in. Rooms are smartly decked out in classic furnishings with modern touches. And an onsite bike-loaning program allows adventurous guests to explore neighboring hot spots on two wheels (the historic Charleston City Market is right outside and the popular shopping stretch along King Street is mere blocks away). It doesn't get any better than this.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• French Quarter Inn is located on Church Street, right off Market Street, the cultural heart of downtown Charleston.

• Each morning, a gourmet continental spread of pastries, fruit and juices is provided in the lobby. Late afternoons offer a wine and cheese happy hour.

• To show just how much the hotel caters to guests’ taste buds, cookies, almonds and champagne await you upon check-in.

• The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel sits ever so calmly to the side of the bustle, basically serving as a respite whenever you need a break from all of the activity on Market or King Street, the designer shop row located just a few blocks away.
Things to Know
• Much like other parts of the deep South, the best time to visit French Quarter Inn is probably somewhere between April and June. (The world-renowned Spoleto Festival spreads its cultural wings in late May/early June.)

• But if all of that excitement (and Market Street traffic) proves too much for you, try stopping by the charming city in October. Plus, the autumn events calendar is actually quite robust, what with happenings such as the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Fall Tours going on.

• Although the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended French Quarter Inn does not have any restaurants per se, the property isn't limited in its opportunities to provide traditional European dining experiences with a Southern twist.
The Rooms
• The rooms at Forbes Travel Guide Recommended French Quarter Inn are classic colonial.

• The 50-room hotel has so much character in its common areas that it couldn’t help but spill over into the private quarters.

• The traditional guest rooms are more modest in size but they still do a magnificent job of keeping with the hotel’s Southern sophistication with custom furnishings, wonderfully carved beds and Italian-marble-topped bathrooms.

• The junior and full suites offer a bit larger square footage and a few more eye-catching amenities, namely the private balcony looking out to the market or across to St. Phillip’s steeple.

• A recently completed multimillion-dollar bathroom renovation project across the whole property only enhances the shimmer — upgrades include Italian marble flooring, automatic de-fogging mirrors and high-end Kohler faucets.
Getting There
166 Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
CHS (18-24 min)  
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