Two Meeting Street Inn
Downtown. 2 Meeting St. 723-7322
Two Meeting Street Inn is the one-stop shop for a luxurious Charleston experience. Exquisite antiques? Check. Lowcountry afternoon tea? Check. Your own personal Charleston guide? Check. Jean Spell, who owns the inn with her husband Pete, is like a cool aunt who makes sure that you’re having a great time but doesn’t hesitate to nudge you if you haven’t made your weekend restaurant reservations by Thursday. You and your honey can’t agree on whether to go shopping or do some historic sightseeing? No problem — Jean can map out a route that includes both and brings you back where you started just in time for the evening sherry.
The 2 Meeting St. property was a wedding gift from Charleston merchant George Williams to his daughter Martha in 1890. In 1946, the property was purchased by Minnie Spell Carr, an aunt of the current owners. In that year, the family began their legacy as the premier innkeepers of Charleston. In keeping with George William’s original sentiments, Two Meeting Street Inn specializes in welcoming honeymooners and anniversary couples. “We get to share the most beautiful times of people’s lives with them,” says Jean.
Pete and Jean Spell were to purchase the inn from Carr the day after Hurricane Hugo hit. They stayed in the house during the storm and watched as the chimney came through the third floor ceiling. The subsequent repairs, along with modern upgrades to the bathrooms and kitchen, are the only major construction projects that have been done on the property since it was completed in 1892.
The Spell family takes great pride in the original grandeur of the inn, which is built in the Queen Anne Victorian style and boasts two Tiffany stained-glass windows. While little has changed as far as the inn’s structure in recent years, the family has added a gourmet continental breakfast made from traditional Charleston recipes to give guests a true taste of the city. The breakfast, along with the inn’s grand and welcoming common areas, affords guests several opportunities to mingle. Jean remembered some recent guests whose lives were touched deeply by a connection they made during just such a time.
“A couple was staying with us, making the most of their time before the husband went to Iraq,” she remembers. “Later, another couple that had been at the table called to pay for the soldier’s room. It’s that kind of experience that makes this place so special.”