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William Aiken House

Map456 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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The Historic William Aiken House (patpropllc.com) is an iconic Charleston City house painted bright yellow with crisp white trim and ornate, wrought iron gates. Situated on King Street, just blocks from Marion Square Park and among popular shops and restaurants, it's impossible to miss. What you might miss, however, is the quaint structure nestled in its shady courtyard. Characterized by large black shutters against a pale yellow edifice, the Carriage House at William Aiken claims two of the most charming sleeping quarters in all of Charleston, but hardly anyone knows about them. Each of the two Carriage House quarters contains two stories with a cosy sitting room and kitchenette on the first floor and an even cozier bedroom and bathroom on the second. Exposed brick walls, ornate moldings, antique furnishings, and views of the quiet courtyard come standard, as do baskets full of locally made treats and the most coveted perk in all of downtown Charleston--free parking right outside your door. The price of a night in the Carriage House (from $159 on weekdays and $179 on weekends) beats the price of a stay at almost any midrange chain on the peninsula, but offers the charm and historical elegance usually found at only the most elite inns. There's just one catch: you can't book the Carriage House quarters if the William Aiken property is booked for a wedding or social event (high wedding seasons are April through June and September through October), but middle-of-the-week styas and off-season bookings are typically easy to come by. --Jenn Grabenstetter

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