When my girlfriend and I travel, we look for unique places to stay that have character and charm. In Charleston, the Ansonborough Inn fits the bill. Located just steps from the harbor on the corner of Bay and Hasell Streets, the Ansonborough is a three-story boutique hotel with a nautical theme. The building was constructed around 1901 and originally used as a stationer's warehouse. The current owners purchased the property in 1999 and transformed the building into the handsome upscale inn you see today.
The hotel is named for Admiral George Anson of England. Anson won a large section of Charleston, which also bears his name, in a high stakes poker game back in the early 1700s. The admiral's rich nautical heritage is the inspiration for the inn's interior. Warm, muted tones perfectly blend with the rough-hewn heart pine beams that are exposed throughout the building. On the walls, you'll find ornately-framed paintings that hearken back to the days of pirating and Jolly Ole England. Nautical art is masterfully fused with paintings of another kind...dogs. The Breakfast Room alone has dozens of paintings of cocker spaniels and dogs that the British used for hunting. Pet lovers could spend hours trying to pick out their favorite.
Suites at the Ansonborough are oversized loft-like spaces that range in size from 450 square feet to 750 square feet. The average hotel room is only 288 square feet. So no matter which suite you choose, you'll have plenty of room to spread out and make it your home away from home. The suites feature a large living area with a wet bar, flat-screen televisions and marble-tiled bathrooms with brass fixtures. High vaulted ceilings with exposed beams and chandeliers complete the room's look.
Complimentary wine and cookies are provided each night and a healthy breakfast is available at sunrise. A rooftop terrace provides spectacular 360-degree views of historic Charleston and the harbor. Market Street, Rainbow Row and the trendy shops on King are a short walk from the Ansonborough, making it a convenient location for any traveler wanting to see the sights.
Suites average between $150 to $250 a night depending on the day of the week and time of the year. There's an additional charge for parking, which is located on-site.
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