We are located on the second floor of a stately antebellum building in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC. We offer a private entrance, and five spacious bedrooms with high ceilings and 19th century heart pine floors, accented with paintings and furnishings from our ground floor antiques gallery. We are directly across Meeting Street from the iconic Mills House, and adjacent to award-winning restaurants and bars, King Street shopping and nightlife, art galleries, the city market, bucolic parks and gardens, historic churches, South of Broad mansions, and multiple reception halls. Relax on the spacious 2nd floor veranda, with lovely views of the steeples of both St. Philips and St. Michael's. The deep porch fills with morning sunlight and captures the breeze from the nearby harbor
5 Br Rental In The Heart Of The City Close To Everything
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 6, 2018
Why Lizzy Millar chose Historic Old City
We are located on the SE corner of Meeting and Queen Streets, in the historic French Quarter District in downtown Charleston, SC, within what was the old walled city. The land was part of a Colonial land grant in 1695. The present building dates to 1854. It has hosted a colorful array of occupants since then, including a 19th century grocery store, billiards saloon, BBQ restaurant, liquor store, law firm, art gallery, and present-day antiques store with residences above. Free parking on adjacent parking lot during non business hours. In our family since 1968, we have transformed the second floor as a city-licensed luxury vacation rental, perfect for family reunions, group getaways, small business retreats, or wedding parties (the apartment is within 3 blocks of multiple famous churches and reception halls). We have enjoyed many years of meals, cocktails, and good conversation on the piazza, admiring the view. Now it is time to share our home as your newfound home-away-from-home
What makes this Condo unique
Order your groceries before you arrive! One less thing to worry about during your vacation. Groceries Ahead is a great company who can provide this service to you at an affordable rate in the Charleston area. Check out their website for more information: http://groceriesahead.com/ We do provide a "starter kit" for each renter which includes: 4 toilet paper rolls,, 1 paper towel roll, hotel soaps for sinks, showers, bathtub, a small dish liquid and a sponge beside the kitchen sink, 3 dishwasher tablets, 2 dishtowels, 2 13-gallon kitchen trash can liners, and small 4-gal trash can liners for the small trash cans throughout the home
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful location & ideal size for larger group, but some downsides
My girlfriend & I planned a joint-family holiday over Thanksgiving and agreed that the Holy City was the spot (one of our very favorites, domestically). It was challenging to find any location that would accommodate our group size (seven people) in any prime location on the peninsula, so this place really fit the bill (it's central to all the major bars & restaurants). While the stay was generally quite pleasant, there were some downsides, as follows:
-Even a hotel can't do justice to pretty out-of-market and inflexible check-in & check-out times.
-I agree with an earlier review regarding the musty smell of the place. Opening the windows during better weather certainly offset the issue, but you couldn't help but notice this major downside to the space.
-The one bathroom & shower (in particular) are quite tiny, and it's clear that this space was converted from a gallery to a living space.
-The HVAC was erratic, unreliable, and would heat one side of the space to unreasonable temperatures, while the other side was frigid.
-The Wi-Fi did not work for the duration of our stay.
-While all towels and linens were very clean, and the space was certainly as advertised (photos, layout, etc.), the space itself wasn't particularly clean (as also mentioned in an earlier review). The floors were dirty (and had loose nails sticking up), the vents were all filthy, corners clearly hadn't been deep-cleaned in some time, and (unfortunately) we came across a cockroach in the en-suite bedroom.
I would speculate that this space is not owner-occupied; rather, it seems to be a corporate rental location. With a really good scrubbing, some updates to furniture & ceiling lighting, and tweaks to the HVAC system, this could be a truly stellar property. One would be hard-pressed to find this size of space in such a prime location. I'd certainly stay here again if the aforementioned improvements were made.
We are so glad you and your girlfriend and your families enjoyed your stay in Charleston over the holiday weekend!! I hope you all were able to cook a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with the items in the kitchen we talked about prior to your stay!
I wanted to respond to some of the issues you had during your stay since it is always our goal to make sure everyone who stays has a wonderful 5 star experience—and the great majority of our guests rate us 5 star!
We definitely try to be flexible in regards to check in and check out if possible. Unfortunately, if it is a same day turn, which we often have, we can’t be as flexible.
I apologize about the musty smell. I would chop this up to the fact that we had been dealing with HVAC issues and a leak, and are fixing it. We have brand new central HVAC installed and are in the process of removing the old units. This will all be completed before the end of next week!
Sorry that you were unhappy with the size of one of the bathrooms. Unfortunately the space is what it is and thankfully there are two other decent size bathrooms and that all of them are brand new and recently renovated!
We do have a quarterly deep clean in place with the cleaning company and I will be talking to them to make sure the unit is cleaned in all nooks and crannies going forward. I think some of this may have been extra dust stirred up from the HVAC work that was done.
We also have quarterly pest control set up in this building. The bug that you saw was likely a palmetto bug (our state insect). They tend to show up every now and then despite our best efforts, particularly when doors and windows to the space are open : (
I am sorry about the Wi-Fi and wish you would have notified me during your stay. We are getting ready to put a new router on the second floor so that it has it’s very own Wi-Fi connection.
Again, I am sorry about the issues that you did experience but are so glad that overall your stay was enjoyable! We do hope you will come back and stay in the future.
Great location, comfortable
the property is super conveniently located across from the Mill House. Worked perfect for our family of 6 - parents and 4 young adults. The kitchen is small but we did not cook at all so it worked out fine. plenty of living space and the porch is wonderful.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope that you will come and stay again soon!
Old, Overpriced and Inconvenient
1)A/C in master bedroom would not work
2)Because renters are instructed to turn the A/C up to 80 when leaving, the unit smelled musty and old when we arrived. Not a good first impression.
3)The remote controls for the TV would not work
4)The second TV was not even hooked up to the cable system.
5)The unit seemed dirty. Bed linens were clean and towels seemed clean, but the floors were dirty and dusty. In one room there were a few “Ruffle” potato chips on the floor.
6)Deep cleaning was needed. Exhaust fans in the bathroom were grimy. Each bedroom has an air conditioner and they were dusty and grimy.
7)There was construction happening on the first floor unit, so we had to constantly navigate their tools, power cords, coffee cups, insulation, sheet metal tubes and empty boxes & wrappers whenever we came and went.
8)The coffee maker was old, dirty and in need of replacement.
9)The spiral staircase was difficult to navigate with luggage and there was no way we would know how to operate the elevator when arriving. The instruct. about using the elevator were in the unit and were very intimidating. Basically said you can use it at your own risk and if it gets stuck, you are responsible to call the elevator repair company and pay to have them fix it. There was no way we were going to risk using the elevator when bringing our luggage down.
10)There was an old-dirty looking vacuum in the corner of the kitchen as though someone had left it there.
11)When leaving, you are to dispose of your trash. The only way to get to the garbage bins to climb over an old SUV parked in the parking bay.
12)There is a lack of parking in the area. The prop. mgr will stress that there is parking close by, but the nearest garage was three blocks down Queen Street and was full (no spots available) the day we left.
13)There is a real issue with loading and unloading your luggage at this unit. The City employees are very aggressive if you use their lot to unload luggage from your car. And we were not comfortable with blocking traffic on Meeting St by unloading in the street. Trying to carry your luggage three blocks from the parking garage across uneven sidewalks is not a convenient process.
We contacted the prop. mgr and she tried to blame a lot of these issues on the construction taking place in the first floor unit. Griminess cannot be blamed on the construction.TV’s not working cannot be blamed on the construction. The old-musty smell cannot be blamed on the construction.
I would like to start off by apologizing that you did not enjoy your stay in the rental and that you had some issues. It is always our goal to do everything we can to be certain that our guests enjoy their stay in Charleston and in the condo! We take pride in the accommodations that we offer to our customers and never want anyone to leave unhappy. The building was constructed in the 1840s, and the HVAC system we just replaced was installed in 1970, with a new chiller installed in 2001. Given the heat and humidity of the lowcountry, we had no choice but to replace the system, which was obsolete. Virtually all of the issues you cite are directly tied to that HVAC system replacement, which is now complete.
1. The old unit was having issues and we did our best to get the work done between renters prior to having extensive issues with the old unit. I am so glad that the weather was nice during your stay and it wasn’t too hot. I very much apologize that this one unit was down but hope that all the other units working in the house was sufficient during your stay.
2. Frankly, the old units which we have just replaced, were “temperamental” because of their age, and extremely expensive to operate. Due to the size of the rental, we did ask renters to turn the air up prior to checking out to keep our costs down, but because of the nature of these units, that did not always work. With the new system, that problem has been solved.
3-6. This is the first I am hearing of this and I will certainly make sure it is not an issue going forward. I do wish you would have contacted me during your stay so I could have taken care of this for you.
7. I apologize. We are very booked and wanted to get the brand new central HVAC installed in the rental and we did our best to coordinate this work between renters.
9. It is a fully functioning luggage elevator and I am sorry that you did not attempt to use it to bring your luggage down.
12-13. The unit unfortunately does not come with parking. The city lot is owned by the city and that is why we point out the times it is available for use in our welcome email. The parking garage across the street behind the Mills House Hotel is so close that we find people are able to carry their bags across the street. We do wish we had parking but in downtown cities parking is always scarce. On the plus side you are within walking distance to so many great restaurants and shops that I hope you didn' have to use your car once parked
Beautiful place to rent. Great location. Had a blast staying here. Lizzy was wonderful, very accommodating, and responded to my several emails in a timely fashion. Couldn’t be happier with my stay here.
What a great weekend!
This house was nothing but amazing. From the moment we booked the house till the moment we checked out everything was fantastic. We had 12 girls and fit comfortably! I would highly recommend this location for a trip to Charleston. Location was super close to all the restaurants and shopping. The balcony had a beautiful view for sunrise! We will definitely be back!
Amazing house even better location!
My girlfriends and I visited Charleston for my Bachelorette party and Lizzy’s place was nothing short of spectacular. The house was in walking distance of most things (including Rainbow Row) and the layout was perfect for 11 of us girls! There was plenty of sleeping and getting ready space and it was a great reprieve from the hot Charleston weather. Definitely recommend!
Charleston is a singularly beautiful city, with a wealth of farm-to-table restaurants and plenty to do. 120 Meeting Street sits squarely in the center of it all. Whether you've come here to sight-see, dine, wed, shop, hit the surf or get to work, you'll find that most everything is either within walking distance or a short ride away (pedicabs are a great way to get around downtown).
Within a few blocks of 120 Meeting Street are award-winning restaurants Sermet's Downtown, Husk, FIG, Cypress, SNOB, and McCrady's, plus laid-back favorites like "Fast & French," Minero, and Poogan's Porch. Also close by are venerable seafood eateries Hank's, Pearlz Oyster Bar, and Fleet Landing. Stock up on artisanal goodies for picnics or cocktail parties by walking to either Bull Street Gourmet or the adorable, well-curated wine and cheese shop Goat Sheep Cow.
A handful of some of Charleston's finest bars are within blocks. Head to the Mezz for Charleton's finest live jazz, or to Husk Bar for creative cocktails, regional bar snacks, and a serious bourbon collection. The bars at both Cypress and McCrady's are chic and popular. Nestle into The Gin Joint on East Bay Street and let the talented bartenders surprise you. Or head to rooftop bars at Market Pavilion, the Vendue, or Restoration Hotel for spectacular skylines and sunset sipping. As for Charleston's booming craft beer scene, you don't necessarily need to visit the actual distillery (though it's fun to sign up for a Brews Cruise). Many area bars carry local suds. From 120 Meeting Street, walk over to Craftsmen Tap House for plenty of choices.
Take a stroll three blocks down Queen Street to famous Waterfront Park, or head a few blocks south to marvel at palatial historic homes, a few of which are open for tours (we recommend the Nathanial Russell House and the Edmonston-Alston House). Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for the clucking of free-range guinea fowl on lower Legare Street. Witness the heritage of Gullah sweetgrass basket weaving at the City Market, and just south of our rental (a few vendors set up on Meeting Street). Stroll down Meeting Street past Washington Park to White Point Gardens. Take a walking tour, hop in a horse-drawn carriage, or snag a spot on a sailboat. But mostly, just get out and walk. You can't go wrong.
Whether you are planning a Charleston wedding or attending one, 120 Meeting Street is ideally situated. You'll find scores of wedding venues less than 5 blocks away (to name a few: St. Philips, St. Michael's, First Presbyterian, Circular Congregational, First Baptist, Cathedral of St. John, Unitarian Church, St. Johns Lutheran, etc.). Engagement photos along our picturesque streets, parks, and waterfronts, are popular, too. Reception venues abound, such as the nearby Hibernian, Society Hall, Exchange Building, Mills House Ballroom, McCrady's Long Room, and countless others.
Charleston hosts year-round happenings, so plan your visit accordingly. 120 Meeting Street is centrally located for downtown festivals such as January's Charleston Restaurant Week, February's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), March's Wine + Food Festival, April's annual Tour of Houses and Gardens and Bridge Run, May's Charleston Food Film Festival, May/June's popular SPOLETO Festival, July's Palette & Palate Stroll, August's BevCon wine and spirits festival, September's Taste of Charleston, October's Annual Fall Tour of Homes & Gardens, and December's holiday decorations, shopping, and Christmas traditions. There honestly isn't a bad season or off-season for visiting the Holy City.
You don't need a car to enjoy Charleston's downtown offerings (you can walk, rent a bike or a bicycle-built-for-two, take a pedicab, or call a Green Taxi). But if you arrive by car, opportunities await farther afield. Head to the beach (Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, and Folly are all roughly twenty minutes away). Visit the ancient Angel Oak on John's Island. Explore beautifully landscaped plantations (Drayton Hall, Boone Hall, Magnolia, Middleton Place). Hike through old rice fields (Caw Caw Interpretive Center) or along walkways above swampy cypress groves (Francis Marion State Forest). Rent kayaks on Shem Creek, or hire private boat companies to take you to barrier islands in search of prehistoric sharks teeth. Take a surf lesson on Folly Beach. Play a round of golf on Kiawah's jaw-dropping Ocean Course. Watch the sun set as you slurp down oysters at the iconic Bowen's Island waterfront restaurant. The possibilities are endless.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
* Our standard requirement is a 3 night minimum stay. However, if you wish to stay only 2 nights we are willing to allow this for an additional fee. *If paying with a foreign CC; there will be an additional administration fee of $60 * Please no bachelor or bachelorette parties * You must be 25 years of age to book our property