By Joanna Mazewski, Taking The Kids Correspondent
Charleston is a city that manages to win over traveler’s hearts, no matter where they arrive from. And that’s not only because it’s a quaint, quintessential antebellum town, but it’s also one of the most family-friendly ones in the South. The city is full of fascinating American history, arguably the best cuisine on this side of the coast and the kind of Southern hospitality that makes visitors feel like they are home away from home. And one of those new places that visitors can call home is Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant, a brand-new boutique and family-friendly hotel.
Hotel Indigo is fast becoming Charleston’s premiere upscale option and not just because of its fresh designs and inspiring service, but for its affordability, too. In other words, it’s got Southern Charm in almost every corner of its multiple-star property.
Located on the other side of Cooper River, it’s only minutes away from the heartbeat of Charleston. Not only is it a new, clean and incredibly sleek (with hints of Southern roots everywhere, including its rendering of Eliza Lucas Pinckney near the lobby elevators) along with creative décor and designs, it also feels like home. Just check out the Lowgrass sweetgrass baskets that double up as lights in the restaurant. Sure, it might be a well-designed home, but it’s also one that will make you want to snuggle up in bed and never leave the room.
What makes this Hotel Indigo stand out is that it really does reflect the culture and atmosphere of its locality. The moment you walk in the front doors you can taste Charleston’s flavor on their menus and see it in the art scattered all throughout their property. Their hearty and healthy breakfast includes the Eliza Benedict, a cheddar biscuit with fried green tomato, crabmeat, and poached egg. The dinner menu at Eliza’s Bar + Kitchen is just as enticing. Here’s a little secret: Chef John and his culinary team use local ingredients from area farmers and purveyors in many of their dishes.
For dinner, both locals and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of delicious items in a very relaxed, family-friendly setting. The Glazed Tuna Steak, Fish & Chips and the Southern favorite Chicken and Waffles are a must. From Shrimp and Grits to their Short Rib Burger (complete with cheddar curd pimento cheese, apple bacon, and ghost pepper pickles), there’s a little taste of Charleston for everyone.
Outside, there’s a resort-style pool and plenty of cabanas and sun chairs for guests to relax in all year round (that’s because the temperature rarely drops below freezing in the colder months). What’s more, Hotel Indigo also has a yoga room, a state-of-the-art fitness room and complimentary self-parking. It’s a perfect family and pet-friendly hotel that makes you feel so welcomed, you’ll want to forward your mailing address there. With Charleston’s historical architecture, mild temperatures, amazing restaurants and sophisticated culture, you’ll never want to leave.
For Reservations, contact: Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant, 250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464. (877) 859-5157