This is the second blog in a series in which I will be reviewing the architecture of the top 15 hotels in downtown Charleston.
So how did I pick the top 15?
I didn't. I am letting the people pick.
I am doing a countdown of the top 15 hotels as ranked by TripAdvisor. And for each blog, I will focus on one particular hotel feature.
And what better place to start than at the front door. This blog is a countdown of the hotel entrance architecture of the top 15 hotels as voted by TripAdvisor.
Yesterday I reviewed 15-11 and today is 10-6.
The Ansonborouh Inn is a former warehouse that has been restored and transformed into a 45 room inn. It has a nautical feel and almost reminds me of a seafood restaurant. Overall I really like this building and think it has a lot of charm. But the entrance is a real challenge. I assume that the architects were limited in their ability to add new entrance openings to the facade due to the historic nature of the building. As a result the entrance is too nondescript and practically hidden. And the building does little to activate the street.
One unique thing that this entrance has that no one but an architect cares about is that there is a drop-off lane carved into the sidewalk (the red brick). The City of Charleston no longer allows that type of thing, so that is why it is unique...........I know...who cares!....architects.
The John Rutledge House Inn is stunning. The picture says it all. It is a 19 room bed and breakfast style inn that includes 8 units in the back carriage houses and 11 in the main house. The house sits on Broad Street so it is very appropriate that it is both grand and finely detailed. They have clearly put a lot of money into the restoration and upkeep of the exterior. I mean look at that iron-work!
The Market Pavilion Hotel says, "Welcome to Charleston.......And now welcome to Paris!" The 70 room inn has a Parisian look, but that is by no means an insult. The facade is grand and elegant and I love that turn-style doorway. It has a real big city feel to it. One of the challenging things with this entrance is the drop-off experience. This is a very busy part of town and an extremely busy corner. Quite a bit of hustle and bustle for our small city. But I think that goes hand in hand with this bourgeois hotel.
The Planters Inn entrance is both understated and sophisticated. The granite columns and cornice are sharp. And I love that canopy. Canopies like this that hang out over the street with brass columns are common place in Manhattan. But in Charleston, I am pretty sure that this is the only one of its kind. I would doubt that the city would allow someone to put columns in the sidewalk again. But it's those type of details that gives this 64 room inn a bit of charm.
Stay tuned for 5-1!