5 Charleston Hotels & Inns that Ooze Southern Charm

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Where to Stay in Charleston


Once the fifth most populous city in the USA, Charleston, South Carolina is experiencing something of an explosive renaissance when it comes to the world of food, travel, and hospitality.

Blending newly cultivated amenities with a historically rich architecture and culture, Charleston’s unique offering has earned its place among the hottest U.S. travel destinations.

Because southern hospitality is a well-known staple of Charleston (South Carolina’s unofficial motto is, after all, “Smiling Places, Beautiful Faces”), there are simply too many great hotel options to consider. We’ve narrowed it down for you!

Keep reading for our top spots to stay in Charleston!




Best Hotels in Charleston

To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended Charleston hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, good location and great customer service.


Best Charleston, South Carolina Hotels – Summary

Name Location Best For Price
The Restoration French Quarter First Timers Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com
French Quarter Inn Charleston Market All Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com
Harbourview Inn Waterfront Luxury Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com
Planters Inn French Quarter Luxury Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com
Market Pavilion French Quarter All Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Below is more information about each hotel and why we recommend it!





The Restoration

Lauded as one of the most innovative hotels in the world, The Restoration is truly something to behold. Rather than a single hotel building, The Restoration is a collection of five classic Charleston buildings that have been modernized to provide world-class amenities.

Located across King and Wentworth streets, two major Charleston thoroughfares, The Restoration provides its guests with incredible access to Charleston’s beach, restaurants, and shopping.


What makes this one of the best hotels in Charleston?

Besides its refreshingly original concept, The Restoration also admirably considers its stewardship to its community. All five buildings that comprise the Restoration include trade partnership locations that range from local coffee, small boutique businesses, and some of Charleston’s award-winning restaurants (shrimp and grits, anyone?).

There’s more to see beyond The Restoration, but the work it does giving its guests an efficient Charleston welcome is incredible.

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor





French Quarter Inn

Located around the corner from the historical Charleston Market, the French Quarter Inn epitomizes southern hospitality and luxury.

With fireplaces, wooden spiral staircases, stunning views of Charleston’s historic St. Michael’s Church, and a prime historic Charleston location to boot, the French Quarter Inn should be on everyone’s shortlist.


What makes this one of Charleston's best hotels ?

The use of the word “Inn” is no accident – the French Quarter prides itself on creating a home (not hotel) atmosphere, and boy does a stay here show that.

Among other things, the French Quarter offers incredibly kind and attentive staff, complimentary milk and cookies surprises, and a welcome flute of champagnes. With this kind of service, who wouldn’t want to call this house a home?

Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor





Harbourview Inn

The Harbourview Inn is a luxury hotel that – true to its name – emphasizes the luxury associated with its Charleston Harbour oceanfront location.

Guests can select room and suite options offering everything from exposed brick walls, Juliette balconies, and even French doors that swing open to offer views of the historic Charleston Battery and waterfront!


Why stay at this luxury Charleston hotel?

As exciting as things are inside, the Harbourview Inn is equally famous for the spunky events it plans outside the gorgeous Inn. Guests can enjoy everything from water taxi and bike tours (“Pedals & Paddles”) to horse-drawn carriage rides to dinner (“Great Escape”).

My personal favorite?

The “Bubbles and Buoys” package, in which participants enjoy sunset harbor sails, sparkling wine, and wine and cheese receptions. Talk about swank!

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor




Planters Inn

If you want a prime Charleston location, gorgeously refined southern architecture, and a boutique feel that will be perfect for the whole family, look no further than the Planters Inn.

With carriage lanterns, four-poster beds, and the famed Peninsula Grill in-house (again, shrimp and grits, anyone??), the Planters Inn absolutely drips with luxurious southern charm.


What makes this one of Charleston's best inns? 

The Planters Inn occupies a former Charleston mansion with good reason – it owns a simply untouchable location. Notable Charleston attractions such as Rainbow Row, the Charleston Market, Waterfront Park, and the Battery are all within walking distance – no small feat in a city still dependent on cars.

With plenty of King Street shopping, restaurants and bars scattered in between, the Planters Inn is close to something everyone will enjoy!

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor





Market Pavilion Hotel

With its imposing marble façade, Juliette balconies, and gorgeous silk curtains all visible, simply standing across the street from Market Pavilion Hotel can make you feel like you’ve already made the best hotel decision of your life.

Once you get inside see the poster beds and Italian marble bathrooms that adorn every guest suite, you’ll start wondering what could ever convince you to leave! And best of all, Market Pavilion is located right in downtown Charleston – perfect for sightseeing!


What makes this Charleston hotel unique? 

Fortunately for you, the Market Pavilion Hotel houses both of Charleston’s favorite restaurants and bars to visitors and locals alike. Grill 225 has long been regarded as Charleston’s favorite chop shop, offering everything from prime filet cuts to freshly caught seafood (one LAST time, shrimp and grits, anyone???) to liquid nitrogen cocktails.

After dinner, head up to the Pavilion Bar where guests dance and chat over a classically Southern pavilion floor with some of Charleston’s best skyline and waterfront views!!

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor




And that’s it! Our guide to Charleston’s top hotels to make the most of your stay.

Whether you’re looking for ultra-luxurious comfort, the best location in town, or no-frills budget cheap hotels, these top South Carolina hotels are sure to please.



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