The Palmer Home

5 East Battery , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)


Fabulous rooms with a view overlooking Charleston Harbor and Historic Fort Sumter. Locally known as the "Pink Palace" it is one of the 50 most famous homes in Charleston. The Palmer Home is in the center of the historic district. Off-street parking, hot breakfast, wine & cheese all included.



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.3
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness3.9
  • Onsite Dining4.0

A memorable visit.

4.8 on May 05, 2016

We've been to Charleston countless times but have never stayed in such historic surroundings. The visit was quite memorable from the moment Frances Palmer carried helped carry our luggage to our room to the hours we spent sitting on the veranda watching the carriages go by. When I turned the lamp off at night I wondered who in history had slept in this very same room. We look forward to our next visit this summer. Karen LaBelle

Renovate attitudes not history

2.0 on April 28, 2016

This place was probably gorgeous in its day but now it is sad and dirty. I know the renovation laws in Charleston but what this BNB needs is people who care about customer service and can clean a house. The lack of customer service is crazy considering the sad state of the house and the nightly rates being charged. A bnb is about the experience, and this one does not provide an experience I want to add to my scrapbook of memories.

Had a wonderful Break!

5 on April 14, 2016

Beautiful view of the Charleston Harbour! If only we had more time to just sit on the porch and relax!

Ignore the negative reviews

5 on April 11, 2016

This house is a famous piece of history within Charleston, so much so that the carriage tours highlight it and look at it in awe as they drive by. If you're looking for a typical hotel experience, then this house isn't for you because it is so much more. For those reviews that complained about the "need for renovations" they don't understand that anything over 75 years old in Charleston is not allowed to be altered by the hand of man. This beautiful pink house is full of original fixtures and really lovely antique pieces, and for its location, the price of a room is a STEAL. Miss Palmer and her adorable pets are an absolute joy to be around, and the staff is warm, polite and always smiling. The breakfast is simple but delicious, especially the grits!! And there's complimentary wine!! My husband and I (we're in our 20s) wanted a nice weekend getaway, and the Palmer House made it extra unique and special.

Palmer HOme

5 on April 03, 2016

Beautiful view of the harbour!

Palmer Home

4.4 on March 30, 2016

This was an amazing place to stay. The staff were all wonderful. Beautiful setting on the harbor.

Location, location, location

5 on March 27, 2016

This was our 2nd stay at The Palmer Home B&B, and hope it won't be our last. We already have an eye on the front room for our next venture to Charleston. You can't beat the view and breezes from the piazza. Is like a small slice of heaven of Earth.

Getaway weekend

4.0 on March 04, 2016

My friend and I had a wonderful time at your place. It was very nice to get away for the weekend and spend time with the wonderful people at Palmer B&B. We could not have had a more pleasant stay anywhere else in Charleston. Thank you so much for your kindness. Martha was superb, and her recommendation of Cypress for dinner Saturday night absolutely made the weekend perfect!!!

Dawn's Birthday

5 on February 22, 2016

Love Charleston and had a great stay at the Palmer Home. My wife claims she will only stay at the Palmer Home when visiting Charleston. Great view of the sunrise over Fort Sumter. Friendly folks ... can't beat it !!

Location, history, and warm, homey atomosphere

5 on February 15, 2016

We loved our stay at the Palmer Home. What an amazing chance to stay in such an iconic piece of the city's architectural history. We've admired the property while walking along the battery multiple times on previous visits and somehow never knew that it was an inn until we began planning this visit. We stayed in the king bedroom, which opens up onto the top level veranda. The view of the sunrise from there in the morning or sitting out there in the evening is unparalleled. This is a family home - the proprietress and owner of the inn, Anna Palmer, greeted us at the door when we pulled up. And the feeling here is much more that you're a guest in someone's home rather than you're staying at a place of business. In fact, Ms. Palmer mentioned that the room we stayed in had been her grandfather's room. The breakfast buffet is 100% Southern and delicious, on charmingly mismatched plates. The kitchen staff are all very friendly too. The inn also comes with an adorable bonus: a very sweet, people-loving, affectionate resident cat and dog, who love to mingle with the guests. (We were so in love with the cat we were ready to put her in our suitcase and take her home with us!) So, if you have allergies or just don't like animals, then this may not be the right place for you. Also, if you're the kind of person that prefers generic consistency rather than historical quirks, then probably not the right place. Our room was very large but as is usual for older buildings, the outlet situation wasn't ideal, and the bathroom was small owing to the limitations imposed by the original footprint of the room (long before indoor bathrooms, let alone ensuite bathrooms). (I should mention that the wi-fi coverage was great, however; very fast connection.) Bottom line: If you want to have a taste of what it was like living in a bygone era and imagine life in old Charleston, not to mention stay in the absolute best location in the city, this is an amazing choice.

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Rooms & Rates


Very large room with beautiful queen antique bedset. Audubon prints over sofa in large living room. Large bathroom has an antique clawfoot tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Front Room

This queen bed was built in 1850. It is signed and dated by the carpenter. With the best view of the harbor this room is very large and has an adjoining bay window room with a double bed. The private bathroom, located five steps across a private hall, is very large (bath tub and shower).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

King Room

The King Room is very large and has a bath with shower only. This room also features a nonworking fireplace of Black African Marble and a strata of gold.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Italian Room

This cozy room is located on the third floor of the house and has a view of the Charleston Harbor through an Oak tree just to the left of our house. A beautiful queen four-post canopy bed, a decorative black African-marble fireplace, and a spacious bath give this room a romantic feel. This room does not walk onto the third floor piazza, but you do still have access to both piazzas.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

Center Historic district, On the Harbour, City, Downtown


Charleston, SC (CHS) 20 miles

Directions to property:

FROM SAVANNAH take 17 North to Ashley River Bridge. Bear right off of Ashley River Bridge onto Lockwood Blvd. Lockwood turns into Broad Street. Go to the end of Broad Street where you will see East Bay and turn right. Go 1/2 mile and on the right is 5 East Battery (The Palmer Home B&B). FROM MYRTLE BEACH take 17 South and cross Cooper River Bridge. Take Meeting Street exit, East. Go to the end of Meeting Street. You will have to turn here on South Battery - take a left. At the end of South Battery you will come to East Battery. Turn left on East Battery. The Palmer Home B&B is the second mansion on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Shopping, Swimming, Swimming pool, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2-4PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes In our Carriage House ONLY. $50 pet fee for each pet.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full amount if one-night stay, half of total cost of more than one-night stay.
  • Cancellations: 2 weeks notice prior to date of arrival.$25.00 handling fee per room cancelled.



Martha Beasley

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Time Served: 8:30am - 10am
  • Serving Location: Piazza, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian