Another great place in this part of town is the French Quarter Inn (166 Church St., 843/722-1900, www.fqicharleston.com , $359). The decor in the 50 surprisingly spacious rooms is suitably high-period French, with low-style, non-canopied beds and crisp, fresh linens. Many rooms feature fireplaces, whirlpool baths, and private balconies. One of Charleston’s hottest restaurants, Tristan, is on the ground floor. You’re treated to champagne on your arrival, and goodies are available all day, with wine and cheese served every night at 5 p.m.