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What travelers to Charleston are saying

This was a great experience as it was our first time staying in charleston for a leisure trip. It was very emotional as this stay was just a few weeks after the tragic death of the Charleston 9. We visited the historic Mother Emmanual AME Church where the massicare accured and it was touching to see some many people there showing love and support. We also visited the pier as well as did a little shopping. I look forward to planning a longer trip with my children.
Renee R. Jul 4, 2015
We were there to visit family that came from CO. Shopping trip was good.
Trish Aug 24, 2015
Charming Chalreston! We experienced southern hospitality at its finest!
Jane B. Apr 10, 2015

  

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Embrace America’s past in beautiful Charleston

Located in the center of South Carolina's coastline, Charleston is a welcoming waterfront community with a rich history. It boasts wonderfully-preserved architecture and is consistently voted one of the most beautiful cities in America. Take a step back in time, and embrace the well-mannered atmosphere and charming surroundings.


Things to do

The city has a vast collection of landmarks with historical significance, offering visitors a sense of many pivotal moments in the development of the United States. The Fort Sumter National Monument gives visitors a chance to view where the first shots were fired during the Civil War.

To get an inside glimpse into antebellum life, a must-visit attraction is the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Originally constructed in the early 1800s, this house has been completely preserved. It is a fascinating journey through a mansion complete with antiques, grand living quarters and stables.

Charleston sights

Visitors love to stroll by the stately buildings or take a carriage ride past gorgeous mansions lined with magnolia-filled gardens. One of the most popular places to visit is the Battery. This picturesque neighborhood houses a row of Southern-styled mansions with views of the Charleston Harbor.

The Magnolia Plantation & Garden is ideal for nature lovers. The wildlife is amazing and includes otters, turtles and alligators. The petting zoo is a great place for small children, and the horticulture maze is an interesting challenge.

Beaches

Charleston houses five distinct beach towns. They are great places to relax and enjoy the sun, sand and surf, along with a golf course. Kiawah Island holds miles of pure beach sand and marshland. The Isle of Palms is a family community with great sand, a marina and golfing opportunities.

Folly Beach, or "Edge of Americas," is a short distance from downtown, yet is one of the most relaxing spots in the area. Seabrook Island is another space filled with natural beauty and a laidback atmosphere. Sullivan's Island is extremely charming and offers an eclectic mixture of beach activity and historical sites: it was the site of both a Revolutionary War battle and an Edgar Allan Poe story.

Shopping

Key Street is the place to head for the best Charleston shopping, but various districts offer top fashion and antiques. You can spend the day perusing the art galleries and quaint shops to discover special treasures. Antique lovers must visit George C. Birlant & Company, one of the oldest establishments in the area. To buy the most authentic souvenirs, visit the City Market to purchase sweet-grass baskets handcrafted by local artisans.

Charleston dining

If you're looking to enjoy some down-home Southern cuisine, you’ve come to the right place. Across Charleston there are barbecue parlors, seafood houses and more upscale options. McCrady's has been a renowned downtown eatery for decades, elegantly serving the finest local foods, and boasting an award-winning wine cellar. Save room for dessert and a drink at Kaminsky's Café, which offers numerous coffees, spirits and pastries.


Where to stay

For an ultra-cozy experience, try the deluxe Charleston hotels in the Historic District, or the upscale boutique hotels downtown, where rates average about $300 per night. Most of the lodgings are within walking distance to the most popular attractions, and the opulence is palpable. However, Charleston has something for everyone, as the budget traveler will find less expensive chain hotels near Meeting Street. Rates are often under $100.


Special events

Charleston constantly keeps things interesting with various lively events and festivals. During May and June, the city hosts the Spoleto Festival USA. This performing-arts event showcases emerging talent and distinguished artists from around the world. Fall is the time for various food events, like the Charleston Restaurant Week and the Music and Food Festival. In December, the Christmas Special is a favorite. This two-hour variety show provides excellent family entertainment.


Best time to visit

Spring is the best season to visit Charleston. Temperatures are mild, and foliage is beginning to bloom. However, hotel rates are at their highest. Summer temperatures rise into the 90s but still attract beach lovers. Winter temperatures are cooler but remain mild. Hotel rates are low, so it may be an ideal holiday getaway destination.

Recently booked Charleston hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
The Spectator Hotel
Downtown
1 hour ago 4 stars $339
The Vendue
Downtown
2 hours ago 4 stars $219
Ansonborough Inn
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $159
Days Inn Charleston Historic District
Downtown
5 hours ago 2 stars $108
Belmond Charleston Place
Downtown
6 hours ago 5 stars $265
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
6 hours ago 3 stars $106
Residence Inn by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
7 hours ago 3 stars $145
Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District
Downtown
8 hours ago 3 stars $190
Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston
Downtown
9 hours ago 2 stars $114
Church Street Inn
Downtown
11 hours ago 3 stars $339

Recently Rated Charleston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
King Charles Inn
Downtown
4.2 / 5
117 reviews
3 stars $170
Days Inn Charleston Historic District
Downtown
3.1 / 5
192 reviews
2 stars $108
Francis Marion Hotel
Downtown
4.0 / 5
239 reviews
4 stars $162
The Vendue
Downtown
4.3 / 5
125 reviews
4 stars $219
Belmond Charleston Place
Downtown
4.5 / 5
172 reviews
5 stars $265
Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON DWTN - ASHLEY RIVER
Downtown
3.9 / 5
44 reviews
3 stars $117
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
3.7 / 5
129 reviews
3 stars $106
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District
Downtown
3.8 / 5
46 reviews
4 stars $169
Elliott House Inn
Downtown
4.2 / 5
24 reviews
3 stars $190
BEST WESTERN Sweetgrass Inn
West Ashley
3.7 / 5
101 reviews
3 stars $85

Featured Charleston Hotels

From $204

1 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 76 reviews

115 Meeting Street

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel combines opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern conveniences in the heart of the city's historic district. It is the only hotel on the city's...

Couples getaway
Visited some local sites and took in the history of Charleston and surrounding areas. Walked through downtown before and after dinner each evening. Played a couple of rounds of week during the...
Jul 28, 2015
From $159

2 Ansonborough Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 45 reviews

21 Hasell Street

Ansonborough Inn is located within the historic district of downtown Charleston. Near the market area, you can walk to the finest restaurants, shopping and entertainment the Holy City has to offer....

From $265

3 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 172 reviews

205 Meeting Street

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The luxurious Belmond Charleston Place features two of the city's finest restaurants on the premises. Many of downtown's historic sites and museums are within walking distance. The hotel...

Charleston's Best
The Belmond Charleston Place is a superb destination hotel. Great rooms, great service and all the extras anyone could hope for. A fabulous spa with experienced masseuses and top drawer restaurants...
Aug 29, 2015
From $162

4 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 239 reviews

387 King Street

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The Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but there's still plenty of old-fashioned charm....

Great Location
Amazing location, very close to the park, College of Charleston and amazing nightlife. The room is nice and clean - ask for a room with a view of the park if avail - but the bathroom is more in a...
Sep 1, 2015
From $328

5 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 45 reviews

166 Church Street

Full of charm and hospitality, the French Quarter Inn offers many luxury amenities and a great location for tourists, but also caters to business travelers with its executive business suites....

Wonderful Charleston Hotel
This is my second stay at this hotel and it was as amazing as the first. Front desk is helpful and friendly and our room was comfortable. In the heart of Charleston walking distance to everything.
Apr 24, 2015
From $114

6 Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston

2 stars
3.4 / 5 36 reviews

144 Bee St.

Whether on business or pleasure, our beautiful 7-story hotel is the perfect location for you. Close to Historic Charleston and within 1 mile of MUSC, VA Hospital, and Citadel. All rooms include...

Wedding weekend
Easy to get downtown Bed was comfortable Bathroom floor was weird Staff was super pleasant!
Nov 11, 2014
From $219

7 The Vendue

4 stars
4.3 / 5 125 reviews

19 & 26 Vendue Range

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The Vendue Inn offers a prime location in historic French Quarter and upscale services and amenities. This hotel is a combination of two boutique hotels ? 19 Vendue and 26 Vendue. Located just a...

Romantic Getaway
The Vendue is a wonderful intimate hotel where the staff is truly attentive when need be. The restaurant on property is outstanding. We stayed here for a romantic getaway and the staff was...
Aug 26, 2015
From $203

8 Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 46 reviews

337 Meeting Street

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

The Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston hotel is located in the original Citadel Military College building and listed is on the National Register of Historic Places. Now an all-suites...

fees
Was not happy with being charged for parking. The cost was either $16.00 per day for self parking, or $22.00 per day for valet parking. Either way, this is a ridiculous fee. Also, if we were not a...
Sep 1, 2015
From $259

9 Planters Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews

112 North Market Street

The Planters Inn stands out in a city known for its charm and aesthetic delights. The 64-room hotel combines the charm of old world hospitality with 21stcentury amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi...

Good Hotel Excellent Location
Great location. Nice staff. Very comfortable bed. Large room. Clean. Expensive parks by at $27 per day.
Jul 28, 2015
From $237

10 The Harbour View Inn

4 stars
4.4 / 5 70 reviews

2 Vendue Range

Continental Breakfast included with your stay!

The Harbour View Inn features old southern hospitality and modern conveniences, with a spectacular view of the Charleston harbor. All rooms at the Harbour View Inn have flat-screen TVs,...

Date night
Great location and staff! Breakfest served in the room and the valet parking was worth the $20 to not have to try to find parking downtown.
Mar 3, 2015
From $203

11 Andrew Pinckney Inn

4 stars
4.0 / 5 85 reviews

40 Pinckney Street

The Andrew Pinckney Inn offers many different types of rooms, each with its own character. The 37 rooms and four suites are decorated West Indies style. The hotel has free wireless Internet access,...

Epitomises southern charm
Very welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel, from the parking valet who crossed the road to seek us out, to the receptionist with good suggestions for drinks and dinner. Valet parking is a must,...
Jun 15, 2015
From $169

12 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic District

4 stars
3.8 / 5 46 reviews

181 Church Street

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston - Historic District hotel is located next to the City Market and within walking distance of some of the city's top restaurants. Guests enjoy the lavish decor,...

Great experience
The location, amenities, hotel staff and room were great. Excellent value!
Aug 9, 2015
From $117

13 Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON DWTN - ASHLEY RIVER

3 stars
3.9 / 5 44 reviews

250 Spring Street

Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown - Ashley River We are perfectly located adjacent to the Medical University of South Carolina and in close proximity to Charleston's Historic...

Location -Not as described
I thought this is walking distance to downtown Charleston. Don't be fooled. Its right of the exit with heavy traffic.
Aug 25, 2015
From $259

14 The Restoration on King

4 stars
4.9 / 5 9 reviews

75 Wentworth Street

The Restoration on King impresses visitors with beautifully restored hotel facilities in an ideal location in downtown Charleston, where guests easily walk to many of the popular attractions such...

Customer service still exists
Great hotel with beautiful rooms and more than anything great staff.
Jul 31, 2014
From $343

15 Market Pavilion Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 45 reviews

225 East Bay Street

The Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston is located in the downtown historic district, just minutes from the waterfront, tour guides, shopping and grand old homes. The Market Pavilion Hotel is...

Weekend Getaway
Hotel is located in the charming part of Charleston. Close to shopping, dinner and entertainment. Roof top bar has the best view of the town
Dec 29, 2014
From $190

16 Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

3 stars
4.2 / 5 95 reviews

345 Meeting St.

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District is the only antebellum hotel in the area and was restored from an 1860 railroad warehouse. This Charleston hotel is a short walk from the Charleston...

Great place to stay..
Great place to stay...convenient to walking to all the sights. Very comfortable accomodations. I've recommended it to friends staying in the area.
Aug 21, 2015
From $192

17 Courtyard Charleston Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 68 reviews

125 Calhoun Street

Rate includes breakfast

Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Hotel is named "Best Hidden Gem" in the World by Trip Advisor, eight year recipient of the Intercontinental Hotels Torchbearer Award and winner of the first...

Great Family Trip to Charleston!
We had a wonderful time in Charleston. The hotel's location was very convenient. The room was very clean and the staff was super friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again.
Jul 26, 2015
From $190

18 Elliott House Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 24 reviews

78 Queen Street

Continental Breakfast Included with your stay!

Look carefully among the gracious Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Second Empire and Queen Anne style homes of Charleston's historic Queen Street and one discovers a quaint and comfortable bed and...

Will return
The most adorable room with a lovely 4 poster bed! Bathroom was modernized and tasteful. I felt like I was in a bedroom in a home. Location is phenomenal easy walking to everywhere. Awesome...
Aug 6, 2015
From $511

19 Wentworth Mansion

4 stars
5.0 / 5 5 reviews

149 Wentworth St

Set in the heart of downtown Charleston, the Wentworth Mansion is one of the world's finest and most unique hotels, as well as a pristine example of America's Gilded Age. Originally built as an...

From $170

20 King Charles Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 117 reviews

237 Meeting Street

King Charles Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district, within walking distance from many top restaurants, attractions and shopping. King Charles Inn is a great...

Parent drop off at C of C
This hotel has the ability to be a very nice hotel but it fell short in a few areas. When I got to the room there was no channel changer. There was no guide to the TV channels. The garbage was not...
Aug 19, 2015