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Merhaven Bed No Breakfast

16 Halsey Street , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)
63 Reviews
$108 - $140
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Come relax in our appealing home away from home atmosphere, in charming downtown Charleston, SC. Located in historic Harleston Village, Merhaven Bed no Breakfast has been described by our guests as "casually elegant", "highly affordable", "adorned with amazingly, beautiful gardens", and "a lovely place to stay". Built in 1928, this arts and crafts bungalow offers two spacious guest rooms with 10' ceilings, lots of windows, hardwood floors, and beautiful, comfortable decor. The newly renovated (2014), shared bathroom offers a beautifully tiled walk-in shower. Our large, open courtyard and lush gardens offer the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the soft coastal air, after a delightful day of touring, shopping, or playing on the beach. Enjoy comfy chairs, situated around beautifully manicured spaces, while the sound of the water from our fountains offers a relaxing backdrop to the hum of the city. A short walk will find you in the heart of the downtown shopping district. Several breakfast cafes and gourmet restaurants are within a 10 minute walk. Located within close proximity to the White Point Gardens, the Battery, and several city parks, we are also near the Medical University of South Carolina, and just down the street from the College of Charleston. We are a mere fifteen minute drive to one of three area beaches: Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan's Island. Merhaven is not available for occupancy from June 13, 2014- August 21, 2014.

Rooms & Rates

Jasmine Room (#1)

Large corner room, with one queen bed and one double bed. Hardwood floors, central heat and air, in-room ceiling fan. Five windows, with beautiful window treatments, open to let in fresh air, as desired. In room: wall-mounted cable TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee & tea service, small fridge, Iron/Board, and Blowdryer. Adjacent to the parking area as well as to the courtyards and gardens. Newly renovated (2014), shared bathroom features walk in shower and tiled floor. Family friendly, however, if traveling with children under six, we request that you rent both rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Cypress Room (#2)

Large room with Queen Bed, Twin Daybed, & Twin Trundle Bed - all made up with the highest quality linens. The three large windows open to let in fresh air, as desired, and overlook the courtyard and gardens. In room: hardwood floors, central heat and air, ceiling fan, wall mounted Cable TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee & tea service, small fridge, iron/board, & blowdryer. Newly renovated (2014), shared bathroom features walk in shower and tiled floor. Family friendly, however, if traveling with children under six, we request that you rent both rooms. If rented as a suite, both rooms together can sleep six to seven.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Services4.5
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining3.6

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Great value!

4.2 on April 07, 2014

Wonderful place! We will definitely stay again.

Our "pied a terre" in Charleston

4.2 on April 03, 2014

During our stay at Merhaven Bed No Breakfast, I found myself using the phrase "when we get home"--not when we get back to the hotel. Since these rooms are part of a home, it doesn't feel commercial. The rooms have delightful, hand-crafted decorations and there is a charming garden. Merhaven is one block away from Calhoun Street and the free trolley so it is very convenient to get around, although I frequently walked to Meeting or King Street attractions. I had some misgivings about the "No Breakfast" situation, but our innkeeper gave us names of a few neighborhood restaurants that were fine...and we didn't want huge breakfasts anyway--to us Charleston is for lunch/supper feasts! A bathroom shared between guests in the two rooms was also a concern but even though we stayed four nights and the other room was also occupied, there was never a conflict of schedules. Merhaven might not suit everyone's needs, but as experienced, independent, flexible travelers we enjoyed our stay very much and found it an excellent value.

Lovely Bed, no Breakfast

3.8 on November 14, 2013

Very clean, cozy, excellent coffee.

Great place to embark on your stay in Charlston.

5 on November 01, 2013

We just recently spent 3 nights at the Merhaven Bed no breakfast. Our room was clean and comfortable. The inn's location made it a great springboard for getting to all of Charlston (we used free trolley system) but you can walk easily to all areas. We loved the gardens in the backyard (we took many pictures of it) and our host Ayal is a very warm and helpful person. We highly reccommend this Inn if you are on a budget and need a quiet central place to stay. Thank You very much Ayal.

Merhaven Bed No Breakfast, Charleston, SC - A Wonderful Place

4.2 on October 21, 2013

Merhaven Bed No Breakfast is a quiet, peaceful and relaxing haven close to all of the sites near downtown Charleston. The proprieters, Hawk and Ayal Hurst tend their gardens and home with love and create a beautiful space to share with others.

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Location Type

Downtown, Tropical


Charleston, SC (CHS) 10 miles

Directions to property:

Same as above.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Waterfront Park & The Battery, The City Marina, Colonial Lake, Ashley River, Native American flute making:, Bull Island Ferry, Kayaking, & Canoeing, Historic Hampton Park & Charlestowne Landing, King Street Shopping District & Farmers Market, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Library, Outdoor grilling, Parking , Piazza with Italian-style fountains, Beautiful courtyard w/ table, chairs, lounge, Children's Playground down the street, Small Refrigerator in Hallway, Free Off-Street Parking, Musical Instrument-Making Instruction

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Bike Rentals are available downtown at the Market., Numerous Hiking trails - forests and beachfront, On-site Arts and Crafts Classes, Native American Flute Making Workshops, Holistic Healing sessions with Ayal, Lush tropical garden to relax in, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Traveling with children under 6? Please reserve both rooms.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends. Otherwise, no minimum stay required.
  • Deposit Amount Required: Half of the total fee is required, in advance, to reserve a room. We accept cash, or personal checks made out and mailed to: Ayal Hurst, 16 Halsey Street, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Cancellations: Cancellation notice must be received by phone, at least 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, to ensure a refund of the deposit, minus a 10% processing fee. If within 14 days of scheduled visit, your deposit will be refunded, minus a 10% processing fee, if we can rent the room for the cancelled night/s.



Ayal & Hawk Hurst

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About the innkeepers

Ayal enjoys sharing the beauty of Charleston with her guests. She is a visual artist, designer of women's necklaces, and life-long holistic healer. To learn more Google: Trans4mindAyalHurst. Hawk, her husband, is a storyteller, naturalist, (Merhaven's gardener), and a master musical-instrument maker (specializing in Native American & African-style flutes & drums). If you wish to arrange to make your own flute or drum call: (843) 577-2821 or to learn more Google: Hawk Hurst Flute

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