Battery Carriage House Inn

20 South Battery , Charleston, SC 29401 USA (Show map)


Romantic and cozy historic carriage house inn on the famous Battery Park (White Point Gardens) which overlooks the harbor. Elegant Small Hotels: "This is definitely the right spot for a gracious, relaxing, European-style getaway south of the Mason-Dixon line." Robes. Turn-down. HBO. Newspaper with silver tray breakfast to your room.Evening wine. Easy parking.Short walk to restaurants.Friendly staff to assist you with reservations and suggestions. The Carriage house is part of the owner's residence, and the main house is private. 20 South Battery was constructed in 1843 and was owned by the owner's great-great grandfather. This is Charleston's most elegant historic district. The Inn is highly popular with visitors who seek the true Charleston experience. Perfect for great walks and running along the Waterfront. Quiet and non-commercial neighborhood. Three museum homes around the corner. A couple of ghosts reported from time to time but that's just Charleston.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.1
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining3.8

Great location to walk downtown Charleston

3.6 on August 27, 2012

Clean with a great location. The off street parking is not a problem. Breakfast is continental and majority of the house is a private residence so it's a little bare bones. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Not quite the full B&B experience but much more cozy and personal than a chain hotel. We would stay there again.


2.0 on September 21, 2011

We stayed September 19th. We were sorely disappointed. This is not a house. It is a Motel set up in the back of the house. The rooms are small and you enter from the outside. The young man who greeted us was bothered by our questions. There is no view and the descriptions on their web site are deceptive. We have stayed in many B&Bs across the US and Europe this was one of the worst for the price. Breakfast was not much. The bed was comfortable.

Charleston Battery House Inn

5 on April 11, 2011

Right on the Battery. The setting could not be better. Across the street from the beginning of the Civil War. A three block walk downtown for some of the best restaurants in the country! The room are quaint and period. A wonderful weekend. We look foward to our next visit to the Carriage House Inn.

Lovely night in Charleston

4.4 on March 21, 2011

My partner and I spent a wonderful night and morning at the Charleston Battery Carriage House Inn. The location was amazing ... right off of the battery park. We spent the early morning watching the sunrise over the harbor; had our picture taken together by a local jogger; and enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the arbor. We highly recommend this inn to our fellow gay and lesbian travelers.

Beyond Belief

4.6 on April 13, 2010

There are so many wonderful things I can say about this place. The rooms were added where the livery formerly resided and this is important. Each room has its own entrance - and bathroom - and the B&B experience where you are in a home and literally heard by everyone throughout the night does not apply here. You do not have the clostrophobic feel nor the need to be quiet when coming in after a long day of sight-seeing. Your keyring even has a key to the gate so you can come and go after the staff is gone. Facing the park on battery you are right on the water. We went during April and the wind off the water was cool and no humidity. The room was spotless and the maid service made it so every day of our stay as we enjoyed Charleston. Breakfast was wonderful and the coffee especially tasty. We got in late and didn't turn in our order for the next morning and the staff made sure we were included. Truly they made the experience feel like home because of their interest in our needs. The garden was lovely and there is a beautiful arbor where you can take breakfast or just sit and enjoy the day. A short walk - less than a half block - and I was standing on the sea wall with a view of Ft. Sumter, the USS Yorktown, Mt. Pleasant, James Island and the ports of Charleston. The only issue is parking. There is none on the property. You park on the street against the curb of the park - only one side of the stfreet has long term parking. We found after four in the afternoon parking was freed up. We usually stayed out all day and there was ample parking when we arrived later in the evening. Charleston is a walking city and one filled with history. This B&B offers you the opportunity to be a part of this. We talked about returning on the flight home, and 20 Battery will be our destination for a terrific and romantic place to stay.

Didn't feel like an Inn.

4.0 on May 19, 2009

Because we were directed to a room in the LOWER carriage house, we felt like we were staying in a nice motel room. Our room was one of a string of rooms that ran up the driveway along the ground floor level. When we sat outside, we were not permitted to go up to the large front porch as that was a private residence. Our outdoor seating was under the porch. Rooms were very clean and neat, the receptionist was very helpful, and wine and cheese was offered in the afternoon, but we felt like we were relegated to the servants quarters. We have visited many B&B's and this did not have the feel of an inn, but rather a motel.

Best stay in Charleston

5 on December 30, 2008

Great location, very nice rooms and we enjoyed our stay very much, great value after Thanksgiving on "Hot Deal!" Would definitely return at any time of the year! Chuck and Sue Starr

Great Character! Fantastic Location! Wonderful Staff!

4.4 on October 16, 2007

This Bed & Breakfast was nice. We loved the location across from the Battery. The staff went out of their way to help us feel comfortable, make dinner reservations and many other plans. Tea and cookies in the afternoon was perfect after walking around town. We loved sitting in the lobby sipping wine with the other guests in the evening. We plan on returning!!

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Rooms & Rates

Lower Carriage House

Charming room with one queen bed and a tub/shower in the private bathroom. Located on the first floor of the carriage house with views of the carriageway and neighboring garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Upper Carriage House

This room is located on the second floor of the carriage house and has a queen canopy rice bed and a private bathroom with a large tile shower but no tub. Large windows overlook the carriageway on one side as well as the neighboring garden on the other. Beautiful and bright rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

On Park, Most photographed street, At tip of penninsula, Downtown


Charleston, SC (CHS) 10 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Internet Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Great Museums, S C Acquarium, Historic Gardens, Fort Sumter, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 12 noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Children under 12 are not permitted
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum for week-ends March-July 15, Sept-Nov., and holiday periods
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night deposit is taken, but guest is responsible for all nights booked.
  • Cancellations: Guest is responsible for all nights booked if not cancelled or changed one month in advance. One night deposit is charged to credit card at booking.
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  • Time Served: 7:30 to 10:00
  • Serving Location: Arbor in garden, Guest room

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