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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
Holiday Inn CHARLESTON-RIVERVIEW
West Ashley
34 minutes ago 3 stars $90
La Quinta Inn Charleston North 53 minutes ago 2 stars $59
Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District
Downtown
2 hours ago 3 stars $118
The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $179
Francis Marion Hotel
Downtown
4 hours ago 4 stars $135
La Quinta Inn & Suites Charleston Riverview
West Ashley
5 hours ago 3 stars $69
Courtyard Charleston Historic District
Downtown
6 hours ago 3 stars $138
The Harbour View Inn
Downtown
15 hours ago 4 stars $229
The Vendue
Downtown
16 hours ago 4 stars $385
Charleston Marriott
Downtown
17 hours ago 4 stars $129

Recently Rated Charleston Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Andrew Pinckney Inn
Downtown
3.9 / 5
81 reviews
4 stars $181
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Charleston
3.7 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $75
French Quarter Inn
Downtown
4.8 / 5
42 reviews
4 stars $239
Fulton Lane Inn
Downtown
4.1 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $169
Society House
Downtown
3.6 / 5
10 reviews
3 stars $169
Belmond Charleston Place
Downtown
4.5 / 5
152 reviews
5 stars $242
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Riverview
West Ashley
4.2 / 5
85 reviews
3 stars $143
Comfort Inn Downtown Charleston
Downtown
3.4 / 5
33 reviews
2 stars $109
Days Inn Charleston Historic District
Downtown
3.1 / 5
187 reviews
2 stars $119
Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston
Downtown
4.0 / 5
46 reviews
4 stars $169

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Featured Charleston Hotels

From $135

1 Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 216 reviews

387 King Street Map

Historic charm, modern conveniences in downtown CharlestonThe Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic... More

Relaxing mini vacation
Every employee at the hotel are very professional and friendly, they assisted us. Perfect location (King St) and room was clean and very comfortable. Will recommend this hotel. Will stay again at...
Sep 16, 2014
From $242

2 Belmond Charleston Place

5 stars
4.5 / 5 152 reviews

205 Meeting Street Map

Save 40% off the 3rd Night

Luxurious Charleston hotel with two top-rated restaurants on-siteThe luxurious Belmond Charleston Place features two of the city's finest restaurants on the premises. Many of downtown's... More

Vacation trip
Six day enjoyable stay. Friendly staff, clean room in club level, satisfing breakfast, good view from 8th floor, Karl Erbes riesling wine in the evening while sharing a slice of cheese cake....
Oct 15, 2014
From $118

3 Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 92 reviews

345 Meeting St. Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Charleston business hotel with swimming pool near major tourist sitesThe Hampton Inn Charleston - Historic District is the only antebellum hotel in the area and was restored from an 1860 railroad... More

Helpful staff resolved problems
When booking, I didn't check smoking vs non smoking and accidentally selected a smoking room. While the room was clean and well presented, I could not stay in the room due to the smoke smell and...
Aug 22, 2014
From $169

4 Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston

4 stars
4.0 / 5 46 reviews

337 Meeting Street Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

Spacious suites, free breakfast in a historic building near many sitesThe Embassy Suites Charleston - Historic Charleston hotel is located in the original Citadel Military College building and... More

solid hotel
the rooms are huge, the staff is fantastic. I'd recommend a room off the ground floor, our ground floor room had a tiny window and felt a little like a basement. I didn't love the location, it was...
Oct 9, 2014
From $385

5 The Vendue

4 stars
4.3 / 5 116 reviews

19 & 26 Vendue Range Map

Downtown Charleston boutique hotel with great dedication to the arts The Vendue Inn offers a prime location in historic French Quarter and upscale services and amenities. This hotel is a... More

Fantastic staff, location, and ambience
Stayed here for a second time and cannot be more pleased. The main lobby has been remodeled since our first stay and it is event better. How fun is it to stay at a hotel with real keys! I don't...
Aug 21, 2014
From $239

6 French Quarter Inn

4 stars
4.8 / 5 42 reviews

166 Church Street Map

Luxury Charleston hotel offers free champagne and evening receptionFull of charm and hospitality, the French Quarter Inn offers many luxury amenities and a great location for tourists, but also... More

Loved It
Fantastic room, great balcony. Loved the breakfast, enjoyed the wine, cheese and snacks every afternoon. Great location, in the center of everything. Would definitely go back. Wish I was there now.
Oct 16, 2014
From $141

7 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston - Historic Di

4 stars
3.8 / 5 45 reviews

181 Church Street Map

Signature chocolate chip cookie at check-in

The largest one- and two-bedroom suites in Charleston’s historic districtThe Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston - Historic District hotel is located next to the City Market and within walking... More

Perfect location
If you want to be right in the heart of historic Charleston, you won't find a better hotel! Right next to the city market and countless restaurants, you could almost park your car and forget about it!
Sep 19, 2014
From $242

8 Planters Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 37 reviews

112 North Market Street Map

Award-winning hotel in The good life and Southern elegance in Charleston historic district offers fine diningThe Planters Inn stands out in a city known for its charm and aesthetic delights. The... More

Tybeelite Charleston
From the time that we arrived until the time we left, the staff was exceptional. Bellmen William was most helpful, getting us moved in and parking our car. The registration and check out could not...
Aug 4, 2014
From $179

9 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 66 reviews

115 Meeting Street Map

Charleston hotel with pool combines modern luxuries with historic charmThe Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel combines opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern conveniences in the heart of... More

Great one night stay
We booked this hotel last minute and though a little on the pricey side we thought the lobby and the whole ground floor (bar, sitting rooms and outdoor patio) were really beautiful. Our room was...
Oct 4, 2014
From $288

10 Market Pavilion Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 43 reviews

225 East Bay Street Map

Non-Refundable Rates

Luxury hotel in Charleston with free breakfast and Internet accessThe Market Pavilion Hotel in Charleston is located in the downtown historic district, just minutes from the waterfront, tour... More

Market Pavillion
Perfect location and beautiful hotel. Will stay again...
Aug 9, 2014
From $229

11 The Harbour View Inn

4 stars
4.5 / 5 73 reviews

2 Vendue Range Map

Continental Breakfast included with your stay!

Hotel in historic downtown Charleston offers luxury and southern charmThe Harbour View Inn features old southern hospitality and modern conveniences, with a spectacular view of the Charleston... More

Great get away
Great stay staff was nice rooms were clean good location
Sep 2, 2014
From $138

12 Courtyard Charleston Historic District

3 stars
4.3 / 5 64 reviews

125 Calhoun Street Map

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... More

Great location
Location is excellent, all the good stuff is within walking distance. A little expensive for what they offer, but it is Charleston and again u can walk anywhere downtown.
Oct 2, 2014
From $189

13 Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 28 reviews

68 Wentworth Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

Renovated hotel combining modern and historic elements in CharlestonThe Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel uses luxurious amenities from a recent renovation to welcome guests in... More

Clean, quiet and comfortable in a convenient location
I stayed for just one night and everything ran as expected. My room was clean, quiet and comfortable. The hotel staff was nice and prestative.The location is very convenient, just a few steps of...
Sep 20, 2014
From $249

14 The Restoration on King

4 stars
4.9 / 5 9 reviews

75 Wentworth Street Map

Exclusive and restored hotel with quintessential Charleston atmosphereThe Restoration on King impresses visitors with beautifully restored hotel facilities in an ideal location in downtown... More

Customer service still exists
Great hotel with beautiful rooms and more than anything great staff.
Jul 31, 2014
From $179

15 King Charles Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 115 reviews

237 Meeting Street Map

Boutique hotel in historic Charleston near major attractions King Charles Inn is located in the heart of Charleston's historic district, within walking distance from many top restaurants,... More

Perfect birthday getaway
Great location in the heart of Charleston. We left our car parked the entire weekend and walked to all of our destinations. Perfect weekend!
Apr 11, 2014
From $258

16 John Rutledge Inn

4 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

116 Broad St Map

Gracious historic home now a charming Charleston inn The John Rutledge Inn has been standing since 1763. It is the home of its namesake, who was one of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution.... More

Wonderful and Romantic
We had an excellent time and loved the staff! Thank you for a memorable time.
Aug 4, 2014
From $220

17 Wentworth Mansion

4 stars
5.0 / 5 5 reviews

149 Wentworth St Map

Old southern charm in the heart of historic Charleston The Wentworth Mansion Hotel is one of Charleston's most unique hotels. Guests step right into America's gilded age, when they stay in what... More

From $169

18 Elliott House Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 20 reviews

78 Queen Street Map

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... More

Birthday getaway
We love the Elliott House Inn! We have stayed here a few times. It is conveniently located to the Market, King Street ,The Battery, and great places to eat! We parked our car in the secured parking...
Aug 24, 2014
From $181

19 Andrew Pinckney Inn

4 stars
3.9 / 5 81 reviews

40 Pinckney Street Map

West Indies style in Charleston boutique hotelThe Andrew Pinckney Inn offers many different types of rooms, each with its own character. The 37 rooms and four suites are decorated West Indies... More

Convenient and Friendly
Very clean, courteous staff, pleasant extended continental breakfast, and close proximity to city market and dining areas.
Oct 18, 2014
From $299

20 Zero George

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

0 George Street Map

Zero George is Charleston's premiere boutique hotel, with a carefully defined product, designed to appeal to sophisticated travelers for business as well as leisure.Circa 1804, the eighteen studios... More

Awesome retreat for couples
Beautiful hotel, with character. Stylish, tranquil, great food and amenities. The only thing missing, particularly for an August getaway, was a pool (Charleston get crazy hot). I am sure any other...
Aug 23, 2014