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Walk the oak-lined avenues of West Ashley, Charleston

With its old Southern charm, beautiful setting and historic, architecturally fascinating downtown, Charleston, South Carolina draws in thousands of visitors from around the country and the world each year. The city is situated on the Atlantic coast, where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge, and is shielded from the open sea by a series of small islands. Nice breezes from the Atlantic temper the hot, humid summer air, making Charleston a great place to explore on foot, on a bike or even from the back of a horse-drawn carriage.

West Ashley is the area immediately west of the Ashley River, and it's convenient to some of the city's best attractions like the Charleston Museum and the South Carolina Aquarium. This individual neighborhood is known as the place where Charleston took root after English colonists landed here in the late 17th century.

Traveling to Charleston

There are several ways to get to Charleston. Flights generally arrive at Charleston International Airport (CHS), which is about 12 miles northwest of downtown Charleston. CARTA, the city's bus line, operates a service from the airport to the center every hour on weekdays. Rental cars and taxis are also readily available, and there are shuttles as well.

If you're traveling to Charleston by car, U.S. Highway 17 is the quickest way to get there from the north or the south. For those traveling from the west, Interstate 26 is the best choice. West Ashley itself is easily accessible via several routes, including the Ashley River Road and the Savannah Highway.

The Amtrak station is about 10 miles north of downtown, and the Greyhound station is also located in the north part of the city, making bus and rail travel to this part of town easy.

Things to see

Citadel Mall

Shopaholics will love this vast mall, where well-known brands vie for attention through glamorous window displays, and independent stores have their own special appeal. From Dillard's to Victoria's Secret and Mystic Fragrance, pick up the latest fashions or perfumes before grabbing a bite to eat. This is the largest indoor mall around, so retail therapy is a West Ashley specialty.

Visitor Reception & Transportation Center

What better way to get the lay of the land and to map out your trip than by paying a visit to this state-of-the-art visitor's center? It offers an array of guides and maps that allow you to plan your stay with ease. A short, interesting film introducing the city is played throughout the day, and there's even a small museum. Employees can help you book sightseeing tours around Charleston.

Fort Sumter

See for yourself where the Civil War began by taking a ferry over to Fort Sumter. The fort itself is ruined, but markers explain what used to be there and what occurred on that fateful day. There's also an informative museum on the premises.

Beaches

When it comes to beaches near Charleston, you're spoiled for choice. For upscale surroundings, head over to the Isle of Palms or Sullivan's Island. If you're more interested in a laidback seaside vibe, Folly Beach is a great choice. These and other beaches offer a variety of facilities, including concession stands, changing rooms, and even boardwalks with shopping and dining options.

Outdoor activities

If you have the time, head over to John's Island to check out local legend, the Angel Oak. This incredible live oak tree is purported to be more than 1,000 years old. The area surrounding it is quite picturesque and provides the perfect setting for picnicking, hiking, strolling or just relaxing.

West Ashley’s Greenway is a neighborhood feature where locals and visitors can walk or cycle a 10.5-mile trail through the scenery. Parking is available on each side of the route.

Climate

If you asked a Charleston resident to describe the climate of the city using one word, they'd probably say, “wet.” Indeed, the city receives more than 50 inches of rainfall annually. Snow is exceedingly rare, but it has been known to dust the city from time to time. Still, winters are short, mild and tend to be relatively dry as well. Nearly half of the yearly rainfall occurs during the summer, which is also when temperatures regularly exceed 90 degrees and humidity levels are through the roof.

Best time to stay

Although winters are fairly mild in Charleston, most people visit the city during the summer, which is when carriage rides, trips to the beach and simply wandering around on foot are the most enjoyable. Hotel rates tend to be highest during the summer but there are some affordable options available west of downtown. West Ashley hotels, in particular, tend to be cost-effective, with nightly rates ranging from around $60 to $150. Most of the hotels there are situated on Savannah Highway, ranging from the Holiday Inn EXPRESS to the Econo Lodge.

Recently booked West Ashley hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
1 hour ago 3 stars $109
Motel 6 Charleston South
West Ashley
13 hours ago 1 star $55
La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview
West Ashley
1 day ago 3 stars $99
Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON US HWY 17 & I-526
West Ashley
2 days ago 3 stars $101
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
5 days ago 3 stars $160
Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
8 days ago 3 stars $177
Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley
West Ashley
8 days ago 2 stars $135
BEST WESTERN Sweetgrass Inn
West Ashley
11 days ago 3 stars $109
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley
West Ashley
14 days ago 2 stars $129
Sleep Inn Charleston
West Ashley
27 days ago 2 stars $102

Recently Rated West Ashley Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview
West Ashley
3.3 / 5
249 reviews
3 stars $99
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
3.7 / 5
139 reviews
3 stars $109
Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON US HWY 17 & I-526
West Ashley
4.2 / 5
46 reviews
3 stars $101
BEST WESTERN Sweetgrass Inn
West Ashley
3.6 / 5
105 reviews
3 stars $109
Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley
West Ashley
4.2 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $135
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
4.2 / 5
86 reviews
3 stars $160
Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
4.5 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $177
Sleep Inn Charleston
West Ashley
3.6 / 5
25 reviews
2 stars $102
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley
West Ashley
3.9 / 5
21 reviews
2 stars $129
Motel 6 Charleston South
West Ashley
2.2 / 5
31 reviews
1 star $55

Featured West Ashley Hotels

From $101

1 Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON US HWY 17 & I-526

3 stars
4.2 / 5 46 reviews

1943 Savannah Highway Map

Charleston, SC's perfect choice for value and convenience. The Holiday Inn Express® Charleston - US Hwy 17 & I-526 is one of Charleston's most conveniently situated hotels. We are located just five... More

Couples Christmas Vacation
First off, extremely courteous staff, extremely clean rooms/hotel, good beds, and quiet. Second, and I can't stress this enough, the BEST continental breakfast I have ever had or heard of,...
Apr 10, 2015
From $109

2 BEST WESTERN Sweetgrass Inn

3 stars
3.6 / 5 105 reviews

1540 Savannah Highway Map

Accessible hotel three miles from downtown CharlestonWith the largest outdoor swimming pool and deck in Charleston, the Best Western Sweetgrass Inn offers newly renovated rooms with microwaves,... More

Okay in general
Room: It was a little dent when we first arrived(went away when we left the AC open for couple hours), and the building seems a bit old. In the morning I smelled some trash odor. Nothing seems to...
Apr 6, 2015
From $135

3 Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley

2 stars
4.2 / 5 15 reviews

678 Citadel Haven Drive Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

southern hospitality meets modern luxury...welcome to the Hampton Inn & Suites Charleston/West Ashley. Revisit colonial history or indulge in today's modern comforts in Charleston, where southern... More

away from family stay
Drove girlfriend down to SC. She did not have apartment yet. Could not/Would not stay with family. Perfect for adult time. nice pool. A little out from where we were looking but fine.
Feb 16, 2015
From $99

4 La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview

3 stars
3.3 / 5 249 reviews

11 Ashley Pointe Dr Map

Budget hotel in Charleston with free Internet and swimming poolThe La Quinta Inn and Suites Charleston Riverview, overlooking the Ashley River, is just a mile from historic downtown Charleston. The... More

Convenient Location
The breakfast is good. The location of the hotel is close to downtown Charleston and not too far from the beach. The staff is very helpful.
May 1, 2015
From $109

5 Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW

3 stars
3.7 / 5 139 reviews

301 Savannah Hwy Map

Charleston hotel overlooking Ashley River with free shuttle to sitesThe Holiday Inn Charleston – Riverview hotel is perfect for business travelers looking to move in and out of the city with ease.... More

We wouldn't stay again
The hotel was in need of some updating, but the room was clean. Our very inappropriate encounter checking in at the front desk has prompted me to contact Holiday Inn corporate, and we will not ever...
Apr 24, 2015
From $102

6 Sleep Inn Charleston

2 stars
3.6 / 5 25 reviews

1524 Savannah Hwy US 17 S Map

Come stay in our beautifully decorated rooms, featuring free high-speed Internet access, irons, ironing boards, coffee makers, hair dryers, free HBO, ceiling fans, and much more. Free continental... More

great pricing
It was a great stay at the hotel. It was very convenient to the dining in West Ashley and close to 526 to get near the outlets and shopping.
Dec 24, 2014
From $129

7 Comfort Suites West of the Ashley

2 stars
3.9 / 5 21 reviews

2080 Savannah Highway Map

Five minutes from downtown historic Charleston, at the intersection of I-526 and US-17. Ten minutes from the Charleston International Airport, twenty minutes from Charleston's famous beaches.... More

Great sleep
The beds at this hotel were very comfortable with a choice of firm to soft pillows. The room was clean and spacious. Breakfast was average , more continental than hot breakfast as advertised.
Nov 21, 2014
From $55

8 Motel 6 Charleston South

1 star
2.2 / 5 31 reviews

2058 Savannah Hwy Map

Motel 6 Charleston South is within 10 miles of Charleston Airport, The Citadel, Charleston Airforce Base, so much more. WiFi available in all guest rooms for $2.99 per 24 hours. Outdoor pool open... More

Weekend Getaway
The hotel was just ok. It was not the cleanest and the beds were very uncomfortable. It was the cheapest one around that area we could find, so I was not expecting an amazing stay for the price,...
Oct 9, 2014
From $160

9 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview

3 stars
4.2 / 5 86 reviews

98 Ripley Point Drive Map

Free Wi-Fi and airport shuttle at downtown Charleston all-suite hotel The SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview Conveniently is located near the Medical University of South... More

New Years Trip
Nice location with easy access to all areas of town.
Jan 12, 2015
From $177

10 Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview

3 stars
4.5 / 5 19 reviews

90 Ripley Point Drive Map

The award winning Residence Inn Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview offers spacious king studio, 1 & 2 bedroom suites equipped with full kitchens with room to eat, work, & dream. Located just... More

Recommended Hotel
This hotel is relatively new and very well maintained. It's across the river from downtown Charleston, but it's easy to get to the downtown area. In fact, the hotel has shuttle service at night for...
Jan 6, 2015