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Best Hotels in Charleston, SC and Fun Things to Do


Charleston, established in 1670 by English colonists, is the oldest and most populated city in the state of South Carolina. This charming southern city is home to national historic landmarks, including Fort Sumter and Drayton Hall, America's oldest plantation house open for public visitation.

Whether you visit historic downtown Charleston for sightseeing, dining, and shopping, or head to the beaches and nearby barrier islands, you'll find a mixture of adult and family fun things to do. 


There are over 60 hotels in Charleston

If you seek an elegant boutique hotel with a plush vibe, the French Quarter Inn is for you. Special amenities include a flute of champagne upon arrival, evening wine and cheese receptions, turndown service, European bedding, and a business center. From here walk to the tip of the Charleston peninsula and view Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Compared to other Charleston, SC hotels, this one is expensive, but you'll quickly realize why it is consistently the most awarded hotel in Charleston. The airport is only 15 minutes' drive from the hotel, and you can travel by shuttle, taxi, or Uber.


iStock-614318524.jpgThe Market Pavillion Hotel is known to practice the Art of Southern Hospitality


Rooms at the Market Pavilion Hotel are decorated opulently with old-world style furnishing, and each bathroom has a separate marble tub and shower. Children are welcome, and the hotel offers babysitting services for young visitors. However, the rooftop pool doesn't stay open late to accommodate families who prefer to swim in the evening. Instead, the area transforms into a bustling rooftop bar offering beautiful views, light food options from appetizers to desserts, and plenty of adult beverages. This property offers an assortment of dining options including a favorite steakhouse, or you can easily walk to local eateries. Visit the Pawpaw southern-inspired restaurant for a moderately priced meal or stop into Queology for a quick 'fall-off-the-bone' and 'melt-in-your-mouth' bite of barbecue. Also, spend time at the nearby Palmetto Carriage Works and enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour along cobbled streets. This hotel is also a 15-minute drive to the airport.


The Restoration, a casually chic and well-appointed hotel is also a somewhat expensive affair compared to other hotels in Charleston, SC. It has a pool, spa, fitness center with a gym and an array of amenities to delight you during your stay. Located close to Christophe Artisan Patisserie-Chocolatier and highly-rated Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine, it's a short walking distance to shopping.  Built in 1822 and known as the 'Rodeo Drive' of Charleston, 235 King Street offers fine retail shopping. Be sure to scope out the photographic Grace Church Cathedral, built in the mid-1800s with a gothic sanctuary displaying symbolic stained-glass windows and a bell ringing steeple.


Looking for an elegant hotel with a bed and breakfast feel?

If you truly want to stay at one of the best hotels in Charleston, with a smaller Bed and Breakfast vibe, opt to stay at the Wentworth Mansion. They offer the most luxurious amenities including complimentary hot breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres & wine, handmade chocolates at turndown, and evening port, sherry, & brandy. In addition to delicious food and drink throughout the property, this Charleston boutique hotel offers an in-room refrigerator with complimentary soft drinks and bottled water. Pamper yourself with European linens, a two-person whirlpool tub, cozy robes, and high-tech electronics --- including an iPod docking station, flat screen TV, and DVD player. You'll see why the Wentworth Mansion is a 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice hotel in luxury, small hotel and romance categories. Plus, it's pet-friendly too!


Travnow Spa ExperienceHoneymooning or looking for romance?   

The Wentworth Spa Experience is Charleston's only couple's spa treatment facility. Relax with a one-hour couples massage then later enjoy a bottle of champagne and romantic candlelight at turndown. The fabulous spa also offers detoxifying or hydrating wraps, custom body scrubs, hot stone massage and custom facials.


Is you budget geared toward a moderately priced hotel?

The Harborview Inn is as inviting for a family retreat as it is for a business meeting. Nearby restaurants offer southern fare which includes fried green tomatoes, country ham or shrimp and grits. You can also enjoy fresh oysters and seafood from the nearby coastal waters. Entertain your family or colleagues at Footlight Players Theatre, Pineapple Fountain in Charleston's Waterfront Park and visit an eye-catching exhibit at Robert Lange Studios. The hotel is only 15 minutes by taxi, shuttle, town car or Uber and 35 minutes from the airport by bus. 


Another great mid-priced hotel in Charleston, SC is The Meeting Street Inn, located within 10 miles of the Charleston Airport. From here, you might visit the Charleston City Market, Confederate Museum or Circular Congregational Church. Or, tour South Carolina's oldest public building, the Powder Magazine Museum and learn how the site was utilized as an arsenal in the early 1700's to defend the colony from pirates, the French, Spanish and slave rebellion.  


Enjoy a little art at the Vendue Hotel                                                            

The Vendue, Charleston's Art Hotel, is home to The Rooftop Bar, a perfect setting to dine al fresco or to kick back and enjoy a colorful sunset and a cocktail. Visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and Riley Waterfront Park. The Charleston International Airport is a short distance from this moderately priced hotel.


Prefer a great hotel in walking distance from the City Market?  Stat in the Ansonborough neighborhood



Closeup of crawfish on dining table outdoors-2.jpegThe Jasmine House Inn, in the Ansonborough neighborhood, is just blocks away from the City Market This charming inn with antique furnishings is known for its 19th-century style and 21st-century comfort. Sip a glass of wine while relaxing in the beautiful courtyard or venture out on foot and explore local shops and unique cuisines.


In its namesake neighborhood, The Ansonborough Inn is an all-suite moderately priced boutique hotel ranked number 12 among TripAdvisor's Charleston, SC hotels. Apart from free Wi-Fi, the Inn offers a deluxe complimentary buffet-style breakfast, an afternoon wine and cheese social and a 24-hour fitness center.


The Indigo Inn is also moderately priced and offers great lodging your family. Spend time in the charming brick courtyard and enjoy a refreshing beverage as you enjoy beautiful foliage. Nearby are the straw market and historical landmarks such as Ghosts of The South and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, the 1840 Greek Revival Synagogue. Like many Charleston hotels, you receive a free high-speed internet connection and breakfast. And, this is a pet-friendly hotel, so bring along Fifi or Fido!


Here are a few more pet-friendly hotels to accommodate your furry friend:  

  • Kings Courtyard Inn
  • Belmond Charleston Place
  • Residence Inn Charleston Downtown/Riverview

Check with your desired hotel to learn more about their specific pet policies.  Weight restrictions and deposits may apply. 


Are you looking for inexpensive Charleston, SC hotels?


In addition to being a pet-friendly hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown-Ashley River is easy on your pocket, and convenient to Brittlebank Park.  The park, nestled on Ashley River includes a unique nautical-themed playground, long wooden fishing pier, and plenty of open space. From here, walk to the home of the Charleston RiverDogs, Joe Riley Baseball Field and see a minor league baseball game. 


Visit the Town and Country Inn and Suites which has a swimming pool, gym, and fitness center. Hold your meetings at the business center and get free internet. A variety of restaurants are nearby, and you can visit the American Military Museum, West Ashley Greenway, Citadel Mall, and Black Cat Tours if you wish. This low-priced Charleston, SC hotel is located 5 minutes from downtown and 7 minutes from the airport.


Have your pick of great hotels and enjoy your visit to historic Charleston!  Book now with TravNow!




Topics: South Carolina