History and Hospitality
The Ansonborough Inn… searching for a boutique hotel as historic, unique and welcoming as the city of Charleston itself? Look no further than this special property located in the heart of the historic district. The Inn is located within the Ansonborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston, so named when Lord Anson of England won the property in a spirited poker game with famous Charlestonian Thomas Gadsden. Lord Anson was sent to Charleston in 1724 to protect the coast of South Carolina from pirates. Admiral Anson was by no means a mere gentleman with a title – he was an exceptional sailor by any standard. He was the third Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. On his many voyages he captured Spanish ships filled with treasures. The most celebrated being in the mid-1740’s when he abducted a Spanish vessel carrying booty worth a million and a quarter pounds sterling. The Ansonborough district stretches from King Street to the edge of the Cooper River, between Hasell and Calhoun streets. These farmlands were divided into a borough of 25 lots in 1746.
Originally a three-story stationer’s warehouse (circa 1901), the initial conversion was designed as individual condominium units. As a result our suites are larger than most hotel rooms. They range from 450 to 750 square feet, which is significantly more spacious than a typical 288 sq.ft. hotel room. Following this original renovation, the Ansonborough Inn has been transformed into the charming all-suite inn that our guests find today. Exposed heart pine beams and local fire red brick were commonly used in buildings of the period and these elements were incorporated in the décor throughout the Inn.
There’s always something new at Ansonborough Inn! In the years following the complete 1999 renovation, the hotel has been transformed into one of the historic district’s true gems. Upon completion of the East Bay Wing in 2009, the hotel added seven additional guest rooms, giving it a total of 45. One year later, the lobby and front desk area were upgraded with a roaring fireplace and beautiful wood floors. Over the last two years, we have further enhanced and brightened our many common areas, with extensive carpet and wallpaper replacement on each floor. The hospitality suite has been reconfigured and redecorated, making it an even more welcoming room for guests to enjoy. The guestrooms have also been refreshed annually, with the addition of updated furnishings, 52” flat-screen televisions, and bright LED bathroom lighting. The Ansonborough Inn provides all the modern amenities guests appreciate, yet still maintains the historic charm that makes it unique.
Ansonborough Inn has received the prestigious AAA 4 Diamond Award annually since 2011!
We also received the Charleston Chamber of Commerce’s Enhancement Award for property beautification.